Hands on Nature

Discover more about nature, from prehistoric dinosaurs to modern-day animals and marine life, using real fossils and specimens from the Museum's collections.

Hands on Nature activity sessions run on weekends, and every day during school holidays, from 14.00 to 17.00 and you can drop in at any time during the session.

In these fun and educational activities children will:

  • look at a variety of specimens from dinosaur fossils and teeth to sea urchins and star fish, and identify what each is
  • compare fossils with modern-day animal and bird bones
  • discover the diversity and uniqueness of life under the sea
  • learn how scientists classify animals through studying fossil specimens
  • put what they've learnt to the test in the Museum's gallery

The activity sessions are held in the Marine Invertebrates and Fossil Marine Reptile galleries and are ideal for families with children aged 5 -12; older and younger family members are welcome.

See below for individual session details.

Hands on Nature activity sessions
  • Hands on Nature - Mammoths
    Hands on Nature - Mammoths

    25 October 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    30 October 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    1 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    15 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    22 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    29 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00

    Drop in to our fun Mammoths workshop for lots of games and specimen handling.

  • Hands On Nature - Ocean Life
    Hands On Nature - Ocean Life

    26 October 2014 11:00 - 13:00,

    28 October 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    9 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00,

    23 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00

    Discover some of the wonder and variety of marine creatures and find out why they're so special.

  • Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs
    Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs

    2 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    16 November 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    6 December 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    20 December 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,

    27 December 2014 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00

    Is it a dinosaur? Get up close and personal with real specimens to find out.