Drop-in Design

Extraordinary Structures, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Extraordinary Structures, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Become a design detective and search the V&A for design clues and ideas. Join our team back in the Learning Centre and use your discoveries to create imaginative new designs using a wonderful range of materials.

These exciting events happen every Sunday (excluding school holidays when other activities are available). Themes rotate each week and include:


Transport yourself to a magical world where you have special powers to create buildings made of any material, shape and size. Search the museum for interesting objects to design a model of the funniest building in the universe.

Costume Design

Albert the Alien needs a crazy costume. Families read the story of Albert landing on earth and then explore the Museum to find objects for his costume. Children could draw a chair for a hat or see an interesting shape on a sculpture that would make a great cloak. Back in the studio, they create an illustration of Albert's costume.
Activity developed with V&A Costume Design for Film Resident, Hayley Nebauer

Dazzling Rangoli

Search the Museum for bold patterns to create your very own Rangoli design, small enough to take home!

Dragons, Puppets and Fans

The Emperor of China invites you to festival celebrations at the Imperial Palace. Explore the galleries to see beautiful treasures and discover hidden dragons, before heading back to design and make your own dragon puppet or beautiful fan.

Extraordinary Structures

Make extraordinary structures inspired by shapes, surfaces and patterns you find in the Museum.
Activity designed in consultation with Heatherwick Studio. Inspired by Heatherwick Studio: Designing The Extraordinary exhibition, 31 May - 30 September 2012.

Outrageous Outfits

Families are invited to a party at the V&A! Search the museum for unique accessories, looking for interesting shapes, lines, colours and textures, then make an accessory to make your outfit more outrageous for the party.

Lively Letters

Search the Museum for unusual letters, you will find them on lots of surfaces including glass, tapestry, ceramics and marble, as well as in old hand-written books. Then create your own marvellous monogram masterpiece!
Activity designed by V&A Calligraphy Resident, Cherrell Avery

Parade of the Animals

Search the Museum for animal features that you can use in your mask, headdress or cape. For example, the large ears of an elephant, a tigers bold stripes or the long curly whiskers of a cat.

Pop-up Playgrounds, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pop-up Playgrounds, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pop-up Playgrounds

Imagine what it would be like if the V&A was your playground and you could play on the furniture, objects and sculptures. Design and make pop-up playgrounds displaying all the objects you would like to slide down, bounce on, climb up or play on.
Activity designed by V&A Architecture Resident, Abberant Architecture

Splendour & Sparkle

Go on a treasure hunt around the Museum, looking for dazzling jewels and glittering gemstones. Use the shapes, colours and patterns you discover to create your very own majestic accessories, think anklets, headdresses, shield brooches and lockets.

This is my Room

Have you ever dreamed of your perfect room? Clarice Bean does every day because she shares her room with her younger brother, Minal Cricket. Look for fabulous fabrics, furniture, objects and textiles in the galleries and then design a perfect from for Clarice Bean.
Activity designed by author and illustrator, Lauren Child

Walking the Line

Families go on a hunt to discover different kinds of lines. They may be squiggly lines, fat lines, dotted lines, wobbly lines etc. They use their discoveries to create an imaginary door to a fantasy world made entirely of lines.

A World of Windows

The Sultan is building a brand new Summer house in his palace gardens. He wants you to design and create a dazzling panel to help decorate the sumptuous screens surrounding the central dome. Look out for geometric shapes and beautiful patterns to inspire your very own unique design.
Part of the Arab World Family Learning Programme supported by the Saïd Foundation.

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Peapod Drop Earrings by Michael Michaud

Peapod Drop Earrings by Michael Michaud

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Event - Digital Design Drop In

Sat 26 April 2014–Sat 21 June 2014

FREE DEMONSTRATION Drop-in and meet digital artists and designers who explore intersections of art, design, craft and technology. See ‘show and tell’ presentations of new cutting-edge projects and chat with them about their work.

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