Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

We run an exciting and diverse programme of activities for families at the V&A. We want families to come and explore, enjoy and be inspired by our wonderful collections and spaces. You can pick up a family trail or borrow a back-pack and venture into the galleries where there are also many hands-on exhibits to find and play with. At the weekends, families can interact with a Pop-up Performance on Saturday or pick up a design challenge, hunt for ideas in the galleries, and then create fantastic designs with the Drop-in Design team on Sundays. During the school holidays, families can take part in Digital Kids and The Imagination Station or book onto a Make-it workshop.

Drop In Design
Drop In Design
Free entry

Sun 07 September 2008–Sun 27 December 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a design challenge and bring your own fantastic ideas to life. On selected days, create an Outrageous Outfit, curate a Cabinet of Curiosities, design your own Pop up Playground and make your own monogram in Lively Letters.

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Back Packs
Back Packs

Wed 01 January 2014–Thu 31 December 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Choose from Back-packs, trails or, for the under 5s, an Agent Animal bag.

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Pop-up Performance
Pop-up Performance

Sat 11 January 2014–Sat 26 December 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Join the performance team for fun and interactive gallery plays and activities every Saturday.
Events rotate each week – please see below for details. Suitable for all the family including early years unless otherwise stated.

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Trails
Trails

Tue 01 April 2014–Thu 31 December 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a free family trail from the Learning Centre and set off to explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games.

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Hands-On Exhibits
Hands-On Exhibits

Sat 14 March 2015–Thu 31 December 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Explore hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the Museum.

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The Imagination Station: Easter Holidays
The Imagination Station: Easter Holidays

Fri 03 April 2015–Sun 12 April 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Join us during the Easter Holidays to create your own piece of wild fashion inspired by fairy-tales, myths, legends and animals in our collections.

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Digital Kids Easter Holidays
Digital Kids Easter Holidays

Sat 04 April 2015–Sun 12 April 2015

FAMILIY EVENT: Create your own digital art with help from experts.

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Pop-up Performance: Easter Holidays
Pop-up Performance: Easter Holidays

Mon 06 April 2015–Fri 10 April 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Venture into a wild world and go on a quest where you’ll meet fantastical characters hear strange and wonderful tales.

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BSL interpreted Pop-up Performance
BSL interpreted Pop-up Performance

Wed 08 April 2015–Thu 28 May 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Join this BSL interpreted Pop-ip Performances and you'll meet fantastical characters and hear strange and wonderful tales.

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Pop-up Performance: Easter Holidays - Dance Workshop
Pop-up Performance: Easter Holidays - Dance Workshop

Sat 11 April 2015–Sun 12 April 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Take part in a magical movement workshop with Louise Klarnett from Dance Art Foundation. Transform yourself into animals and birds, or perhaps even the forest itself!

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The Imagination Station: May Bank Holiday
The Imagination Station: May Bank Holiday

Sat 02 May 2015–Mon 04 May 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Explore the collection with the new Seeking Sculpture trail and draw your own invented piece of sculpture combining details of what you find along the way.

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Digital Kids- May Half Term
Digital Kids- May Half Term

Sat 23 May 2015–Sun 31 May 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Join our Digital Kids activity and create a magic shadow lantern using simple electronics.

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The Imagination Station: May Half-Term
The Imagination Station: May Half-Term

Sat 23 May 2015–Sun 31 May 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Imagine you’re a young renaissance artist trying to make your way in the world. Create a new fantastical design for a piece of art, sculpture or machine.


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Make it: Sculpture
Make it: Sculpture

Mon 25 May 2015–Fri 29 May 2015

Work with an artist to create your own piece of sculpture taking inspiration from animals and natural objects in the new Europe 1600-1800 Galleries.

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Pop-up Performance: Refugee Week
Pop-up Performance: Refugee Week

Sat 20 June 2015–Sun 21 June 2015

Take part in a traditional Syrian storytelling session.

Suitable for all the family

Recommended for ages 3+

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Drop-In Design: Refugee Week
Drop-In Design: Refugee Week

Sun 21 June 2015 10:30–17:00

FAMILY EVENT: Join us to create your own Kaleidoscope mirrored box inspired by the new Damascus Room display.

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A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.

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Event - The Imagination Station: May Half-Term

Sat 23 May 2015–Sun 31 May 2015

FAMILY EVENT: Imagine you’re a young renaissance artist trying to make your way in the world. Create a new fantastical design for a piece of art, sculpture or machine.


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