Children listen to “mysterious” sounds in Prentice House, with Grafton Regional Gallery’s publicity officer, Rose Marin (right). More than 40 children enjoyed the school holiday tours this week. Photo: JoJo Newby
Children listen to “mysterious” sounds in Prentice House, with Grafton Regional Gallery’s publicity officer, Rose Marin (right). More than 40 children enjoyed the school holiday tours this week. Photo: JoJo Newby

Spooky holiday fun

MORE than 40 Clarence Valley kids got a dose of spooky fun with a touch of history (and ice-cream) this week, when the Grafton Regional Gallery conducted school holiday kid’s ghost tours through its heritage-listed home, Prentice House in Fitzroy St.

The last of three organised school holiday tours was held yesterday, with about 16 brave children and a few mums and dads led through the gallery by tour guide, Rose Marin.

Rose is the gallery’s Education and Public Programs Officer, and dressed up as a 100-year-old parlour maid to add to the tour’s atmosphere.

During the tour the children were told a little bit of the interesting history of Prentice House.

They also witnessed some “spooky” phenomena (courtesy of gallery staff and some props) and were treated to a voucher for ice-cream from Grafton business I Scream, to round out the whole experience.

The kid’s ghost tours were inspired by a recent paranormal investigation held at the gallery to explore some of the spooky stories surrounding it

A gallery spokeswoman said the tours had been an unprecedented hit with the kids and the third tour was added at the last minute, to cope with the high demand.

She said the feedback from the children and parents who participated had been extremely positive and she said the tours would likely return in the future.

However for now, there was still plenty on offer for children at the gallery during the school holidays, including a postcard workshop today, from 10am.

For more information about kid’s school holiday activities at the gallery, visit www.graftonregionalgallery.nsw.gov.au or call 6642 3177.



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