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Festival of Play

Play is for everyone. Help us celebrate all things play over this two-day festival filled with worskshops, games, and activities designed for all ages. 

An event in partnership with UCL's Playing the Archive research project. 


Build, break & re-build

11:00 - 16:30
Work with artist Matt Shaw to create a large-scale, changing play structure on the museum's Marble Floor. 

Outdoor games

11:00 - 16:30 (group games at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00)
Join the team from Montessori St Nicholas charity, who can teach you some fun games you can play in your garden or at school. 

Play Market!

11:00 - 16:30
Browse through our Play Market full of fun, drop-in activities.

  • A Sense of Play Playing Cards, pick-up a free pack of interactive playing cards made by the UCL research team.
  • Games from around the world, tell artist Dan Jones about games you know and create a collaborative map of games.
  • Museum of made-up stories, pretend to be a museum curator, and valuate toys and objects. 
  • Musical instrument making, ages 4+. build and play your own electronic instrument made of card with the V&A Digital Team. 
  • Play the Museum Game, ages 4+. try some games made by designer Matteo Manapace espeically for the V&A Museum of Childhood.
  • Badge making, use words and images from old books and make a badge with artisit Alison Somerset-Ward. 

Give it a try: AR Prototype

12:00 - 16:00
Ages 4+
Meet a group of students from the RCA Interactive Experience Design course who have created an augmented reality play idea for the V&A Museum of Childhood. Have a go and test their prototype! 

Give it a try: VR Prototype

12:00 - 16:00, Village (Place)
Ages 4+, sign-up on the day
Meet more students from the RCA Interactive Experience Design course, and experience their new prototype environments through virtual reality headsets. 

Time Telephone

10:00 - 17:30
Dial the Time Telephone to speak to children from the past and present and learn new games to play. 

Robot Sculpture

11:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 15:30
Ages 4+
Work with our Activity Assistants to create wonderful and bizarre robots from recycled and upcycled materials. 

Baby Sensory Play

11:00 - 15:00
Under 3s
Explore materials and play things prepared specially for little ones. 

Workshop: How to make a video game

11:30 & 14:00 (60 mins)
Ages 8+, sign-up on the day
Come and make your own 3D adventure videogame using the MissionMaker software with a team from UCL. 

Play Films

11:00 - 16:30
Watch a series of archival and recent documentary films about children's play. 


Who to contact


Where to go

V&A Museum of Childhood
Camrbidge Heath Road
Bethnal Green
E2 9PA

Time / Date Details

When is it on
20 - 21 July 2019, 11
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