Family Friendly Events, Activities and Workshops

Object Handling every Saturday

Every Saturday 10.30 - 12.30 Free family friendly object handling in the Pitt Rivers. Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the museum’s collection. Starts Saturday 2 May.

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.

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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 - There will not be a Pitt stop on Saturday 4 July)


Trail: Eggstraordinary Easter Eggventure

Saturday 28 March – Sunday 12 April
during opening hours

Eggsplore the Museums with an eggciting egg-hunters trail!


Easter Holidays: Amazing Armour

Thursday 2 April – Saturday 4 April 13.00 – 16.00

Find out more about the amazing armour that we have in the museum and make a porcupinefish helmet.

folk weekend

Folk Weekend Oxford

Saturday 18 April – Sunday 19 April 11.00 – 16.30

Join us for Folk Weekend Oxford for storytelling, songs, games, and percussion workshops. Make your own Morris bell pads!

Making Music

Pitt Stop: Making Music

Saturday 2 May 13.00 – 16.00

Explore musical instruments and make a turtle rattle.

Fly a kite

Under 5 event: Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Thursday 7 May 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Make your own fish kite and test it out on the museum lawn. Especially for under 5s.


May Half Term: Museum Masterpiece

Tuesday 26 May – Wednesday 27 May 13.00 – 16.00

Rummage around for bits’n’ bobs to create your own magnificent artwork.

games around the world

Pitt Stop: Games Around the World

Saturday 6 June 13.00 – 16.00

Come along and play traditional games and make terrific toys inspired by the collections.


Under 5 event: Pittnic

Thursday 11 June 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Forage for foods from across the world and create your own picnic basket. Especially for under 5s.


Cowley Road Carnival

Sunday 5 July 12:00 – 17:00

Visit the Museums’ stall for lots of making and object handling fun.

shadow puppets

Under 5 event: Shadow Puppets

Thursday 2 July 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Create your own shadow puppet and have fun using our puppet theatre. Especially for under 5s.

Summer holiday

Trail: All going on a Summer Holiday

Saturday 18 July – Monday 31 August
during opening hours

What will you pack? Who will you meet? A sensory trail with lots of things to see, hear, and touch.


Afternoon Explorers: Weaving

Monday 20 July 13.00 – 16.00

Come along and learn wonderful weaving techniques and have a go on our loom.

bags of fun

Bags of Fun

Every Tuesday from Tuesday 21 July – Tuesday 25 August 14.00 – 16.00

Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers.

scrap happy

Pitt Stop: Scrap Happy

Saturday 1 August 13.00 – 16.00

Delve into our pile of junk and make something terrific from nothing.


Afternoon Explorers: Leather

Monday 3 August 13.00 – 16.00

Learn all about leatherwork and make your own leather case to take home.


Afternoon Explorers: Printing

Monday 17 August 13.00 – 16.00

Get arty and practice your printing techniques using the museum for inspiration.


Pitt Stop: Pitt Fest- Handmade!

Saturday 5 September 11.00 – 17.00

Join us on the University Museum lawn for our third annual Pitt Fest. Take part in a range of creative hands-on crafts from around the world.

dot to dot

Under 5 event: Dot to Dot

Thursday 10 September 10.30 – 12.30, 14.00 – 16.00

Explore Aboriginal art and create your own dotty masterpiece. Especially for under 5s.

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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)