What’s on Summer 2018

Ivy summer

Join the POSTAL MUSEUM this summer for arts and craft activities, storytelling, gallery performances and much more.  Activities include meeting Captain William Rogers and hearing heroic tales of pirate fights, design an envelope and send them on a journey through the post, object handling drop in sessions, make your own carrier pigeon and join gusty suffragettes for a Votes for Women rally plus many more. Also while you’re there hop on the Mail Ride and go checked out Sorted! their brilliant play area.

Get down the NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM for a whole heap of family fun this summer.  Activities include creating a giant collaborative piece of art, the biggest piece of art the museum has seen, look at maps and travel in an interactive storytelling session, practice your best dance moves inspired by exploration of the sea and traditional sea shanties in a workshop for all the family and discover your senses in an interactive play session as you explore all the sights and sounds of the sea plus many more.

At the IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM this summer, families have a very special opportunity to meet war veterans and eyewitnesses, including those who lived through the Second World War and the Cold War, to hear their personal stories of conflict.  On selected days over the school summer holidays, veterans will recount tales of their wartime life, giving families first-hand insights into the causes of war and its impact on peoples lives.  This is running from 24th July every Tuesday and Thursday, 11am – 1pm.

Head to the NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM where you can design a parachute, prepare for your mission, and attempt to land safely on the Giant Parachute drop zone in these family friendly workshops. Dates and times vary.

Take a walk on the wild side this summer on a visit to the NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.  There are millions of years of life on Earth to explore, meet dinosaurs, stand under the largest animal in the world and take a ride through our planet’s core.  Head to the tropics and see hundreds of free flying butterflies and moths in Sensational Butterflies, and discover curious creatures in their new exhibition, Life in the Dark.  Entry to the museum is free, Sensational Butterflies costs £6.50 for adults.  Under 3’s go free.

The NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY summer exhibitions Michael Jackson: On the Wall and the BP Portrait Award and Rebel Women, celebrating a centenary of women getting the vote, provide inspiration for two weeks of fun, free daily art and craft workshops.  Decorate a white glove, learn to moonwalk, pick-up photography skills, paint a portrait, design a t-shirt, print an image or play with clay.  Bring the whole family and let artists inspire your creativity.  This free event, is running from 13th-27th August.

Families can delve into the fun and fascinating world of engineering at the LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM during six weeks of STEM related interactive challenges, storytelling and demonstrations.  Each week a new transport challenge will explore themes such as steam, electricity and design.  Young engineers can collect a sticker rewards for each session attended and a special London Transport Museum Diploma will be awarded to those attending one or more weeks of activity.  Suitable for children aged 3-12 years.  This event is running until 3rd September.

This summer put your observation skills to the test at the MUSEUM OF BRANDS with themed family discovery trails.  Take your pick from a selection of three family trails for all ages and then travel round the Time Tunnel to find all the answers and win a prize.  Do you have an eye for fashion? Then the Fashion through the Decades trail will be a perfect match, while transport enthusiasts will love our Transportation Discovery trail.  Lastly, Spotting Shapes and Colours is the ideal fun and stimulating activity for younger visitors. 

From Roman rituals to sewage scourers, the MUSEUM OF LONDON have a range of fun, fascinating and free activities to keep the whole family entertained this summer.  Activities include finding out who the lousiest Londoners were with a Top Trumps style card game, an interactive summer show that explores how the Romans treated their dead and join a Victorian ‘tosher’ in an energetic storytelling session!  Not only that but kids eat free at London Wall Bar & Kitchen and Rum & Sugar at Docklands.  Events are running until 3rd September at London Wall and Docklands.

Join the HORNIMAN MUSEUM for performances, storytelling, arts and crafts and films as they celebrate what makes us human and connects us with nature.  Look out for special activities inspired by their new arts space, The Studio which opens later in the year.  Big Wednesdays Shared World is a free event running every Wednesday in August from 10.30am-3.30pm.

Go Nordic this Summer at the V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, and join them for a series of family days, celebrating and inspired by the Century of the Child: Nordic design for Children exhibition. Activities include storytelling, performance, design, drawing and craft activities.  These events are free, drop ins happening every Thursday in August from 11am-4pm.

Climb aboard the HMS BELFAST this summer and take part in their exciting family activities.  Meet veterans and eyewitnesses from home and overseas who have lived through periods of conflict and hear more about their experiences.  From life at the front line and being evacuated during the Second World War, to living through the Korean and Falklands Wars, their family friendly sessions allow you to get an insight into conflict that you wouldn’t find in the history books from those who witnessed it first hand! This event is running every Wednesday from 11am-3pm and is free with a general admission ticket.

The SCIENCE MUSEUM are running a number of activities this Summer.  Join them on a mission to Mercury in a hands-on workshop, discover how rockets fly with your very own handmade rocket mouse and go on an interactive tour of the Exploring Space gallery, where you’ll discover roaring rockets, amazing astronauts, space poo and much more.

Check out the NATIONAL GALLERY for some summer fun.  Try out techniques used by artists and school children featured in this years Take One Picture exhibition. Encounter the women of power and mythical, magical sea creatures from Pintoricchio’s Penelope with the Suitors and discover how artists record and reimagine changing landscapes from epic environments to everyday urban scenes in Artists, Activists and Environmentalists! Ink up and try screen-printing techniques with graphic designer and printmaker Dan Mather. Every Tues-Thursday throughout August.

Get down to TATE MODERN for their 20 days workshop where they will be ‘gamify-ing’ the everyday by deconstructing family life and roles. Participants will pick special abilities to take on as they move through Tate Exchange, encountering various obstacles and activities that will explore what that ability means and the meaning of the family. You can create potions and charms that enhance your abilities and there will be a Fabrication Station where visitors can take apart household objects and reconstruct them with toys to make their own Frankenstein creations. A giant bed and breakfast cereal space will offer a relax and discuss area, and the walls will be wallpapered for comment making. This is a free, drop in event running every Wed-Sun from 8th August.

Enjoy creative workshops and hands-on activities at the GEFFRYE MUSEUM garden this summer.  Sessions include Nursery Rhyme Time, digital workshops, drop-in craft workshops, Geffrye Explorers and family-friendly tours of their Restored Almhouse.  Create a miniature toy theatre, experiment with water colour painting techniques and make bunting to decorate your bedroom plus much much more. Running until 31st August.

There’s a huge range of family activities at the SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM this Summer. Make your own collage of buildings in an imagined landscape, design our own coaster or tile which you can decorate and take home, make your own model town of houses, build a city with a load of Lego and Duplo and go check out a pop-up board games café.  There are also paid workshops too. These events are running every Wednesday and Thursday in August.

Lots of family friendly events happening at the GARDEN MUSEUM in August to coincide with their new exhibition Flower Fairies, including storytelling, cookery workshops which explore the use of edible flowers in food and garden workshops which will allow children to make fairy gardens.

Take part in The Imagination Station free activity at the V&A during the Summer holidays and learn about the future of fashion.  Become a sustainable fashion designer, make new pieces and learn about the circular economy.  Running various dates up until 27th August.  On Monday 27th August you can also join in with their summer festival with music and dance.

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