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Summer Holiday activities: Upcycle it!

Tuesday 25 July - Friday 4 August, 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm. Free. For ages 5 - 16 years.

Help us to save the planet by getting creative with recycling! Make new treasures by recycling old and unloved things. Download the activities flyer for Week One and Week Two.

Week One: Tuesday 25 July

Nursery Rhyme Time: Trash to Treasure - for ages 2 - 5

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm (16 places available)

Discover precious objects from around the world in this interactive storytelling and craft session.

Pop-up Puppets - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Choose a character from the museum’s collection of portraits and make a pop-up puppet from an old cup!

Perfect Planters - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 2 - 4pm (20 places available)

Turn a milk carton into a fabulous hanging garden and plant with your own seeds.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Wednesday 26 July

Woven Plastic Placemats - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Learn the art of weaving and recycle your unwanted plastic bags into a brilliant placemat.

Meet The Ancestors - for all ages * NEW

Drop in anytime between 2 - 4pm (15 places available)

Create a family portrait in the style of an old masterpiece in this digital and craft workshop.

Handling Station - for all ages * NEW

Drop in anytime between 12.30 - 4pm 

Get hands on with our collections and discover the stories behind them. Run by members of our youth programme.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 1.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Thursday 27 July

Decoupage Delights - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Learn how to revitalise any old box or furniture with the paper art of decoupage and make your own treasure chest.

Mysterious Matchbox Marvels - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 2 - 4pm (20 places available)

Transform a matchbox into a luxurious home and garden for your own mini pet.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Friday 28 July

Nursery Rhyme Time: Busy Bugs - for ages 2 - 5

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm (16 places available)

Find out how nature recycles itself in the Geffrye garden in this storytelling and craft session.

Crafty Cushions - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Make a patchwork cushion cover using scraps of fabric stitched together with multi-coloured threads.

Brilliant Badges - for ages 8 and over

2 - 4pm (15 family places available)

Transform an old lid into a cool badge and make a book to show your friends how to make one too in this digital and craft workshop.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 1.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Week Two: Tuesday 1 August

Nursery Rhyme Time: Go Green! - for ages 2 - 5

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm (16 places available)

Learn about how rubbish helps plants to grow in this interactive storytelling and craft session.

Brilliant Bird Feeders - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Create a flutter in your garden or window sill with this fantastic bird feeder made from a water bottle.

Creative Coasters - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 2 - 4pm (20 places available)

Re-use your leftover bathroom tiles and create a lovely ceramic coaster to use at home.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Wednesday 2 August

Outrageous Organisers - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Learn the art of weaving and recycle your unwanted plastic bags into a brilliant placemat.

Guitar Stars - for all ages * NEW

Drop in anytime between 2 - 4pm (15 places available)

Make a junk guitar and film yourself rocking out in this digital and craft workshop.

Handling Station - for all ages * NEW

Drop in anytime between 12.30 - 4pm 

Get hands on with our collections and discover the stories behind them. Run by members of our youth programme.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 1.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Thursday 3 August

Wild Wind Chimes - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Create a wind chime for your garden or window using a variety of recycled materials.

Fantastic Fans - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 2 - 4pm (20 places available)

Stay cool and make a fantastic fan inspired by the art of Japan.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Friday 4 August

Nursery Rhyme Time: Seaside Stories - for ages 2 - 5

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm (16 places available)

Discover the animals who live at the beach in this interactive storytelling and craft session.

Crafty Birds - for ages 5 and over

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available)

Learn how to ‘proggy’, the original upcycling technique, using rags to make a new feathered friend.

Puppet Animations - for all ages * NEW

2 - 4pm (15 places available)

Make a puppet tour guide and record your own tour of the museum in this digital and craft workshop.

Geffrye Explorers - for all ages

Drop in anytime between 10am - 4.30pm

Drop-in and choose from a range of hands-on activities to make and do at our Quiz Desk and Garden Cart (weather dependent).

Digital Paintings Trail - for ages 5 - 14

Drop in anytime between 10am - 1.30pm

Explore the museum, complete a trail and collect your prize from the quiz desk!


Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the activities start. All children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit Geffrye Explorers for our children's activities that are available every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Easter Holiday Activities: Spring is in the Air - For ages 5 - 16

Tuesday 9 April - Friday 12 April, 10.30am -12.30pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm

Spring family day at the Geffrye - photography Morley von Sternberg

Get in the mood for spring! Bake herbal biscuits, create seasonal headwear and take part in a treasure hunt around the gardens. 

All activities are free and are for individual children and families and are suitable for children aged 5 -16 years old. All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to bring a community group to the museum during this time, please contact Sarah Fairbairn, sfairbairn@geffrye-museum.org.uk, 020 7739 9893.

Easter Holiday Activities: Spring is in the Air - For ages 5 - 16

Tuesday 9 April - Friday 12 April, 10.30am -12.30pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm

Spring family day at the Geffrye - photography Morley von Sternberg

Get in the mood for spring! Bake herbal biscuits, create seasonal headwear and take part in a treasure hunt around the gardens. 

All activities are free and are for individual children and families and are suitable for children aged 5 -16 years old. All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to bring a community group to the museum during this time, please contact Sarah Fairbairn, sfairbairn@geffrye-museum.org.uk, 020 7739 9893.