Open Play

Open Play is an early years programme dedicated to open ended child-led play in museums, galleries and cultural spaces for children aged 4 and under based at Leicester Gallery.

Let your family’s creative curiosities wonder!


Tiny Play

Tiny Play for tiny babies! A multi-sensory session for our littlest creative beings including material exploration and soft play.

Open Play

Material and sensory led open-ended play sessions, including soft play, where children lead the way.

Doorstop Museums

Children’s Clothes Swap

Need clothing / equipment support? Click here.

We have partnered with Baby Basics Leicester. They are a volunteer-led charity aiming to support families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical needs of looking after a new baby or young child. They provide much needed essentials and equipment for free on a referral basis, such as:

  • Moses basket starter pack 
  • Starter pack – NO basket
  • Clothing bundle
  • Mum/ Baby / child toiletries bundle
  • Nappies
  • Baby bath
  • Toys & books bundle 
  • Maternity clothes 
  • Pram / buggy / double buggy 
  • Sling / carrier
  • Bouncy chair / play mat 
  • High chair and weaning kit
  • Feeding cushion
  • Bottle bundle
  • Cot, mattress and bedding 

If you need help, please contact our friendly, caring and non-judgemental team and Open Play can make a referral for you.

Want to try cloth nappies? Click here.

Are you interested in trying cloth nappies but haven’t found an affordable way to try it out to see if it suits you and your baby? We have our own long-term mini cloth nappy kit available for families to loan directly from us for FREE thanks Leicester Cloth Nappy Library. Get in touch if you’d like more info.

Links to other organisations who provide support.

Got questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or email Morgan.


We love the sessions at Open Play. It’s a lovely environment and always fun. We would recommend to anyone with young children!

– Open Play Parent Feedback