The Best Family Events This Easter

Oh yes, it’s that time again… Time to make your own chocolate eggs, Easter cakes, and quickly get your potters wheel out to make a very small, slightly hard to use mug to place the easter egg in (baking to be free of all sugar, and dairy, and anything resembling sugar ps. no coconut oil allowed, good luck!).

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Just to start you off in a kind and thoughtful way, here are a few posts sitting on the back of the bus (yes, with the cool and rowdy kids) that might tickle you.

The 5 Best Water Play areas, Best Kids Theatre to see this year, Backstage Theatre Tours, pack your family rucksack for Days out around town, try a Kids Cooking courses, get organised and book a holiday kids Science or a Theatre & Music course before the places get snapped up.

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Princess Diana Playground

Why not buy some fairy lights, face paint and your Family Festival ticket (tip: babysitting services at these festivals are already nearly full…). Or sort a House Swap this summer, book a cultural City Break, go for your first Lido paddle, or take a Graffiti Tour.

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When you’ve finished that list, just sit back and dream whilst the kids let of steam in one of the Best Playgrounds in town.

If you’re looking for super easy home craft projects, take a look at my Pinterest too.

Check the events diary on the home page too, it is bursting with daily activities, and it will make me smile if you do.

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1. Hampton Court Palace

Live cookery demos, animation workshops and TimePlays, where stories from Hampton Court Palace’s rich 500 year history will be brought to life in a series of micro plays. Sign up for the historical movie making workshops, where you can become an animator and create a short film clip to take home.

2. Easter Flamingoes on the Kensington Roof Gardens

Enjoy a Choccywoccydoodah Easter Egg Hunt this Easter Sunday at the Kensington Roof Gardens.  As an extra special treat all chocolate hunters will be given the opportunity to win a giant egg created by Choccywoccydoodah!

3. English National Ballet & English National Ballet School performance of Swan Lake (ages 3+)

This ballet features a narrator to help the young audience follow the story and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music, these performances are specially created to make ballet accessible and enjoyable to children from the age of 3 upwards.

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4. Get your camping gear ready for the Elderflower Family Festival in May

I have a Bus Stop special 10% discount code just for you to give you a £10 discount off the current ticket prices for the Elderflower Festival in Sussex. To use this code book via the link here: http://elderflowerfields.co.uk/tickets/partners and use the following code: teutn3

5. Don’t Feed the Kids for A Day

Read this earlier post which give you a heads up of where kids EAT for FREE in London.

6. Create a Piece of History

Visit one of the palaces around London, or a National Trust property. You will feel better for it, I promise.

7.  Get your Summer Holiday Sorted

Check all the glorious properties on I-escape kids, or even book a weekend away with your dearest. Grandparents love to be left in control, and you might get the chance to read 2 chapters of a book, and will be brimming full of conversation.

8. Eat Ice-cream on the Beach

Check this earlier post on the Best beaches near London, grab your family railcard, and prepare to come home with pockets full of beach memories.

9. Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Rabbit at The Unicorn

On Friday April 10th at 4.30pm you can join the cast (and rabbit!) on stage for a cream tea and bunny craft session. They’ll have lashings of cream and plenty of jam.  £8 per child. (Accompanying adults are invited too – take part in the tea party without the arts and crafts for an additional £5 per person, must be booked alongside a child ticket), contact Box Office on 020 7645 0560 to book.

10. Keep a Garden Secret in a Secret Garden

Take a ball, bat and picnic to one of London’s secret gardens.

11. Join an Online book club

Get your kids to review their latest book, check out what other kids recommend online, and you never know they might even feel inspired to write their own story or book…

12. Inspire your fashionistas to design their own

Catch the Women Fashion Power exhibition at The Design Museum before it closes on the 26 April. The museum has the best ever shop, an OK-ish view of Tower Bridge (I dare you not to insta-gram a picture of it), and you can walk from the museum over to Malty Street Market, and Borough, if you want to play ‘I’m a foodie’ what are you?

13. Make your own Family Bunting with Nicole (Age 4+)

Join Nicole for bunting making at The Doodle Bar. Your task is to cut interesting shapes out using the templates provided and decorate through creative stitch and print. Once your shapes are created and embellished Nicole will stitch the pieces together. All materials will be provided except aprons. Please dress for mess! Tickets £10 (9.30-11.30am) 10th April.

