Not all kids have an affinity for museums, many thinking that these cultural havens just aren’t cool enough for their liking, but the same can’t be said about the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. What child wouldn’t like to spend a few hours exploring the site and finding out more about the toys of past and present? With the summer holidays coming up, you may feel like spending a day or two in the capital with your offspring and rightly so. With so much to do, you can guarantee to inject a little fun and spontaneity into the summer break, whilst giving your kids the chance to appreciate just how good museums can be. Book a room in central London with Travelodge and you and your brood can enjoy a stay in the city centre without overstretching the budget – we all know how expensive the summer holidays can be, but you needn’t worry about unaffordable hotel rooms here.
Located in Bethnal Green, East London, the V&A Museum of Childhood has been part of the city since 1872, when it opened as the Bethnal Green Museum. While its use was more varied in the early days, it shifted its interest towards childhood in the early 20th century, focusing on services for children. Since then, it’s blossomed into the museum it is today, holding the largest collection of childhood objects in the whole of the UK.
Spread over four floors, the museum is chock-a-block with exhibits and displays that help today’s children enjoy toys and playthings from the past, while parents and grandparents will enjoy the nostalgia that emanates from the walls. Since its refurbishment in 2006, you can enjoy a grand foyer and balcony that overlooks the central hall, while the floors are full of things to explore.
From 18th century dolls houses to Victorian prams and fancy dress costumes, the displays are extensive and impressive. It’s certainly not a museum where you wander, quietly, observing the exhibits. Here, you’re expected to have fun and there are plenty of facilities available, including play areas and sand pits, that ensure this objective is met.
Make sure you spend some time on the mezzanine level, where your children can ride the rocking horses as well as various other interactive exhibits to get stuck into.
Whatever day you decide to head for the museum, you can be sure that there are various activities planned to help you and your family get more out of your visit. Check out the leaflet online to find out more about the events scheduled over the coming months.
The great thing about museums is that the majority of them are free, and this one is no different. You can enjoy as much time as you like here and you don’t have to worry about the entry tickets, which is particularly appreciated when it comes to big families!
The Bethnal Green tube stop is the closest Underground stop, just a couple of minutes’ walk through the quaint Museum gardens. You can access the station via the Central line that links much of the city with ease.
Enjoy a visit to the V&A Museum of Childhood as part of a trip to the Big Smoke. Book a room in central London with Travelodge and you can incorporate it into a visit that you and your kids will remember for years to come.