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.
E.g., 23 Mar 2017
E.g., 23 Mar 2017
Date Event
Monday 20th March 2017 - Sunday 26th March 2017

Ashmolean

Shakespeare Week Family Trail

Take part in Shakespeare Week with our special family trail available at the Welcome Desk.

Suitable for ages 4+During opening hoursDrop-in

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Ashmolean

Little Ashmoles: Rabbit Hop

Explore, play and learn together with a new theme each month.

All welcome, particularly suitable for ages 3-510.30am-11.15amNo booking required

Meet in gallery 44

Saturday 25th March 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Saturday Object Handling

Discover more about the wonderful and fascinating objects in our collection.

Suitable for all11am-1pmDrop-in

Sunday 26th March 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Join us in road-testing novel board games and discover medicine in the medieval Islamic world. We welcome your feedback!

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 26th March 2017

Museum of Natural History

Family Friendly Sundays

Try a trail, borrow a backpack, make something exciting to take home or have a rummage in our special sorting boxes

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Thursday 30th March 2017

Ashmolean

Little Ashmoles: Rabbit Hop

Explore, play and learn together with a new theme each month.

All welcome, particularly suitable for ages 3-510.30am-11.15amNo booking required

Meet in gallery 44

Saturday 1st April 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Brilliant Body Arts

Be inspired by body decoration from around the world. Create your own perfect piece of jewellery.

Suitable for all 1-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 1st April 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 1st April 2017 - Sunday 23rd April 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Easter Mystery Trail

Challenge yourself to the Easter Mystery Trail.

Ages 6+Opening hoursDrop-in

Sunday 2nd April 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

Thursday 6th April 2017

Ashmolean

Little Ashmoles: Pirate Adventure

Explore, play and learn together with a new theme each month.

All welcome, particularly suitable for ages 3-510.30am-11.15amNo booking required

Meet in gallery 44

Saturday 8th April - Sunday 23rd April 2017

Museum of Natural History

Eggstraordinary Easter Eggventure

Eggsplore the Museums with an eggciting egg-hunters trail!

Suitable for allDuring opening hours Drop-in

Joint with PRM

Saturday 8th April 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 8th April 2017

Ashmolean

Ashventure Ancient Greece: Olympic Games

Join our regular gallery Ashventures: stories, gallery hunts, games, object handling and crafts.

All welcome, particularly suitable for ages 4+2pm-2.45pm repeated at 3.15pm-4pmNo booking required

Meet in gallery 21

Sunday 9th April 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 10th April 2017 - Wednesday 12th April 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Great Pitt Rivers Feast Off

What's in a Japanese feast or an Inuit meal? Forage for favourite foods from across the globe.

Suitable for all 1-4pmDrop-in

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Botanic Garden

Naturewatch

Come to explore the natural world of the garden. take part in some craft activities and meet an invertebrate expert

Suitable for school aged children11am-1pmDrop-in

Children Free with paying family member

Wednesday 12th April and Thursday 13th April

Ashmolean

Holiday Adventures: Pure Pattern

Join artist Francesca Shakespeare for a special Artweeks workshop and create a patterned tile inspired by Islamic ceramics.

Suitable for all1pm-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 15th April 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 16th April 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 17th April - Wednesday 19th April

Museum of Natural History

Brain Power!

Discover the Brilliant things your brain does from your head to your toes!

Suitable for allDrop-in

Wednesday 19th April and Thursday 20th April 2017

Ashmolean

Holiday Adventures: Japanese Spring

Create a Japanese blossom picture to celebrate Spring

Suitable for all1pm-4pmDrop-in

Thursday 20th April 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Make a Magical Votive

Join artist Anna Dumitriu to make a magical votive offering inspired by your experiences of medicine and the exhibition Back from the Dead. Add your piece to an exciting new art installation.

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Basement Gallery

Friday 21st April 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Fabulous Fundials

Design and make your own decorative Easter sundial.

Ages 5-112pm-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 22nd April - Sunday 23rd April

Pitt Rivers Museum

Folk Weekend

Join us for Folk Weekend Oxford for storytelling, songs, games and music workshops.

Suitable for all 11am-4.30pmDrop-in

Saturday 22nd April 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 23rd April 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

Thursday 27th April 2017

Ashmolean

Little Ashmoles: Pirate Adventure

Explore, play and learn together with a new theme each month.

All welcome, particularly suitable for ages 3-510.30am-11.15amNo booking required

Meet in gallery 44

Saturday 29th April 2017

Museum of Natural History

Science Saturdays

Meet scientists to investigate real natural history specimens from the collection.

Ages 8+Drop-in

Saturday 29th April 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 30th April 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Join us in road-testing novel board games and discover medicine in the medieval Islamic world. We welcome your feedback!

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 28th May 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Join us in road-testing novel board games and discover medicine in the medieval Islamic world. We welcome your feedback!

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 25th June 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Join us in road-testing novel board games and discover medicine in the medieval Islamic world. We welcome your feedback!

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 30th July 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Join us in road-testing novel board games and discover medicine in the medieval Islamic world. We welcome your feedback!

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 27th August 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Join us in road-testing novel board games and discover medicine in the medieval Islamic world. We welcome your feedback!

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 24th September 2017

Museum of the History of Science

Board Games and Medieval Medicine

Join us in road-testing novel board games and discover medicine in the medieval Islamic world. We welcome your feedback!

Ages 7+2pm-4pmDrop-in

Sunday 30th April 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

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Botanic Garden

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Bring your teddy and sandwiches along for fun and activities in the garden.

Under 5s event10.30am-12.30pmDrop-in

Children Free with paying family member

Thursday 4th May 2017

Ashmolean

Little Ashmoles: Music and Rhythm

Explore, play and learn together with a new theme each month.

All welcome, particularly suitable for ages 3-510.30am-11.15amNo booking required

Meet in gallery 39

Saturday 6th May 2017

Museum of Natural History

Science Saturdays

Meet scientists to investigate real natural history specimens from the collection.

Ages 8+Drop-in

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