Museum Mum picks: March 2020

London is in bloom, its blossoming trees and seas of crocus and daffodils bringing much needed cheer to the rather soggy capital. March is a quieter month for families in museums, as staff catch their breath between the action-packed February half term and Easter hols – but there’s still plenty on.⁠

After a rough start to the year, I’m certainly ready to embrace new beginnings. I’m looking forward to more family days out – and hopefully feeling a little spoilt on Mother’s Day! I’m most looking forward to having a sneak preview of the revamped Story Museum in Oxford. If you want to see what we get up to, I’ll be regularly updating my stories and feed on Instagram.

 

Here’s my pick of the most promising cultural things to do in London with kids this March 2020:

Meet Pippi Longstocking, dare to be yourself with Matt Haig, discover the magic of bookwandering, or find out how this politics thing works in a mad-cap comedy show at the British Library‘s literary family day. 1 March 2020, paid, ages 7+.

Explore the experiences of British-Bangladeshi women and children in east London at #Identity family festival at Museum of London Docklands. Make chanachur Bengali street snack, print your own t-shirt, watch Bengali music and dance acts, join a Salsatropic workshop, have a henna tattoo and get a family snapshot taken. 7 and 8 March 2020, FREE.

 

You’re guaranteed a warm welcome at the steam up at the London Museum of Water and Steam. As many of their pumping engines as possible are put into steam, with tours at 11am and 2pm. It’s a great excuse to visit this family friendly small museum, with its fun stamper trail, hand-on galleries, water play, play train sets, dressing up and discovery tox boxes. 7 and 8 March 2020, paid.
Read more about our visit to the London Museum of Water and Steam here: https://museummum.com/2019/05/11/museum-of-water-and-steam-with-kids/

Discover science across the City of London with a forensic investigation at the City of London Police Museum, creative chemistry at The Salter’s Company and clever conservation at Guildhall Art Gallery. Part of British Science Week. 14 March 2020, FREE.

Relax, reconnect and enjoy each other’s company at the family wellbeing activity afternoon at Gunnersbury Park Museum. Try playful, multi-sensory sessions, including mindful movement and drawing in the museum and park. Discover how they promote health and wellbeing for all the family. Activities delivered in partnership with West London Buddhist Centre. 15 March 2020, paid.

Ever wondered how we predict the weather, how a motorway is built or how we can help injured people? Seven teams of engineers showcase family-friendly interactive engineering exhibits for the WES 100 Violets Challenge, in the feat of Victorian engineering, the Brunel Museum. 21 March 2020, FREE.

 

Get the kids to brew you a cup of very special tea for Mother’s day, with tea blending at Ham House (21 and 22 March 2020). And forget the garage forecourt – children can build you a posy with spring flowers from Ham’s own gardens (22 March 2020). Paid.

Plant a seed, create a flower crown, and get involved with sensory storytelling at Fulham Palace family fun day: from bud to blossom. 22 March 2020, FREE.

Enjoy art activities, handling collections and trails, inspired by the people and animals who call the Royal Mews home at their Hooves and Horses Family Day. 28 March 2020, paid.

 

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Written by Vyki Sparkes AKA Museum Mum. Award-winning culture blogger, content creator, museum curator, podcaster, and mum to three. I’ve worked in museums for 18+ years, have a masters in museum studies, but more importantly, have been letting my kids loose in museums for decades. This blog shares all my hard-earned knowledge and experience.

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  1. March 10, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    What an excellent variety of events you’ve included here. Thank you, I’ll have fun taking the kids to plant a seed at Fulham Palace where I’ve been meaning to take them for an age, anyway!

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