Museum of Childhood ideal for families


There are lots of things to do in London during the festive period including visiting the Museum of Childhood.

Located in Bethnal Green, the museum is ideal for families enjoying London getaways in the run-up to Christmas.

Bethnal Green. London

Many of the events are free and range from craft sessions to storytelling sessions. They vary in length from 30 minutes to two hours and there is sure to be something to keep children of all ages amused.

“Find out how families celebrated Christmas 100 years ago! Enjoy a creative re-telling of The Nutcracker and create seasonal crackers, baubles, retro decorations and cards,” the museum’s website explains.

All of the Christmas events will take place at the weekends from the beginning of December and then every day from December 27th to January 6th apart from New Year’s Day.

Some of the planned sessions include a tour of the museum’s doll’s house exhibit that also looks at how Christmas has been celebrated by families in the past.

For midday story time, youngsters can be entertained by a reading of the classic festive tale The Nutcracker.

For children who like more hands-on tasks, then the Christmas craft workshops from 2pm to 4pm will include cracking making and pompom bauble decorating.

Admission is free and there are a number of other events happening at the museum including a Modern British Childhood exhibition. The display looks at how childhood in Britain has changed in the years between the London Olympic Games of 1948 and 2012.

Examining the past 64 years in history, the exhibition explores issues concerning education, health, family, entertainment, fashion and play.

The Museum of Childhood is a short walk from Bethnal Green London Underground station which is on the Central line.