Family Weekend - Bookable Workshops

Bookable Workshops

We have a range of workshops on both days, but spaces are limited so please order your free tickets below.

If you can't make the workshop or can't book a spot don't worry as we have over a hundred activities to take part in across the weekend in our interactive exhibitions, no booking required!

Saturday 3 November

Information on our bookable workshops for Saturday is available below. Please make sure you book these in advance or on arrival at the National Waterfront Museum to avoid disappointment. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Magic, medicine and mythology : Experience Room

Hogwarts

Experience the wizarding world of Harry Potter in our themed room – craft your own spell, discover how muggles are trying to make magic and learn to defend yourself against Dementors.

Times
11:00 - 12:30
14:00 - 15:30 

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Science Made Simple presents Bubbles & Balloons!

Women creating large bubbles with a hoop

This Whizzpopping bubble science spectacular is good clean fun for the whole family! Can you make a bubble last forever? Can bubbles be made square? Are you brave enough to stick a skewer in a balloon? 

Times
11:00 - 12:00

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Becoming Dr Jones

Dr Jones standing in front of the Great Pyramids

How  did  a  16  year  old  dyslexic  high  school  drop-out  end  up  fulfilling  his  dream  of  becoming  Wales'  own  Indiana  Jones?  Dr  Rhys  Jones,  BAFTA  nominated  International  Wildlife  presenter  for  National  Geographic,  Discovery,  Smithsonian  Channel,  ITV,  and  star  of  BBC  One’s  Rhys  Jones's  Wildlife  Patrol  will  take  you  on  a  fascinating  journey  from  humble  beginnings  to  Russell  Group University  Senior  Lecturer  at  the  Cardiff  University  School  of  Biosciences.    Brought  up  on  a  council  estate  by  a  single  mum,  Rhys’s  life  was  changed  forever  when  his  grandfather  took  him  to  see  Raiders  of  the  Lost  Ark.  Rhys  found  further  inspiration  in  an  old  animal  encyclopaedia  given  to  him  by  his  grandmother  and  used  his  knowledge,  imagination  and  determination  to  craft  his  chosen  path  in  life.  Rhys  fulfilled  his  dreams  and  now,  like  his  hero  Indiana,  his  path  has  taken  him  to  all  corners  of  the  globe  with  friends  and  colleagues  at  every  port,  including  him  becoming  a  member  of  the  Loita  Maasai,  the  furthest  outpost  of  the  Maasai  tribe  in  Eastern  Africa. 

Times
13:00 - 14:00

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Their poverty and ours: stories of shrimp farming communities in Bangladesh

Painting on a little boy mending a fishing boat sail

Art Workshop

The PACONDAA project is aiming to reduce poverty by preventing diseases affecting vital aquaculture in UK, Bangladesh and India. We want to help others understand poverty with the aim of reducing it – children in farming communities in Bangladesh have drawn pictures of the challenges they face in their rural villages. Help us by taking part in our workshop and draw pictures of your city and the challenges you face living here!

Times
11:00 - 12:00
14:15 - 15:15

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Science Made Simple - Exploding Water Show!

Presenters spraying water from a steamer

Prepare to get wet in this exciting, interactive science show that explores all the amazing thrills and spills of water. Can we squash it? Explode it? What happens when you boil water in space? Find out all this and more!

Times
15:00 - 16:00

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Sunday 4 November

Information on our bookable workshops for Sunday is available below. Our talks and workshops are bookable events. Please make sure you book these in advance or on arrival at the National Waterfront Museum to avoid disappointment. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dino Workshop

Dino Workshop

Come and meet Ranger Chris and his amazing dinosaurs. Learn about dinosaurs and come face to face with our baby T-Rex Ronnie. The rangers will teach you all about fossils, extinction, and bring the subject to life in a roarsome way. 

Times
11:00 - 12:00
12:45 - 13:45 

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StrongWomen Science

StrongWomen Science

Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? Come and learn the scientific secrets behind astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced circus performance, you’ll discover how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. 

Times
11:30 - 12:30 
13:30 - 14:30 

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High-End to Bargain Basement – how much should our clothes cost?

clothes on a rack with a £10 sign attached

Do you know the story of your t- shirt? – how much it cost or where it was made? These aren’t questions we often ask ourselves when we think of fashion. Our audience will take a journey from the wardrobe to the fields and factories where their clothes are grown and made. We will explore the impact of clothes on the environment and people who help make them.

Using the information provided, combined with interactive activities, we will ask our audience to think about whether they think our fashion is fair, if not what would a fairer fashion industry look like? And whether we should be revaluating what our clothes are worth? (suitable for families and anyone ages 7+)

Time
14:30 - 16:00

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Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show

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Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with fireballs, fire tornados and amazing chemical reactions. A show for all the family, children and grown-ups alike. Mark, a regular face on Good Morning Britain, Five News and an established author, was also co-presenter of the original series of BBC’s Stargazing Live. 

Times
15:00 - 16:00 

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Time – what a concept!

Clocks

Time is everywhere, but what is it?

We are all time travellers – we move through life at a rate of one day forward for each day of our lives. But what does this mean? What about “time travelling”? and what does science say about it?

Times
15:30 - 16:30 

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Illustrate your dreams: Live!

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Bring along a dream; discuss it with sleep scientist Mark Blagrove and help artist Julia Lockheart create a painting
of the dream for you to keep!

Time

10:00 - 13:00

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