Summer Activities for Children & Young People at Bristol Museums

This Summer there are some fun and fascinating events at Bristol Museums for children and young people.

Events include a printing workshop where you will decorate your own bag using inspiration from the beautiful shapes and patterns around Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, a one-day stage school giving you an insight into the world of performing arts, an archaeology workshop for budding archaeologists and a trip down the Nile!

Here’s the full line-up of events…

WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST

Animal Story Factory: Blaise Castle House

Create your own animal story with local children’s author Rachel Carter. Invent a character, plan your plot and write an amazing adventure using the gardens and woodlands around Blaise Castle House as an inspiration.

Craft activities will be taking place and refreshments will be served in the amazing Community Gardens which will be open to explore especially for this event.

Ideal for ages 3 – 10.

THURSDAY 10th AUGUST

Shape, Pattern and Scroll: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Patterns, shapes and designs of every kind can be found all over the museum. Transform the amazing shapes and patterns into a printed design.

Learn and practice your printing techniques before decorating a keepsake canvas bag featuring your masterpiece.

Ideal for children aged 8 – 13.

  • 10am – 1pm
  • £10
  • Limited spaces – please book in advance
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL
  • More details

WEDNESDAY 16th AUGUST

Acting History: M Shed

A one-day stage school for teenagers who’d like to develop skills in drama and performance. Actress Kim Hicks will help you practice using a space, your body, your voice and your response to a stimulus.

Take inspiration from M Shed’s galleries and objects to develop characters and improvise. Chat to Kim about life as an actress in Bristol and gain a valuable insight into the performing arts.

Recommended for young people aged 14 – 17.

  • 10.30am – 3pm
  • £20 per young person
  • Limited spaces – please book in advance
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
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Summer Art Attack: Bristol Museum & Gallery

A fun-filled day turning your imaginative ideas into reality. See what a museum looks like behind the scenes and explore the awesome objects, paintings and ancient artefacts on display.

Get busy making your own work of art achieving your ‘Discover’ Arts Award certificate in the process.

Price includes cost of the certificate. Recommended for children aged 8 – 13 years old.

  • 10am – 4pm
  • £25 per child
  • Limited spaces – please book in advance
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL
  • More details

Animal Story Factory: Blaise Castle House Museum

Don’t you just love dressing-up? Be inspired by the clothes in our Costume Gallery, explore our Clothes and Fashion Activity Baskets and make your own Victorian paper dolls. Try on our fabulous dressing up clothes to see how you would have looked in Victorian times.

Stop press! Avon Fire and Rescue Service will be popping along so you can try on their hats, see a real fire engine up close and learn about fire safety.

Ideal for ages 3 – 10.

  • 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Pay what you think
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, BS10 7QS
  • More details

THURSDAY 17th AUGUST

Dig it! M Shed

Take part in a fun and challenging session especially for budding archaeologists. Investigate a mock burial site, discuss ‘what rots’ and handle real archaeological finds to learn about our past.

The session includes a guided visit to Skeletons: Our Buried Bones featuring an interactive Bone Lab.

Suitable for children aged 8 – 13 years old.

  • 10am – 1pm
  • £10 per child
  • Limited spaces – please book in advance
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

SUNDAY 20th & MONDAY 21st AUGUST

Dressing the Bristol Crocodile: M Shed

Can you sew or crochet?

Over the last four months dozens of people have been attending workshops and crocheting motifs inspired by the pumphouse floor in Underfall Yard.

The motifs will be sewn together over two days to create a beautiful coat for the Bristol crocodile. We will also be crocheting more motifs, teeth and parts for the inside of his mouth in this final crocodile inspired event.

The day will be led by Vic Harrison of Crafting the City, who you may know from Briswool and Paper Village.

Drop in on either day or get in contact with vic.harrison@blueyonder.co.uk for more information. Please bring a 3.25 crochet hook or knitting needles.

The crocodile will go on display in various venues around the Bristol dockside.

  • Sunday 20th & Monday 21st August
  • Free – donations welcome
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
  • More details

WEDNESDAY 23rd AUGUST

Sticky Adventures: Blaise Castle House Museum

Try your hand at stick-based weaving, mobiles and crowns. Play games and activities with nothing but a humble stick. Explore the park then bring the whole family, a bundle of sticks and your own imagination for a stick-tastic day.

Ideal for children aged 3 – 10 accompanied by an adult.

  • 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Pay what you think
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Rd, BS10 7QS
  • More details

THURSDAY 24th AUGUST

Mummy Trouble: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Sail down the Nile with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery!

Older children will love this hands-on workshop exploring pyramids, pharaohs and mummification.

Practice hieroglyphic writing, create your own mini-mummy and decorate a canopic jar, all inspired by the museum’s fantastic Egypt gallery.

Suitable for children aged 8 – 13 years old.

  • 10am – 1pm
  • £10 per child
  • Limited spaces – booking essential
  • More details

WEDNESDAY 30th AUGUST

Animal Story Factory Blaise Castle House Museum

Create your own animal story with local children’s author Rachel Carter. Invent a character, plan your plot and write an amazing adventure using the gardens and woodlands around Blaise Castle House as an inspiration.

Craft activities will be taking place and refreshments will be served in the amazing Community Gardens which will be open to explore especially for this event.

Ideal for ages 3 – 10 with an accompanying adult.

  • 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Pay what you think
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Rd, BS10 7QS
  • More details

For more inspiration and to book any of the above events please visit https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/