Imagination Station

Imagination Station. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Imagination Station. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Terrific idea. Loved the way it got the kids out into the Museum and to use their imagination – loads of it!'
Parent after Imagination Station activity

The Imagination Station is all about creativity and ideas. Visit to have fun exploring the Museum and let your imagination run wild! Activities are devised with artists and facilitated by our expert family friendly team.

The Imagination Station is a free and drop-in activity available during school holidays from 10.30 - 17.00. Activities are for all ages with specific ideas for under 5s. Pick up the activity of the day with materials from our
team at the Imagination Station and then zoom around the Museum to get inspiration before drawing or making your idea.

Visit What's On for more details about holiday activities.

Imagination Station activities

Activities are often inspired by current exhibitions and displays to enhance a visit to the Museum.

Make It: Weave Workshop, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Make It: Weave Workshop, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspired by the Golden Spider Silk display, families created spiders and decorated them with patterns from around the world. The spiders could then be taken home or woven into a giant spider’s web. The activity was designed by Postlerfergusen, V&A Maker Collective residents in 2011.

‘I enjoyed doing the spider, I got inspired by Islamic mosaics – thank you!’
Child after Imagination Station activity

The British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition inspired families to invent a new ways to travel around the city.

‘We had fun creating a 3D shape/model and it helped make the galleries more interesting for my 8 year old.’
Parent after British Design activity

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the challenge was to create something sparkling! From crowns and tiaras, to flags or sunglasses, families created a lot of imaginative accessories! In Digital Kids families wore their glittering accessories and were transported into a royal palace using green-screen photography!

‘A lot of fun, as always. Wonderful learning for kids and lots, lots of fun for adults.’
Parent after Diamond Jubilee activity

Imagination Station: Deep Blue Sea, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Imagination Station: Deep Blue Sea, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 In the Summer holidays, The Imagination Station appears in the garden for families to enjoy activities in the sunshine! In 2011, families made their own creature from the deep blue sea to take home or add to our shimmering sea bed.

‘Great fun, my girls (aged 3 & 5) loved the shell and sea-monster making. They will definitely want to return to the V&A.’
Parent after Deep Blue Sea activity

‘We had a fun time going through the Museum, especially the glass exhibition which gave us a lot of ideas. My son really enjoyed making his artwork afterwards. Brilliant.’
Parent after Deep Blue Sea activity

In 2012 families invented imaginative boats and sailed them in the garden water feature.

‘It was great fun searching for the ships, then coming back with a design in your head and making it!’
Child after Fantasy Boats activity

Inspired by the Hollywood Costume exhibition, families designed their own character and costume for the big screen on a printed film strip. Inspired by the popular game of consequences, families created costumes for 3 difference film characters, from kings and queens to pirates and monsters. This activity was designed with Isobel Manning.

‘I would give it 5 stars.’
Child after Hollywood Costume activity

Imagination Station: Making your own Hero/Villain Puppet, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Imagination Station: Making your own Hero/Villain Puppet, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Christmas & New Year activities are always popular at the Museum. In 2011, inspired by the Heroes and Heroines display, families searched the museum for goodies and baddies to create hero or villain puppets. These puppets were then used in the Winter Wonderland storytelling sessions.

‘Thank you for such a fun and creative afternoon!’
Parent after Heroes and Villains activity

To link to the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birthday, for the Christmas and New Year 2012 period, families created Victorian inspired Christmas decorations, using shapes and patterns from nature found in the galleries. Decorations could be taken home or added to the specially commissioned Christmas wreath. This activity was designed with Isobel Manning.

‘I got my inspiration for my decoration from a gold, swirling shell. I drew it on yellow [card] and cut it out to make a spiral shape’.
Child after Victorian decoration activity

Mister Maker, 2011 & 2012

Meet Mister Maker event, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Meet Mister Maker event, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Mister Maker has performed at the V&A many times, to packed audiences! He has also worked with the V&A to design two Imagination Station activities. In 2011 families created amazing headdresses - imaginary beasts and bugs from outer space inspired by the innovative exhibition the Power of Making.

‘Many thanks. The children had lots of fun. It was an enjoyable thing and they are very proud of their creations’.
Parent after Amazing Headdress activity

In 2012 families made Colourful Crowns for the launch of the Big Draw - Big Draw, Big Make. Families drew shapes that they found around the Museum into their crown designs.

‘We saw so many different designs throughout the day. It was great that the Mini Makers were using the same crown-making technique, but putting their own spin on it and using new ideas to shape and decorate their creations’.
Mister Maker at Big Draw, Big Make

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