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Sonic Roots: Spring Family Day

Join us this spring holidays and become mini musicians and sound engineers of the future. Create experimental soundscapes inspired by urban nature, from the sounds of microscopic life teeming in the soil to the overground train passing by.

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Come along to our family day and celebrate the start of Spring by exploring the magical visible and hidden ecosystems that call the Museum gardens home.

Craft a listening instrument in artist Jenny Pengilly’s sonic play space, to help you tune into sounds heard above, around and beneath us. Activate and amplify nature’s audio with your own makeshift installations, mimicking an array of outdoor sounds, from squelchy soil and crawling critters, to soft raindrops or blustery wind.

Sound map your journeys around the Museum and and document your nature-inspired sounds in our playhouse which will be transformed into a mini recording studio.

Our sessions are designed to be safe and welcoming for all. Workshops are suitable for families of all ages – babies, children and adults can all enjoy sensory exploration of the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as an array of making and play materials.

What's on 

Sonic Play with Jenny Pengilly | 10.30am to 4pm in the Learning Pavilion & Gardens Through Time

Create your own listening instrument using recycled materials, then test out how it amplifies both natural and man-made sounds in the garden.

Recording Studio Playhouse | 10.30am to 4pm in the Studio

Build your own audio production den and record nature-inspired sounds in our mini playhouse.

Mapping Microcosms | 10.30am to 4pm in the Atrium

Get inspired by the layers of life that surrounds us in urban nature. Pick up a sound mapping activity sheet to help you track your audio journey around the museum and gardens.

Jenny Pengilly

Jenny Pengilly is an artist and creative facilitator working with a diverse range of people and cultural and community organisations, but with a particular interest in children's experience and culture. Her work predominantly focuses on the medium of ’the workshop’ and utilising affective materials and making to facilitate play, experimentation, collaboration and mutual growth and exchange. She is co-director of El Warcha art and design collective, has a monthly radio show Experimental Tunes and Children on and runs Electronic Audio Club at TACO gallery.

More for families

There is lots for children to see and do at the Museum. Expect a fun-filled day with free trails to follow, sensory explorer bags, and fun throughout the galleries and gardens.

Thursday 11 April 2024



Museum of the Home - 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

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