Join us for regular weekend family workshops, where we invite families to be creative and learn together, alongside artists, illustrators and designers. Explore Somerset House and our exhibitions and displays though an exciting range of activities, from painting and model-making to fashion design and animation. Each workshop is designed to inspire and encourage creative discovery, and spark fresh activities to try at home.
Here's what people have been saying about our workshops:
Allowed children to be very creative... Great quality materials.
Excellent staff - encouraging and creative.
A fantastic day out!
(PG, 86 mins)
A beautiful and stirring animated feature from director Brad Bird, who went on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar. Inspired by the Ted Hughes book of the same name, and with strong echoes of Spielberg’s E.T., the film tells the story of a young boy who befriends a gentle-giant robot that he discovers in a junkyard. Some traditional hand-drawn animation helps to bring a warm, homemade feel to this family-friendly adventure.
Embrace your inner automaton, and design and make the robot you’d like to see, or even be. Be inspired by robot heroes past and present of the big screen, before making your costume come to life with nuts, bolts and superhuman skills. In association with this summer's Behind The Screen programme.
Join us every weekend in the Treasury to take part in Utopia 2016 a year of imagination and possibility.
Make & Do with the Treasurers: fun and creative activities that explore utopian ideas from the past, present and future. Suitable for all ages, materials provided.
Tell us about your Utopia; contribute a post it note with your thoughts and help us to disseminate lessons for how we might live, make, work and play better.
Meet the Treasurers; have a chat about the original text Utopia by Thomas More and the Utopia 2016 programme.
Or simply relax and enjoy the Treasury; browse our micro library of Utopian literature and play songs on A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World by Ruth Ewan.
The spirit of the River Thames runs through Somerset House, in fact the river used to flow directly into the building before Victoria Embankment was built. When entering the building via the Great Arch you can see Somerset House’s unofficial mascot: Father Thames, London’s own watery guardian, overseeing the river from its source all the way through London to where the river meets the sea.
Click here to download our ather Thames Activity Sheet
Suitable for families with children aged 6-12years.
Somerset House supports the 2010 Kids in Museums Manifesto: