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., 22 Sep 2017
E.g., 22 Sep 2017
Date Event
Saturday 23rd September 2017


Ashventure 18th-Century Art: Faces, Frocks and Boxes

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 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 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

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Botanic Garden

Art in the Autumn

Get creative in the Garden: take your inspiration from our autumn kaleidoscope of colours and make something beautiful to take home.

Suitable for all11am-1pmDrop-in

£1 suggested donation for materials

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