Family Festival: Oceans

Event information

Event type: drop-in, special event

Location: Throughout the Museum

Ticket prices:

Free entry with some paid activities

Join us this half-term for a festival of ocean-themed, family-friendly fun. The Festival is being held on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the February half-term.

As you make your way around the Museum, drop-in on games, shows and events to inspire and entertain you. Kids can get creative and make their own coral, build a marine reptile skeleton and discover what lived in our oceans millions of years ago.

Come along to our fun and interactive science shows, were you can meet some of our ocean scientists.

What's on at the Festival?

Ocean Explorers

Location: Flett Events Theatre Foyer (Red Zone)

I'm a Scientist - What does a scientist look like? They might look just like you! Find out what tools and equipment our scientists use when exploring the natural world and work out what you would need to bring on your own science field trip. (Drop in between 11.00-17.00)

Operation Earth

Explore the exciting world of environmental science in this action-packed science show.

Coral Reefs

Location: Darwin Centre - Zoology spirit building (Orange Zone)

Hands-on Nature: Corals - Handle real coral specimens and find out how these curious animals live. (Drop-in between 11.00-16.00)

Coral Art Workshop - Create your own wearable textile coral model hat. (Drop-in between 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00)


Oceans 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.

Limited spaces - first come, first served: 13, 14 and 15 February at 10.45, 11.45, 12.45, 13.45

Extreme Sharks

They’ve been on the planet for millions of years, but what makes sharks so special and how are they adapted to survive? Find out and meet one of our shark scientists.

Limited spaces - first come, first served: 13 February at 15.00

Wonderful Whales

Explore the world of whales and meet one of our whale scientists. See how these amazing animals are adapted to their environments and find out whether you have what it takes to make it as a whale. 

Limited spaces - first come, first served: 14 and 15 February at 15.00

Oceans Past

Location: Darwin Centre – Cocoon Atrium (Orange Zone)

Build a plesiosaur - Have you ever wondered how scientists put together fossil skeletons? This is your opportunity to find out! (Drop-in between 11.00-17.00)

John Murray: The First Ocean Scientist

Location: Hintze Hall

Meet John Murray, the world’s first ocean scientist and discover the challenges of exploring the oceans during the Victorian era. (Gallery character, drop-in between 11.00–12.30 and 13.30–16.00)

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

Location: Marine Invertebrates (Blue Zone)

Explore biodiversity in the ocean in this fun, interactive puppet show.

Suitable for ages 1-6.

Limited spaces - first come, first served at 11.30, 13.00, 14.00.

Plan your visit

Plan your day and find your way to various activties with the Family Festival programme and map.

Event dates

Get hands on

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

Take a tour

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection, where you'll meet Archie the giant squid. (Ages 8+)

Kids go free to Whales

Children can visit the Whales: Beneath the surface exhibition for free during the Family Festival. (This offer is valid for up to three children per paying adult.)