Family Festival: Mysteries of the Dark

Event information

Event type: drop-in, special event

Location: Orange Zone

Ticket prices:

Free, no booking required

 

Shine a light on the amazing creatures that live in the dark. Join us at our free family festival during the half term from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 February.

Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop-in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can dissect owl pellets, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become mystery detectives. 

What's on at the festival?

Midnight Mystery Detective

Become a detective and explore the life of nocturnal animals using the animal tracking skills you’ll learn in this fun workshop.  

Darwin Centre learning space
11.00-16.00 drop-in
Suitable for ages 5+

Animal Story

Join Charlie the fox and his woodland friends in this 20-minute interactive puppet show as they introduce you to their life in the woods. 

Darwin Centre learning space
11.00, 12.00, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30
Suitable for ages 4+

Mounted owl specimen

Owl Pellet Dissection

Discover the fascinating world of owls by dissecting their pellets to find out what they eat.

Darwin Centre Atrium
11.00-16.00 drop-in
Suitable for ages 5+

Marine Exploration Station

Handle real specimens and discover some of the dangers and opportunities for life in the ocean, including deep sea specimens featured in our exhibition Life in the Dark

Zoology spirit building, Darwin Centre
11.00-16.00, drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+

Adventure to the Deep science show in the Attenborough Studio

Science shows

Location: Attenborough Studio, Orange Zone

Adventure to the Deep

Come on an adventure and help our scientists explore the seas, from the sunlit corals to the midnight depths. Don’t forget to pack your deep-sea diving suit.

Daily 11.15 and 14.00
Limited spaces - first come, first served
Suitables for ages 7+

Meet the Scientist

Discover how we can explore nature to unveil its secrets in our hosted, interactive talks with Museum scientists.

Daily 15.00
Limited spaces - first come, first served
Suitable for ages 8+

Superheroes of the Dark

Get hands-on with specimens and discover animals that use surprising skills and senses to thrive in the dark. Which one thrives best? You decide in our dark thriver challenge!

Darwin Centre Atrium
11.00-16.00 drop-in
Suitable for ages 5+

Scientist Discovery Stations

Meet our amazing scientists, hear their tales of exploration and see what they have discovered.

Darwin Centre Atrium
11.00-15.30, drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+

Hands-on Nature: Life in the Dark

Get hands-on with real specimens and find out how animals are adapted to thrive in the dark. 

Darwin Centre Atrium
11.00-16.00 drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+

Event dates

More half-term fun

Life in the Dark

Continue your journey of natural discovery by exploring life in the deep sea, pitch-black caves and underground.

Children go free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Get hands-on

Drop-in to Investigate, our science centre where children and adults can get hands-on with the Museum's collection. 

11.00-16.00, drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+

The Wider Earth

Follow the adventures of a young Charles Darwin in a new play featuring remarkable puppetry. Free for children.

Until 24 February
£17.50-£79.50
Suitable for ages 8+

Andy's clock

Waistcoat. Gizmo. Hat. Take me to the time of the dinosaurs! See Andy's clock in Hintze Hall. 

Free, suitable for all ages

See our stars in jars

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection, where you'll meet Archie the giant squid. 

£15, booking essential
Suitable for ages 8+