Animal lovers are in for a real treat this February half term at the Dorman Museum with a host of family-friendly, animal-themed events available throughout the week.

Fans of the virtual reality (VR) ride from Christmas will be thrilled that it is making a welcome return with a brand new theme.

The VR Jungle Ride will fly riders over a jungle river to look for magical crystals to save the day! Tickets for the ride are £4 per person or £14 for a group of four.

For those who prefer a slower pace, children aged five to 11 can join the Yoga Explorers Amazing Animals special with Yoga Emma.

A fun and mindful activity, the workshop includes learning animal-themed Yoga poses through stories, songs and games. Tickets are £10 per child and advance booking is essential.

Visitors throughout the school holiday week can also participate in daily events and activities on offer.

Artist Suzie Devey will be in the Dresser Gallery on Sunday 19th February making decoupage bird mobiles and sharing fascinating facts about the Christopher Dresser Owl Service design.

Wow! Said the Owl author Tim Hopgood will host family craft workshops on Tuesday 22nd February to help families create artworks based on his famous storybook.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy the Wow! Said the Owl exhibition that includes colourful and sensory fun and play for little ones and storytime from an animatronic owl.

Kirkleatham Owl Centre and Animal Story will both be at the museum on Thursday 24th February for an Animal Extravaganza day.

The owl centre will be introducing their owls to visitors who can learn all about the amazing birds, while Animal Story will have a whole host of creatures available for children to handle.

Featuring “slimy, slithery, cute and cuddly animals”, there will definitely be an opportunity to touch and learn more about all the different creatures and their habitats.

Artist Griselda Goldsbrough will lead a session of family crafts on Friday 25th February featuring the opportunity to design bright and colourful owl and wildlife-themed creations.

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust will bring the week to a close with a Wild about Nature Roadshow on Sunday 27th February. The roadshow will have more information about local wildlife, and more fascinating facts about owls.

Families can also see some of the museum’s owl specimens up close and participate in wild-themed crafts.

A Museum Owl Trail will also be available each day to all visitors from the museum welcome desk. £1 per trail, children and families can solve the clues to help return missing baby owls to their owl mums and dads. 

Councillor Stephen Hill, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture & Communities, says, “Children have been working hard at school since being back at Christmas and they’ll be looking forward to a well-earned break.

“The Dorman Museum has some brilliant events on offer and many of them for free or at low cost, making them accessible to families across the Tees Valley.

“We look forward to seeing lots of children and families enjoying the animal events and the museum buzzing with all the activity!”

The Dorman Museum is open daily, Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. General entry to the museum is free.

The VR Jungle Ride runs from February 19-27 and is £4 per person or £14 for a group of four. Tickets are available via

Yoga Explorers Amazing Animals special is on Wednesday 23rd February from 1pm to 3.30pm. Tickets are £10 per child. Advance booking is essential and tickets are available from 

Animal Story and the Museum Owl Trail have a small charge of £1 per person. Spaces can be reserved at the museum welcome desk upon arrival.

All other February half-term events are free. Please check with the museum welcome desk upon arrival for availability and to reserve a free space.

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