Holiday Activities and Special Events

 

School Holiday Activities - two girls having fun at the Museum

Holiday activities

Set sail every holiday to find out more about the Royal Navy and discover the world with our programme of family holiday activities.

These free drop in workshops run every Wednesday throughout the holidays. Families of all ages and abilities are welcome to drop by between 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm and take part in family challenges, activities, quizzes, art and craft.

 

May Half- Term

 

Wednesday 27th May, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Flotilla - Naval Big Art Day (National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth Historic Dockyard)

It’s your chance to get creative on a big scale. Help us create a mega piece of art in the centre of the Victory arena. Design your little paper ship and then add it to the flotilla of little ships to form one big naval art flotilla. No art experience needed – just lots of enthusiasm!

Free, drop-in, no ticket required, all ages welcome.

 

Summer Holidays

 

Explorers -Journey to the Far Side of the World (National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth Historic Dockyard)

Join us each Wednesday during the holidays for our free family activities investigating naval exploration and discoveries. What exciting lands and cultures will you discover?

Complete the young explorer’s passport each week and if you collect three stamps you can win a prize. Set sail now for a summer of exploring.

 

Wednesday 29th July, 11am- 1pm and 2pm-4pm

The Ancient Mariners

Find out more about the ancient Romans, Egyptians and Chinese explorers as they set sail into an unknown world. Where did they go and what did they find there? Make your very own Roman boat shield, create a Chinese dragon or a mini reed boat. Design your own treasures to trade too.

Free, drop in, no ticket required, all ages welcome

 

Wednesday 5th August, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Voyage to the New World- Set sail to the Americas.

Investigate the New World – what sights and smells did the explorers encounter? Make your own trading beads or dream catcher to take home with you.

Free, drop-in, no ticket required, all ages welcome

 

Wednesday 12th August, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

To Australia with Captain Cook

Learn more about Captain Cook’s amazing voyage to Australia and the Pacific Islands. Make a terrifying Maori mask, try Aboriginal dot art and make floral leis from Polynesia.

Free, drop-in, no ticket required, all ages welcome.

 

Wednesday 19th August, 11am- 1pm and 2pm-4pm

True North – Mind the Bears!

This week we will be exploring Canada and finding out more about the Inuit people who live there. Have a go at the traditional Inuit bead-craft or try on some snow glasses and Inuit traditional dress. You can also make friends with the grizzly bears by making your own bear mask or create a picture of the Northern lights.

Free, drop in, no ticket required, all ages welcome.

 

Wednesday 26th August, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Penguins to Polar Bears – Pole to Pole Explorers

Join us as we explore the North and South Poles. Find out just how cold it can get by trying the ‘blubber glove’ challenge.  Make your own penguin travelling companion and create your polar medal to reward your efforts.

Free, drop-in, no ticket required, all ages welcome.

 

 

Special Events

 

Friday 15th May, 6.30pm onwards.

Museums at Night with Action Stations

Join us for an evening of exciting activities at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Action Stations. Battle your way through laser quest, scale the climbing wall, help build a mini dockyard out of Lego and design and wear your own Naval-style tattoo. The evening culminates in a film and sleepover in Action Stations.

Early Bird Offer: book before 19th April 2015 for a reduced ticket fee of £18 per child. Otherwise, £22 per child, accompanying adults free (max 1 adult per child). Booking is essential.

Visit www.actionstations.org or contact families@nmrn.org.uk for more information. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years.

 

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To find out more about holiday activities and family events contact families@nmrn.org.uk

Nelson's funeral barge

The funeral barge used to transport Nelson’s body down the Thames is preserved at the NMRN.