Hands on activities for the whole family to enjoy

STEM Bytes Festivals

STEM Bytes festivals have become the go-to Milton Keynes event for children wanting creative fun during the school holidays and every weekend throughout the year. From Minecraft to Lego and Raspberry Pi to BBC Micro:bits, there is plenty to do to unlock imaginations, inspire and entertain. Educational fun for all the family, providing Bytes sized tasters of coding, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality and much much more!

The National Museum of Computing is proud to present its new and improved STEM Bytes programme, running at the museum every Saturday and Sunday and throughout all school holidays.

Additionally we have opportunities for both children and parents to come and try something new, and the best part is - it's included in your entrance fee to the museum. Just click on the links below to book a space on one of our weekend/Holiday workshops.


STEM October Bytes will run from Tuesday, 29th October to Sunday, 3rd November

Throughout October Bytes we will have a large selection of technology and computing out every day for families to explore, Osmo, Cubetto, Virtual reality, Micro:bits, Electro dough kits, Augmented reality and much more


Nibbles - Computer science fun for families with little ones - 29th & 30th October

Nibbles are activities designed for families with children age 4-7 (older siblings welcome). The activities are linked with computers and programming but are 'unplugged' movement, arts and crafts activities. After the session families will have the opportunity to use computer games that are suitable for early years children.

The cost of the ticket includes museum entry.

All annual tickets include full entry to the whole museum for one calendar year from the date of purchase. Alternatively, you can purchase day entry tickets.

While all activities are available with your day or annual ticket, spaces can be limited for our most popular workshops, so why not book in advance to ensure you have a place.

Book your Free workshop or activity Ticket when you buy your October Bytes Ticket

Our bookable workshops include:


Lego EV3 Mindstorms

Free with any ticket that covers full Museum entry, Robot enthusiasts get a Mac based EV3 Mindstorm station and enough time to build the robot they like.


Minecraft Challenge

Free session available with Museum entry ticket, Kids have the opportunity to come in and work with like-minded Minecrafters!


BBC Micro:bit

A Workshop involving coding & playing with BBC Micro:bits, with many activities and challenges to choose from, there's something for coders from all ages!


In workshops and on sessions, STEM ambassadors and our experienced museum volunteers will guide children in developing weird and wonderful devices and applications. Any young person with a knack for coding or engineering will be in tech heaven programming robots, customising their own devices and re-inventing retro games.

So, don’t despair of what to do in the long summer holidays, there is lots of educational creative fun to be had six days a week at The National Museum of Computing. One session could lead to more … and they are all at very low cost or free.

The whole museum will be open so everyone can see vintage working machines from the wartime code-breaking Colossus and Bombe through the monster computers of the 1960s and 1970s to the desktop revolution of the 1980s and right up to the present day.

CoderDojo- The last Sunday of each month

The National Museum of Computing CoderDojo is part of a global movement of free, open, volunteer-led coding clubs (Dojos) where young people aged 7–17 (Ninjas) can explore digital technology with the support of their fellow Ninjas and volunteer mentors. CoderDojo’s mission is to give young people around the world the opportunity to learn to code in a social and safe environment.

CoderDojo meetings are once a month on a Sunday during term time. Find out more and book at our CoderDojo page.