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Weekend Activities and Family Days

A family day event at the Geffrye Museum

Join us for colourful art and craft workshops, storytelling and live musical entertainment. All activities are free. Workshop places are allocated on a first-come, first served basis 30 minutes before each activity. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

You might also want to take a look at our Geffrye Explorers page which lists free activities for families that are available during school holidays and every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.


Centenary Celebrations

Sunday 17 August, 12.30 - 4.30pm.  Free.

Centenary family day event 2014

Celebrate the centenary of the Geffrye Museum and tri-centenary of the Geffrye’s almshouses. Young people can create perplexing photo portraits, children can listen to almshouse animal stories, play historic garden games and make animal masks, and everyone can dance along to some live recycled rhythms.


Recycled Rhythms

Drum and dance along to The Rig’s weird and wonderful sounds, inspired by the historic rubbish beneath the Geffrye’s front lawns.

Suitable for all ages: 12.30 - 4.30pm

Baker family fun

Enjoy vintage garden games played by almshouse children in the 1800s.

Suitable for all ages: Drop in anytime from 1 - 4pm

Tales about Tails

Hear fun stories about all the amazing animals that have lived in the almshouses.

Suitable for all ages: 1.30 - 2pm and 3 - 3.30pm

Dangerous Disguises

Decorate your own marvellous animal masks inspired by creatures that have roamed the Geffrye.

Suitable for children aged 5 and over. Drop in anytime from 12.30 - 2pm and 3 - 4.30pm

Perplexing Portraits

A digital media workshop with Chocolate Films. Inspired by the 1800s toy ‘Monstrosity Scope’, learn to capture powerful portraits and to distort them into something new. 

Suitable for young people aged 11 and over.  Drop in anytime from 1 - 4pm

Centenary Celebrations Tours

Join our Young Volunteer Tour Guides to explore the museum and our Centenary Celebrations display and go behind-the-scenes in the almshouses and gardens. 

Suitable for all ages: Tours start at 11.30am, 12.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm

Geffrye Explorers!

Discover more about the Geffrye with our free activity backpacks, audio guides, feely box, quizzes and trails. 

Suitable for all ages: Drop in anytime from 12.30 - 4.30pm


Centenary Celebrations has been programmed by our Youth Advisory Panel and Steering Group as part of their take-over day series.

Geffrye Museum Keyhole