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., 26 Jul 2017
E.g., 26 Jul 2017
Date Event
Saturday 22nd July - Sunday 3rd September 2017

Museum of Natural History

Big Stars & Little Secrets

Decide which of the Natural History's biggest stars is your favourite. Then discover the best kept secrets in the Pitt Rivers.

Suitable for all During opening hoursDrop-in

Joint with PRM

Wed 26th July and Thursday 27th July

Ashmolean

Summer Holidays: Draw!

Sharpen your pencils for a summer of dynamic drawing activities. Drawing games, doodling, discovering new ways to look and draw with diverse materials - all inspired by our amazing objects. Look out for artists in the galleries with drawing tips to share.

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Education Studio

Saturday 29th July 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Fest

This year we move our annual day-festival inside the Museum. Join us for object handling, crafts, special guests and live music.

Suitable for all 10.30am-4.30pmDrop-in

Saturday 29th July 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 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 30th July 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 31st July 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Afternoon Explorers: Music

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

Suitable for all 1pm-4pmDrop-in

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Bags of Fun

Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Wednesday 2nd August and Thursday 3rd August

Ashmolean

Summer Holidays: Draw!

Sharpen your pencils for a summer of dynamic drawing activities. Drawing games, doodling, discovering new ways to look and draw with diverse materials - all inspired by our amazing objects. Look out for artists in the galleries with drawing tips to share.

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Education Studio

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

Saturday 5th August 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Games Around the World

Come along to play and make traditional games inspired by the collections.

Suitable for all 1pm-4pmDrop-in

Saturday 5th August 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

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Bags of Fun

Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Wednesday 9th August and Thursday 10th August

Ashmolean

Summer Holidays: Draw!

Sharpen your pencils for a summer of dynamic drawing activities. Drawing games, doodling, discovering new ways to look and draw with diverse materials - all inspired by our amazing objects. Look out for artists in the galleries with drawing tips to share.

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Education Studio

Saturday 12th August 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 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

Saturday 12th August 2017

Botanic Garden

Plants That Changed the World picnic

Have a go at the activities, from craft to sowing and growing, which will help you explore these plants and find out more about how and why they are special. Bring along your picnic and enjoy the entertainment and refreshments.

Suitable for all ages1pm-4pmDrop-in

Children Free with paying family member

Sunday 13th 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 14th August 2017

Pitt Rivers Museum

Afternoon Explorers: Money

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

Suitable for all 1pm-4pmDrop-in

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Bags of Fun

Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Wednesday 16th August and Thursday 17th August

Ashmolean

Summer Holidays: Draw!

Sharpen your pencils for a summer of dynamic drawing activities. Drawing games, doodling, discovering new ways to look and draw with diverse materials - all inspired by our amazing objects. Look out for artists in the galleries with drawing tips to share.

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Education Studio

Saturday 19th August 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 20th 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 21st August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Afternoon Explorers: Rascally Reptiles

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

Suitable for all 1pm-4pmDrop-in

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Bags of Fun

Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Wednesday 23rd August and Thursday 24th August

Ashmolean

Summer Holidays: Draw!

Sharpen your pencils for a summer of dynamic drawing activities. Drawing games, doodling, discovering new ways to look and draw with diverse materials - all inspired by our amazing objects. Look out for artists in the galleries with drawing tips to share.

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Education Studio

Saturday 26th August 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 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 27th 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

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Museum of Natural History

Bags of Fun

Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.

Suitable for all 2pm-4pmDrop-in

Wednesday 30th August and Thursday 31st August

Ashmolean

Summer Holidays: Draw!

Sharpen your pencils for a summer of dynamic drawing activities. Drawing games, doodling, discovering new ways to look and draw with diverse materials - all inspired by our amazing objects. Look out for artists in the galleries with drawing tips to share.

Suitable for all2pm-4pmDrop-in

Education Studio

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 1pm-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

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

Saturday 9th September 2017

Ashmolean

Ashventure Ancient Rome: Emperors and Empires

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

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