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Family Fun at the V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood

Special activities for kids available during Term Time and May Half Term

Best Bits

Home to the national collection of childhood-related objects, the V&A Museum of Childhood is an informative and fun journey down memory lane. There's lots of free fun things to do for all ages, from exhibitions and displays to activities for children, with fascinating and fun exhibitions that bring aspects of childhood to life.

The Museum also runs free activities every day including arts and crafts, storytelling and play sessions.

Term Time: 

Monday – Friday

14.00 Animal Magic

  • Join our interactive storytelling inspired by well-loved animal tales.
  • 18 months – 5 years

14.30 – 16.00 Arts & Crafts

  • Get creative with our drop-in sessions, and make a piece of art inspired by the Museum’s collection to take home.


10.45-11.30 & 12.00-12.45 Open Play (NEW!)

  • Touch, move and explore – an open-ended play session in a bespoke environment created by artist Albert Potrony.
  • Book a session from Open Play: babies (10.45-11.30, 6 months to pre-walking), or Open Play: toddlers (12.00-12.45, walking – 4 years).
  • FREE, booking essential

14.00-16.00 Art & Crafts


10.30 Animal Magic

11.30-12.45 Play at the Museum

  • Come and have a go at toys you can find on display at these themed sessions highlighting areas of the Collection.

14.00 Telling Tales

  • Listen to storytelling featuring popular children’s tales. Children can help tell the story in this interactive session

14.40-16.00 Arts & Crafts

May half-term 2019 - 25 May – 2 June 2019

Play, build and design at the museum this May half term. Meet artists and designers for playful workshops and activities coinciding with the Playing with Buildings display and London Festival of Architecture.

Build Me Up! - 25 May – 2 June 2019, 11.00 (120mins)

Take the places you know and transform them into a fantastical wearable cityscape. Be part of our moving cityscape and transform yourself into a playful building. £10 per child, Ages 4+

Place of Play - 25 May – 2 June 2019, 11.00 (120mins)

What makes a place fun to be in? Experiment with different building bits and build your own playful place to take home. A mixture of design and model making activities. £10 per child, Ages 7+

Cardboard Communities - 1 – 2 June 2019, 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00

Parks, a town square or libraries…what makes a city a great community? Take part in a weekend of designing and building an ever-changing cardboard cityscape on the museum’s central hall. Free, drop in, all ages

LittleBird Top Tip

Don't Forget! If you have a LittleBird Family Pass you can get 10% off in any of the V&A Museum of Childhood Cafés, find out more here

Dates and Prices


  • The Playing with Buildings exhibition runs until March 2020

Price Information: 

  • All activities are FREE, drop-in, for all ages unless otherwise stated.
  • Open Play, FREE, booking essential – click here for more
Need to Know
  • Open 10am - 5.45pm daily
  • Some of the Workshops may incur a small charge please see the "Best Bits" for more information
Plan your Visit

What makes The V&A Museum of Childhood family friendly

Baby Changing
Baby Changing
Disabled Parking
Disabled Parking

Address and Contact Info

The V&A Museum of Childhood
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9PA

Nearest Station: Bethnal Green London Underground Station
Nearest Park: Bethnal Green Gardens