The Easter Bunny is stirring in his sleep. The Easter Day sun is on the horizon and preparations for Easter Egg hunts have begun. This year, the Easter Bunny is visiting London with a huge supply of chocolate and has set up some ‘eggstraordinary’ egg hunts for the kids. This year the eggs are hidden in gardens, on ships, in museums and even with some animals. Here are some of the ‘eggsellent’ venues you and your children can enjoy this Easter 2015.
Battersea Park Zoo Easter Egg Hunt
A great destination this year might be to head to Battersea Park Zoo for an Easter Egg hunt. There is, however, one problem: all of the Easter eggs are hidden with the animals. You can pick up a quiz sheet upon arrival and use your detective skills to find out which animals are guarding the colourful eggs. Complete the quiz sheet to receive your secret prize at the end. Other activities include a 'count the golden rabbits' competition (2nd to 14th April) and Rabbit Days, on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th April, where you can help the zoo keeper find the rabbits, listen to story telling and make a rabbit badge.
Find which animals are guarding those eggs from 28th March to 5th April starting at 10:00am and ending at 4:30pm.
Prices: £1 fee plus usual entrance fees
Adults - £8.75 + £1.00
Children - £6.50 + £1.00
Under 2 – free
The Cutty Sark ship in West Greenwich has reopened to host their most ‘eggstravagant’ Easter Egg hunt yet. The evil captain, Punchdrunk, invites six to 12 year olds aboard to see his new show and the kids will get the chance to rampage around the ship to find all the chocolate eggs. In addition to hunting for Easter eggs, for the first time ever children can book in for a sleepover on the ship. There will be story-telling, games and the kids can even try their hand at hoisting the flags.
Climb aboard on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th April from 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Prices: Free with entry
Adults - £13.50
Children - £7.00
Families - £24.00/£35.00
Become a Cadbury’s ‘eggsplorer’ with the annual Easter egg hunt at Fenton House. Escape the hustle and bustle of crowds in London and head out to these botanical gardens on the Cadbury’s Easter Egg trails. Fill in a quiz while you go to win a Cadbury’s chocolate Egghead at the end of your adventure. This beautiful garden is set in the quiet little village of Hampstead and provides a perfect day out for the family with a wonderful set of antique furniture and porcelain for the parents as well as the egg hunts for the kids.
‘Eggsplore’ the scenery and grounds on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th April from 11:00am - 4:30pm.
Prices: Normal admission fees plus £3.00
Adults - £6.50 + £3.00
Children - £3.00 + £3.00
Family - £16.00 + £3.00
Easter at the Roof Gardens
If you want to avoid the Easter traffic but still get that feeling of being out of the city in a tropical themed paradise then you need not worry. The Kensington Roof Gardens will play host to an Easter Egg hunt guided by a number of Easter Bunnies. If you are lucky enough, you might be the one special winner who receives the prize of a giant chocolate Easter egg made by Choccywoccydoodah. There is also a bar where parents can sip on Easter themed cocktails.
Open for one day and one day only on Sunday 5th April at 11:00am
Prices: Free on a first come first serve basis.
London Wetland Centre
What better time to visit the Wetland Centre than spring. The UK’s favourite nature reserve will be teeming with new life, blossoming flowers and giant yellow ducks. These ducks have run away and it’s down to the kids to find them. If successful, you can win a Freddo the Frog. In addition, the centre is holding a duck painting ‘eggstravaganza’ where you can take home your little creations at the end of the day.
Stop the yellow ducks from escaping from 28th March to 12th April.
Prices: £1 entry plus usual admission fees
Adults - £11.48 + £1.00
Children - £6.30 + £1.00
Family - £32.00 + £1.00
Borde Hill Garden
Borde Hill is host to one of the five great gardens in Sussex. This year, the collection of bunnies takes on a botanical theme, with sculptures and designs being associated with all types of flowering plants. The educational trail laid out requires solving riddles to find more clues to the hidden chocolaty treasures. As well as a wonderful array of flowers, there will also be giant garden games, which are suitable for all ages.
Become an explorer from 28th March to 12th April from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Prices: Included in admission.
Adults - £8.50
Children - £5.00
Handel House Easter Trail
Try something a little different this year and take your kids to hunt Easter eggs in Handel’s House. You will receive a unique experience with an interactive trail taking you all over the house with music resonating through the walls. A chocolaty reward awaits you at the end of the trail with live music in Handel’s music room by the House’s favourite performers.
Enjoy the music on Sunday 5th April from 12:00p.m - 6:00pm.
Prices: General admission fees
Adults - £6.50
Children – free
Morden Hall Easter Trail
Morden Hall Park is a green oasis and place of tranquillity within the hectic life of London. With the River Wandle meandering through the park, let your kids run riot in the hunt for Easter eggs whilst enjoying the serenity of loamy verges, huge riverside lawns and maze-like garden paths. As a Cadbury trail, a yummy Cadbury chocolate Egghead will be awaiting you at the end. Discover the hidden secrets of this country estate over this Easter break.
Go for a wander on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th April from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Prices: Trail cost - £4.00
This year Kew Gardens are abandoning their usual Easter Egg hunt in London and moving to their sister garden in Wakehurst, Sussex. Kids can join Shaun the Sheep and partake in a frivolity of activities in the ‘Madcap Meadow’. This springtime meadow, full of fragrance from British wildflowers, is host to ‘welly wanging’, the Sheep Hopper Maze and Bitzer’s Sheepdog trials. Help the kids try to make their own replica of Shaun the Sheep with a Shaun the Sheep toolkit and even get the chance to visit Timmy, the baby of the flock. Let the kids see this new-born lamb spring around the flower-filled meadow.
Flock to the Kew Gardens Easter event on Sunday 5th April from 9:30am to 7:30pm.
Prices: Free with general admission
Adults - £15
Children under 16 – Free