Victoria and Albert Museum
020 7942 2000
Area: Chiswick Fulham Ealing
We run an exciting and diverse programme of activities for families at the V&A. We want families to come and explore, enjoy and be inspired by our wonderful collections and spaces. You can pick up a family trail or borrow a back-pack and venture into the galleries where there are also many hands-on exhibits to find and play with. At the weekends, families can interact with a Pop-up Performance on Saturday or pick up a design challenge, hunt for ideas in the galleries, and then create fantastic designs with the Drop-in Design team on Sundays. During the school holidays, families can take part in Digital Kids and The Imagination Station or book onto a Make-it workshop.
HALF TERM ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN:
Digital Kids - FAMILY EVENT: Have fun creating your own digital art with help from experts.
The Imagination Station - FAMILY EVENT: Discover the names of clouds and create your own weather themed piece of art inspired by the dramatic skies and landscapes in John Constable’s paintings.
Pop Up Performance - FAMILY EVENT: Take part in an atmospheric story/poetry-making performance inspired by Constable’s countryside scenes.
Make it: Painting - FAMILY EVENT: Work with a landscape painter to recreate details from some of Constable’s famous
ALL YEAR ROUND:
Family Art Fun! Trails
Pick up a free family trail from the Sackler Centre and set off to explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games. Trails are suitable for children aged 7–12.
Pick up a Glorious Gardens trail to be led around the museum by our very own ceramic gardener and design your own garden.
Silver – Find objects made of Silver and discover what the symbols stamped on them mean
Tudor – Find out about Henry VIII and see the objects you might have found in his palaces*
Picnic Party – Come and plan the perfect picnic as you journey through South Asia, the Middle East and East Asia
Our award winning activity back-packs are recommended for 5-12 years. Choose from: Discovering Architecture, Emperor's Party, Fancy Furnishings, Magic Glasses, Middle Eastern Marvels or Time Traveller. Agent Animal is available for under 5s.
Become a design detective and search the V&A for design clues and ideas. Join our team back in the Sackler Centre and use your discoveries to create imaginative new designs using a wonderful range of materials. These exciting events happen every Sunday (excluding school holidays when other activities are available).
Come and join us for Digital Kids activities in our state-of-the-art digital studio. Get creative with a five minute blast or make your masterpiece in an hour with our family friendly activities.
Design incredible inventions to share with the world, create you own comic book memory of your visit, play with our artist designed interactives or make beautiful patterns for your latest fashion designs. All the activities in our studio are supported by our friendly team who will show you how to realise your creative visions whatever your age.
During school holidays you will find special activities running throughout the week linked to the latest exhibitions in the Museum, letting you try your hand at 3D printing, green screen photography and more!
Mon - Thu: 10:00 - 17:45
Fri: 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 17:45
About the V&A
Victoria and Albert Museum: The world’s greatest museum of art and design. The V&As collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, in virtually every medium, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.
The collections of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.
The museum possesses the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture, the holdings of Italian Renaissance items are the largest outside Italy. The departments of Asia include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. The East Asian collections are among the best in Europe, with particular strengths in ceramics and metalwork.