What’s on Summer…

No matter the weather, celebrate the summer holidays at THE POSTAL MUSEUM with live music, barbecues, outdoor games and a fun-filled family programme inspired by the tradition of travelling to the seaside and The Great British Summer.  From Punch and Judy hand puppet workshops and postcard making sessions to storytelling and a book signing, there’s something for kids of all ages. www.postalmuseum.org/

Experience storytelling and hands-on workshops at the IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM about the role sport has played in conflict over the last 100 years. Create, film and feature in your own mini-documentary, and meet war veterans and eyewitnesses this summer. www.iwm.org.uk/

Get back to nature this Summer by exploring the NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM’s flourishing Wildlife Garden. The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna. More than 3,130 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995. If that doesn’t take your fancy how about a bit of yoga under the Moon. Head to Luke Jerram’s magnificent installation of the Moon for a yoga experience that kids won’t forget.  Their family yoga classes, hosted in collaboration with East of Eden, are a perfect way for children and adults to explore gentle yoga through stories, easy breathing and meditation (booking required). Afterwards you will also enjoy exclusive access to part of the Museum before the summer crowds enter. www.nhm.ac.uk/

Get creative this Summer at The Imagination Station. Inspired by the V&A FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition contribute to a collaborative magazine made by art collective Fallen Fruit, using collage making and storytelling throughout August. www.vam.ac.uk/

Make your way to the NATIONAL GALLERY for their Take One Picture Holiday Drop in Workshop. Work with an artist to investigate the focus painting of this year’s Take One Picture and get creative as a family during the school holidays. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Drop in to the DESIGN MUSEUM’s this Summer for a Create and Make session. Using simple paper-making techniques, draw and make your own spinning animation. designmuseum.org/

Plenty of family workshops to choose from at the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY including design your own doll, create your own campaign poster, step into a portrait, learn to draw a person, become an art judge or create your own self portrait. www.npg.org.uk/

The NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM is sending you on plenty of Summer missions this holiday. Be an inventor, spray the bugs away, target practice with parachutes, robots and Nerf guns, learn how to knit without needles, go on bootcamp, take on the challenge of their outdoor climbing wall and grow your own food plus various workshops. www.nam.ac.uk

The LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM are hosting six weeks of family fun with STEM inspired workshops over the holidays. Take on the role of a material scientist, identify potential fraud activity and try your hand at coding and discover how codes keep London Transport on the move. www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

It’s the Summer of Space Festival at the SCIENCE MUSEUM. Celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with a special screening of The Clangers on 20th July, go on a moon mission on an Over the Moon workshop, go on a journey to the moon in a Fly me to the Moon Science show and for the little ones, find out all about rockets and meet a mouse on a mission in a Moon Mice workshop.  www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

The WALLACE COLLECTION are running various events inspired by their An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik exhibition. Hear Madame Chausseur’s tale of the little elves who came every night secretly to make wonderful shoes with costume, props and set, join the learning team to create your own fantastical shoe designs or check out a family film screening of Cinderella featuring the most famous pair of shoes of all time – the glass slippers. Before or after the film be sure to pick up a copy of their ‘Sensational Shoes’ activity trail. www.wallacecollection.org/

The Moon exhibition is now open at the NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM and over the holidays they invite you to go on a summer journey to the moon and back with crafts and experiments that fire up your imagination and send you rocketing into space. Learn about the realities of space with Royal Observatory Explainers. www.rmg.co.uk/

Have fun and spread a little love this summer at the GEFFRYE MUSEUM. Spend some quality family time doing hands-on art, craft and digital activities, family tours and trails in the museum gardens. Join the museum to do random acts of kindness and make a difference where you live. There will be Nursery Rhyme Time for 2-4 year olds, drop in Craft Makers, Digital Workshops, Geffrye Explorers and Hands on tours of the Restored Almshouse. www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

There are a whole range of great events taking place over the summer holidays at MUSEUM OF LONDON and MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS, from workshops to object handling and fascinating talks, as well as their permanent galleries and collections. Enjoy a history lesson like no other. Activities include treasure hunts, beastly walks and summer trails in London and River tails and sewer stories family shows, pirate crafts and identifying some mystery aromas from the Docks at the Docklands. www.museumoflondon.org.uk

The DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY are running a Colourfest: Family Festival on 4 August. Spend a day at the Gallery exploring colour in lots of different ways. Join them for rainbow storytelling, printmaking, drawing, building, and be the first to try their new Gallery family trail! For the rest of the summer holidays get involved with some art-making in The Colour Palace and grounds. Take inspiration from the Pavilion’s colours, patterns, shapes and lines, you will be making sun catchers, sculptures and much more. Make something new each week with them. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/

Fancy a bit of storytelling? Head to TATE BRITAIN who are running Blast Off Stories every Wed-Sun throughout the holidays. Bring your dreams and imaginations to their storytelling oasis for families of all ages and discover lots of new books and exciting stories celebrating the voices of people of colour. www.tate.org.uk/

This summer will see the ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM LONDON paying homage to one of the most iconic aircraft ever built with a programme of family events and activities dedicated to the Spitfire. Weekend festivals, fun immersive adventures, close views of real Spitfires, and a series of nostalgic events including a Battle of Britain Day and Battle of Britain Night will transport visitors back to a time when the Spitfire protected Europe’s skies. www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

The WHITECHAPEL GALLERY are holding a Family Day: Michael Rakowitz on 10 August. Get thinking about borders culture, identity and the significance of the every day with activities inspired by the Michael Rakowitz exhibition. www.whitechapelgallery.org/

Let innovation be your guide and explore how our children’s favourite toys are inspired by technology at the MUSEUM OF BRANDS. Discover the incredible inventions and advancements seen in the post-war era toys with their new exhibition 1950s Battle of the Toy Brands then experience state of the art products enjoyed by kids today. This summer the museum has partnered up with toy company Tech will Save Us to showcase a series of tech toys, designed to help kids to make, play, code and invent using technology. They are also offering the chance to get hands-on every day, with free drop in Electro Dough workshops, where kids will be able to get inventive and enjoy problem-solving bringing their own creations to life with light and sound. www.museumofbrands.com

It’s 1944 on the HMS BELFAST and the most important day of the war so far is looming. You and your family are needed as the latest naval recruits.As a team use your Kit Bag to find hidden messages, predict the weather for sailing, discover ship life and crack the Morse code.Learn about the biggest invasion in history as you explore the ship. This interactive storytelling experience is based on personal stories from those who served on D-Day. www.iwm.org.uk



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