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From dinosaurs and Ancient Greeks, to rockets and hi-tech gadgetry

Discover old and new adventures with this week’s Summer at the Museums

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Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016

Time travel through the millennia with this week’s line-up of summer events. Get hands on with dinosaur droppings, take part in some Ancient Greek Olympic Games, design and build your own rocket, and create an intruder alarm to protect your bedroom. Just some of the happenings we have in store for you.

Why not share what you’ve been up to by posting your Summer at the Museums pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages using #SatMuseums?

Saturday 13 August

Dinosaur Droppings
Sedgwick Museum, Watson Gallery
Ever wondered what dinosaurs ate? How can we find out? This is where fossilised dinosaur poos (called ‘coprolites’) come in handy. Excavate a salt dough ‘coprolite’ and discover what your dinosaur ate.
The ‘coprolites’ are made with wheat flour.
11am – 12pm & 1 – 2pm
Ages 5+
Free, pre-booking advised, www.dino_droppings.eventbrite.co.uk

Monday 15 August

Jewelled Light
Great St Mary’s Church
Explore stained glass windows and make a sparkling sun-catcher.
1 – 4pm
Ages 6+
£2 per child, drop-in

Tuesday 16 August

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

Gizmo the Gargoyle Treasure Trail
All Saints Church
Hunt for Gizmo the Gargoyle and have a go at making your own gruesome version using clay.
1 – 4pm
Ages 7+
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 17 August

Bridges and Rockets
Cambridge Museum of Technology
A family 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

Bug Your Bedroom
Centre for Computing History
Learn how to create a simple intruder alarm to protect your bedroom from being invaded by unwanted guests.
10am – 12.30pm
Ages 7+
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Pop-in Poets
Museum of Cambridge
Discover your creative side with Fenland Poet Laureate, Leanne Moden. Join in a range of fun games and activities that will bring out your inner writer.
11am – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 3pm
All ages
£2.50 per child, drop-in

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

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

Hands on with History: Mural Making
Saffron Walden Museum
To commemorate the Battle of Assandun in 1016, help us make a mural in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry.
11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Farmland Museum through the Ages: Protect your Crops!
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Learn how farmers used to protect their crops then make a bird scarer kite to take home.
12 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Meet the Greeks
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Celebrate the Olympics by finding out about the Ancient Greek Olympic Games. Follow our Olympics trail, make ancient and modern prizes, and more.
1 – 4pm
All ages
Free, drop-in

Pi Power!
Centre for Computing History
Learn to use Raspberry Pi and Python to create the basics of a moving robot.
2 – 3.30pm
Ages 10+
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Glass and Precious Metals Fusing Workshop
Stained Glass Museum
Create artwork from glass and precious metals which will then be fused in a kiln. After firing, artworks can be collected the following week.
2 – 4pm
Ages 8+
£12 per child, pre-booking essential: 01353 660347 / shop@stainedglassmuseum.com

Thursday 17 August

Do you know Arduino?
Centre for Computing History
Get hands-on with Arduino boards and experiment with controlling all sorts of things in the physical world around you.
11am – 12.30pm
Ages 10+
£10, (accompanying adult £8), pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Funky Tie Dye
St Neots Museum
Experience the 1970s by tie dying your own t-shirt. T-shirts provided, or bring something cotton of your own to dye.
11am – 3pm
Ages 4 – 11
£3.50 per child, drop-in

Crafty Kids: Cambridge in Summer
Museum of Cambridge
Inspired by summer activities past and present, from kites to summer hats, 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: Protect your Crops!
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Learn how farmers used to protect their crops then make a bird scarer kite to take home.
12 – 4pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply, drop-in

Computing 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 our lives.
2 – 3pm
Ages 7+
Normal admission fees apply, pre-booking advised: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk   

Day Trippin’: Sail Away Day
Burwell Museum & Windmill
Water-themed fun for everyone. Try out the history-inspired splash park made from recycled materials; a special trail; and boating-themed crafts. Bring a change of clothes.
2 – 5pm
All ages
Normal admission fees apply (adults half price), drop-in

Eco-tastic Bug Fun
Ely Museum
Be eco-creative with Re-imagine Resource Centre at Ely Museum. Come meet ‘Catch’ the recycling bug and make a friendly bug to take home.
11am – 12.30pm
Ages 5 – 11
£4, (includes eco-tastic goody bag), pre-booking advised: 01353 666655 / admin@elymuseum.org.uk

Friday 18 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

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  

Funky Tie Dye
St Neots Museum
Experience the 1970s by tie dying your own t-shirt. T-shirts provided, or bring something cotton of your own to dye.
11am – 3pm
Ages 4 – 11
£3.50 per child, 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 our weekly updates blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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