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Summer Holidays Ideas: Museum Events for families in London

With the weather being so bad, our thoughts are turning to indoor activities to keep the children entertained this summer. Luckily lots of the museums run excellent events to help keep children entertained over the summer holidays. Here is our pick of the best:


Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch has a whole summer of activities with the theme Inside, Outside and Around the World - Three weeks of exciting summer activities for children exploring home and garden spaces from across the globe. Become a plant hunter and learn about the international origins of different herbs, spices, flowers and plants, bake tasty treats, create your own soaps and take a closer look at mini beasts in the gardens. Do check out the activities as there is a really fantastic range. Some need to be book in advance and some are drop-in. Full listings here


Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green has absolutely loads on all holiday including Summer Games all of August - test your endurance, try for a personal best, or have a go at traditional outdoor games and fun, simple outdoor family activities. Free and drop in. 11am - 4pm. There is also a summer festival on 29th July and puppet making fun with Little Angel Theatre on Fridays throughout August. See the full list of activities here

The British Museum has some excellent Shakespeare In The Summer events - Come along and make your own contribution to a suitably Shakespearean artwork, then listen to some unusual versions of stories from the Bard’s plays. Suitable for all ages, free and drop in. Various dates.

RAF Museum Hendon has a series of themed weeks running throughout the holidays including: Wild Bird Week, Land Army Week and Airfix Fortnight. See more details here.


Cartoon Museum in Covent Garden has great events for older children running throughout the summer including Make a Superhero/heroine Poster, Manga Storytelling and lots more.

Canal Museum, Islington has family fun days and boat trips running throughout August. Find out more here.

St Albans Museum and Verulamium Museum have great family events running throughout the holidays. You can make your own gladiator, hear the story of Goldilocks and make a bear and much more. See the full timetable here.

Wallace Collection has Drop In Family Fun on 14th and 15th August - Follow a trail around the galleries before engaging in some making activities back in the Education Studio. Free, drop-in, no need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 2-4pm.

Let us know if you know of any other great museum events. Some museums are yet to publish their summer holiday activities and we will update this in the run up to the holidays as they do, so check back soon for more ideas. No need to be bored!

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