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Frogs, Romans and Rockets – must be Summer at the Museums!

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Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016

With a whopping 30 different events happening this week, the only problem will be choosing what to do. From finding out more about our froggy friends, meeting a Roman soldier, to designing and building rockets (and bridges) there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered…

Saturday 30 July

Family Gaming Night with Nintendo Life
Centre for Computing History
Calling all Nintendo fans! Join the team from Nintendo Life for an evening of Nintendo-related fun, frolics and general gaming goodness.
3 – 10pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

 Sunday 31 July

Build your own Text Adventure
Centre for Computing History
Twine is a tool for creating interactive online stories. Learn to use it to build tales of dragons, spaceships or spies that your friends can then play through.
11am – 12.30pm
Ages 9+
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Monday 1 August

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

Knights and Dragons
Great St Mary’s Church
Hunt for dragons and design your own shield with a personal coat of arms.
1 – 4pm
Ages 6+
£2 per child, drop-in

Tuesday 2 August

Discovering Darwin
University Library
Turn detective and track down clues to learn about Charles Darwin’s life. Create a fantastical creature that he may have seen on his voyage around the world and write home about it.
10.30am – 12.30pm
Ages 7+
Free, drop-in

Fitz1Family Art Week
Fitzwilliam Museum
Create your own works of art to take home or add to a group installation. There will be a different art material for you to explore each day, using the Museum’s collections for inspiration.
11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Frogs in Focus
Whipple Museum
Get up close and personal as we put our froggy friends under the microscope. Find out why frogs have been the perfect scientific study buddies throughout history.
11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Flowers and Fruits
All Saints Church
All Saints Church is full of weird and wonderful patterns. Explore the walls with our family trail and pick out pomegranates and pineapples to make a floral decoration.
1 – 4pm
Ages 5+
Free, drop-in

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.
2 – 4pm
Ages 5+
Free, drop-in

Wednesday 3 August

Bridges and Rockets
Cambridge Museum of Technology
A workshop run in partnership with Cambridge University Engineering Department. Get family and friends together to try out designing, building and testing rockets and bridges.
10am – 12.30pm
Ages 7+
Normal admission fees apply, pre-booking advised: info@museumoftechnology.com

Make a Willow Bird Feeder
Museum of Cambridge
Join basket maker and artist Nadine Anderson to learn the traditional techniques of willow weaving. Get step by step instructions to help you make your own bird feeder.
10.30am – 1pm & 2 – 4.30pm
Ages 7+
£6 per person, pre-booking essential: 01223 355159 / events@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Snowy Storytelling
The Polar Museum
Polar themed storytelling and activities with different stories every time.
11am
Ages 4 – 8
Free, drop-in

Big Trak Challenge
Centre for Computing History
Don’t get bored during the school holidays – try programming some Big Trak robots and watch them move in response to simple commands.
11am – 12pm
Ages 5+
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Family Art Week
Fitzwilliam Museum
Create your own works of art to take home or add to a group installation. There will be a different art material for you to explore each day, using the Museum’s collections for inspiration.
11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Hands-on with History: Create your own Helmet
Saffron Walden Museum
Get hands-on with history this summer with activities inspired by our collections and the commemoration of the Battle of Assandun 1016.
11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Farmland Museum through the Ages: Medieval Writing
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Explore the lives of monks and nuns who used to live in the Abbey. Enjoy dressing up, have a go at writing with quills and ink, and grind plants to make coloured inks.
12 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Meet the Romans
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Meet a Roman soldier, dress up in Roman armour or a toga and follow our Roman trail. You can also make military eagle standards, curse tablets and more.
1 – 4pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Electronics Lab: Electronic Dice
Centre for Computing History
A workshop for budding electronics engineers or anyone interested in learning to solder. Come and build yourself an electronic dice that will revolutionise the way you play board games.
2 – 4pm
Ages 8+
£22, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Coloured Glass Fusing Workshop
Stained Glass Museum
Design and build your own glass fused panel with artist Sarah Hunt. After firing, artworks can be collected the following week.
2 – 4pm
Ages 8+
£12 per child, pre-booking advised: 01353 660347 / shop@stainedglassmuseum.com

Thursday 4 August

An Introduction to BBC Microbit
Centre for Computing History
Got a Microbit? Bring it along with your laptop or PC and let the experts show you what this device can do.
11am – 12.30pm
Ages 12+
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk 

Dynamic Dinosaurs
Ely Museum
Explore all sorts of different crafts with a dinosaur theme.
11am – 12.30pm
Ages 5 – 11
£3 per child, pre-booking advised: 01353 666655 / admin@elymuseum.org.uk

Fitz2Family Art Week
Fitzwilliam Museum
Create your own works of art to take home or add to a group installation. There will be a different art material for you to explore each day, using the Museum’s collections for inspiration.
11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Rag Monsters
St Neots Museum
Try the traditional craft of rag rug making and create your own rag monster hanging.
11am – 3pm
Ages 4 – 11
£3.50 per child, drop-in

Crafty Kids: Cambridge in Summer
Museum of Cambridge
Celebrate summer with our series of craft workshops. Inspired by summer activities past and present, from kites to summer hats, you’ll be able to kit yourself out for summer in Cambridge.
11.30am – 1pm & 2 – 3.30pm
All ages
£2.50 per child, drop-in

Farmland Museum through the Ages: Medieval Writing
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Explore the lives of monks and nuns who used to live in the Abbey. Enjoy dressing up, have a go at writing with quills and ink, and grind plants to make coloured inks.
12 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, 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, drop-in: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Day Trippin’: Tractor Day
Burwell Museum
Follow your food from farm to fork with a windmill tour, trails, crafts and vintage tractors.
2 – 5pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply (adults half price), drop-in

Friday 5 August

Amazing Algorithms
Centre for Computing History
Algorithms are step-by-step directions that need to be followed to solve a problem. Learn about the algorithms that occur in our daily lives then use this to teach a 30 year old BBC Micro-computer to count.
Ages 7+
11am – 12pm
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Rag Monsters
St Neots Museum
Try the traditional craft of rag rug making and create your own rag monster hanging.
11am – 3pm
Ages 4 – 11
£3.50 per child, drop-in

Deep Blue Sea Rhyme Time
Norris Museum (at St Ives Methodist Church Hall)
A hands-on session especially for under 5s. Explore fossils from the museum’s collection, sing songs and make salt dough fossils to take home.
11am – 12pm
Ages 5 and under
Free, drop-in

Polar1Friday 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

For a complete guide to what’s happening across the summer, download your FREE Summer at the Museums programme here, or pick up one form any participating venue. You can find out more through these weekly update blogs, Facebook and Twitter

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