National Trust Explorer Families

We've recently been experimenting, designing and implementing Children’s Trails for families and kids termed "explorer families” at National Trust properties. At the moment we are working on one of these such projects with Lanhydrock House, to engage families to take a tour of the house in a fun and informative way.  As part of our work we decided to run a trial of our first ‘disk designs’ with them, to gather valuable user feedback, as some times it's not until you test something out that you can see how effective it is and if anything needs to be altered. With this collected feedback we are now in progress with iteration two of the ‘designs’,  with new questions being written, using a different route around the house and a slightly different design for each. We've also made some great "viewers" for Kingston Lacy, these are left in the rooms for people to pick up, helping them to engage with the features and art of the room in an imaginative way.

These disks are given to kids and then returned in exchange for a badge.

Workshop post research, scribbles and notes have been made on these disks by the users to get to the most engaging end result.

Below are the family viewers for Kingston Lacy. Each viewer has a theme, with a spy hole to help you look at paintings and artefacts in different ways. To engage families and keep kids interested at the National Trust property it's important to provide an extra a level of learning, delight and fun.