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)

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

Tuesday 11 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.


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.


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!


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.



Saturday 14 March, 10.00 – 16.00

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

family friendly leaflet


Download our programme

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)