Free family fun at Hackney Museum this summer

If you’re wondering what to do with your children this summer, Hackney Museum has activities that will keep them busy!

Throughout July and August the council run Hackney Museum is holding a series of free hands on activities aimed at children aged 5 and over. However, families of all ages are welcome to join in and take the opportunity to look around Hackney Museum and its child friendly exhibitions.

Six year old Alyssa–Joy Baker who recently took part in Comic Strips and Animations workshop at Hackney Museum said: “I loved drawing my cartoon and watching it spin round and round in the zoetrope.”

Sherica Baker, her mum, said "It was really nice to get involved with something Alyssa–Joy is interested in and do something together as a family“ .


Comic Strips and Animations
Come along and make a comic strip and bring it to life in our zoetrope (a Victorian optical illusion machine). Your moving images will be captured on film and emailed to you so you can take home a piece of the action.

Drop in between 2 – 4pm
Wednesday 27 July
Wednesday 3 August
Wednesday 10 August
Wednesday 17 August
Wednesday 24 August

Toy Theatres
Create a toy theatre, complete with characters and props inspired by your favourite people, pets and the objects you treasure. Step into the limelight in this fun activity for all the family.

Drop in between 2 – 4pm
Thurs 28 July
Thurs 4 August
Thurs 11 August
Thurs 18 August
Thurs 25 August

These activities are offered as part Mapping the Change, a project that explores Hackney history and encourages local people to get involved and reflect on the changes they have experienced in the run up to the Olympics.

Hackney Museum is free. Visitors to can find out about Hackney past and present. All the family can get stuck in to our hands-on activities. Sail the Saxon boat, try on historical costumes, bring spooky ghosts to life or try your hand at making Victorian matchboxes against the clock. Hackney Museum hosts events activities throughout the year as well as school holidays.

To find out more go to or contact or 020 8356 3500 to join our events mailing list.

Hackney Museum
Ground Floor
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm. Thursday: 9.30am - 8pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm. Closed: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

For details of all this year’s summer activities for young people in Hackney, visit:; or pick up a copy of the 2011 Guide available from Hackney youth centres, schools, libraries, and the Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY.