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

Plan your visit

These activities take place during term-time only.

Term-time: Monday – Friday

Animal Magic, 14.00
Sensory storytelling for children aged 5 and under, inspired by well-loved animal tales.

Art Smarts, 14.30-16.00
Kids can get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make an amazing piece of art inspired by the Museum to take home. For children of all ages.

Term-time: Saturday and Sunday
Summer holidays: Saturday  – Thursday

 For details of  special events and activities during the holidays visit our What’s On pages.

Animal Magic, 10.30
Sensory storytelling for children aged 5 and under, inspired by well-loved animal tales.

Explore, 11.15-11.45
Object-handling, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions that let children get up close to childhood objects and toys.

Telling Tales, 12.00-12.30
Interactive storytelling featuring popular children’s tales. Children can help tell the story using sounds and props.

Art Smarts, 14.00-16.00
Kids can get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make an amazing piece of art inspired by the Museum to take home. For children of all ages.


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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