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Date updated: 10/30/2021

Family activities

Second Saturday

Our next Second Saturday family activity day in Guildhall Art Gallery will be on 13 November. Due to the logistics of the Lord Mayor’s Show, we will only be open from 1pm to 4pm. 

After watching the show, why not come to us and make your own spectacular hat to wear around the streets of the City of London! You can make a hat on a band or an origami hat, and decorate it as much as you want. You will still need to book your free tickets to gain entry to the Gallery.

Early Years Storytelling

Come and join us to explore some of the artworks and artefacts in our collection then settle on comfy cushions in the amphitheatre in socially-distanced bubbles for a fun story told by one of our team. Then stay to play with the building blocks or read more stories from our little library.

Our Early Years Storytelling sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3 November 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 10 November 1.30pm
  • Friday 19 November 1.30pm
  • Friday 26 November 1.30pm
  • Friday 3 December 1.30pm

Please note that you will need to book a free ticket to join the sessions.

Resources to use at home

We are aware that some families may not feel confident to return to the Gallery yet, so we are continuing to create family activities to share online. On the second Saturday of each month we publish a new set of activities for you and your family to engage with the Guildhall Art Gallery collection, special exhibitions or London's Roman Amphitheatre from home. Activities will always be possible with the things you already have at home.

For additional family content, complete our sign up form to receive our Monthly Family Newsletter or email the Learning Team at Guildhall Art Gallery.

children writing and doing activities in an art gallery

New activities for November Second Saturday

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+.

More Second Saturday activities will be published on

  • 11 December

Other family activities to do from home

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.