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A natural winner for the summer holidays

Summer Family Festival, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August 2005

Give kids a treat this summer without burning a hole in your pocket, at the Natural History Museum’s free Summer Family Festival. Families will get the chance to sample the Museum’s entire family events programme in one action-packed weekend. From music workshops in the Central Hall to pond dipping in the Wildlife Garden, there promises to be something for everyone, whatever the age or interest.

The Summer Family Festival aims to showcase all of the new workshops and activities the Museum has developed over the last year. Additional one-off events will also take place over the weekend, including a free taster of what Museum Membership has to offer for families.

‘We want to inspire people to learn about and enjoy the natural world through our diverse range of events,’ said Nick Ives, head of Lifelong Learning at the Natural History Museum. ‘The Summer Family Festival is a great chance to try out all our fun workshops and activities in just one weekend’. 

Highlights for the under sevens include:

  • Crafty Nature workshops: arts and craft activities on natural history themes
  • Explorer backpacks: kids become intrepid explorers of the natural world using these fun activity-led backpacks
  • Dippy jigsaw: Piece together the great Diplodocus just like palaeontologists did when they found the original fossils
  • Puppets: storytelling based around natural history themes and Asian legends

Highlights for all the family include:

  • Hands-On nature: gallery-based trolleys that give visitors a chance to handle real specimens
  • Gallery characters: naturalist Charles Darwin, fossil collector Mary Anning and other great characters from the world of natural history are brought to life by actors who roam the Museum’s galleries
  • Pond dipping: discover a wild world of mini-beasts that inhabit the pond in the Museum’s Wildlife Garden
  • Earth Lab microfossils workshop: use a microscope and make your own microfossil slide in this drop-in activity
     Notes for editors
  • The Museum offers a diverse range of free activities and events throughout the year.
  • Winner of the 2004 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries. The Museum is committed to encouraging public engagement with science. This role has been enhanced greatly by the Darwin Centre, a major new initiative that offers visitors unique access behind the scenes of the Museum. Phase One of the project opened to the public in 2002 and Phase Two is scheduled to open in 2008.

Visitor information
Admission: free
Venue: The Natural History Museum
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50, Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000 Monday–Friday, 020 7942 5011 Saturday and Sunday
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education