Watery Wednesdays 2020

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.

Watery Wednesdays Programme

Currently, no dates are planned for Watery Wednesdays. We expect to announce dates for 2020 in the spring of 2020

Date Information Planned Activities
7th August 2019 Theme: Happy birthday, Mr. Gatti! Sessions from 1030-1230 and 1330-1530. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges Decorate a cake, create a card, adorn the room and make some yummy ice cream, following the celebration of Carlo Gatti's birthday a few days ealier. A short boat trip is included.
14th August 2019 Theme: Living Canals. Sessions from 1030-1230 and 1330-1530. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges. Come and build a bird feeder, make a fly-eating frog, decorate a tiny terrapin and create a mini-kite. A hort boat trip is included.
21st August 2019 Theme: Crafty canals. Sessions from 1030-1230 and 1330-1530. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges Come and help us to make a rag-rug for our narrowboat, have a go at spider-web embroidery, try painting a canal-style rose, dress up as a Victorian canal child and create your very own piece of rope. A short boat trip is included.
23rd October 2019 Theme: Autumn Wonders. Sessions from 1030-1230 and 1330-1530. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges Activities to be announced including a short boat trip

All activities are subject to possible change at short notice. There is no need to book in advance unless you are bringing more than 9 children.

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 three Wednesdays in August.

Children in the cabin of Coronis look through lace curtainsEach 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.

Children supervised by an adult make boats at a tableEntrance 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.


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:

A passenger boat in a canal basin with brick heritage  building 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.

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.

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

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.