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 25 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 run until about March 2018 but some Wheels of Time museums and heritage sites are not open during the winter period. Check opening times and dates of each site by clicking on its name to the right.
It is our intention to run the scheme again next year with even more sites, but this depends on whether we can raise the necessary funding. We’ll publish more information when a decision has been made in January 2018.
If the scheme continues children will be able to count badges collected in 2017/18 to claim awards in 2018/19.
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?
A limited supply of lanyards has been donated by Maidstone Museum. They are not part of the scheme and once supplies have run out, no more can be provided.
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, this can take up to a week. It will then be posted to the site at which it is to be presented. The site will contact you to make the presentation.
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.
The list of sites that will join the scheme for 2018 has been agreed, subject to ratification at the Annual General Meeting.
We will start looking for sites that might join for 2019 soon after the 2018 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.