Family Activities in 2013
Help us celebrate 150 years of the London Underground with a series of activities for families during the school holidays. Join us for Storytime sessions which tell the most exciting moments of the Undergrounds’ history and stay afterwards to ‘Make and Take’ using a range of materials to make something special to remember your visit.
Entrance to the Museum is free for children under 16. Adult admission is £15.00 (£11.50 concessions) and tickets allow unlimited entry for a whole year.
Depot Open Week
Date: 28-30 October
From Monday to Wednesday there are a range of creative workshops, family tours and the chance to get take the driver’s seat on some of our vehicles including a steam train, a Tube train and a more recent A-stock Metropolitan line train.
Depot Open Weekend
Date: 1-3 November
This year we have a three day Acton Open Weekend with doors opening on Friday 1 November. Visitors will be able to explore the Depot’s impressive historic collection of over 400,000 objects with posters and artworks – which form one of the most important collections of graphic art in the world – engineering drawings, signs and ephemera and our marvellous collection of historic road and rail vehicles.
Explore the Puppet Zoo for October half term
Dates: Monday 28 October – Sunday 3 November
Join London Transport Museum this October half term for a week of family fun in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. Families can explore the Puppet Zoo by joining in on our storytime and make-and-take craft workshops. Help map maker Harry Beck connect the stations and discover a hidden Underground zoo during storytime, then take home your own puppet zoo created in the make-and-take activities. Make sure to stop by the family station to pick up free activities to use as you explore the Museum all year round.
Time: 11.00 and 14.00
Open to all families but most suitable for those with children aged 3 to 7 years
Told through puppets, meet the famous map maker Harry Beck and help him on his adventure through the underground to find animals escaped from the London Zoo. Discover the animals hidden in the Tube map and learn about the history behind the famous diagram.
Make and Take
Time: 11.30 and 14.30
Open to all families but most suitable for those with children aged 4 to 12 years
Use felt collage to create finger puppets of the map maker Harry Beck and the animals he meets as he explores the underground.
Visit the Family Station
Weekends and School Holidays
Suitable for families with children aged 3 - 12
The new Family Station at London Transport Museum invites you to pick up a coin bag and choose some activities to do as you explore the Museum. Whether you fold your own bus and drive it between the vehicles, design your own poster-postcards or take photos through our flickr frames, there is something here for families with children of all ages.
The Family Station is funded by the Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust
Trace, find and draw! (All ages)
Be inspired by the buses, bikes, and trains in the Museum and use our stencils to create a busy London street.
Shape spotter (Under 5 years)
Explore the Museum and hold the shape spotter up to identify wheels, signs, windows and more!
Fold and go bus (Under 5 years)
Add some colour, pop out the shape, then follow the simple folding instructions to make your bus.
Museum postcards (5 to 7 years)
Look, colour, draw and post your own London Transport Museum postcards.
Lost & found ticket book (5 to 7 years)
Explore, draw, write, find: Explore the Museum and complete the activities.
Flickr frames (8 to 12 years)
Colour your frame before posing for a photo in it to create your own museum portrait. Upload your photos to our flickr group and see what others have done.
Travel card holder (8 to 12 years)
Pick a word and draw or write about them to decorate your own card holder.
Tickets Please Sessions
Date: 24 July-30 August 2013 (Wednesday-Friday only)
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
These sessions give families the opportunity to handle objects from the Museum’s bus and uniform collections. Highlights include a Gibson ticket machine, bell punch and souvenir ticket to take home.
Free Family Activity Book
London Transport Museum have launched a new, FREE family 12 page activity book 'Time Travelling moustaches and other great ways to explore London Transport Museum: a manual for inquisitive minds'. Incredibly this book contains; a time travelling device, a horse, 16 passengers from the world’s underground railway, a house, a poster design studio and an art class!
Aimed at children aged between 5 and 10 years, the book has been produced to enhance young people and their families’ enjoyment and experience of the Museum through activities, games and the ancient art of origami.
The book has been funded by the Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust which was established in 2006 to promote safe and responsible travel in London and to inform young people about the importance of public transport.
Chinese Memories Family Trail
There are lots of objects and exhibits in London Transport Museum that relate to Chinese people. Download this trail to discover mystery objects and to find out the stories and traditions of Chinese people from around the world.
Golders Green Walk and Activity Sheets
Golders Green residents have worked with the Museum to create three walks highlighting the area's unique identity and celebrating its diversity. From Heath secrets to Japanese restaurants the different routes will allow you to explore the suburb and find out what it means to the people that live there. Download a copy of the map and try it today.
Children can also enjoy these fun activity sheets while they are on the walk.
Why not share your own images and comments about Golders Green at our Flickr group.