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)


Trail: Eggstraordinary Easter Eggventure

Saturday 5 – Monday 21 April during opening hours

Eggsplore the Museums with an eggciting egg-hunters trail!


Pitt Stop: Ancient Egypt Adventurer

3 May 13.00 – 16.00 Become an Ancient Egypt Adventurer!

Explore objects from Egyptian tombs, meet a mummy and make a mask.


Under 5 event: Marvellous Masks

Thursday 8 May 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Make a mask and go on an around-the-world mask spotting adventure!

Micro and Mega

May Half-Term Activities: Micro and Mega

Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 May 13.00 – 16.00

Tiny dolls and enormous dinosaurs; investigate, sketch and create. Celebrate Oxfordshire Artweeks with the Museums.

Under and Over

Under 5 event: Under and Over

Thursday 5 June 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Weave in and out, under and over, and make a woven creation!


Pitt Stop: Crocodile Crowns

Saturday 7 June 13.00 – 16.00

Create elaborate animal head-wear inspired by our West African collections.


Pitt Stop: Underground Explorers

Saturday 5 July 13.00 – 16.00

Step into our underground wonderland. Burrowing animals, fossils and ancient remains from beneath the earth. Joint with the Museum of Natural History.


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.


Pitt Stop: Dreamtime

Saturday 2 August 13.00 – 16.00

Discover Australian Aboriginal dreamtime tales and beautiful Dot Art. Then create your own masterpiece.


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.


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.


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!


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…

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)