Wow! Said the Owl: Interactive Exhibition

A fantastic, interactive play exhibition based on the award-winning book by Tim Hopgood, which follows a little owl on a daytime adventure to appreciate just how colourful the world really is.

Please note that the exhibition will close at 1pm on the 20 August for the neurodiverse friendly session which will run from 1pm-2pm. 

This bright and bold exhibition offers younger children a rich, sensory experience inspired by this much-loved picture book. In the book, a little owl stays awake during the day for the first time and is amazed by all the colours she sees, ‘Wow! Said the Owl as white fluffy clouds floated across a bright blue sky’. The exhibition seeks to give children the same sense of wonder and amazement by introducing them to colours and inviting them to be creative by playing with shapes, puppets, costumes and drawing.

  • Meet the owl (which isn’t so little!)
  • Dress up as an owl or as elements of the weather (clouds, sun etc)
  • Decorate the huge chalk tree
  • Have fun with the colour matching game
  • Listen to different sounds from the book
  • Make your own sounds with rainmakers and other instruments
  • Play with coloured shapes in the light box
  • Colour in and draw
  • Work your magic with leaf rubbing
We have lots of craft activities and a family trail where children can search The Hullabaloo to find the wonders that the little owl discovers on her daytime adventure.

Suitable for children aged 0-5 years.

Free to drop in, donations welcome.

Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm.

Storytelling Sessions

Throughout our Wow! Said the Owl exhibition we’re running a series of storytelling sessions – you can drop in anytime between 10.15am and 1.45pm!

What do your little ones fancy reading with us? Maybe Rumble in the Jungle or Julia Donaldson’s Monkey Puzzle? Join one of our wonderful storytellers in our cosy story corner and explore some of our colourful picture books. Sessions are very relaxed. Come and go as you please.

Weds 3 Aug

Sat 6 Aug

Thurs 11 Aug

Sat 13 Aug

Weds 17 Aug

Fri 19 Aug*

Sat 20 Aug

*Friday 19th August, 12:30pm, 1pm & 1:30pm

Wow! Said the Owl Exhibition: Storytelling Sessions with Darlington Libraries

Emily Islam from Darlington Libraries will be joining us for a special storytelling session where we’ll be reading the book that inspired our exhibition – ‘Wow! Said the Owl’.  We’ll also sing songs and get moving with colourful rainbow ribbons!

These sessions are free and there’s no need to book.

Neuro Diverse Friendly and Additional Needs Session
Saturday 20th August
1pm – 2pm

This session will allow families with Neurodiverse children and those with additional needs to interact with the exhibition in a way that best suits them.
Book your tickets here.