Watery Wednesdays 2018

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 four Wednesdays 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 £5 for adults (concessions £4). Non-participating children at usual charges.

Children in the cabin of Coronis look through lace curtains

Dates and Activities 2018

All activities are subject to possible change at short notice

Date Theme Planned Activities
11th April 2018 Theme: Ice Cool Activities
  • Take a short boat trip on The Regent's Canal
  • Make ice cream Victorian style (not suitable for dairy allergy sufferers)
  • Complete an icy quiz
  • Free the ice prisoners - can you get the figures out of the ice cubes?
  • Make a slushy drink without a freezer
  • Explore the Victorian ice trade
30th May 2018 Back in Time on the Canals
  • Take a short trip on the Regents Canal
  • Dress up in Victorian costumes and send us your selfies
  • Have a go at copying out a poem Canal School style!
  • Keeping clean try doing the washing without a washing machine
  • Make a shiny picture frame to reflect the light round your cabin (or bedroom!)
  • Learn about canal life with our replica World War 2 game
  • Have a go at rag-rug making
1st August 2018 Canal theme to be announced  boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges
8th August 2018 Canal theme to be announced  boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges
15th August 2018 Canal theme to be announced  boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges
22nd August 2018 Canal theme to be announced  boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges
24th October 2018 Halloween  boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges

Children making things on a table

Important Notes

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

Note: Not all activities take place on every date and we may sometimes need to make changes at the last minute.


A group is 10 children or more. If there are 9 children or fewer you dd not need to book

Groups must book in advance - this is essential.

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.

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 in groups is 4 per child but 1 free supervising adult is admitted per 10 children, with additional adults paying the usual group admission fee of 4.50.

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

Children on a canal narrowboat with other boats in background

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.

Permanent Activities

Children can also build a bridge in our children's Activity Zone, and enjoy our family activity explorer bags.

Round timber vessel with metal bowl and ice cream mixture