February half-term 2016 Europe Family Fun

During February half-term, we welcomed 14,273 participants to celebrate the opening of the new Europe galleries 1600-1815. Four activities were focused on the Ommengang painting of 1616 as part of the Family Art Fun programme. There was mask-making on the Imagination Station, digital soundscapes as part of Digital Kids, an interactive Pop-up Performance and headdress making as part of the bookable Make-it strand. In addition we organised recitals in The Globe space from Royal College of Music students and Family Led Tours of the Europe galleries for other families. It was also an opportunity to promote the family friendly hands-on interactives and family labels in these galleries.

“A brilliant idea to have all the kids’ stuff around 1 painting. The kids were so engaged and enthused by it. Thank you.” Family comment.

“We had a great time. It’s great that there are free creative activities for families and children.” Adult. “I had an excellent day in the museum.” Child

February half-term Pop-up Performance Image © V&A

February half-term Pop-up Performance Image © V&A

Further details of family tours

Eight families were trained over six afternoons to lead tours of the Europe galleries. We had eight days of tours at 11.30am and 1.30pm across February half-term. The response from families on the tours has been overwhelming positive.


“I preferred it when a child did the talking.” Miranda

“Excellent idea. A quick selection of items with an intriguing story behind. Having kids doing it is very motivating for other kids.” Adult.

We are very grateful to all the families who trained to be tour guides; giving up so much of their valuable time and working so hard to support the museum. We look forward to more Family led-tours of the Europe galleries by during May half-term.

February half-term Family-led tour of Europe Image © V&A

February half-term Family-led tour of Europe Image © V&A

February was an amazing week and a joy to see so many families enjoying the museum’s stunning new spaces.

Our next holiday programme will explore the iconic images of Botticelli from Friday 25 March – Sunday 3 April. Please visit What’s On for more information and sign up to our Families enewletter to keep up to date.