Family Festival: Explorers and Discoveries

Event information

Event type: drop-in, special event

Location: Orange Zone

Ticket prices:

Free, no booking required


At the heart of science is exploration. Join us at our free family festival to make your own incredible discoveries from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 October.

Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop-in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can build giant skeletons, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become wildlife detectives. 

What's on at the festival?

Jurassic Skeleton Workshop

Explore the differences between dinosaurs and marine reptiles for yourself by putting together our giant skeletons. 

Darwin Centre Atrium
11.00-16.30, drop-in
Suitable for ages 5+


Mary Anning Character

Meet famous Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning and see some of her discoveries from the ancient deep.

Hintze Hall, Green Zone
11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00, drop-in
Suitable for all ages

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
11.00-16.30, drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+


Environmental 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.

11.15, 12.15 and 13.15
Limited spaces - first come, first served
Suitables for ages 7+

Nature Live

Meet a Museum scientist and discover how we can explore our planet to unveil the secrets of nature in our hosted, interactive talks.

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

Scientist Discovery Stations

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

Darwin Centre Atrium
12.00-14.00, drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+


Wildlife Detectives

Pick up a magnifying glass and see if you can help us to discover the different animals hidden in our environment.

Darwin Centre Atrium
11.00-16.30, drop-in
Suitable for ages 5+

Wildlife Garden Family Explorers

Explore different habitats to discover what kind of animals live in our Wildlife Garden.

23 and 24 October only, 11.00-16.30, drop-in
Suitable for ages 5+


Join our scientists and get involved in a real scientific survey to find out what is living in our Wildlife Garden.

25 October only, 11.00-16.30, drop-in
Suitable for ages 5+

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. 

11.00-16.30, drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+

The Wider Earth

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

Until 30 December
Suitable for ages 10+

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