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Perspective: Very old games for a laugh.

Half-term is on the horizon, and here's a chance for children of all ages to have some fun and games. The Black Country Living Museum has lined up a host of half-term activities for youngsters and their parents -and not a Bushtucker Trial in sight.

The museum, in Tipton Road, Dudley, will bridge the generation gap with the help of marbles, skipping ropes and parlour games.

Youngsters will be able to enjoy traditional games (left) that have stood the test of time -and could well find their parents and grandparents joining in too.

Indoors, children can have a go at games like dominoes and pick-up-sticks, make toys in a crafts session and practise copper plate writing with pen and ink in the museum's school house. Outside, games such as hopscotch, skipping, marbles and sending hoops down a cobbled street will come into their own.

Hamish Wood, operations manager, said: 'These games may be centuries old but they're brand new to the children of today. They are simple but they are amazing fun. It is good to see children brought up with perhaps playing computer games by themselves having a great time by joining in activities where they use their imagination and sharing their enjoyment.

'The games bring back a lot of fond memories to our older visitors too and it won't be surprising to see them having a go and showing the children how it's done.'

Hamish added: 'As well as the half-term activities - which include a demonstration of a canal boat being pulled along by a shire horse - families can enjoy a full day out at the Black Country Living Museum with the site's many attractions open.'

The fun starts on Saturday and the museum will be open each day from 10am to 4pm throughout half-term.

The 26-acre site, with its authentic historic buildings, costumed characters and working craftsman, brings the past to life to celebrate the skills and industry of the Black Country. From experiencing life underground in a coalmine to watching sweet making and visiting the horses, the museum has something to appeal to the child in us all.
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Date:Feb 11, 2004
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