Family Activities in the Museum
Looking for family activities in Cambridge to keep the little ones entertained? Need things to do during the holidays or at weekends? We have a range of free activities on hand to help you explore the Cast Gallery with the whole family, whether you're visiting to take part in a special event or just dropping by for an hour or two.
Remember, a visit to our Museum with the kids is always free. Your children are very welcome in the Museum of Classical Archaeology all year round. If you have a pram or a push-chair, we can offer you alternative access so that you don't have to struggle with the stairs – just ask at reception.
All we ask is that you try to keep touching to a minimum – the casts are pretty resilient, but tiny fingers leave their marks. Look out for 'Pick Me Up!' objects instead, which you can handle to your heart's content. Read on for more ideas for keeping kids big and small busy with family activities in our central Cambridge museum.
Turn your family visit into an experience...
We run regular events at the weekends and in the school holidays to give you reason to bring the kids into the museum. How does making a mosaic, learning about life on the high seas, or learning how to write your family tree in Latin sound? And don't leave out the younger ones – we also run kids activities for under 5s outside Cambridge University term time.
Find your own way around the Cast Gallery learning more about the ways the ancient Greeks and Romans looked at their world with one of our exciting museum trails. Pick them up in the Kids' Corner in Bay A and while away the hours with the kids activities at our Cambridge museum.
We have clip-boards, drawing sheets and colouring pictures available in our Kids' Corner in Bay A – just ask at the front desk for some colouring pencils. And why not take a word-search home to do together later?
Build a Temple
If you prefer to get hands on, our foam blocks are for you – use them to build a Greek temple, create your own Roman forum or even re-imagine the walls of Troy. Then take a picture and send it to us, and we'll put your construction in a rotating display on the wall to inspire more kids in the museum.
Baby and Toddler Boxes
Under 5s are welcome in the Museum, but we appreciate that little hands and eyes can be more difficult to occupy in the gallery. If you look inside the doors of our temple, you'll find boxes with toys and kids activities which you can use throughout our Cambridge museum.
Shapes and Colours Box
For ages 2-4 – Play with the wooden toys and blocks, then look for more shapes in the Museum!
Faces and Bodies Box
For ages 2-4 – Put the bodies back together! Build yourself a body out of stickle-bricks and match the body parts to the sculptures.
For ages 0-2 – Squidgy cuddly toys and wooden blocks let even the littlest ones explore the sights and sounds of the Cast Gallery.
When you're done exploring the family activities at our Cambridge museum, curl up with a book – we've got story books for little ones and more factual books for inquisitive older minds.
Looking for something to do with the teens? Our Curator's Tours take place once a month and are a good way to get your older kids into the Museum. Or if they've got a thing for art and crafts, why not bring them in to spend an hour or two drawing?