NATIONWIDE. More than 170 National Trust properties are holding "Children Welcome" events including an "ugly bug safari" at Devil's Dyke near Brighton, August 10, a "wild week" at Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, August 5-10, with family workshops ranging from environmental sculpture to camouflaging your own head, and "Finn McCool's treasure trail" at Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, August 4. Tel: 0181 315 1111.
HOLYWOOD, CO DOWN: ULSTER FOLK AND TRANSPORT MUSEUM Old vehicle day (pre-1939), August 2, where Jim Black and team will begin a journey to Jerusalem in a 1929 Rolls-Royce. Tel: 01232 428428.
ABERDEEN. Arts Carnival at the Arts Centre, August 4-8, includes drama and pantomime workshops for young people, dinosaur model-making for six to nines, and animal mask-making for 10 upwards. Pounds 3.50 per session or Pounds 15 per week. Tel: 01224 635208. Shoe String Circus at Macduff Arts Centre, August 4, with juggling, plate spinning, stilt walking, diablo, devil stick, clowning and unicycling for ages eight upwards (10am-noon; 1-3pm). Pounds 2. Tel: Gail Goulding, 01261 833819. "Art in Duthie Park" for six to 11s, August 2 (10am-noon; 1-3pm). Pounds 1.50. Book with WhiteSpace, tel: 01224 522487.
CARDIFF Steam day at the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum, August 2, and "Wheels through Wales", theatre-in-museum promenade performances with footmen, film stars and men on the street extolling the "horseless carriage". Tel: 01222 397951.
ST FAGANS: MUSEUM OF WELSH LIFE Lord of the Rings, part 3 performed by the English Playtour Theatre, August 7-9, 7pm. Book at main ticket desk. Tel: 01222 573466. Free Welsh and English storytelling, August 4,8. Tel: 01222 397951.
LEICESTER At New Walk Museum, seven to 11-year-olds can make a box, meet the Mummies and help make an underwater dinosaur scene for the gallery, August 4, or find out about stories in pictures and Egyptian gods, August 5, or join in a drama morning (The Death of the Tree, a Roman myth), August 8. At Jewry Wall, August 6, they can make a plaster plaque of a Roman god and Roman theatre masks, and at Belgrave Hall, August 7, visit a Victorian courtyard and play parlour games. Several free sessions daily. Tel: 0116 2554100.
BRIGHTON Fun day at Foredown Tower, Portslade, August 4 (2-4pm) with storytelling, face painting, badge making, toys and rides. No extra charge. Tel: 01273 290900. At Booth Museum of Natural History, August 5 (10am-noon; 1-3pm), four to seven-year-olds will be transformed into brilliant bird-like creatures in "feathered friends" sessions and at "a feather in your cap" workshops, August 6 (10.30am-noon), ages eight upwards can make head-dresses, fans and capes. Pounds 2.50. Tel: 01273 290900.
SURREY: ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY'S GARDEN, WISLEY Family fortnight, August 2-17, with workshops on sculpture for 10 to 15s, art for five to 10s, flower arranging for seven to 14s, Sussex trug making for six to 14s, storytelling and talks on the secret lives of bugs for all ages. Free. Tel: Nicky Pickett, 01483 224234.
NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE:THE SALT MUSEUM Make collages, learn weaving and more every Tuesday and Thursday in August (10am-noon). On August 7, children can get mucky making plaster of Paris sculpture. Pounds 2.50. Children under eight must be accompanied. Tel: Sarah Hotter, 01606 41331.
CARLISLE:TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM "Clarting with clay" family workshop making models, coil pots, tiles and jewellery, August 4 (10.30am-noon), Pounds 1.50, and free National Play Day event, August 6, at the Sands Centre (10am-3pm) with finger puppet making, plus perform a play in a day for nine to 13s, August 7 (10am-3.30pm). Booking advisable. Tel: 01228 34781.
SUNDERLAND MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY Cute kittens (make a purr-fect pencil holder), August 4; animal printing, August 5 (10.30am-noon; 1.30-3pm). Children under eight must be accompanied. Tel: 0191 565 0723.
DERBY MUSEUM Free activities linked to Derby artist Joseph Wright's centenary include: meet Boris the skeleton, August 5, and find out about Red Indians and make something Red Indian, August 6, for four to sevens (2-3.30pm). Ages eight to 11 can discover the importance of light and shade, August 5, and study a picture and create a collage, August 6 (10.30am-12.30pm). Both age groups can make jewellery Mrs Wright would never have worn, August 7. Must be pre-booked. Tel: 01332 716654.
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE, SE1 Children can hop aboard a mission to Mars, chat with Zig and Zag and colour in some of Gerald Scarfe's original characters for the Disney film Hercules using hands-on computer art. Tel: 0171 815 1330. To join the "Stars in Space" drama workshop for 11 to 15s, August 18-22, write to Mo Heard, Space Station Coordinator, co Lucy George, MOMI, South Bank, London SE1 8XT.