Museum of Childhood Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu

What’s On

The V&A Museum of Childhood has lots of free fun things to do for all ages, from exhibitions and displays to activities for children, groups and schools.

Current Exhibitions and Displays

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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

19 March - 9 October 2016. Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and marvel at Noggin the Nog.

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The Tales we Tell: Indian Warli Painting

Until 1 January 2017. This exhibition presents a rare insight into Warli, a tribal art form from Western India. Drawing on a store of tribal memory, myths and everyday life.

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Tales: Photography by Sonya Hurtado

23 July 2016 – 8 January 2017. This series of twelve images by Hackney based photographer Sonya Hurtado explores the imaginary world of childhood.

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Board game - The Alice Through The Looking Glass Chess Set; carved & painted wood; 
made by Robin Dale & Neil Dale; 
U.K.; 
1983.
Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017. Board Games are played the world over, and have been a key element in family culture for centuries. This exhibition will showcase some of the world's best known and most loved board games.

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Events and Activities

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Daily activities

Details of free drop-in activities taking place during term time, including arts and crafts, tours, trails and storytelling.

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Montessori family packs

Montessori family packs are available for under 5s.

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The Imaginary Friend Collection

Some of the world's best model makers turn children's imaginations into reality.

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V&A Museum of Childhood’s Summer Festival

Sunday 24 July. The Museum's annual Summer Festival returns this year with a colourful mix of live music, crafts and entertainment right on your doorstep.

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Summer Camps at the V&A Museum of Childhood

25 - 29 July and 1 - 5 August. Each artist-led camp lasts a maximum of 5 days and is jam-packed full of performance, creativity and fun from start to finish.

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Animated! Family Film Festival

Wednesdays 27 July, 3, 10, 24 & 31 August. Enjoy these classic animated films from a spectacular setting.

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Our Studio: Summer Events for Families

Saturday August 6 - Sunday 4 September. A series of workshops, activities and pop-up performances throughout the summer will mean you can contribute to a growing display at the Museum.

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Chinese Festival Day

Saturday 17 September. Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival with traditional and modern instrumental and dance performances and craft activities.

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Lurching Charm – Animation Study Day

Saturday 24 September. Hear from animation experts in this fascinating study day, then work to create your own moving images inspired by the Collection.

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Bagpuss Music

Sunday 25 September. Join Sandra Kerr, creator of the music for Bagpuss and sing along as mice on the mouse organ!

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Creative Quarters: Artists and London

4 October – 29 November 2016. An 8-week course focussing on different ways in which artists have represented London and its people.

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Board Games Library

8 October 2016 – 23 April 2017. Enjoy a selection of free board games to play in the Museum to celebrate the exhibition Game Plan.

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Magical Museum Sleepover

Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 October. Enjoy a special night’s sleep in the company of fairies, puppets, dolls and trains.

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Gaming in the Galleries

Thursday 20 October. Enjoy an evening of board gaming brought to you by Draughts, London's first board game café.

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Montessori Parenting Course

Saturdays 1-5 November. A six-week course for parents and all carers of children aged 0-5, who are interested in Montessori practises.

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Games Design Night with Playtest UK

Thursday 17 November. Newcomers and experienced gamers are invited to play exciting new games and win cool prizes in an evening where you can try your hand at games design.

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Child Migrant Stories

Saturday 19 November. Explore stories of children who migrated to East London from 1930 to the present day through short films, talks with child migrants, readings and music. 

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Christmas Designer Market

Sunday 27 November. Avoid the crowds and start your Christmas shopping early to the festive sound of the Becontree Brass Band!

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Soft Toy Workshop

Sunday 27 November. Use a range of hand sewing techniques and reclaimed materials to create an owl inspired by one the Museum's Collection of toys and games.

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Christmas Board Game Quiz Night

Thursday 15 December. Go For Broke, and test your board game knowledge, with a festive twist that will make you Boggle with Frustration.

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Victorian London

10 January - 7 March 2017. In this 8-week course, explore the art, architecture, literature, entertainment, and highs and lows of life in Victorian London – the largest and wealthiest city in the world.

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Bethnal Green

The Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 in Bethnal Green, London.

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Exhibition - Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

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19 March - 9 October 2016. Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and marvel at Noggin the Nog.

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- Summer Camps at the V&A Museum of Childhood

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25 - 29 July and 1 - 5 August. Each artist-led camp lasts a maximum of 5 days and is jam-packed full of performance, creativity and fun from start to finish.

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V&A Museum of Childhood collections

Discover the national collection of Childhood related objects, from ideas to design, toys to schoolbooks. All Museum of Childhood Objects