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A variety of hands-on activities for families.

Specifically designed for the whole family to enjoy, the activities will excite, challenge and inspire both young and old with science.

Join Mick Manning, author and co-illustrator of the shortlisted 'What Mr Darwin Saw', as he takes you on a tour of Darwin's voyage on HMS Beagle, starting at 11.30am. His travels and discoveries will be brought to life through illustration and story-telling, culminating in his theory of evolution. (Click here for more details.)

Marvel at the magic of science (or should that be the science of magic?!) in the "Could it be magic?" show. Performances will begin at 10.15am,11am and 1pm.

Meet Reginald, robothespian extraordinaire!

Create your own pop-up book, inspired by two of the books shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize How the world works and The icky sticky snot and blood book with paper engineer Andy Mansfield, the creator of all the pop-ups, flaps, wheels and folds in How the world works.

Try your hand at some storyboarding, with author/illustrator Vix Southgate to give you a helping hand. This activity will be based on Vix's recent book Yuri Gagarin - the first spaceman but your imagination is the final frontier!

Explore your creative side with some scientific inspiration! A range of drawing and story-writing opportunities will be available, inspired by images from modern-day science and from the Royal Society archives. 

Take some time out and read a selection of great science books for kids, courtesy of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.

And keep your eyes open for our special guests, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, who have been brought back to life especially for the festival.

Please note: children must be supervised by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult at all times and no adults will be admitted without an accompanying child.
These activities are aimed at those between the ages of 8 and 14.

Admission is free

Ticket information

The festival will be held at
the Royal Society in central London.

Tickets for each event
will be available on the door.

Please see the individual
event listings for ticket prices.