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Date updated: 1/10/2022
Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre are currently closed for essential maintenance and will reopen in early April 2022. Further updates will be published on this website.

Family activities

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Activities to do at home

On the Second Saturday of each month we usually run family activities in the Gallery, but while we are closed we will be running some livestream events on our Facebook page.

Come and join us on Facebook this Saturday for a relaxing session all about drawing still lifes. You will need a piece of paper, some coloured pencils and some objects to draw, including a piece of fruit or a vegetable and a drinking glass or vase.

Join this Saturday’s livestream event at 2pm on Saturday 8 January.

More livestream family events will happen on:

  • 12 February
  • 12 March

We hope to be able to run family events in person in the Gallery from April 2022. Check back here for updates.

Girl colouring and cutting paper with scissors at Guildhall Art Gallery

Online storytelling

For families with under-fives, head to our Facebook page on Fridays from 14 January at 2pm to watch a story inspired by one of our artworks. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, it will be recorded for you to watch whenever you want.

Baby sitting on the floor and smiling

Free resources to download

Christmas Gift Tags PDF (526KB)
Date submitted: 12/01/21

Download some gift tags featuring winter scenes from the Netherlands in the 17th century. Jazz them up with some glitter and use them as tags on the Christmas gifts you send to your friends and family.

Make an origami hat PDF (1MB)
Date submitted: 10/30/21

If you can’t come to the Gallery to make your hat, why not make it at home? Try out these origami patterns to make a top hat, soldier’s cap or a bicorn hat inspired by all the hats worn in the Lord Mayor’s Show!

Make Your Own Hat Activity Pack PDF (1MB)
Date submitted: 7/07/20

We’re bringing back another hat making activity for the Lord Mayor’s Show! Create and colour your own hats inspired by William Logsdail's The Ninth of November, 1888. Best for children 3yrs+.

Tower Bridge by Uzo Egonu PDF (973KB)
Date submitted: 10/01/21

We have broken down Uzo Egonu’s painting Tower Bridge into separate elements for you to colour in, cut out and stick together to make your own painting of Tower Bridge. Download the activity sheet here.

Noël Coward colouring sheets PDF (557KB)
Date submitted: 8/24/21

Print off these colouring sheets of Noël Coward and his friend Gladys Calthrop and colour them in at home. We’d love to see photos of your finished pictures!

Noël Coward paper doll PDF (160KB)
Date submitted: 9/15/21

Print off, colour in and cut out this paper doll of Noël Coward and some of his outfits, based on his dressing gowns, suits and Hawaiian shirts in the exhibition. Use the tabs to secure the clothes to paper doll Noël, and change his outfits as often as you like!

Play Hubbub PDF (195KB)
Date submitted: 7/21/21
Design your own Wampum belt PDF (609KB)
Date submitted: 7/21/21

Use our template to design your own woven bead belt that tells the story of your life, family and identity.

Soap Carving Activity Pack PDF (399KB)
Date submitted: 6/28/21

To go alongside the Joiners & Ceilers Company temporary exhibition to celebrate 450 years since they got a Royal Charter in 1571, we have made some designs to help you try out some carving – soap-carving! It’s much easier than woodcarving! All you will need will be a bar of soap, some paper, scissors and a teaspoon to do the carving.

Make your own theatre curtains PDF (763KB)
Date submitted: 6/04/21

We have made a template for you to create your own theatre curtains for a puppet theatre, to go alongside our exhibition Noël Coward: Art and Style which runs to 23rd December. Make and use them as they are or stick them to the front of a cardboard box – it’s up to you!

Make a Play in a Day at home

Team up your theatre curtains with these video tutorials to help you create, write and perform your own play. At February half term we hosted an all-day online family festival 'Make a Play in a Day' to celebrate the upcoming exhibition Noël Coward: Art & Style and LGBT+ History Month. If you missed out, don't worry, because our wonderful theatre and design experts have created Make a Play in a Day at Home, where you can see some of the work the families created on the day and participate in the same activities from home at a time that suits you.

Take the City With You PDF (548KB)
Date submitted: 5/26/21

Now that we can go away to see family and friends, we have teamed up with the Salters’ Company to create an activity pack to Take the City With You wherever you decide to go. Designed for children aged 7-11yrs.

Make Your Own Amphitheatre Collage PDF (306KB)
Date submitted: 5/06/21

Why not create your own amphitheatre collage picture? Cut out some animals, people, plants and landscapes from old newspapers, magazines or leaflets and use these to create your own unique picture of the Roman games. Designed for children aged 7-11yrs.

