Launching just in time for half term, a brand new family trail is now available to pick up at the POSTAL MUSEUM, taking wanabee engineers around the Mail Rail exhibition. Other activities over half term include, create a busy engineers toolbox with an illustrator, build your own Air Mail glider plane, take part in an arty painting workshop, design your own mail mover and make your own Victorian top hat.
Its ‘Mysteries of the Dark’ family festival time at the NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM over half term. Shine a light on the amazing creatures that live in the dark. Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can dissect owl pellets, get hands on with real ocean specimens or become mystery detectives. You can also join Charlie the fox and his woodland friends in an interactive puppet show. The festival is running from 19 to 21 February.
Join the NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM for Giant games for little soldiers. Step inside their life-size board game this February half-term and battle it out to see who wins. Take on their family friendly tasks and complete First World War themed challenges to be the first over the finish line.
Check out some Hidden Transport Heroines at the LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM. Join them for story time and find out about some new names; past and present women who deserve a round of applause and create a poster to take back to school about the wonderful women who have shaped London and its transport system that we know today.
Its 150 years since the first periodic table and the SCIENCE MUSEUM are having a party. Join them for Cracking Chemistry, an explosive show with experiments including everything from party balloons to cake, they promise you’ll have a blast!
It’s Rainbow Week at the NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM over half term. Join in to create one big rainbow flag made up of hundreds of origami boats and talk about LGBTQ histories around the Museum, meet a different character who will take you on a special tour of the museum, explore the realities of life on board a pirate ship in the eighteenth century, create flags, hats and badges that represent you and discover how sailors in the past have used clothes to create a new identity for themselves.
Join an amusing interactive show at the MUSEUM OF LONDON that explores how the Romans treat their dead, meet the Romans, build a peg army at an art drop in activity and meet award winning Children’s writer Caroline Lawrence at an exciting author event. There is also Roman mosaic making, a craft session for under fives and an ‘Exploring Roman London’ event for families with children who have an autistic spectrum condition.
Its all about the East End at the MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS, become a Pearly King or Queen in a drop in craft activity for under 5’s, make your very own peg doll, join a storyteller to hear the tale of Henry Crofts, the first Pearly King of East London, become a star on the music hall stage and create a costume that is the envy of all East End Warblers and recreate some of the most well-known flavours of famous East End pie and mash shops.
Get in the pirate spirit at the MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD with events inspired by their current exhibition A Pirate’s Life for Me. Activities include storytelling, working with illustrator Amy Brown to create a paper theatre with your family, create your own logbook in a box to keep, filled with bits and bobs a pirate might need on an adventure and print a ‘wanted’ poster for your pirate character. Booking is required.
Head to the SIR JOHN SOANES MUSEUM on 21 February for a Lego drop in workshop where you can build a city inspired by some of Soanes awe inspiring architectural style. Go along and help them to create a city to rival any artchitect’s wildest imagination.
Drop into the DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY for their art making workshops inspired by the mysterious underwater world in Mariele Neudecker’s tank installation, And Then The World Changed Colour: Breathing Yellow.
Join the RAF MUSEUM over half term for their Flying Goggles workshop. Every pilot needs a pair of flying goggles! Make your own in their special workshop. This event is running from 20-22 February.
The FOUNDLING MUSEUM are holding a Family Poetry Workshop where you can get creative with poet Paul Lyalls in this fun packed poetry workshop. You can also create your ultimate bedroom in a 3D modelling workshop, make your own props for an imaginary bedroom to have your photograph taken in and design your own personalized pillowcase that shows off your unique style.
Discover childhood companions from the past 150 years at the MUSEUM OF BRANDS this half term. From Victorian dolls and rocking horses, to a 1960s space man, to Olaf the snowman, journey through their time tunnel and pick your favourite toy from each decade. Draw a picture or describe a toy for each era to win a prize.