The Museum runs free drop-in activities every day including arts and crafts, tours and storytelling. All activities are free, drop-in and suitable for children aged 3-12 unless otherwise stated.

Plan your visit

Daily Activities

FREE / Drop-in
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
All ages unless otherwise stated

Monday – Friday

14.00     Animal Magic* (ages 18 months-5 years)
Multi-sensory storytelling inspired by well-loved animal tales, for early years children.

14.30-16.00     Art Smarts
Get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make a piece of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and displays to take home.

Saturday & Sunday 

10.30    Animal Magic* (ages 18 months-5 years)
Multi-sensory storytelling inspired by well-loved animal tales, for early years children.

11.15  Explore (ages 4+)
Find out more about the Museum’s collections at this session. A short talk about a part of display followed by hands-on objects handling activities.

12.00 Telling Tales
Storytelling featuring popular children’s tales. Children can help tell the story using sounds and props.

14.00-16.00 Art Smarts
Get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make a piece of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and displays to take home.


Summer Holiday 2017 Daily Activities
27 July – 3 September 2017

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday:

10.30 (30min) Animal Magic (18 months – 4 years)

Multi-sensory storytelling inspired by well-loved animal tales, for early years children.

11.30 (30min) Explore (4+)

Find out more about the Museum’s collections at this session. A short talk about a part of display followed by hands-on objects handling activities.

14.00 (15min) Morpurgo Reading Marathon (5+)

Pick up a book reading calendar and collect stamps every time you come to this book reading challenge! Listen to different excerpts every day from Morpurgo’s popular stories.

14.30-16.00 Artsmarts (all ages, drop-in)

Get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make a piece of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and displays to take home.

Tuesday, Thursdays & Sunday:

10.15-11.00 Little Hands Playtime (6 – 18 months, drop-in)

Touch, explore and play at this session for little hands. A themed environment, linked to a part of the Museum display, invites babies and their carers for a tactile, open-ended playtime.

11.15-12.00 Play at the Museum (all ages, drop-in)

Come and have a go at toys you can find on display at the Museum. A themed session highlighting key areas of the Collection, such as Retro Toys and Board Games.

12.15 (30mins) Telling Tales (all ages)

14.00 (15min) Morpurgo Reading Marathon (5+)

Pick up a book reading calendar and collect stamps every time you come to this book reading challenge! Listen to different excerpts every day from Morpurgo’s popular stories.

14.30-16.00 Artsmarts (all ages, drop-in)

Get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make a piece of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and displays to take home.

Friday: Changing schedule depending on the Story Weaving Family Days


Montessori Family Packs

A selection of Montessori Family Packs for children age 5 and under are available to borrow from the Information Desk for one hour – please leave a form of ID (e.g. a passport or driving licence). Each pack contains a map, activity suggestions, storybooks and toys to touch.

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Making SENse Family Packs

Making SENse packs are designed to make the Museum more accessible for families with additional needs, and are available to borrow from the Information Desk for one hour. Packs are available for families with children on the autistic spectrum, with toys to touch, sound mufflers, PECs symbols, a photo booklet and colouring in sheets. There are also packs for families with a visually impaired child, containing large print, Braille translation, raised images, a Penfriend audio guide and toys to touch.

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* Please note that the maximum capacity for Animal Magic is 50 visitors, on first come first served basis.