No need to start hunting for activities to do with the kids now … i’ve listed a whole basket full of fun for you below. If you haven’t seen it, there is a calendar of events at the bottom of the blog. I try and update it regularly, so if like me, you often make a decision on the day. It’s there just for you. Happy Hunting. xo
1. Westminster Abbey (All Ages : Free) March 28 – 01April
There are Easter Craft Activities running from Monday 28th March through to Friday 1st April hourly from at 11am to 2.00pm. Also at the Abbey you can join in with the event Bloody Noses and Crack’d Crowns part of Shakespeare and the Abbey, (Tuesday 29th March and Thursday 31st March at 11.30am, 1.00pm or 2.30pm). All events are free, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
2. Kids Go Free at Kew (All Ages : Free) Every Day
As one of the most famous gardens in the world, Kew Gardens is a great day out for all the family, whether you are wandering amid the 326 acres of outdoor greenery or taking in one of the many glasshouse displays. Plan your visit and read more about their Easter activities here Kew Palace London Children go free from 19 March to 10 April 2016, adult tickets cost £12.75
3. Raven Watching and A Tudor Festival at The Tower of London (All Ages : Ticketed) Every Day
Soak up some British history this Easter at one of London’s top historical attractions, the Tower of London. Learn about the Crown Jewels, the tower ravens, 500-year-old royal armour and more. A note for you diary is the Tudors festival that runs between 30 April and 2nd May. You can immerse yourself in a living Tudor world in the Tower’s moat. Help King Henry VIII’s courtiers to prepare for the coronation of Anne Boleyn.
Tower of London tour: Child tickets from £9.25, adult tickets from £18.95.
4. Harry Potter Walking Tours (Ages 5+ : Ticketed) Various Dates
The walking tour deal for two, priced at £24, includes visiting the Ministry of Magic, the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron and lots of places that were featured in the films, as well as some iconic historical landmarks of the capital. Nimbus 2000 flyers are welcome to join the tour.
5. Royal Academy Family Workshop (All Ages : Free) Sunday 17 April
Join RA printmaking fellow Josie Molloy for this print extravaganza. Grab a screen and get inky fingers in this portable pop up print-fest. Sunday 17 April 2016. 11am — 3pm. The John Madejski Fine Rooms, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts (Free, no booking required). These drop-in workshops are suitable for all ages.
6. Kings Cross Easter Fun Day (All Ages : Free) Saturday 26 March
On Saturday 26th March, head to King’s Boulevard and board their Easter Train for a day of family fun. The special road train will journey to Granary Square, where you’ll meet giant bunnies armed with baskets of yummy treats. Show off your creative skills and take part in the Japanese kawaii-inspired Easter egg decorating competition – you might even win a prize!
Last stop on this Easter journey is the Skip Garden, with garden tours between 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm, and a chance to meet the Skip Garden’s resident chickens! The Easter Train will run from 10am – 4pm. All events are free, and no booking is required.
7. Storystock Story Festival (All Ages : Free/Ticketed) 6-8th April
They will be bringing stories to life from the 6th-8th April with author talks, live literature shows, Greek Myths, the Gruffalo, Shakespeare and the Tiger who Came to Tea, The Wimpy Kid and The Blue Kangaroo. There is something for everyone, as well as an all day doodling cafe, bookshop and tasty treats from the cafe. Tickets from £4 – £8 (suitable for ages 2-11). Bookings via the Omnibus website above.
© MARTIN PARR / MAGNUM PHOTOS
8. Martin Parr’s Exhibition at The Barbican (All Ages : Kids Free, Adult Tickets) Until 19 June
© BRUCE DAVIDSON / MAGNUM PHOTOS
Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers is the exhibition. Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK. Runs from 16 March 2016 – 19 June 2016.
