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!

Download our July-December 2019 Family Event Planner

The vast majority of our events are free to attend, but donations are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wonder Trail

We've collected some extraordinary things over the centuries.

Join us on the Wonder Trail this summer and discover 14 of our most mindgrowing wonders, from Egyptian mummies to Venus fly traps.

Pick up your free Wonder Trail Pass at any of our venues and find two wonders in each venue. Pick up your stickers along the way, then start your own collection of wonders by claiming a prize for every three stickers you collect!

Plan your visit at







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.

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