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Hands-on families zone: Quiet session

Scientist and family with dinosaur model in family zone

Event schedule details

Sunday 19 June


Event location details

Princes Gardens

This bookable session is for families with children who need a quieter, less busy environment to explore, for example, children with autism spectrum conditions or sensory processing difficulties.

A selection of Hands-on families zone activities will be open. You can meet scientists, do experiments, play games and make crafts. The Family stage will be open for the National History Museum's Dinosaurs vs. Kids: The Ultimate Quiz, and the Science Museum’s Tree-mendous Adventures storytelling session. These shows are relaxed, you can join in or leave as suits you.

The Family zone has trees for shade and grass to play on, or take a moment to sit and relax.


11.10-11.30: Tree-mendous Adventures (quiet session)

11.40-12.00: Dinosaurs vs Kids: The Ultimate Quiz (quiet session)

Visitor information

This event will have some advance tickets released ahead of the Festival weekend.

Book free tickets for the quiet session

Places are limited and tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets are free. Book tickets for all children and adults attending the quiet session. (Siblings are welcome).

Activities are best suited to families with children aged 5-12 years old, but all ages are welcome.

All shows on the Family stage are BSL interpreted, including shows during the quiet session.

Not all Hands-on families zone activities will be open during the quiet session. After you have booked we will email more information about the activities that will be running, and a visual guide to the hands-on families zone.

Download the visual guide to the hands-on families zone quiet session (pdf)

At 12.00 the Family Zone and all other areas of the Festival will open to general visitors. You are welcome to stay to enjoy all of the activities.

To attend the Festival, please make sure to register for free. Registering is the only way to receive the latest Festival updates, a first-look at the full programme, and opportunities to book onto popular talks, creative workshops and tours.

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Event categories

  • Family with 12+
  • Family with 7+
  • Family with under 7s
  • Exhibit
  • Performance
  • Workshop
Scientist and family with dinosaur model in family zone