And just like that, it’s the Christmas holidays! There isn’t an awful lot going on and you’re probably looking forward to just bundling up indoors but, if you need to surface for air, here are some suggestions for you.
Remember to check out our Christmas Theatre Guide too!
ARNOS VALE CEMETERY
The Detective Project: CSI Kids
Fri 4 Jan
13:00 – 15:30
Tickets from £11.40
If your 8-12 year olds need to get out the house after the Christmas/New Year craziness, this afternoon workshop will teach them some sleuthing skills by working through an investigation.
ASHTON COURT MANSION
Family Jonkanoo Costume Festival
Thu 27 Dec
14:00 – 18:00
Tickets £5.00 (concessions available)
Create your own costume at home or join one of the workshops for this special event that sees West African masquerade tradition fuse with European elements. With music, slide shows and dancing.
Around the World in 80 Raves
Mon 31 Dec
12:00 – 17:00
Tickets £16.50 (babes in arms go free)
Celebrate midnight again and again as they take place all over the world, starting with Australia at 13:00. Featuring The Correspondents, Rocktopus and Junior Jungle, this is a New Year’s Eve family party (with New Year’s Eve prices!)
BRISTOL FERRY BOATS
Sail with Santa
16 & 18-24 Dec
All aboard for a trip around the harbour with the big man himself! Ticket includes a gift for the children and sherry and mince pies for the grown ups. Almost completely sold out so book soon!
Make It Day: Clown Crafts
Sat 5 Jan
11:00 – 15:00
To celebrate the new year and the end of the Clowns Eggs-hibition, make your own circus troupe with costumes at the museum’s making station.
Sunday Christmas Cinema
16 & 23 Dec
Tickets from £10
Visit your favourite furry, feathered and scaly friends, then head to the indoor cinema for screenings of Frozen and Elf. Ticket price includes all day zoo entry.
Family Arts Programme
2 – 5 Jan
Tickets from £2.50
Japanese Creativity Day, Circus Skills Day, family theatre and memory jar making – lots of fun activities to choose from at this centre in Withywood.
Origami Craft Session
Sat 22 Dec
Origami session for anyone to attend. Also happening at Hillfields Library at 14:00 the same day.
Fri 4 Jan
Drop in junk modelling session suitable for ages 3+. No need to book.
Big Screen Bristol: Elf
Sun 23 Dec
Wrap up warm, fill your flask and head to the harbourside for a screening of this Christmas favourite. You can even do a spot of ice skating at the same time! They are also showing Home Alone on Thursday 3 January.
19, 23, 24 & 27 Dec
Tickets from £7.50
The Passenger Shed is being transformed into a wintery wonkyland and they’re showing all sorts of family Christmas classics including Home Alone, A Nightmare Before Christmas, A Muppet Christmas Carol and a Frozen Singalong! Brought to you by Bristol Film Festival, with free popcorn for all kids on arrival.
OKIDO comes to Bristol!
Sun 30 Dec
10:00 & 11:00
Let’s Make Art lead this monthly workshop where you explore art and science with the help of OKIDO magazine and get to watch an episode of the cartoon in the Watershed cinema. This month’s theme is mammals!
And over in Wales…
NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF
Museum Sleepover – Dino Nights!
Sat 5 Jan (through to Sun 6 Jan)
17:30 – 09:00
And if you really want to end the holidays with a bang, take a trip over the (now toll free) Severn Bridge to Cardiff for a night of dino exploring, movies, hot chocolates and sleeping in the museum itself. Ages 6-12.
Thank you all for following along with BAM over the past year. Hope you all have the best Christmas and New Year with your families!
💥 BAM 💥
As always, none of these events are affiliated with BAM. Please check details with venues before setting out. If you think we’ve forgotten anything, feel free to send an email.