Chemistry Family Festival at the Science Museum Saturday 23 March

Let’s party—it’s the 150th birthday of the Periodic Table of the Elements!

To celebrate, the Science Museum are throwing a free Chemistry-themed family festival on Saturday 23 March which explores the chemistry all around us with activities led by real life STEM professionals.

No party is complete without some singing, so don’t forget to book your tickets for ‘Mendeleev’s Dream’ where you’ll be singing the periodic table.

If that’s still not enough then mix it up with our fantastic chemistry-themed family programme, featuring:

Marvellous Mistakes
Story telling for ages 3-6 where you can discover out how chemistry mistakes brought us some of the most colourful, loud and lifesaving inventions.

Cracking Chemistry
Interactive science show for ages 6+ where you can learn about the wonderful world of chemistry in this explosive show. With experiments including everything from party balloons to cake, we promise you’ll have a blast.

It’s a Chem-mystery!
Hands-on workshop for ages 6+ where children can complete chemical experiements to solve a mystery and win a prize.


Time: 12:00–12:30 and 14:30–15:00
Location: Science Museum (Information Age)

Are you mad for magnesium? Crazy about carbon? Love lithium? Sing your favourite element in a unique musical experience led by the Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College and Imperial College Choir

Children and adults are both welcome to join in (no particular musical expertise required!) or simply watch and listen. St Catharine’s College Girls’ Choir will also perform other science songs from their STEM in SONG project.Book tickets now


Location: between Exploring Space and Making the Modern World

Opening 150 years to the day since Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table was announced in 1869, this display include a Russian journal containing Mendeleev’s first published periodic table and a collection of over 50 elements once owned by Napoleon’s nephew, Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte.

Families can also hear live performances from the Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and even rehearse and sing a periodic table-themed song with the choir live in the museum. This is part of the choir’s STEM in SONG project, which encourages young girls to engage in the STEM subjects through music.

More fun events here.