Family Friendly Events

Visiting as a family? Check out our year-round family friendly events... Use the table below to see what's on at each of our museums and collections. From planting to painting; the deep blue sea to the sky above us; storybook characters, historical figures, and myths and monsters – there's something for everyone!

Please note, whilst family activities are free, there is an entry charge for adults at the Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

If you are planning a visit with children on the autistic spectrum or with support needs, have a look at the Museum of Natural History's 'About the Museum' and 'Planning Your Visit' resources here (link opens in new tab).

 

Events are drop in - no need to book

 

Donations welcome

 

Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

In addition to the activities listed in the table below there are regular events, backpacks and trails happening at each of our sites. Ask at the front desk to begin your adventure:

  • The Museum of Natural History hosts Family Friendly Sundays every week 2pm-4pm. Try a trail, borrow a backpack, make something exciting to take home or have a rummage in our special sorting boxes.
  • Pick up an Explorer's Backpack to take with you to explore the Arboretum.  Chose either Use your Senses or Arboretum Adventure (April-November).
  • Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers at the Pitt Rivers Museum every Saturday 10-4pm.
  • Why not pick up a Botanic Backpack to take with you to explore the Botanic Gardens?  Chose either Measuring or Looking.
  • Begin your Ashmolean Museum adventure at the Welcome Desk where you can collect family trails and sketching materials every day. On weekends you'll find activity kits, fun make and takes, magnifiers and torches too 2pm-4pm.
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Date Event
Tuesday 30th May 2017 - Friday 2nd June

Bate Collection

Half Term Events

Half Term Acitivities Including gallery trails, word searches, drawing and colouring and hands-on our instruments.

Suitable for all2pm-5pmDrop in

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Museum of Natural History

Festival of Nature

Celebrate Oxfordshire’s biodiversity with crafts, conservationists and family friendly talks. In partnership with BBOWT.

Suitable for allDrop-in

Friday 9th June 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

A Little Look at… Masks

A fun and hands-on session for toddlers to 5 years. Come along and see some of our fascinating objects and make something to take home with you.

Under 5s 10.30am-12pmDrop-in

Monday 12th June 2017

Museum of Natural History

A Little Look at… Underground

An active hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.

Under 5s 10.30am and 11.30amDrop-in

Saturday 1st July 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Alice's Puzzles

Follow the trail, solve the riddle, and discover Alice’s objects in the Museum.

Ages 6+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 2nd July 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Cowley Road Carnival

Join us at this year’s Cowley Road Carnival for fun with object handling and crafts.

Suitable for all12pm-5pmDrop-in

Friday 7th July 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

A Little Look at… Feathers

A fun and hands-on sessionfor toddlers to 5 years. Come along and see some of our fascinating objects and make something to take home with you.

Suitable for all 10.30am-12pmDrop-in

Monday 10th July 2017

Museum of Natural History

A Little Look at… Baby Animals

An active hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.

Under 5s 10.30am and 11.30amDrop-in

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Globe-Makers

Explore the museum’s collection of globes and make your own pocket globe.

Ages 9 upwards2pm-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 12th August 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Send a Message SOS

Discover Morse code and use the museum’s telegraphic apparatus to unravel the mystery message.

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Thursday 31st August 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Lino-block Printing

Make linocut designs inspired by the museum’s collection and try out a mechanical printing press.

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Friday 8th September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

A Little Look at… Food

A fun and hands-on session for toddlers to 5 years. Come along and see some of our fascinating objects and make something to take home with you.

Under 5s 10.30am-12pmDrop-in

Thursday 31st August 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Lino-block Printing

Make linocut designs inspired by the museum’s collection and try out a mechanical printing press.

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Monday 11th September 2017

Museum of Natural History

A Little Look at… Ocean

An active hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.

Under 5s 10.30am and 11.30amDrop-in

Thursday 31st August 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Lino-block Printing

Make linocut designs inspired by the museum’s collection and try out a mechanical printing press.

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Thursday 31st August 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Lino-block Printing

Make linocut designs inspired by the museum’s collection and try out a mechanical printing press.

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

What Would You Take to the Afterlife?

Think like an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh and build your own tomb. What would you put inside?

Suitable for all 1-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Saturday Object Handling

Free family friendly object handling in the Pitt Rivers.Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the Museum's collection.

Suitable for all 11am-1pmDrop-in

Sunday 3rd August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Friday 8th September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

A Little Look at… Food

A fun and hands-on session for toddlers to 5 years. Come along and see some of our fascinating objects and make something to take home with you.

Under 5s 10.30am-12pmDrop-in

Saturday 9th September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Saturday Object Handling

Free family friendly object handling in the Pitt Rivers.Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the Museum's collection.

Suitable for all 11am-1pmDrop-in

Sunday 10th September 2017

Museum of Natural History

Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Monday 11th September 2017

Museum of Natural History

A Little Look at… Ocean

An active hands-on exploration telling the tales of animals in the Museum.

Under 5s Drop-in

Saturday 16th September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Saturday Object Handling

Free family friendly object handling in the Pitt Rivers.Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the Museum's collection.

Suitable for all 11am-1pmDrop-in

Saturday 16th September 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Cabinet of Curiosities

Discover unusual objects and put together your own cabinet of curiosities.

Ages 5-112pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 17th September 2017

Museum of Natural History

Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Museum of Natural History

Curious Cubs

Pick up one of our activity bags and explore the Museum with Pebbles, Smokey and Huxley.

Under 5s Drop-in

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Saturday Object Handling

Free family friendly object handling in the Pitt Rivers.Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the Museum's collection.

Suitable for all 11am-1pmDrop-in

Sunday 24th September 2017

Museum of Natural History

Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 30th September 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Saturday Object Handling

Free family friendly object handling in the Pitt Rivers.Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the Museum's collection.

Suitable for all 11am-1pmDrop-in

Sunday 6th August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Family Friendly Sundays

Family Friendly trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by Museum volunteers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Monday 7th August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Afternoon Explorers: Funny Feet

Drop into the Museum to touch some real museum objects and make something fun to take home.

Suitable for all 1pm-4pmDrop-in

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