The Mouse House is a space within the Great North Museum: Hancock dedicated to under 5’s and their families.  The Mouse House programme inspires these families to engage with the wider museum, its collections, exhibitions, and university research through a series of playful sessions. Our regular sessions include Nurture Nest, for pre-crawling babies; Curious Crawlers, for crawling babies; On the Move, for early walkers and toddling toddlers; and Museum Mice for mixed under 5’s. We also run a special events programme including Toddler Takeovers, Baby Takeovers, Animal Yoga and Baby Sensory planetarium shows.  Alongside our family programme, the Mouse House also runs a series of playful educational workshops for nursery and reception groups.

The Shears Foundation’s support enables the Museum to Employ a dedicated under 5’s specialist, who is able to develop and deliver suitable activities, build positive relationships with our visitors, and inspire the next generation from their very earliest years. With our under 5’s specialist in place the museum is establishing national recognition for it’s extensive under 5’s programme from the museum sector and is supporting other museums in developing their own programmes.