October Half Term: All Around the World


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Sunday 20 October - Sunday 27 October 2019
National Maritime Museum, Learning space
Family fun

Celebrate the sharing of stories and knowledge from around the world. Explore Chinese, Indian, African and Arctic cultures through stories or hands on activities.

See the full list of half term events below.

The Interesting Narrative of my Life

Sunday 20 October, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

Who was Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African?

Be inspired by Olaudah Equiano and his autobiography and map out your own life with collage, drawing and more.

(Part of Black History Month at Royal Museums Greenwich)

A visit from the Pacific

Monday 21 October, Wednesday 23 October, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm

This half term the National Maritime Museum is hosting Ole and Daren, two artists visiting from the Pacific. Come along and discover traditional Fijian Masi making techniques. Create your own designs inspired by your culture and identity.

Stories from around the world

Tuesday 22 October, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm

Sail across the world on an old Tea Clipper and hear traditional stories from India, the Arctic and West Africa. With music and movement we will explore the animals of the world!

The Chinese Garden

Thursday 24 October, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

Be inspired by the Chinese Garden in the Traders Gallery and traditional stories to create a gaint, collaborative garden that embodies Chinese stories.

Arctic travel

Friday 25 October, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

Explore the skills and knowledge required to live in the Arctic cold in this workshop. Think about keeping warm and travelling across the vast expanse of ice. Together families can then create a sledge or snow buggy and think about how sharing knowledge benefits everyone.

West African drum making

Sunday 27 October, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

Explore the meaning of Djembe drums in West Africa and the cultural significance they hold. Work together to create your own drum inspired by West African folk stories.

(Part of Black History Month programming at Royal Museums Greenwich)

Where's Wally? The Big Museum Hunt

Saturday 19 October - Sunday 27 October (excluding Saturday 26 October)

This half term you can also enjoy 'Where's Wally? The Big Museum Hunt', in partnership with Kids in Museums and Walker Books. To celebrate the release of the new 'Where's Wally' book, Double Trouble at the Museum, pick up a trail from the 'Play and Explore' trolley on the Great Map and hunt for Wally in the National Maritime Museum. Once you've found him at the Museum, continue your search for Wally at Cutty Sark.

Fun for families at the National Maritime Museum