Family Friendly Events, Activities and Workshops

Family Friendly Fun every Sunday

Every Sunday 14.00 - 16.00 Free family friendly acitivities in the Pitt Rivers. Activity backpacks, sorting boxes, trails, colouring sheets and craft activities.

Programme of other Family Friendly events family friendly events

Fun ways to explore the museum and discover more about our exciting collections. Make something super to take home. FREE drop-in activities for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

First Saturday of every month and in school holidays 
13.00 - 16.00 (unless otherwise stated)

Summer

Trail: Carnival Summer Trail!

Wednesday 23 July – Monday 1 September during opening hours

Join the colourful, noisy parade through the Museums with our flamboyant summer trail.

Bags of fun

Summer Holiday Activities: Bags of Fun

Tuesday 29 July – Tuesday 2 September 14.00 – 16.00

Every Tuesday throughout the Summer Holidays, borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.

Shoes

Summer Holiday Activities: Afternoon Explorer - Shoes

Monday 4 August 14.00 – 16.00

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

Shields

Summer Holiday Activities: Afternoon Explorer - Shields

Monday 18 August 14.00 – 16.00

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

Masks

Summer Holiday Activities: Afternoon Explorer - Masks

Monday 1 September 14.00 – 16.00

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

row your boat

Under 5 event: Row, Row, Row Your Boat!

Thursday 11 September 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Explore boats in the Museum and make one of your own!

Lamp

Pitt Stop: Light My Lamp

Saturday 6 September 13.00 – 16.00

Add a dash of light this Autumn with your very own lantern, and discover some unusual ones from around the world…

Round round

Pitt Stop: Round, round, get around

Saturday 4 October 13.00 – 16.00

Planes that soar, boats that float and cars that va-va-vroom!

animal antics

Under 5 event: Animal Antics

Thursday 9 October 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Can you spot a cat? A camel? A crocodile? Read an animal story and make an animal crown. Especially for under 5s.

beauty and beasts

October Half-Term Activities: Beauty and the Beasts

Monday 27 October – Wednesday 29 October 13.00 – 16.00

Celebrate the gross and the gorgeous. Touch some repulsive museum objects from the Museum of Natural History and find out what makes us beautiful in the Pitt Rivers Museum.

good vibrations

Pitt Stop: Good Vibrations

Saturday 1 November 13.00 – 16.00

Discover how we can use our breath to make sound, and make your own noisy instrument to take home. Part of the Breath Festival.

My little drum

Under 5 event: My Little Drum

Thursday 13 November 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Play lots of noisy drums from around the world, and make one to take home! Especially for under 5s.

Merry

Pitt Stop: Have yourself a shiny little Christmas

Saturday 6 December 13.00 – 16.00

Get into the festive mood by making shiny Christmas Coins, and discover how beautiful things are made from metal.

Reindeer

Under 5 event: Rockin’ Reindeer

Thursday 11 December 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Make some festive reindeer ears and go reindeer spotting in the museum. Especially for under 5s.

12 days of christmas

Trail: 12 Days of Christmas

Saturday 20 December – Sunday 4 January during opening hours

On the first day of Christmas the Museums gave to me… a very exciting festive trail!

Magic

Pitt Stop: It’s a Kind of Magic

Saturday 3 January 13.00 – 16.00

Discover amulets from around the world. Then create your own good luck charms!

Feathered friends

Under 5 event: Feathered Friends

Thursday 8 January 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Make a feathered crown and have feathery fun in the Museum! Special event for under 5s.

World Explorers

Pitt Stop: World Explorers

Saturday 7 February 13.00 – 16.00

Go on a journey of discovery with intrepid travellers and create your own explorer hat!

dance to the ditty

Under 5 event: Dance to the Ditty

Thursday 12 February 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Grab a Javanese Dance scarf and get dancing at this special event for under 5s.

Home sweet habitat

February Half-Term Activities: Home Sweet Habitat

Monday 16 February – Wednesday 18 February 13.00 – 16.00

Explore how animals and humans make themselves at home, and build your own little den. Crafts, object handling and a family friendly talk at 3pm.

Giddy Up

Pitt Stop: Giddy Up

Saturday 7 March 13.00 – 16.00

Saddle up and learn all about leatherwork in the museum.

Singing around the world

Under 5 event: Singing Around the World

Thursday 12 March 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Learn catchy traditional tunes from around the world, and make a noisy instrument to practice them at home! Especially for under 5s.

WowHow

Wow!How?

Saturday 14 March, 10.00 – 16.00

Make, test, explore and explode with excitement at our annual bonanza of experiments and hands-on fun.

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All of the Oxford University Museums offer family friendly activities. To find out about current events download: The Oxford University Museums family friendly leaflet (PDF)