9. Sadlers Wells Family Weekend (All Ages : Ticketed) 25-26 March
You’re spoilt for choice if you are a dance fan this Easter. Choose from shows, Snow White, Digitopia at Sadlers, as well as Sleeping Beauty, My First Ballet at The Peacock Theatre. At Sadlers over the weekend of 25/26th March, The Story Den will be filled with books to read and there will be a book bed where duvets are turned back to reveal book pages. The First Circle floor will be converted to a large mirror to inspire children to draw self-portraits in their very own hand-held mirror, which they can take away with them.
There will be opportunities for screen printing, drawing, hat making, face painting and so much more. Friday: Front of House activities 12.30pm – 5pm. Saturday: activities 10am – 5pm.
10. Tate Modern, Turbine Hall (All Ages : Free) 1-2 April
The PLAYING UP launch at the Turbine Hall will turn into a mass play-in. Kids and adults are equally welcome! You can come as a team or on your own. Children Guides will welcome you at the PLAYING UP desk, introduce you to the game, and set you up with all you need to play up yourself: Explore Live Art as a cross-generational adventure! Follow the instructions, invent your own piece of Live Art, and perform it in the Turbine Hall!
11. Skate boarding Workshop, The Southbank Centre (Ages 4+ :Free) 2nd April
Mylittleboarders is a fun skateboarding club for children. Highly trained tutors teach the basics of skateboarding along with skilful tricks to impress (10.30-1pm) on Saturday 2 April, The Clore Ballroom.
image courtesy of biography.com
12. Stella McCartney Sample Sale (Free) 23rd March
One for the Mama’s, there is a Stella McCartney Sample Sale on 23rd March 2016 at The Music Rooms, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London.
13. The Clangers exhibition, The Museum of Childhood’s (Free) until 9 October
The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. is a great chance for parents to introduce their children to the TV characters of their own childhoods. 19 March-9 October
14. Dinosaurs: Monster Families, Horseman Museum, until 30 October
The Horniman’s current exhibition, Monster Families, is all about dinosaurs and their young. This Saturday, there’s a prehistoric-animal themed family day, Dinotopia, with free activities that combine art and science put together by the museum’s Youth Panel. It’s not a bad idea to book your tickets if you go during the holidays. There is always fun to be had there, so do it. SE23. Free. Saturday 19, 1pm–4pm. It runs until 30 October 2016. Tickets are £7 for adults, £4 for children.
Ms Marvel written by G. Willow Wilson
15. Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics, The House of Illustration (All Ages, Ticketed)
This is the largest ever exhibition of leading female comic artists. The exhibition highlights 21st century work by British creators, as well as recognising groundbreaking works from 19th and 20th centuries. The display will feature artists such as Marie Duval, Tove Jansson and Audrey Niffenegger, and works including Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland and Isabel’s Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth. Many of the pieces at the exhibition will be shown in public for the first time!
16. PRIVATE TOUR : THE WALLACE COLLECTION : WEDNESDAY JUNE 7TH : TICKETS £15
Book your tickets with my events site My Culture Club, for an adults only 75 min ‘highlights’ guided tour of The Wallace Collection in Manchester Square W1.
17. Grass, Dance Show for Kids, The Southbank Centre ( Ages 2+ : Free) 8-1o April
Grass is a quirky dance show for young children explores the world beneath their feet and all of its wriggling inhabitants. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing and plenty of obscure insect-related facts, Grass uses performance, puppetry and projection to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, to get mucky and play! For ages 2–5. Presented by Second Hand Dance (Friday 8 – Sunday 10 April)
Stephen Lee Playing Hide and Seek from the series Appleby by Mattia Zoppellaro, 2014 © Mattia Zoppellaro
18. Family Sunday Sessions, National Portrait Gallery (Ages 3+ : Free) Sundays
Join the team for their brand new third Sunday of the month creative sessions. Each month there will be a different theme to explore through experimental and creative activities including photography, animation and sound. Sessions run on the third Sunday of each month, Drop-in, no ticket needed. 13.30 session for ages 3+. 15.00 session for ages 7+. Activities are for all the family, all children must be accompanied.
