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
1st August 2018 A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12. Join us to take a short boat trip on The Regent's Canal and spot the local birds, follow the butterfly life cycle trail and create a coffee filter art butterfly or an imaginary bird. Plant some seeds to help to feed the butterflies (or at least their caterpillars!) and make a snazzy pipecleaner bird feeder. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges Spot the local birds, follow the butterfly life cycle trail and create a coffee filter art butterfly or an imaginary bird. Plant some seeds to help to feed the butterflies (or at least their caterpillars!) and make a snazzy pipecleaner bird feeder.
8th August 2018 A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12. Join us to take a short boat trip on The Regent's Canal, Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges. Spot the local birds, follow the butterfly life cycle trail and create a coffee filter art butterfly or an imaginary bird. Plant some seeds to help to feed the butterflies (or at least their caterpillars!) and make a snazzy pipecleaner bird feeder.
15th August 2018 A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips. Theme: Carry on Canals Take a short trip on The Regent's Canal and see where cargoes used to be unloaded can you spot the cranes? Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges Make something delicious using ingredients that travelled by canal (not suitable for dairy allergy sufferers) or build a boat to transport an awkward cargo can you keep it afloat? Make and decorate your own paper narrowboat and create a crane can you lift our mini-cargoes?.
22nd August 2018 A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips. Theme: Carry on Canals Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges Take a short trip on The Regent's Canal and see where cargoes used to be unloaded can you spot the cranes? Make something delicious using ingredients that travelled by canal (not suitable for dairy allergy sufferers) or build a boat to transport an awkward cargo can you keep it afloat? Make and decorate your own paper narrowboat and create a crane can you lift our mini-cargoes?.
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.

Groups

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