Make your own Roman coin Activity Pack PDF (363KB)
Date submitted: 4/07/21

Download these instructions to help you make your own Roman coin with a piece of card, some foil and a blunt pencil. Designed for children aged 7-11yrs.

Battling Boudicca Activity Pack PDF (220KB)
Date submitted: 3/11/21

Make your own Battling Boudicca. Best for children 7-11yrs.

Create your own gladiator mask PDF (306KB)
Date submitted: 2/11/21

Complete the drawing of the Gladiator helmet, colour it in and then cut it out to make yourself a Gladiator helmet mask. Designed for children aged 7-11yrs.

Make your own Art Detective Dice activity pack PDF (1.6MB)
Date submitted: 1/08/21

Become an Art Detective by making your very own art detective dice. Make the dice and roll yourself the story behind any picture. Best for children 7yrs+

Make Your Own Roman Baths PDF (103KB)
Date submitted: 12/18/20

Make your own Roman baths model. Best for children 7-11yrs.

Make Your Own Roman Gateway PDF (134KB)
Date submitted: 12/18/20

Make your own Roman gateway model. Best for children 7-11yrs.

Create your own Amphitheatre diorama PDF (410KB)
Date submitted: 11/09/20

Create your own Amphitheatre diorama, with gladiators and a full audience. You can even draw your own characters to add to the scene. Best for children 7-11yrs.

Black History in Art PDF (3MB)
Date submitted: 11/09/20

Explore 5 artworks from our collection which are by Clack artists and/or portray Black people. Each has a creative activity to try for you to try. Designed for children 8-13yrs.

Vivacious Victorians Party Pack PDF (3.2MB)
Date submitted: 10/09/20

Throw your own Victorian themed party. Try these costume ideas, activities, games, and recipes to help you plan the perfect family party. Best for children 8-13yrs.

Make Your Own Hat Activity Pack PDF (1MB)
Date submitted: 7/07/20

We’re bringing back another hat making activity for the Lord Mayor’s Show! Create and colour your own hats inspired by William Logsdail's The Ninth of November, 1888. Best for children 3yrs+.

Roman Food Activity Pack PDF (200KB)
Date submitted: 7/09/20

Learn more about what the Romans ate through amazing food facts, word search and drawing activity. Designed for children 7-11yrs.

Architecture of London Activity Pack PDF (1MB)
Date submitted: 7/07/20

Explore London's architecture through artworks at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Designed for children 8-13yrs.

Roman Architecture Activity Pack PDF (300KB)
Date submitted: 7/07/20

Learn about Roman architecture through word puzzles, creating a Roman temple and more. Designed for children 7-11yrs.

Roman Emperors and Empresses Activity Pack PDF (700KB)
Date submitted: 7/09/20

Who were the Emperors and Empresses of the Roman Empire? Learn more about them through these fun activities. Designed for children 7-11yrs.

The Enchanted Interior Activity Pack PDF (4MB)
Date submitted: 7/08/20

Families can enjoy The Enchanted Interior exhibition from home with our art activity pack. Explore the themes of the exhibition, including decorative interiors, women's rights, and the links between past and present.
Best for children 8-13yrs.

Make your own police hat PDF (2MB)
Date submitted: 12/09/21

The City of London Police provided an ambulance service in the City of London from 1907 when they got two electric ambulances. Can you design the ambulance of the future? This free PDF learning resource can be used by families at home or by teachers at school. They are generally aimed at Key Stage 2 children, aged 7-11.

Invent your own ambulance PDF (200KB)
Date submitted: 12/09/21

The City of London Police provided an ambulance service in the City of London from 1907 when they got two electric ambulances. Can you design the ambulance of the future? This free PDF learning resource can be used by families at home or by teachers at school. They are generally aimed at Key Stage 2 children, aged 7-11.

Going for Gold PDF (150KB)
Date submitted: 12/09/21

The City of London Police won a gold medal at the Olympics in 1920 for the tug-of war. They had to train hard – what kind of exercises will you do to make you fit and strong? This free PDF learning resource can be used by families at home or by teachers at school. They are generally aimed at Key Stage 2 children, aged 7-11.

Colour in your own helmet PDF (100KB)
Date submitted: 12/09/21

Print off the colouring sheets and colour in your own police hat. City of London Police helmets have the City of London coat-of-arms on them – what coat-of-arms will you choose? This free PDF learning resource can be used by families at home or by teachers at school. They are generally aimed at Key Stage 2 children, aged 7-11.