Essential Information

Type Family fun
National Maritime Museum → Ground floor → Learning space
Date and Times Sundays across the Summer Holidays | 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
Prices Free | £1 booking fee (non-refundable)

The joy of playing together!

This summer, join facilitated workshops at the National Maritime Museum and get playful!

Families can take part in creative and fun activities based on music, dance, art & crafts and storytelling. Together you will explore and be inspired by the Museum's collection, whilst celebrating the joy and importance of play. 

All ages and abilities

(Source of a girl and a boy making a clay statue picture)

Please Note: Free tickets. £1 non-refundable booking fee is applicable to bookings online and over the phone. We have implemented a booking fee to ensure that people only book free tickets if they are able to attend sessions. This is will allow as many families as possible to enjoy our activities.

Families are welcome to turn up on the day and join in if spaces are available. 

Create a coral reef

Date: 25 July 2021

Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm

With the whole family discover the underwater world with artist Charlotte by creating a coral reef within the Museum! Enjoy the beauty of sharing ideas, creations and promote the protection of the marine world and environments in a playful way.

Location: Learning Space


Fun & Games on a 1930s Cruise Ship

Date: 1 August 2021

Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm

Bring the family and be inspired by some of the incredible photographs in the Royal Museum Greenwich collection! Join a 1930s cruise and play the games that were popular on board cruise ships back in the day. All accompanied by some traditional 1930s music!

Location: Learning Space


Pirate adventure

Date: 8 August 2021

Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm

Get adventurous with your family and join storyteller Dani in a Pirate adventure! Find out how to make a telescope, which will help you going through an exciting pirate storytelling journey inspired by the Tudor gallery.

Location: Learning Space


Ship-shape hats

Date: 15 August 2021

Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm

Join Jeanine and discover how to make your own lightweight ship hat, with cloth sails, and flags. Give space to you imagination with the help of your grown-up!

Location: Learning Space


Shadow puppets of marine life

Date: 22 August 2021

Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm

Discover fascinating shadows with faded edges and bizarre shapes? Join artist Charlotte in a workshop for the whole family and discover how to create shadow puppets of marine life. What animal would you choose and what would their story be? 

Location: Learning Space


Sea voyage board games

Date: 29 August 2021

Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm

Board games were essential for sailors during sea voyages, they helped keeping their spirits up. Families are invited to join artist Rosie in a workshop to create your own board games, pretending to be a ship crew!

Inspired by the Museum collection, discover the how fun can be playing together!

Location: Rethink Space


Useful Information

School holidays – Summer of Play!

National Maritime Museum

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Access to all free galleries and activities
  • Exposure: Lives at Sea exhibition
  • Paid exhibitions not included
Free entry
Book online