Artburst has run three strands of the Family Explorers programme for the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green since March 2010. The aim of Family Explorers is to create fun, interactive educational experiences that encourage parents or kinship carers and children to learn together.
These sessions are for under 5s and their parents or carers. Wondertots sessions are 90 minute workshops that integrate art, music, movement and drama. The session includes story telling, parachute, dancing, singing, painting and craft making. These weekly workshops are based on the museum’s collections as well as visiting exhibitions. Morning sessions are targeted at bringing Bengali families into the museum and using it as a local resource and afternoon sessions are open access.
Wordburst sessions run daily during the school half term holidays and aim to ignite a passion for reading through family learning. The workshops are designed for 5 – 11 year olds who stay for the day with their parents or carers and learn a short performance, as well making an item of costume and set. At the end of the workshop they perform a short play to the general public in the museum’s gallery space.