Family Friendly Events

Visiting as a family? Check out our year-round family friendly events. From planting to painting; the deep blue sea to the sky above; storybook characters, historical figures, and myths and monsters - there's something for everyone!

Events are drop in - no need to book | Donations welcome

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Download our 2018 Family Event Planner

Download our 2019 Family Event Planner






Regular Events: Every Week

Spotlight Specimens

Museum of Natural History

Monday-Thursday at 2:30pm

Object handling

An informal specimen show-and-tell in the museum court. Ask questions and chat with museum experts.

Under 5s: Little Ash Moles

Ashmolean Museum

Every Thursday in term time, 10:30-11:30am

Craft activity, Games

Explore, play and learn together in this fun gallery activity for under 5s

Hands-On Coins

Ashmolean Museum

Every Saturday, 11:30am & 3:30pm

Object handling

Handle historical coins from different times and places, with the help of our volunteer team.

Saturday Object Handling

Pitt Rivers Museum

Every Saturday, 11:00-1:00pm

Object handling

Discover more about wonderful and fascinating objects from the museum's collection

Family Friendly Sundays

Museum of Natural History

Every Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm

Trail, Craft activity

Trails, crafts, backpacks and more, all provided by musuem volunteers

Pick up Fun: From the Information Desk

Ashmolean Museum

Every Saturday & Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm

Trails, Craft activity

Activity packs, fun make-and-takes, magnifiers and torches (subject to availability)

Big Botanic Backpacks

Botanic garden


Our family-friendly backpacks will open up a world of exploration and investigation to you. 'At Home in the Garden' is for 5 to 9 year olds, and 'Egyptian Explorer' for 8 to 11 year olds. Backpacks contain a selection of activities and are packed full of ideas to help you get the most from your visit.

Explorer Backpacks

Harcourt Arboretum


Pick up a backpack from the ticket office and use it to help you explore the 130 acre site.

List of site pages