15 – 23 February 2020
Marionettes, doll’s houses, clockwork toys…just imagine if our collection came to life at night. Step into a world of fantastical storytelling, workshops and activities to spark your imagination, and make your half-term extraordinary.

February half term 2020 v&a museum of childhood

© Jan von Holleben


Night-time Lantern Making Workshop
Monday 17 & Friday 21 February, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
£7 per child, ages 4+
Make your own ‘museum at night’ light inspired by the museum’s kaleidoscopes, zoetropes and magic lanterns. Work with designer Rebekah Lidwell to create a rotating scenic, story lantern.


Shadow Puppet Theatre Workshop
Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 February, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
Mulberry Room
£7 per child, ages 4+
What happens when the last visitor leaves the museum at night? Do all the toys in the museum awake? What do they look like and what adventures will you take them on? Make your own shadow puppet theatre with the help of artist Helen Rousseau.



Shoe Box Doll’s Houses with Kat Picot
Sunday 16 February, 13.00-16.00
FREE, drop-in, recommended for ages 4+
Meet artist Kat Picot who makes magical, beautiful doll’s houses entirely from recycled materials. Bring your old present boxes or wrapping paper and cut, stick and re-use them to create your own doll’s house.

There is limited space in our studio, so although this session is free and drop-in, please note that you may have to wait to get in this activity.

Pop-up Performance: The Object Project
Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00 (30min)
FREE, sign up on the day, all ages
Help Wonky Table Theatre Company build an improvised performance inspired by an object from the museum. Every day will start with a new object and each audience will help tell a different story, so every performance will be completely unique!

Exploring the museum: an activity with ASYMBAL
Saturday 22 February, 13.00-16.00
FREE, drop-in, all ages
Join artists William Redgrove, Marcus Foster and dance artist Darcy Wallace from community art project ASYMBAL for special activities and games to see our favourite museum objects in different ways.


Storytelling Sessions
Thursday – Sunday 10.30 & 14.00
Join us for an interactive storytelling session inspired by the museum’s collection.

Imagination Zine Making
Thursday – Sunday, 11.15-12.45 & 14.45-16.00
Monday – Wednesday, 10.30-12.45 & 14.00-16.00
Collage pictures and patterns inspired by the museum collection to create your imaginary magazine to take home.

Fill Our Home
Monday – Friday, 11.00-13.30 & 14.30-16.00
Marble Floor
Help us populate the giant dolls’ house on the marble floor. Create characters and props to bring this collaborative installation to life!