V&A Dundee

Summer’s not over yet at V&A Dundee!

There are only two weeks left of the Scottish summer holidays but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! V&A Dundee still has a fun-packed programme of free activities for the whole family to enjoy before the schools start back.

Families of all shapes and sizes are invited to relax and explore a new dedicated family area in V&A Dundee’s main hall, set up with comfortable seating, design challenges, creative materials, DIY summer binocular activities, and a selection of design inspired books suitable for all ages.

V&A Dundee’s learning studios have been transformed into colourful, character-filled spaces for design workshops with the help of Scottish illustrator Lesley Barnes. Running daily 2-4pm until 14 August, Making Shapes! welcomes young visitors to create their own characters, costumes and set designs whilst exploring playful movement and dance.

For under-5s, Wee Design + Play provides creative materials toys in workshops led by designers while Shake, Rattle + Stroll encourages energetic little ones to move around, dress up, read stories and make some noise!

If the weather is just too good to ignore, families can embark on the Seek + Peek! self-guided activity trail, which takes visitors on a playful route around the museum plaza, waterfront urban beach and community garden. A new Fun-usual Gardens workshop on 25 September will encourage families to reimagine indoor and outdoor dream gardens.

For further information about V&A Dundee’s free family-friendly activities and workshops visit www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/whatson

Making Shapes!

Saturday 9 July – Sunday 14 August, 14.00 – 16.00

V&A Dundee’s immersive learning studios have been transformed into a ‘party in form and colour’ with the help of Scottish illustrator Lesley Barnes. Dance, draw, move, make, and discover how dance can be radical and boundary pushing by creating your own character, costumes and set designs!

Shake, Rattle + Stroll

Monday 26 September, 13.00 – 14.00

An interactive musical workshop encouraging wee ones to dance, play, dress up, read stories and make some noise! For under 5s and their adults.

Drop in + Design: Fun-usual Gardens

Sunday 25 September, 13.00 – 16.00

Explore and reimagine indoor and outdoor gardens, taking inspiration from V&A Dundee’s Scottish Design Galleries and community garden. Families can explore, imagine, develop and design a fun-usual garden collaging and sketching during this free, drop-in workshop.

Wee Design + Play

Monday 29 August, 10.30 – 11.30/13.00 – 14.00

A workshop suitable for under 5s and their adults, creating designs inspired by the museum collection. Families of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to explore and play with interactive resources and a fun range of toys, from handcrafted favourites to electronic gadgets.

Design Busters

Daily, 10.00 – 17.00

The whole family can become creative designers of the future, designing cities, striking new fashions, and even cool new logos using the latest Design Busters videos, materials and activity sheets available daily inside the museum.

Selkie Trail

Daily 10.00 – 17.00

The Selkie Trail featuring Selkie the Seal encourages families to explore the building through sketching, wandering, and finding out fun facts about V&A Dundee’s architecture and design. Visitors can pick up a copy of the trail and a free pencil from the museum’s welcome desk. Completed trail maps are rewarded with an Official Explorer stamp and Selkie’s Seal of Approval!

Seek + Peek!

Daily, 10.00 – 17.00

Embark on a colourful adventure outside V&A Dundee exploring the plaza, urban beach and gardens with the self-guided Seek +Peek! play trail designed by Dundee-based illustrator Cara Rooney.