Families can enjoy free activities and events at the Museum every day. The ever-changing programme encourages play and learning through the diverse V&A collection and temporary exhibitions.
Our aim is that through creating, performing and exploring together, families will have an inspiring, educational and social experience.
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We support: Kids in Museums; The Family Arts Standards with the Family and Childcare Trust and Engage Children’s art week.
Games and activities
Our online games and interactives will bring our building and its collections to life. Create your own hair-raising 18th-century wig designs, become a master craftsman or explore our new Exhibition Road entrance built entirely in Minecraft blocks.
Our Imagination Station is all about creativity and ideas. Activities are designed by artists and are often inspired by current exhibitions and displays. Activities vary from working together with other families to contribute to a temporary display or independently where you can chose to take something home. The Imagination Station is a free, drop-in activity available during school holidays from 10.30 – 17.00.
Unique performances inspired by our incredible collections happen throughout the year. Come and be a part of an immersive play in the galleries, listen to music, join in with a dance or be transported through storytelling and puppetry. Performances take place every Saturday and throughout the school holidays and are suitable for all ages.
On selected dates throughout the year, deaf audiences can enjoy British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation of performances.
Borrow a V&A backpack and embark on an adventure across the Museum through creative and fun multi-sensory activities. There are a number of themed backpacks to choose from which are free to borrow and do not need to be booked. They are available every day from the Learning Centre and can also be collected from the Main Entrance during most school holidays. A form of printed ID such as a driving licence or debit card is required to borrow a backpack.
On Sundays become a design detective and search the V&A for design clues and ideas. Then join our team and use your discoveries to create imaginative new designs using a wonderful range of materials.
Design incredible inventions to share with the world. All the activities in our digital studio are supported by our friendly team who will show you how to realise your creative visions, whatever your age. Available during school holidays, you will find activities running throughout the week linked to the latest exhibitions in the Museum.
Make-it workshops give families an opportunity to work with a practising artist, designer, performer, architect or another professional from the creative industries. Workshops may include a trip to the galleries to gather ideas and inspiration, creative making time in groups and individually, and a show-and-tell at the end of the session. You will learn about the practice of the artist leading the session and produce something unique.
Through community projects, we work with families and young people to devise and lead activities for other families from gallery tours to performances, and consult with local schools on the development of our programme. Family days take place annually and explore cultural festivals such as Diwali, Chinese New Year and Chuseok. At the Lansbury Micro Museum in Poplar, East London, the Museum is engaging with the local community about architecture and urban planning.
Hands-on Discovery Areas are located throughout the Museum. There are things for you to touch, try on, play with and create. They are a fun way to learn about the collections. In the Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries you can join a Venetian Masquerade in an interactive film and solve riddles about some amazing objects. In the Silver Discovery Area, try your hand at drawing and decorating your own trophy. Discovery Areas can also be found in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries, the British Galleries and the Ceramics Galleries.
Pick up a free paper trail from the Learning Centre and set off to explore the Museum through images, drawing and observation games. Pursue the parrot through Europe 1600 – 1815 and search for 30 labels for families that encourage play and conversation.
Children's author Jacqueline Wilson has designed her very own trail which you can download and use to explore the Museum.