Family Activities



    • May Half Term: Body Lab

    29th May - 2nd June
    11am - 3pm

    Enter the Body Lab to enjoy some Revolting Fun
    Make fake poo, sick, blood, snot and wee!

    Think snot is gross and unnecessary? Not sure of the purpose of poo? Baffled by wee and why it changes colour?  Don't worry, we're here to help! We'll explain the purpose of all these things and their importance to a healthy body in these fun hands-on workshops. Roll up your sleeves and don your lab coat to make fake poo, mix ingredients to resemble sick, make slimy snot and create fake scabs.

    Museum admission charges apply, but there is no extra charge to take part. Don't forget that if you already have an annual ticket you will get in for free!

    No booking necessary, just drop in and take part:
    11am  Make sick and poo   or   Make blood and scabs
    12.30pm  Make sick and poo   or   Make snot and wee
    2pm  Make blood and scabs   or   Make snot and wee

    • Pets As Therapy

    17th and 24th June
    10am - 3pm

    Meet some of our favourite therapy friends and learn about their work in the community.

    17th June: Pets As Therapy Dogs

    Enjoy some cuddles and find out how dogs enhance lives everyday with their visits to residential homes, hospitals, hospices, schools, day care centres and prisons. 

    24th June: Therapy Ponies

    Say hello to some beautiful ponies from KL Pony Therapy and find out about their work in care homes.

    • Summer: Disease Detectives

    24th July - 1st September (Weekdays)
    11am - 3pm

    Have you got what it takes to be a Disease Detective?

    Join us this summer to investigate the great scientific pioneers of the past and to explore the modern day world of high tech medicine. Discover the cutting edge technology used to diagnose disease by today's physicians and find out if you too could become a disease detective

    Lots of have-a-go activities to take part in. No booking required, just drop-in.

    • October Half Term: Eye Dissection Workshops

    23rd - 27th October
    11am - 3pm

    Discover the fascinating organ that is the eye in these hands-on workshops.

    Dissect an eye* to understand how the lens, cornea, iris, optic nerve and retina work together to create the  images we see. Learn about the blind spot, vitreous and aqueous humor, why we blink, the purpose of tears and how to look after your eyes.

    Normal museum admission charges apply, but don't forget that if you already have an annual ticket, then admission to the museum is free and you will only need to pay for the workshop!

    Workshops will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

    Please note:
    There is a small charge of £3 per eye payable on the door.
    Children must be supervised and we will issue one eye and one scalpel per supervising adult. We ask that adults supervise no more than 3 children.

    *Non-human eye

    • Autism Friendly Quiet Mornings

    To offer a calmer environment, audio in the ground floor galleries is turned down between 9.30am - 11am on the first Sunday of every month.
    In addition to Quiet Mornings, ear defenders and a What to Expect gallery guide are available all year round from reception.
    Upcoming Quiet Mornings:

    7th May
    4th June
    2nd July
    6th August
    3rd September
    1st October
    5th November
    3rd December


We are now affiliated with Leeds Children’s University