Watery Wednesdays 2015

for children at London Canal Museum

What's On

Childrens' 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.

School Holiday Fun

Children love our wide-ranging activities and the chance to explore the museum and get out on the canal by boat. There are all sorts of things for children to do and there are different themes on different days. We usually run these days in the spring and autumn and on every Wednesday in August.

Each activity day is slightly different but a short boat trip is always included. Learning and fun go hand in hand as children take part in a variety of table-top activities. There are painting activities, making things, drawing things, and some sessions include face-painting and a treasure hunt.

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

An 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.

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 2016 are to be announced.

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.

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

Some of our activities...

Note: Not all activities take place on every date and we may sometimes need to make changes at the last minute. Details of the planned activities for each date will be listed on the event page on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/canalmuseum

You do not need to book if you are bringing 1-9 children. Groups of 10 or more should book.


A group is 10 or more paying people. Groups must book in advance - this is essential.

If you wish to bring a group to a Watery Wednesday, it is worth discussing your needs with the Education Officer; (education@canalmuseum.org.uk) it may be that a separate day will be more suitable if you wish to bring more than 20 children. The charge for children would normally remain at £4 per child but 1 free adult would be admitted per 10 children, with additional adults paying the usual group admission fee 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.

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.

Make a group booking

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

Children in the cabin of Coronis look through lace curtainsChildren making things on a tableChildren on a canal narrowboat with other boats in backgroundRound timber vessel with metal bowl and ice cream mixture

Planned Activities

Date Theme Likely Activities. (we do not guarantee these, there can be last-minute changes)
05/12 August 2015 It's Freezing Here Boat trips, Sliding ice cube painting, Making Victorian ice cream, Making ice and salt sculptures – plain and coloured, Levitating ice cubes, Ice trade sequencing
19/26 August 2015 Working Waterways Boat trips, Castles and roses painting, Dressing up, Making canal plaques, Snubbers and Top Planks game, Making a Buckby can, Making a rag rug
28th October 2015 Creepy Canals Boat trips, Self hardening clay spooky magnets, Making bats, Simple spider web embroidery, Ice scream

Group Booking/Enquiry Form

Making a Booking or Enquiry

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