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Family Fun at the V&A - Get the Family Inspired and Involved in Interactive Fun!

The V&A, South Kensington

Activities until Sun 28 September

Suitable for 0-100 years

Best Bits

The V&A always has so much to offer families with art trails, hands-on galleries and backpacks that let kids go on adventures through history so the festive period is no exception. Designed to ensure families can get inspired and involved in their wonderful exhibitions while encouraging play and learning through the diverse V&A collection and temporary exhibitions.

Drop-in Design: - 16th, 23rd, 30th June, 10.30 – 17.00 (FREE, Drop-in)  

Sunday 16 June: Under my Umbrella

  • What objects from the Museum would you like to share with others? 
  • Make a parasol decorated with the objects that mean the most to you.
  •  Part of the Refugee Week.

Sunday 23 June: Shell Lace Structures

  • Work with Tonkin Liu architects and create your own shell lace structures inspired by nature.
  • This event is fully inclusive, suitable for families with children of any age and has been particularly developed to suit D/ deaf and hard of hearing families.
  • There will be BSL interpreters available on site.
  • Part of the Open House Families Festival. 

Sunday 30 June: Fallen Fruit

  • Make a collaborative magazine with art collective Fallen Fruit using collage making and storytelling. 
  • Everyone is welcome.
  • Part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

Pop-up Performance: An Amazing Spectacle! - Saturday 6, 13, 20 and 27 July (FREE, Drop-in) 

  • Join the V&A for a bi-lingual, fully inclusive D/deaf led, signed storytelling performance, co-created with children from the Frank Barnes Primary School for Deaf Children. 
  • Performed by Deepa Shastri and Charmaine Wombwell

Drop-in Design: Design for the Future - Sunday 7, 14, 21 and 28 July (FREE, Drop-in) 

  • Get creative in July and follow the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ code.
  • Use screen printing to design Earth friendly packaging for what you eat.
  • Inspired by the FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, join this family activity in the The John Madejski Garden. 

Pop-up performances: A Queen, her Prince and a dog called Jim - Saturday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August  (FREE, Drop-in)  

  • Inspired by the museum’s online game for families: V&A Secret Seekers.
  • Families will explore some of the secrets and surprises of the museum with Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Jim the Dog and discover facts about life in Victorian times.

Make it: Clay - Wednesdays 7 & 14 and Thursday 15 August  (£8 per child)  

  • In this crafts session, visitors are invited to experiment with collage making, textures and press moulds and create their own sensory plate with artist-duo Emily Stapleton-Jefferis and Alice Walton.
  • Recommended for ages 5 – 12 years

Pop-up Performance:  The Nonsense Museum - Saturday 7, 14, 21 and 28 September (FREE, Drop-in) 

  • Explore the museum silly style! It’s time to laugh out loud with some comedy capers from Professor Higginbottom, with his assistant Charlie trying to make sense of the nonsense.
  • This is a promenade performance with level access starting in the Paintings 

LittleBird Top Tip

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Dates and Prices


  • Please see the dates and times listed in the Best Bits

Price Information: 

  • Pop-up Performance: May Half-Term 2019: FREE, Drop-in
  • Drop-in Design: FREE, Drop-in
  • The Imagination Station: FREE, Drop-in
  • Door to Design: Family Festival 2019: FREE, Drop-in
Need to Know
  • Some of the Workshops will incur a small charge please see "Dates and Prices" for more information
  • Exhibitions close 15 minutes prior to Museum closing.
  • Children's meal deals and high chairs are available in the cafés.
  • Packed lunches can be eaten in the Sackler Centre for arts education Lunchroom or in The John Madejski Garden.
  • You are welcome to breastfeed throughout the Museum. Quiet spaces are available for those who prefer privacy
  • Assistance dogs are welcome. Wheelchairs, walking frames, sound enhancement equipment for guided tours, large print maps and a full access guide to the Museum are available from the information desk in the Grand Entrance.

Museum opening hours

  • Daily: 10.00 – 17.45
  • Friday: 10.00 – 22.00
Plan your Visit

Address and Contact Info

The V&A
Cromwell Rd

Nearest Station: South Kensington Station
Nearest Park: East Lawn