The Easter holidays have started to drag a bit, but never fear, Easter Bank holiday is here! We have put together a selection of fun activities to do around our nation’s capital. There should be something for everyone, from a royal Easter egg hunt in a famous palace to performances on ice that will whisk you away to magical lands. We’ve all got our fingers crossed here that the weekend will be a sunny one, so there are a number of outdoor activities to take advantage of this. There’s so much on, there is no egg-scuse (pun intended) for boredom, so crack on!
1. The Science Museum Energy Show UK Tour (3rd April – 3rd August)
The family favourite is returning to the Science Museum before touring England and Wales, so don’t miss out. Flaming methane bubbles and exploding hydrogen balloons are only a couple of the wonders that you will enjoy here. A show suitable for ages 7+, this might be the spark that ignites your child’s love of science in the future.
2. Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy (17th – 20th April)
Four of your favourite Disney stories under one roof! Go and see Lightning McQueen and Mater from ‘Cars’, join Ariel’s underwater adventures in ‘The Little Mermaid’, think happy thoughts with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell and go to infinity and beyond with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the ‘Toy Story’ gang. A true spectacle on ice, which you will never forget.
3. Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party (21st April)
Everyone big up the Bard, who turns 450 on Monday 21st (that’s a lot of candles). Go to the Globe Theatre to pin the ruff on Bill or pass the parcel. The creative home of Shakespeare will be open free of charge with a bouncy castle, face painting and Punch and Judy. You will get the chance to enjoy a performance on the main stage by the theatre’s company, with improvised scenes inspired by audience suggestions. An offer too good to miss.
4. Easter at the London Wetland Centre (Until 21st April)
Go on an adventure to see how [Easter] eggs turn into fluffy little ducklings and watch them waddle round their mother. Duckling themed arts and crafts are also on offer, whether it’s an Easter card or egg painting, your children are bound to have a quacking good time. The beauty of the London Wetland Centre is breathtaking and this Easter weekend spring has sprung and the flora and fauna are out in abundance. Come rain or shine this outdoor activity will be fun for all the family.
5. 50 Whipple-Scrumptious years of Charlie and Willa Wonka at Kew Gardens (5th – 21st April)
This is your chance to have the Willy Wonka experience without being lucky enough to find a Golden Ticket. Roald Dahl’s magical book has inspired the arts and crafts this Easter, and the activities are based on the four main Chocolate Factory rooms from the book. Pretend you’re Wonka himself and make your own chocolate bar or help the Oompa Loompas. No true Chocolate Factory experience would be complete without an Easter Egg Hunt thrown into the mix. What a way to celebrate a truly remarkable story.
For something a little more traditional, look no further than the Horniman Easter fair set in the stunning Horniman Gardens. Excluding the Easter Egg Hunt (£1 entry) there is still a huge amount going on from meeting the Easter Bunny’s rabbit friends in the Animal Walk to Sunday’s live country/folk mini-gig. The arts and crafts market available, sells a selection of beautifully hand-crafted goods from a range of prominent craftsmen and the food will leave you feeling delightfully content. A genuinely lovely way to spend one’s Easter weekend.
This Easter marks the return of the much-loved Clapham Common Fair. There is nothing better (as a child or adult) than bashing into each other on dodgems, whirling and twirling on the carousel or trying your hand at the selection of carnival games available. The fair has introduced a new value for money wristband for children that means that parents only pay one upfront fee and then the children can go round and round to their hearts content.
A truly royal Easter Egg Hunt, that allows your children to gallivant around beautiful gardens like little princes and princesses, whilst searching for clues to crack the Hunt’s prize. Families can get involved in creating Easter bonnets inspired by the palace costume or listen to stories from a number of performers over the weekend. The home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we can only hope that they are back from New Zealand in time for Easter!
Adults - £11.50
Under 16s - £7.50
Under 5s – Free
Family - £34
This Easter weekend is the Family Weekend at Sadler’s Wells. An annual two-day festival where the fun continues even after the performance has finished. Games and activities are available all over the building, so varied that everyone will be happy. The stunning performance of the Brothers Grimm’s ‘Rapunzel’ will have you all on the edge of your seats. The remarkable choreography and the phenomenal music will blow you away. A special experience that you will treasure with your children forever.
Go to the awe inspiring exhibition of butterflies at the Natural History Museum this Easter and experience the magic of coming face to face with hundreds of free-flying butterflies in the tropical butterfly house. Your family will get the chance to learn about the metamorphosis of these remarkable creatures, learn about different species from around the world and enjoy the interactive displays on offer. An exhibition so incredible you just have to remember to book.