The Museum runs free activities every day including arts and crafts, storytelling and play sessions.

The daily activities take place during term-time, and we run special activities during school holidays. We follow the term dates at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

FREE, drop-in, for all ages unless otherwise stated.

daily activities for children at the v&a museum of childhood


Monday – Friday

14.00 Animal Magic
Join our interactive storytelling inspired by well-loved animal tales.
18 months – 5 years

14.30 – 16.00 Arts & Crafts
Get creative with our drop-in sessions, and make a piece of art inspired by the Museum’s collection to take home.


10.45-11.30 & 12.00-12.45 Open Play
Touch, move and explore – an open-ended play session in a bespoke environment created by artist Albert Potrony.

Book a session from Open Play: babies (10.45-11.30, 6 months to pre-walking), or Open Play: toddlers (12.00-12.45, walking – 4 years).

FREE, booking essential – click here for more
6 months – 4 years

14.00-16.00 Art & Crafts


10.30 Animal Magic

11.30-12.45 Play at the Museum
Come and have a go at toys you can find on display at these themed sessions highlighting areas of the Collection.

14.00 Telling Tales
Listen to storytelling featuring popular children’s tales. Children can help tell the story in this interactive session

14.40-16.00 Arts & Crafts

Montessori Family Packs

A selection of Montessori Family Packs for children age 5 and under are available to borrow from the Information Desk for one hour – please leave a form of ID (e.g. a passport or driving licence). Each pack contains a map, activity suggestions, storybooks and toys to touch.

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