Family Festival: Oceans
Event type: drop-in, special event
Location: Throughout the Museum
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?
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)
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)
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
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
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
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.