Activities for Children & Families

We know that you can’t visit us at the moment but we have loads of fun activities that you can get involved with from home. Every Saturday we’ll be making super suggestions of how to keep your young ones busy for hours. Download our latest activities sheets and watch out for new ones every week. All our activities use materials that you’ll find around the house.

Image: Click and Boo on Unsplash⁠


Make a Shoebox Football Game PDF

Have a look at this weekend’s activity and be sure to make your very own Shoebox football pitch. With the announcement of sport’s return after lockdown we’re feeling like this is the perfect thing to create.



You can also download all our past fun craft ideas below.⁠


Keep the Boredom at Bay PDF

Spring Activities PDF

Be Kind Activities PDF

Circe Colouring Sheet

Girl in a Wood Colouring Sheet

White Mountain Colouring Sheet

The Drinking Place Colouring Sheet 


We’re celebrating our local history. Oldham is famed for bringing together ”Fish” with ”Chips”.

Have you had a go at all our Super Saturday activities themed around Chippy Teas! Turn you hand to creating some origami fish and chips using old newspapers that you have around the house. Or why not register for our Take Away Discover Arts Award? Click here for more information.

Adoration of the Chip Banner Colouring Sheet

Origami Fish & Chips recipe and instructions.

More Creative challenges and crafty makes!

We have been working with local artists and makers to create some brilliant video guides to help you make something at home. We will be adding more so watch this space! You can also find loads more creative challenges from our arts, heritage and libraries teams at Take Part Oldham

Challenge 1 –  Make a Rainbow Mobile Window Decoration

Artist Gordon Banks demonstrates how to create and decorate your own rainbow mobile with a variety of materials, inspired by our outdoor and indoor environment. You can watch his video here

Download the template or choose your very own designs!

Looking for resources to help with home schooling?

Head to our schools page for cross-curricular PowerPoints with educational activities inspired by artworks and artefacts from our collection.

Great Science Share

This years Great Science Share is a digital spectacular full of resources for you to examine, uncover and investigate. On our blog we will be releasing ideas and information to start your own scientific journey.

Take part in the Great Science Share from 4 May 2020 and follow our blog to find out more.

 Dawn Chorus



Kids in Museums – Museums of the Year shortlisted nominee 2015

Manchester Life Magazine – Exhibition of the year nominee 2015

Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence – Project on a limited budget shortlist 2016

Visit England – Family Friendly Finalist 2017

Curious Minds – Northwest Cultural Education Awards, Inclusive Partnership nominee 2017

Henshaws – Visual Impairment Friendly Business of the Year nominee 2018