Below are the answers to some of the questions we are asked about Wheels of Time:
What is Wheels of Time?
Wheels of Time is a badge collecting scheme encouraging the exploration of 33 Kent heritage sites for 5-11 year olds.
How can my child collect Wheels of Time badges?
Visit any of the museums or heritage sites listed in Roamin’ Rex’s list of museums
My child is not yet 5 years old; can they take part?
The staff and volunteers at sites can use discretion for children who are younger than 5 or older than 11, particularly for
- siblings of children who are between 5 and 11 and
- children who turn 12 years after they have started their collection.
We do expect younger children receiving badges to have an appreciation of the exhibits and displays at the museums and heritage sites visited.
For how long will Wheels of Time run?
The scheme will continue until about March 2020.
We have now made our plans for our 2019 year (April 2019 to March 2020).
Children will be able to count badges collected in 2018/19 to claim awards in 2019/20.
It is our intention to run the scheme again in 2020, but this depends on whether we can raise the necessary funding. We’ll publish more information when a decision has been made in January 2020.
Why do I have to give information about my child?
We do not insist on you providing information, but the information collected on our Visitor Information Form helps us to monitor how well the Wheels of Time scheme is working and how we might improve it. The data collected cannot be used to identify individual children. See our Privacy page for more information.
From where can I get a lanyard to pin the badges to?
You can collect a lanyard at the second Wheels of Time site your child visits; you will need to show the badge from the first site visited.
How can my child get a Roamin’ Rex Award Badge?
When your child has collected 10 or 20 badges please complete our Award Badge Details Form. We will contact the Wheels of Time site where you have requested it is presented. We will then make your child’s personalised Bronze or Silver Award Badge. We will normally respond to your request within five days. It can take up to two weeks from your request being submitted to the award being received by the site at which it is to be presented. Staff at the site will then contact you to arrange a date and time for the presentation.
Children who have visited all 33 2018 sites between 24 March 2018 and 31 March 2019 will be entitled to the Wheels of Time 2018 Award. The request for the 2018 Wheels of Time Award must be submitted by 14 April 2019.
The award scheme will be changed to account for the additional sites for 2019. The 2019 scheme will be for visits made between 1st April 2019 and March 2020.
Can you replace lost badges?
We do not keep a central supply of badges for all of our sites. The cost of postage and the time that that it would take our volunteers to obtain badges prohibits us from replacing lost badges.
To obtain replacement badges you will need to visit the individual sites.
How can my child earn Children’s University Learning Credits at Wheels of Time sites?
Children registered with Children’s University (CU) can earn learning credits at any of the 13 Wheels of Time, Kent Children’s University (KCU) Learning Destinations (marked with a CU logo on Roamin’ Rex’s list of museums). Children must do the activity listed on the site’s page (click on site name to right) associated with Wheels of Time to earn Credits for receiving a Wheels of Time badge. Children older than 11 can earn Learning Credits for activities accredited for their age at Wheels of Time Learning Destinations but will not receive a Wheels of Time badge.
If your child is not registered with Children’s University, information about joining can be found on the KCU website.
Can other museums and heritage sites join Wheels of Time?
Wheels of Time runs for approximately 12 months starting in April and ending about March. Supplies are purchased before the beginning of each 12 month period so new sites cannot be introduced during that period.
We are close to agreeing the list of sites that will join the scheme for 2019.
We will start looking for sites that might join for 2020 soon after the 2019 scheme start in April. Managers of museums and heritage sites, located in in the areas served by Kent County Council or Medway Council, that may be interested in joining Wheels of Time, should use our Contact Form to enquire about the scheme.