14. Find Shaun the Sheep at Kew Gardens

Between March 28, 2015 – April 13, 2015 get yourself over to the Royal Botanic Gardens, in Kew to check out the chocolate workshops, collect your stamps when you find the shaun the sheep (cut outs) dotted around the gardens, and visit the creepy crawly indoor playground which is ideal for toddlers. (some activities carry an extra cost, to the entrance fee).

15. Be a Pirate on the Golden Hinde

Experience the life of a 16th century explorer aboard the Golden Hinde II, a full-sized reconstruction of the ship Sir Francis Drake used to circumnavigate the globe between 1577-80. Enjoy guided tours to children’s fun days, battle workshops to their popular sleep overs, it’s the place to be for little pirates. Check the website for the latest activities.

16. Run riot at a Boot Camp for Kids

Firepower Royal Artillery Museum’s Junior Gunners Boot Camp is a chance for kids to have a go at military style physical training, a Chal lenger Troop assault course and target practice, and a bungee run. £4.50 plus admission. The Camp runs between March 31, 2015 – April 13, 2015 part of Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.

17. Play with a sonic trail at The Tate

Download Sonic Trails for Tate Britain and Tate Modern and experience the Tate through sound-scapes, especially created for families by musicians and sound artists. Become absorbed in an unexpected environment. (ideal for ages 6+).

18. Make & Do at Camden Arts Centre

Every Sunday (2-4.30pm) throughout the exhibitions, families with children can drop in to the Drawing Studio for free creative activities based around the exhibitions. Led by artist Tom Pope, the activities are fun and suitable for all ages.

19. Get your Trainers on and Head to the QE2 Olympic Park

A perfect place for scooter-lovers and skateboarders. The park runs family tours, art trails, has fun fair rides, ace playgrounds, coffee stalls, and the besets ever Olympic pool with family swimming sessions. What’s more it’s a skip and a hop from John Lewis if you’ve forgotten your goggles. Also on 4 April, families can choose from a 1K, 3K or 5K ‘Bunny Run’ circuit and walk, run or hop their way around the Park! Open to all age s and abilities – this family event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny, post-race refreshments and a unique finisher’s medal for all.

20. Get Nature-tastic at an activity park in town

Make it your mission to take your kids (complete with wellies and wet wipes) to a nature centre, and let them hunt for frog spawn. It’s your duty as a parent. Need I say more?

21. Blow your little fairies a homemade Easter Egg

Here’s one tip to get you started..Before you start blowing your egg, it is very important to scold your eggs in boiling water.. don’t say I didn’t warn you.

22. What rhymes with Dim Sum?

Did you forget that dim sum and noodles are probably the best kid friendly food ever? Here’s your guide to where to find them, and please, share your list in the comments, there’s only so many pounds of noodles I can eat in the name of research.

23. Take a Day Out to Hatfield House

Why wouldn’t you? It’s full of Tudor history, has a great farm, you can ride on a tractor, pretend to cut someones head off in the tower of london playground, play ball in the grounds, and it’s only a quick train ride from Kings Cross.

24. Feel Free to Be Free at The Kids Award Winning Horniman Museum

See the Plantastic exhibition at the Horniman Museum, Big Wednesday is a chance to watch the museum’s gardeners rebuilding minibeast habitats, take a storytelling tour of the gardens, do art and craft activities and more. Free, just turn up, 11am-3.30pm.

25. Get your glass and slippers out and watch Cinderella the Movie

Here’s the best ever round up of kids cinema clubs, if you think it through it’s a cheap way to entertain the kids, and have a cheeky nap yourself.

26. The Cartoon Museum 

The Cartoon Museum, on Little Russell Street near The British Museum has heaps of Easter Workshops for kids. Choose from learning to draw superheroes, create a Beano comic strip, or make scary 3D claymation faces.

27. Take the Kids on a Creative, Inventive Adventure 

The weekend kid loving gang Urban Explorer are organising a TED inspired mini-conference for kids about Technology, Entrepreneurship and Creativity at the RI on Sunday May 17th. Kids will have an opportunity to meet some of London’s most exciting inventors, creators and adventurers. Book now to be hanging with the coolest kids in town.

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