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Hidden Gem The V&A Museum of Childhood, Where Children Can Be Children

The V&A Museum of Childhood is a place where children can simply be children.

Part of the Victoria and Albert museum, the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green houses the largest collection of children’s toys from the 1600’s to the present day. Think beautiful Victorian dolls’ houses and 15th Century rocking horses, 1950s Barbie dolls and sooty hand puppets, Lego and Meccano kits, and even the Bratz dolls of the noughties.

A museum of childhood and a wonderful trip down memory lane it certainly may be, but is it necessarily a museum for children of the present day? Well, that’s a big resounding yes too!

A Child-Friendly Museum

The museum is incredibly child-friendly from the moment you step inside. Right off the bat, Montessori Activity packs for children under five are available to borrow. These include age-appropriate activities, toys and storybooks for your child to take around the museum with them. Stepping further in, you’ll notice there are stories being read and interactive activities everywhere you turn.

There’s an indoor sandpit, a sensory playground and a rocking horse to ride. Visit the baby play area, the jukebox and the interactive Punch and Judy stalls. Children can dress up, play with toy cars or role play in the pretend kitchen. They can even try on shoes from various eras in history!

Every effort has been made to make the V&A Museum of Childhood accessible to the children of today, and rightly so. Baby changing areas are ample and the café is stocked with high chairs and child-friendly menus.

What’s more, the museum runs puppet shows, treasure hunt activities and arts and crafts workshops on weekdays and weekends. This place is undeniably a hidden gem!

Visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/ for details on upcoming events.

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