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School’s out and Summer at the Museums is in…

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Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016

The sun is shining, school holidays have started, and there are 6 weeks ahead to look forward to. Looks like a perfect start to Summer at the Museums, an annual line-up of activities and events just for families.

From building rockets and hunting for dragons; to discovering frozen worlds and meeting Roman soldiers you’ll find plenty of stuff to enjoy. For full listings, pick up a FREE booklet from any one of our participating museums or download your own here.

We will be producing a week-by-week guide of what’s happening where, so keep an eye on these regular updates. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information about all events and activities.

Here’s what’s coming up in the week ahead…

Friday 22 July

Summer Event Days
The Norris Museum
Family fun, including handling objects from the collection and craft activities to take home.
11am – 3pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Farmland Museum through the ages: Archaeology Day
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Take a fantastic journey through the history of Denny Abbey. Dig through the past and discover the amazing stories of the site.
11am – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

BioBlitz
Museum of Zoology
(event takes place in Trinity College Fellows’ Garden)
Join the race against time to count as many species of animals and plants as possible. Investigate the biodiversity of central Cambridge in this 24 hour nature survey.
5pm Friday 22 July – 5pm Saturday 23 July
All ages
Free, pre-booking advised, (some drop-in spaces available on the day)

Saturday 23 July

BioBlitz
Museum of Zoology
(event takes place in Trinity College Fellows’ Garden)
Join the race against time to count as many species of animals and plants as possible. Investigate the biodiversity of central Cambridge in this 24 hour nature survey.
5pm Friday 22 July – 5pm Saturday 23 July
All ages
Free, pre-booking advised, (some drop-in spaces available on the day)

Synthesized
Centre for Computing History
Try out the synthesizers, samplers and drum machines that changed the way music is created. Featuring all sorts of equipment that will let you remix music with bananas… Bring your own headphones.
10am – 5pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Sunday 24 July

Synthesized
Centre for Computing History
Try out the synthesizers, samplers and drum machines that changed the way music is created. Featuring all sorts of equipment that will let you remix music with bananas…
Bring your own headphones.
10am – 5pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in 

Monday 25 July

Clay Creatures
Great St Mary’s Church
Set out on a quest for gargoyles around Cambridge, find the Great St Mary’s Green Man and sculpt a clay creature.
1 – 4pm
Ages 6+
£2, pre-booking advised: 01223 741722 / heritage@gsm.cam.ac.uk

Tuesday 26 July

University LibraryStories Through Time
University Library
Hidden away among the amazing ancient texts in the Lines of Thought exhibition are some of the world’s most exciting stories. Join story-teller Marion Leeper as she brings these to life.
10.30 – 11.30am
Ages 5 – 7
Free, pre-booking advised: Book via email: lw403@cam.ac.uk

Ready, Steady…Play!
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
What did children do for fun before computers and TVs? Drop-in to the Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past exhibition then try some games – ancient and new. There will be different games to play on different days.
11am – 1pm
Ages 5+
Free, drop-in

Build a Church
All Saints Church
Become a Victorian architect and help build a church inside a church.
(This activity will run at every All Saints Summer at the Museums activity throughout the summer).
1 – 4pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Wednesday 27 July

Wisbech Mammals
Wisbech & Fenland Museum
Get creative and try your hand at making a hedgehog out of clay, a fox mask or a mouse.
10.30am – 2.30pm
All ages
50p per child, drop-in

Aesop’s Forest: Don’t Do That!
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Find out all about what some badly-behaved birds have been up to in the Museum with storyteller Marion Leeper.
10.30 – 11.15am
Ages 3 – 5
Free, pre-booking advised: www.dontdothat.eventbrite.co.uk

Aesop’s Forest: the Scared Lion
Museum of Classical Archaeology
A tale for brave children and nervous animals with storyteller Marion Leeper.
11.30am – 12.15pm
Ages 3 – 5
Free, pre-booking advised: www.scaredlion.eventbrite.co.uk

Robots Are Here!
Centre for Computing History
Come and meet the latest robot ‘staff’ member, JNFR (pronounced Jennifer). This event will include a short talk on robotics along with a demo and some Tai-Chi from JNFR (depending on her mood of course…).
11am – 12pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Farmland Museum through the Ages: Play like a Roman
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Find out about Roman pastimes and games. Learn the rules, make your own game board from clay/stones and start playing.
12 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Centre for Computing HistoryComputing History Tour
Centre for Computing History
Discover the extraordinary advances made in technology over the last 50 years of computing history. Find out how computers have radically transformed people’s lives.
2 – 3pm
Ages 7+
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Thursday 28 July

Stories Through Time
University Library
Hidden away among the amazing ancient texts in the Lines of Thought exhibition are some of the world’s most exciting stories. Join story-teller Marion Leeper as she brings these to life.
10.30 – 11.30am
Ages 5 – 7
Free, pre-booking advised: Book via email: lw403@cam.ac.uk

Gadget Hack
Centre for Computing History
This two hour workshop will give you first-hand experience of the ‘magic’ that happens inside your favourite gadgets. There will be a huge range of tech from phones and music players, to laptops and computers for you to take apart and explore.
11am – 1pm
Ages 7+
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Funny Faces
St Neots Museum
Get hands-on and creative and make a clay gargoyle to take home.
11am – 3pm
Ages 4 – 11
£3.50 per child, drop-in

Farmland MuseumFarmland Museum through the Ages: Play like a Roman
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Find out about Roman pastimes and games. Learn the rules, make your own game board from clay/stones and start playing.
12 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Let’s Go to Rio!
Burwell Museum & Windmill
Get ready for a summer of sport with the Burwell Olympics: outdoor rustic games, challenges and creativity inspired by Rio 2016, Ancient Greece… and the Fens.
2 – 5pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply (adults half price), drop-in

Friday 29 July

Friday Fun, Polar Play
The Polar Museum
Create your own frozen world through play and construction. Older children can try out creating and decorating polar board games.
11am – 12.30pm
Ages 4+
Free, drop-in

Electronics Lab: Pong Console
Centre for Computing History
Ideal for budding electronics engineers or anyone interested in learning to solder. Build a Pong Console to take home and impress your friends with.
11am – 1pm
Ages 8+
£22, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Funny Faces
St Neots Museum
Get hands on and creative and make a clay gargoyle to take home.
11am – 3pm
Ages 4 – 11
£3.50 per child, drop-in

Game On: The Guided Tour!
Centre for Computing History
Join a 30 minute museum tour where in-house gaming experts will guide you through the history of video games from the 70s to modern day.
2 – 3pm
Ages 7+
Normal admission fees apply, pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Family Tour
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Step into the past with the Curator of the Museum and discover the myths behind the statues.
2.30 – 3.30pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Until next week, that’s all folks!

 

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