Family Challenge Days

Special Family Competitive Activity Days

What's On

Enjoy a challenge as a family! Take the challenge to ignite your ingenuity and gear up your grey cells whilst having fun and learning! These days are for small family groups to compete for prizes on activities that are based on a theme such as science, history, transport, engineering, archaeology or art related to the museum and its subjects. Bring a group to London Canal Museum and have a go at building bridges, floating boats and other brain-teasing activities. Collect points and win prizes! Your group should have 3-6 people, including one or two adults and at least 1 child under 10.

Family Science Challenge at London Canal Museum

12th March 2016

A day of learning and fun activities for adults and children in family teams.

British Science Week Logo 2016

The Spaghetti Challenge

How high can your team build using only dry spaghetti and marshmallows?

Explore simple structures while working together to build the tallest possible tower – will you manage to reach 1m? Or even taller?

The Bridge Challenge

How much weight can your team’s bridge take in the 10 minute bridge challenge?

Using only everyday stationery items and disposable cups, build a bridge. After 10 minutes, your time will be up and our adjudicator will test your structure for strength and try to push a ‘boat’ through.

The Deep Water Challenge

Can your team build a boat to transport our museum teddy across the deep and dangerous (to a teddy!) paddling pool?

Re-purposing is all the rage, so join together a collection of reclaimed materials to make a boat for our furry friend. It’s up to your group to ensure that he doesn’t get a soaking.

The Ice and Water Challenge

How clever are your team at being detectives and finding out more about canals and the ice trade by completing our museum quiz trail?

Follow the trail and answer the questions posed by Henrietta the Horse. We hope you will find out some interesting canal facts!

At the end of your time with us, collect your team’s Science Explorers’ Certificate and other British Science Week goodies.

Times, Prices, Booking

Come and join the fun on 12th March any time between 11am and 3pm.

Pre booking is suggested – contact Cathy on to reserve your places

Your group should be a group of 3-6 people, including one or two 2 adults and at least 1 child under 10. The cost is £15 per group. To book, contact Cathy: This cannot be booked by telephone.

Aims of the Day

The Family Challenge Day is part of the British Science Association’s British Science Week. The aim of the day is to give families (the adults as well as the kids!) the chance to explore, experiment and tackle science and technology through a series of challenges and puzzles, with rewards and prizes for the participating teams.

The challenges will help groups to explore the secret and not-so-secret science and engineering of the canals, from creating boats that float to constructing super spaghetti structures – with the chance to dress up as boaters’ children while finding out more.

Future Challenge Days

Look out for more Family Challenge Days later in the year. Details will be found on this page, and on our Facebook page.

A child makes a model bridge on a table with plastic parts

A model sailing barge made from scrap materials

Structure composed of thin sticks of spaghetti and blobs of marshmallow

A collection of redundant domestic packages such as food boxes