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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.

Easter Holiday Activities: Sharing is Caring

Tuesday 9 - Friday 12 April, 10am - 4.30pm. Free

Family activities at the Geffrye

How does sharing make the world better?

Families share their time, love and happiness through special celebrations and daily rituals. Introduce young children to sharing with toys and games in Nursery Rhyme Time and Geffrye Explorers; or explore the different ways to share with older kids in our Craft Makers, Digital Workshops and Hands on Tours.

Join in the conversation at #SharingFamilies Download the full programme here.

The museum, displays and café have now closed for re-development but our front gardens are open for the holidays. Family activities will take place outside in the front garden under a tent unless otherwise stated but please come prepared for the weather. A range of drinks and light snacks will be available to buy.

Tuesday 9 April and Wednesday 10 April

Drop-in Craft Makers

No need to book, just drop-in.

Money-box - suitable for all ages

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

Decorate a ceramic money-box so that you can save money to share with others.

Felted Greek Easter Eggs - for ages 8+

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

Learn to felt and make a decorative Easter egg with traditional Greek designs.

Drop-in Geffrye Explorers - for ages 2 - 11

10am - 4.30pm

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

Booked Workshops

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each activity.

Nursery Rhyme Time: Spring Bunnies - for ages 2 - 5 

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm, inside the building (16 places available)

Sing songs, hop like a bunny and go on an Easter egg hunt in this interactive storytelling and craft session.

Digital Workshop: Pop-Up GIF (all equipment provided) - for ages 8+

2 - 4pm, inside the building (15 places available)

Create a pop-up celebration card and make it into a GIF (animated image) that you can share online in this digital and craft workshop.

Hands on Tour: Shared Living

11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm

Journey back in time to the 18th-century, explore mystery objects and discover how London's poor and elderly lived together in the Geffrye almshouses, a home provided for them by the Ironmongers' Company.

Free for children, adults £5. Tours last 35 - 45 minutes.


Thursday 11 April and Friday 12 April

Drop-in Craft Makers

No need to book, just drop-in.

Hats off to Spring - suitable for all ages

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

Create an enormous spring celebration hat complete with insects and flowers inspired by nature. 

Recipe Book binding - for ages 8+

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

For budding chefs and crafty kids! Learn the art of book binding and make a handmade book to collect your family's favourite recipes.

Drop-in Geffrye Explorers - for ages 2 - 11

10am - 4.30pm

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

Booked Workshops

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each activity.

Nursery Rhyme Time: Polly Put the Kettle On - for ages 2 - 5 

10.30 - 11.30am and 12 - 1pm, inside the building (16 places available)

Sing songs, explore the senses and come to our tea party in this interactive and sensory storytelling and craft session.

Digital Workshop: Fable makers (all equipment provided) - for ages 8+

2 - 4pm, inside the building (15 places available)

Create a digital storybook to read to the child in your family in this digital and craft workshop.

Hands on Tour: Shared Living

11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm

Journey back in time to the 18th-century, explore mystery objects and discover how London's poor and elderly lived together in the Geffrye almshouses, a home provided for them by the Ironmongers' Company.

Free for children, adults £5. Tours last 35 - 45 minutes.

Holiday activities are for children aged 2 - 16 and are free for individuals and their families. Places for booked workshops are allocated at the museum on a firstcome, firstserved 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.


Egg Marbling workshop

Saturday 13 April, 2pm. Tickets: £27 / £22 concession / £40 pair (decorating one tree together) / £74 group of 4 (decorating one tree together)

Suitable for ages 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Egg marbling workshop

Create and take home your own totally unique decorative eggs using paint marbling techniques with artist Freya Gabie.

All materials are provided, including a twisted willow branch to create a ‘tree’ to display the finished eggs. The 'eggs' used are made from paper, so are vegan-friendly and involve no food waste. Group tickets are available where members decorate one tree together, marbling up to 6 eggs per person.

Book tickets here

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