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Family Activities

The Geffrye is closed until spring 2020 for our major development project. During closure we are running events in the front gardens and tours of the restored almshouse.

Summer Holiday Activities: Acts of Kindness

Thursday 15, Friday 16, Thursday 22, Friday 23, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August 

10am - 4.30pm. Suitable for ages 2-12 years. Free

Family activities at the Geffrye - photograph Em Fitzgerald

It really is cool to be kind so have fun and spread a little love this summer! Spend quality family time doing hands-on art, craft and digital activities, family tours and trails in the museum gardens. Access the flyer here.

Places for booked workshops are allocated at the museum on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each activity. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All activities are accessible for families with additional needs.

Thursdays 15, 22 and 29 August

Nursery Rhyme Time: Little Red Hen (ages 2 - 5 years)

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm. Inside the building (16 places available)

The kind animals make food for their hungry friends in this interactive story-telling and craft session.

Hands on Tour: Community Living (ages 6+)

11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Tours last 45 minutes. Free for children, adults £5

Journey back to Victorian times, explore mystery objects and discover how the poor and elderly lived together in the Geffrye Almshouses.

Geffrye Explorers (ages 2+)

10am - 4.30pm

Free dressing up, activity packs, quizzes and trails to help you explore the museum's front gardens together.

Bingo! (all ages)

10.30am - 4pm (closed 12pm - 1pm for lunch)

Who is the kindest person in your family? Make an interactive board game for everyone to play together.

Painted Mugs (ages 8+)

10.30am - 4pm (closed 1pm - 2pm for lunch)

Paint a commemorative mug to celebrate a special act of kindness that you are proud of.


Friday 16, 23 and 30 August

Nursery Rhyme Time: The Good Giant (ages 2 - 5 years)

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm. Inside the building (16 places available)

Sing songs and make a kindness crown in this interactive storytelling and craft session.

Digital workshop: #COOLTOBEKIND (all equipment provided) (ages 8+)

2pm - 4pm. Inside the building (15 places available)

Create a video meme in this digital and craft workshop to help us spread the kindness message.

Hands on Tour: Community Living (ages 6+)

11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Tours last 45 minutes. Free for children, adults £5

Journey back to Victorian times, explore mystery objects and discover how the poor and elderly lived together in the Geffrye Almshouses.

Geffrye Explorers (ages 2+)

10am - 4.30pm

Free dressing up, activity packs, quizzes and trails to help you explore the museum's front gardens together.

Swallow Mobile (all ages)

10.30am - 4pm (closed 1pm - 2pm for lunch)

Do you like being kind to wildlife? Make a sensory mobile or wall decoration and find out about swallows, a Victorian symbol of kindness.


While the museum is closed for refurbishment family activities are taking place under canopies in the museum gardens, Nursery Rhyme Time and Digital workshops take place in the museum’s Georgian Room. 



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