Autumn Activities 2013

for children at London Canal Museum

What's On

Childrens' summer activity days involve a range of fun learning activities for children aged 6 - 12. The activities vary but always include the opportunity for a short boat trip on the Regent's Canal. This year there will be a treasure trail around the museum, ice cream making and opportunities to work with an artist on the first two Tuesdays. Other activities will be arranged on different days, including making plaques, model boats, colouring etc.

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Autumn Fun

Childrens Activity Days - making modelsAn accompanying adult must remain in the museum with the child, and must accompany him or her on the boat. Children cannot be left with us unattended and the adult must always be responsible for the child. Adults can spend time looking at the exhibitions whilst children take part in the activities. Come at any time during the day.

There are morning (1030) and afternoon (1330) sessions each day, lasting about 2 hours.

Entrance for participating children is £4.00 per child age 0 - 15 (but activities are most suitable for ages 6 - 12) including all activities. Accompanying adults pay the museum's normal admission charges of £4 for adults (concessions £3). Non-participating children at usual charges.

Dates in 2014 are:

April 8th and 15th
May 27th
August 5th 12th 19th and 26th
October 28th

There are short boat trips on the Regent's Canal and also Henrietta's Museum Trail, a fun way to explore the museum discovering interesting things with Henrietta. Henrietta, by the way, is our horse. Children can also make models of a narrowboat, build a bridge in our children's Activity Zone, and there will be a number of other interesting activities each week such as painting plates in traditional style, making cardboard models, and more.

On 28th October 2014 we will have some Halloween related activities including a themed treasure hunt with spooky prizes, and a quiz in which participants will discover a spooky word from amongst the exhibitions. There will be face-painting too!

Note that the boat trip does not enter the tunnel - this is a short canal boat trip lasting about 15-20 minutes.


Childrens painting activitiesA group is 10 or more paying people. Groups must book in advance - this is essential. The maximum size of group is 30.

A deposit of £15 is payable on booking for a group. There is no price reduction for groups but one accompanying adult per group will have free admission. Additional adults will pay the usual group admission charge of £3.50.

There is no need to book for individual children or for small groups of 9 children or fewer.

You must have sufficient adults to supervise the chidren effectively. Supervising adults must be proactive in supervising - it is not their role to stand around doing nothing. They are welcome to take part.

cardboard model boat floating in clear plastic tank, wall behind

Special needs

The museum is fully accessible and we will do our best to accommodate children with special needs. Whilst booking is only necessary for groups, it will be useful to know in advance by e-mail if children with special needs are taking part. The boat may not always be wheelchair-accessible but we can usually lift a child on to the boat if the need arises.

Children wait to set off on a boat

Make a group booking

To make a group booking, please contact our Education Officer:

Some of our activities...

Boat trips take place every day but other activities do not take place on every occasion.

  • Art and plaque making
  • Try making plaques with decorations and motifs from the inland waterways. Learn about Roses and Castles, the art from unique to Britain’s canals
  • Treasure hunt with prizes
  • Can you follow the clues around the Museum to find where the treasure is hidden?
  • Boat trips - discover the canal!
  • Everybody loves a boat trip! Explore the rich and varied environment and history of the Regent’s Canal, as it makes its way through London.
  • Ice cream making
  • Follow in the footsteps of Carlo Gatti, who built the ice warehouse which is now the Museum. He made ice cream for Victorian Londoners and we will show you how to make your own.
  • Model boat making
  • Will you design float? That’s the test we put our boats through. Build one, decorate it, float it and see how much weight it will carry.

Group Booking/Enquiry Form

Making a Booking or Enquiry

NOTE: 3rd, 10th and 24th August are fully booked for GROUPS (individuals can came along without pre-booking)

Is this a definite booking or just an enquiry?

Just an enquiry
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If you have any questions or special requirements e.g. special needs please e-mail The museum is suitable for disabled visitors and you do not need to tell us in advance about wheelchair users.