Family Activities Summer 2018

Posted: 20th July 2018

Humber Museums Partnership - Family Activities Summer 2018

This summer, we have a variety of activities and events to keep kids of all ages entertained during the holidays. Please be advised that all children attending our activities are accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. We also recommend arriving early, as some activities have proven to be very popular and, as a result, can become quite busy. The last thing we want is for anybody to be disappointed!


Here is a list of everything that is taking place between July and September:


Save the Date!


Big Bus Day


Streetlife Museum

Saturday 8th September, 10:00am – 4:00pm


This family fun day has become one of the most popular dates in our museum calendar, and for good reason! The day includes a chance to go on board a wide selection of modern and heritage buses, free open top bus tours, face painting, children’s activities, the EYMS brass band and much more. In partnership with East Yorkshire Motor Services.



Under 5s


Mini Masterpieces

Ferens Art Gallery – Studio

  • Tuesday 31st July – Printing
  • Tuesday 7th August – Clay
  • Tuesday 14th August – Painting
  • Tuesday 21st August – Drawing

All sessions take place from 10am – 11:30am.

£1.50 per child.

Mini Masterpieces is aimed at children aged 2 to 5 and their families. We explore different artistic materials and methods to encourage early creativity. Please wear old clothes, as it could get messy!

Participants at Mini Masterpieces can also take part in the Creative Familities Award (Arts Award for 0-4s). Ask a staff member on the day for details.



3-7 year olds


Bagpuss and Clangers: Story Telling Sessions

Ferens Art Gallery – Gallery 4

Friday 27th July, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm


Join us for stories inspired by our Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. exhibition, taking us on journeys with animals, through time and maybe even to space!

Suitable for accompanied children age 3-11 years. Place are limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Participants at this story telling session can also take part in the Creative Families Award (Arts Award for 0-4s) Ask a member of staff on the day for details.



8+ year olds


Please Touch! Object Handling Sessions

Hull and East Riding Museum

  • Thursday 2nd August, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday 14th August, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday 30th August, 11:00am – 1:00pm


Get hands on with our archaeology collections in a unique opportunity to handle objects from the museum stores.



Gallery Talk: Anglo Saxons

Hull and East Riding Museum

Wednesday 8th August, 1:30pm – 2:15pm


Join a member of our collections team in the Anglo-Saxon gallery for a fascinating insight into early Medieval life in East Yorkshire.



Gallery Talk: A Portrait of Classical Women

Hull and East Riding Museum

Wednesday 22nd August, 10:30am – 11:15am


Explore the Roman galleries with one of our curators, focussing on the depiction and presentation of femininity in our fabulous mosaics.



Ferry Crafty

Hull Maritime Museum

  • Wednesday 1st August, 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Friday 10th August, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Saturday 25th August, 11:00am – 1:00pm


Join us to explore the surprising and unusual history of the ferry MV Norland through a variety of family craft activities. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Hull Yorkshire Maritime City project.



Vehicle Sun Prints

Streetlife Museum (in Wilberforce Gardens)

Friday 3rd August, 10:30am – 12:30pm


Create a print of your favourite vehicle on special sun print paper.



History Makers – At the Pictures

Hull History Centre

Saturday 4th August, 9:30am – 12:30pm


Discover Hull’s rich cinematic history. Part of our regular History Makers craft and Lego sessions.



Flower Power

Wilberforce House Museum

Wednesday 8th August, 11:00am – 1:00pm


Wilberforce used to walk around with flowers in his pocket. Take inspiration from him and the Wilberforce garden, and create your own pocket flower.



All Ages


Festival of Archaeology

Hull and East Riding Museum

Saturday 21st July, 11:00am – 4:00pm


A day packed full of object handling, craft activities and digging.


Time Troopers – Cityscape

Streetlife Museum

Saturday 11th August, 11:00am – 1:00pm


Design your own 3D city.


Animal Magic

Wilberforce House Museum

Wednesday 15th August, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


William Wilberforce loved animals and was a co-founder of the RSPCA. Take inspiration from him, and create your own animal to take home.


Bizarre Bikes

Streetlife Museum

Friday 17th August, 1:00pm – 3:00pm


Take inspiration from the weird and wonderful bicycles in our collection to create your own bizarre bike!


Puppet Making

Hands on History Museum

Saturday 25th August, 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Take inspiration from our beautiful Victorian toys on display to create your own puppet.


Cave Painting

Hull and East Riding Museum

Friday 31st August, 11:00am – 1:00pm


Join us to create your own cave paintings inspired by our wonderful prehistoric collection.


Fancy having access to all the information about our summer activities in the palm of your hand? We have a handy downloadable PDF containing everything to keep you in the loop!

Hull Museums Summer Events 2018 PDF