Illustration by Jim Kay for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015
19. Holiday Activities, The Foundling Museum (Ages 5+ : Free) 26 March
On 26th March, join artist Daniel Lehan to create and illustrate a story inspired by characters featured in our exhibition Drawing on Childhood. Learn traditional methods of bookmaking to produce a bound copy of your own story. Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 & 15:00-16:30. Free for children and up to two accompanying adults. Sign up on the day.
20. There is also a family event on April 5th with illustrator Chris Haughton who will lead a very special family puppet and collage workshop. Inspired by his hilarious children’s book Shh!
21. Feel Weird at The Grant Museum of Zoology (Free : All Ages) 23 April
There the ‘Creature Creations‘ family art day. Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection with our Museum artist.
Date: 23 April 2016 | Time: 1.30-4pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: Families
22. Nature Discovery Days at the Hyde Park Education CentreExperience the magic of London’s beautiful Royal Parks! From guided walks and nature talks to family learning and discovery days – whatever your age, come and be inspired!
Here’s a schedule of what’s on over Easter;
19:00-20:30 Wed 23 March, London Bird Club: Birdwatching Sites
11:00-15:00 Wed 30 March Discovery Day: Animal Magic
11:00-15:00 Thurs 31 March Discovery Day: Animal Magic
10:00-15:00 Tue 5 April Nature Explorers: Spring Hatchings
11:00-15:00 Wed 6 April ; Discovery Day: Flower Power
11:00-15:00 Thurs 7 April ; Discovery Day: Flower Power
Pretty much every day in April there is family daily fun at the Cutty Sark. Dance, sing and set sail on an adventure with Nannie, Cutty Sark’s figurehead. Join James Robson, Cutty Sark’s cook, to sing songs, learn sailor skills. Design your own comic strip, or meet Captain Woodget, Cutty Sark’s longest serving master, to learn about life on board the fastest tea clipper. It’s a great place for a day trip, and don’t forget about the Greenwich Market, it’s got your name all over it.
Just because here is a round up of all the family activities happening at the Southbank over the holidays.
The Southbank Centre is putting on a show for their celebration of community and city culture in Urban from Friday 25 March – Sunday 10 April. Also throughout the Easter, let imaginations run wild in The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl (Age 6+) an immersive interactive experience, continuing until July 3 2016.
Grass — a quirky dance show for young children explores the world beneath their feet and all of its wriggling inhabitants. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing and plenty of obscure insect-related facts, Grass uses performance, puppetry and projection to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, to get mucky and play! For ages 2–5. Presented by Second Hand Dance (Friday 8 – Sunday 10 April)
Southbank Carnival — a day of events and workshops celebrating the carnival spirit – including dancehall and Soca classes, carnival costume and decor workshops – before the Southbank Carnival parade (Saturday 26 March)
b.supreme Workshops — free, hour long dance workshops in break-dance, popping and locking for beginners and enthusiasts alike (Sunday 27 March)
Urban Gardening — the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden opens for the spring and summer. Visitors can join in planting workshops and meet Southbank Centre’s team of gardeners (Monday 28 March) and take part in some Guerilla Gardening with green expert Richard Reynolds (Saturday 2 April)
Strive Monthly Mixer — Southbank Centre’s talented Youth Ambassadors, all aged 16 to 25 help create festivals and events year long – join them as they put on a creative workshop (Saturday 2 April)
Community dance workshops and showcases — including residencies from BirdGang and Uchenna Dance Companies. Plus Pineapple Studio’s community dance programme presents an afternoon of dance, performance and workshops led by local dance champions (Tuesday 29 –Thursday 31 March)
Mylittleboarders — a fun skateboarding club for children. Highly trained tutors teach the basics of skateboarding along with skilful tricks to impress (Saturday 2 April)
ZooNation – Watch the acclaimed hip hop youth dance company in training on the ballroom floor and then join the dancers for a hip hop taster session (Saturday 9 April)