Activities for families and kids

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A trip to the Natural History Museum is the perfect family day out in London this spring.

Get up-close with nature, discover fascinating creatures and intriguing science, and enjoy fun, family-friendly activities for curious kids and inquisitive parents.

There is so much to explore in the galleries (including your favourite dinosaurs!) and there are free and low-cost activities running every day.

With family exhibitions, plenty of hands-on, interactive activities and action-packed school holiday programmes, there's something for children of all ages.

  

The Museum won the Best for Learning category in London at the 2019 Hoop Awards

Family Festival: Environment Explorers

Join us from 28-30 May to discover how to take care of the environment at our free Family Festival.

1. Get hands-on in Investigate

Investigate hundreds of fascinating specimens using scientific tools in the Investigate Centre.

Monday - Friday: 16.00-17.15
Last entry: 17.00

Saturday, Sunday and school holidays: 10.30-17.00
Last entry: 16.30

Free, drop-in
Suitable for ages 7+

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4. Explore our pond life in the Wildlife Garden

Join our Science Educators to discover some of the underwater biodiversity found in the garden.

28-30 May, free, drop-in: 11.00-16.00
Suitable for ages 7+

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7. Track nocturnal animals

Become a detective and explore the life of nocturnal animals using the tracking skills you'll learn in this fun workshop.

28-30 May, free, drop-in: 11.00-16.30
Darwin Centre
Suitable for ages 5+

2. Gaze up at the Moon

Stand in the Jerwood Gallery beneath Luke Jerram's artwork, Museum of the Moon, and experience Companion: Moon, a series of free performances by interactive theatre-makers Coney.

17 May 2019 - 1 January 2020

Free, no ticket required

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5. Dive into the ocean

Handle real ocean specimens and discover some of the dangers and opportunities for life in the seas.

28-30 May, free, drop-in: 11.00-16.00
Zoology spirit building
Suitable for ages 7+

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8. Meet a scientist

Meet our amazing scientists working at the Museum and find out about the work they do behind the scenes.

28-30 May, free, drop-in: 11.00-15.30
Darwin Centre
Suitable for ages 7+

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3. Become a wildlife detective

Pick up a magnifying glass and see if you can help us to discover the different animals hidden in our environment. You can also get hands-on with some real insect specimens.

28-30 May, free, drop-in: 11.00-14.30
Wildlife Garden
Suitable for ages 3+

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6. Find out how busy pollinators work

Get hands-on with real specimens and find out how pollinators help maintain biodiversity.

28-30 May, free, drop-in: 11.00-16.00
Darwin Centre
Suitable for ages 7+

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9. See a puppet show

Join Charlie the fox and his woodland friends in this interactive puppet show as they introduce you to their life in the woods.

28-30 May
Limited space shows - first come, first served
11.00, 12.00, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30
Suitable for ages 4+

10. Take a photo with Andy's clock

Waistcoat. Gizmo. Hat. Take me to the time of the dinosaurs!

Daily 10.00-17.50
Free, no booking required
Hintze Hall

Galleries: family favourites

Upcoming events

Family Yoga Classes under the Moon

Join us under Luke Jerram's installation Museum of the Moon for a special yoga experience. Our family yoga classes are a perfect way for children and adults to explore gentle yoga through stories, easy breathing and meditation. 

1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August
Tickets: £14 Members: £12.60

Dawnosaurs

Dawnosaurs is a free event for children on the autism spectrum to enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

30 June, 7 September and 15 December

Join a Nature Live talk

Quiz a Museum scientist and explore some of our amazing specimens. From meteorites to mammoths, evolution to climate change, Nature Live is a great way to explore the natural world.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Free, first come, first served
Attenborough Studio

Dino Snores for Kids

This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.

Various dates, £60

Behind-the-scenes tours

Meet Archie the 8.62-metre-long giant squid, Darwin's octopus and other specimens preserved in jars in a behind-the-scenes tour of our Zoology spirit building.

Various dates, £15

Roarsome fun at home

What dinosaur are you?

Gentle giant or fierce meat-eater: which dinosaur shared your habits? Take our quiz to find out. 

Naturenauts

Are you ready for an adventure? Meet Dippy and become a naturenaut. Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep. Free

Make your own dinosaur footprint cookies

Not your average dinosaur cookies. These tasty biscuits are fun to bake with kids and make a colourful addition to a dinosaur-themed party. 

Make a hatching dinosaur egg

Like birds - the dinosaurs we can see around us today - prehistoric dinosaurs hatched from eggs. Here's how to create your very own dinosaur egg that hatches.

How to make a T. rex origami dinosaur

Have your own arts and crafts day at home by making a charming origami T. rex complete with those famous tiny arms. 

How to draw a dinosaur

Follow our simple instructions to draw a cartoon T. rex and read on to find out how professional artists bring dinosaurs to life with their pictures.

Practical information

Tips to help make your visit easy

The Museum is an exciting place and it can get busy. Here are some tips for families to help make your visit to the Museum as easy as possible.

  • Follow NHM_Visiting on Twitter for for information on queues and waiting times.
  • Folded strollers can be left in the cloakroom for free.
  • Baby-changing facilities are clearly marked on the Museum map and floor plans.
  • All floors of the Museum are accessible by lift.
  • High chairs are available for babies and toddlers in all cafes.
  • There is a picnic area on the Lower Ground Floor where families can rest or enjoy a packed lunch.
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Fast-track your visit with a family membership

Membership comes with many benefits to help you make the most of your visit to the Museum. As well as free, unlimited entry to all paid exhibitions and discounts at our shops and cafes, you can also skip the queue and use the cloakrooms for free.

Family memberships can be purchased online and are available to use immediately by all family members named on the membership.