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Animal Vision for families
Animal Vision for families

A fun show investigating a world only visible to certain animals.

5 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
8 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 14:00
12 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
19 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
26 August 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 11:45, 12:00 - 12:30, 12:45 - 13:15
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  • Families Families (7+)
Animal Vision for families (BSL)
Animal Vision for families (BSL)

A fun show investigating a world only visible to certain animals.

8 August 2015 11:30 - 12:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

Meet Charles Darwin, he will share his collection of beetles and tell you his famous theory of evolution.

9 August 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
26 September 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
24 October 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
28 November 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Dino Snores
Dino Snores

Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum when everyone has gone home? Come and find out at our exciting sleepover for kids.

18 September 2015 18:45
23 October 2015 18:45
7 November 2015 18:45
5 December 2015 18:45

  • Everyone Everyone
Explore and Discover guides for families
Explore and Discover guides for families

Get the most out of your visit with our stimulating and inspiring Explore and Discover guides.

3 August 2015
4 August 2015
5 August 2015
6 August 2015
7 August 2015

  • Families Families (all ages)
Family Explorer Backpacks
Family Explorer Backpacks

Families can explore the galleries together with a passport, binoculars and activity book.

31 July 2015
1 August 2015
2 August 2015
8 August 2015
9 August 2015

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs
Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs

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

2 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
11 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
25 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
30 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
4 October 2015 11:00 - 14:00, 14:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Investigate for families
Investigate for families

Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre. Centre closes at 17:00. Last entry is at 16.30.

31 July 2015 11:00 - 17:00
1 August 2015 11:00 - 17:00
2 August 2015 11:00 - 17:00
3 August 2015 11:00 - 17:00
4 August 2015 11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Marvellous Moths
Marvellous Moths

Join us as we reveal some of the most impressive and beautiful moths from our collections.

6 September 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Mary Anning
Mary Anning

Meet Mary Anning, a pioneering fossil hunter from 19th century.

29 August 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
13 September 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
11 October 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
15 November 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30
13 December 2015 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30

  • Families Families (all ages)
Pond Life
Pond Life

Discover the creatures living in the Museum pond with our Science educators.

9 August 2015 11:00 - 17:00
12 August 2015 11:00 - 17:00

  • Families Families (7-12)
Puppets - Jackie and the Beanstalk
Puppets - Jackie and the Beanstalk

Meet popular characters from children books and learn about animals and plant life.

27 September 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Families Families (all ages)
Puppets - Little Red Hen
Puppets - Little Red Hen

Meet popular characters from children books and learn about animals and plants life.

29 November 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Puppets - Wolf Tales
Puppets - Wolf Tales

Join this lively storytelling show with puppets about animal and human nature.

25 October 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00
26 October 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00
30 October 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00
27 December 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Puppets: Tales from the deep
Puppets: Tales from the deep

Join the world of the deep blue sea with these two delightful stories set beneath the waves.

17 August 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00
18 August 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00
24 August 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00
25 August 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00
30 August 2015 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00

  • Families Families (under 7s)
Specimen Preparation Area in action
Specimen Preparation Area in action

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

6 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
13 August 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

  • Everyone Everyone
The Secrets of Spider Dating
The Secrets of Spider Dating

In the world of spiders, attracting a mate can be a deadly task. Join us to find out more.

2 August 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
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