This Half Term Party Like a Pirate! at the V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood

Shiver me timbers!

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October, 10.30am - 4pm

Suitable for 0-100 years

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In honour of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s amazing new exhibition focusing on fictional pirates and their influence in popular culture this Half Term visit the Museum, dressed up and ready for the unmissable week all about pirates! See a pop-up performance or join fun, pirate-themed workshops then explore the V&A’s collections, including toys, games, books, illustrations and comics, spanning over 300 years. 

Suited for the youngest visitors, the exhibition will transport them into a swashbuckling world of adventure from a moody coastal inn to an island paradise in search of sparkling riches. At its heart, a large-scale pirate ship inspires learning through active play. 

  • Don't miss the first painting of Captain Pugwash, an original illustrated costume design for Captain Hook for the first production of Peter Pan in 1904
  • Plus see Lego’s iconic Black Seas Barracuda ship and real eighteenth-century Spanish doubloons! 
  • Kids can see what amazing history influenced their favourite pirate characters.
  • Plus this Half Term there's a host of performances and activities for kids to commandeer! 

HALF TERM ACTIVITIES

Pop-up Performance - LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE: THE CALL OF THE SEA (FREE, All Ages) 

  • Climb aboard, all hands on deck for a pirate adventure on the high seas!
  • A playful performance directed by Astrid Hilne with original music and songs by Jo Girdlestone.
  • Tuesday – Thursday, 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00

Family Workshops - PIRATES ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP (£7 per child, ages 7+) 

  • Work with illustrator/writer Loretta Schauer to create your own pirate character.
  • Come up with the name, look and personality and illustrate it.
  • Monday – Friday, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)

Family Workshops - PIRATES PAPER COSTUME WORKSHOP (£7 per child, ages 7+) 

  • Join artist Francesca Centioni-Dene to create a wearable pirate costume out of a paper sack.
  • Monday – Tuesday, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)

Family Workshops - PIRATES BANDANA E WORKSHOP (£7 per child, ages 7+) 

  • Design patterns and arrange colours to create your own pirate bandana, with the help of designer Rebekah Lidwell.
  • Wednesday – Friday, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)

Free Activity - DECORATE THE PIRATE’S SHIP (FREE, All Ages) 

  • Design, create and add to a giant cardboard pirate’s ship on the Marble Floor of the Museum.
  • Monday – Friday, 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
Dates and Prices

Dates: 

  • The A Pirate’s Life for Me exhibition will run from 20 October 2018 – 22 April 2019
  • "Party Like a Pirate" activities will run from Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October, 10.30-16.00

Price Information: 

  • Entrance to the A Pirate’s Life for Me Exhibition: FREE
  • Pop-up Performance - Life on the Ocean Wave: FREE
  • Family Workshops - Pirates Illustration Workshop: £7 per child
  • Family Workshops - Pirates Paper Costume  Workshop: £7 per child
  • Family Workshops - Pirates Bandana Workshop: £7 per child
  • Decorate the Pirate's Ship: FREE
Need to Know
  • Open 10am - 5.45pm daily
  • The A Pirate’s Life for Me exhibition will run from 20 October 2018 – 22 April 2019
  • "Party Like a Pirate" activities will run from Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October, 10.30-16.00
  • Some of the Workshops will incur a small charge please see "Dates and Prices" for more information
Plan your Visit

What makes The V&A Museum of Childhood family friendly

Cafe
Cafe
Toilets
Toilets
Baby Changing
Baby Changing
Disabled Parking
Disabled Parking
WiFi
WiFi
Lifts
Lifts

Address and Contact Info

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

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