Family fun

Fun Palaces

Join us for a festival full of spectacular performances and unusual activities as communities take over the Museum to showcase their marvellous talents and curious interests.

We have been working alongside a group of brilliant volunteers from local communities, who have been busy at work designing the Fun Palaces Festival for 2019 (as well as the outstanding poster and imagery for the event!).

Many months of dedication have resulted in a truly unique day of activities for all to enjoy. 

Our Cutty Sark

There is a special edition birthday trail available at the admissions desk over the weekend.

Friday 22 November

Join us to build winches and learn about how the precious cargoes were loaded on to the ship.

11.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm 

Under the ship

Face painting

At select times

Under the ship

Saturday 23 November

Let’s Sail Away Big Build!

Join in the birthday celebrations by helping our artist to create a textile sculpture underneath the hull of the Cutty Sark.

11.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm 

October Half Term at Cutty Sark

Monday 21 October

Traditional Chinese ribbon dance and music | Big build art activity

Twirl into half term with a traditional Chinese ribbon dance and listen out for some music from traditional Chinese instruments. Create a big Chinese port under the hull of the Cutty Sark.

Tuesday 22 October

Bollywood dance performances and workshops | Big build art activity

Watch and learn some dance moves with The Bollywood Co. Create a big Indian port under the hull of the Cutty Sark.

Summer Holidays: To the Moon and Back

Moon Explorers

27, 28 July

11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm 

What do you know about the moon? Find out what the moon's surface is like with an Observatory Science Explainer before creating a moon buggy fit for moon exploration!


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Lunar Landscapes

3, 4 August

11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm 

Come and create a giant collaborative lunar community. With Observatory Science Explainers, think about what we need to survive and thrive on the moon, then get building! But, should we be going at all?


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Summer Holidays: Moon Stories

Sensory Moons

30 July

11.00-13.00 | 14.00-16.00

Explore the moon with all your senses in this interactive play session for under 5s.


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At Home on the Moon

6 August

11.00-13.00 | 14.00-16.00

Join in and create a giant lunar landscape inspired by images of the moon. Explore the space with your under 5s and hear stories about the moon.


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3, 2, 1, Blastoff!

13 August

10.30 | 11.30 | 13.00 | 14.00

Grubs Up: Surviving Sea and Space, Family Festival

Get active in a Haka workshop led by the Maori community, learn about the unusual diets of astronauts on their way to the Moon or take a moment of peace with family yoga.

All activities are free.

What's on

Out of this world

Under the Figurehead, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm

Come and meet a Science Explainer from the Royal Observatory and explore the diet of an astronaut in space. It's not all freeze-dried fruit!

Grub's Up!

Learning Space, 11.30am | 12.15pm | 1.30pm | 2.15pm | 3.15pm


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