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    The welcome The shouts and screams emanating from inside were a good indication of what to expect from this Bethnal Green gem. Kids are the norm here.
    The experience What you wouldn’t give for a toybox like this… Some of the exhibits date back to the sixteenth century, but there’s a treasure trove of memories here for every generation. Surprisingly, the younger ones weren’t at all bothered that the good stuff was behind glass: take your pick from Victorian puppets to Action Man and Barbie. There’s a play area and sand pit for tiny tots, and activities galore for school-age kids.

    The restaurant A mix of good-value hot and cold food, especially the sinfully tasty sausage rolls at £2.50. A generous kids’ portion of sausage and mash is £3.50. Packed lunches are allowed but don’t miss out on those sausage rolls. Tap water and high chairs are provided.
    The loos Spacious and clean with baby changing in both the ladies’ and gents’. There’s a quiet room for young families with a changing mat and bottle heater.
    The shop A good range of pocket money-friendly fare, with little toys from under £1 and lots of books, too. Set creative minds alight with a retro toolbox (£10) and kids’ DIY book (£8.99).
    Family-friendly verdict Great fun for kids and adults. Visit in the afternoon if you want to avoid the school crowd. And don’t miss out on the free events: there are superhero days this Easter with dressing up and May half-term has story themed workshops. Book in advance for both.
    V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA (8983 5200/www.vam.ac.uk/moc/). 10am-5.45pm daily. Adm free.

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A mix of good-value hot and cold food, especially the sinfully tasty sausage rolls at £2.50. A generous kids’ portion of sausage and mash is £3.50. Packed lunches are allowed but don’t miss out on those sausage rolls. Tap water and high chairs are provided. Spacious and clean with baby changing in both the ladies’ and gents’. There’s a quiet room for young families with a changing mat and bottle heater. A good range of pocket money-friendly fare, with little toys from under £1 and lots of books, too. Set creative minds alight with a retro toolbox (£10) and kids’ DIY book (£8.99). Great fun for kids and adults. Visit in the afternoon if you want to avoid the school crowd. And don’t miss out on the free events: there are superhero days this Easter with dressing up and May half-term has story themed workshops. Book in advance for both. V&A | Royal Academy | Horniman Museum | V&A Museum of Childhood | Imperial War Museum | More family-friendly museums

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