Things To Do In London Over The Easter Holidays

Try our eclectic selection of family friendly Easter activities around town.

Deen City Farm, Merton by McTumshie

The Just So Stories are brought to life at Pleasance Islington between 8-25 April. Perfect for children aged 4+ “Cushions, pillows, and duvets await for your little ones to snuggle into and watch in wonder as ordinary household items are turned into an entire world of magical storytelling on stage in front of them.” Shows at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets £10 adults, £7 conc.

There’s free play in Gillett Square, Dalston every day between 8-25 April between 2-5.30pm.

Visit Battersea Park Children’s Zoo between 9-24 April and for an extra £1.50 the kids get a quiz sheet for an easter egg hunt. Zoo admission adults £7.95, kids £6.50. NB this place has ring-tailed lemurs, hoorah!

Museum of London has a whole raft of creative free sessions for families between 9-25 April including puppets, seasonal story telling about Spring Heeled Jack and a focus on things Victorian. Over in Docklands learn about the tiger of Wapping, look at bones and make peg pirates.

Kew Gardens takes the chocolatey approach to the Easter holidays with chocolate workshops, tours and trails, a focus on the cocoa tree, chocolate sculptures and an Easter Egg hunt between 9 April – 2 May. Admission charges apply.

Send your over-8s to Kentish Town City Farm to help muck out and work on the farm. Over Easter Weekend, reward them with pony rides, egg blowing and decorating and a treasure hunt.

In south London, Deen City Farm in Merton Hall Park also runs a Young Farmers Programme over the holidays and their first lambs have already arrived. Visiting the farm is free.

Throughout the Easter holidays the Grant Museum is exploring the world of ‘eggy’ animals. Beyond that, there’s lots more to see in their new home. Between 11-20 April the museum will be open Monday to Friday, 1-5pm. Admission is free. Find the museum’s new home at Rockefeller Building, University Street, WC1E 6DE.

Family fun at London Transport Museum revolves around the new bus for London between 11-25 April with workshops, storytelling and dressing up. The family workshops are free but there is an admission charge to the museum.

CoolTan Arts lead the free Mad Hatters Walk, exploring perception and delusion round Southwark whilst sharing April fools, hoaxes, jokes and tales and sending the kids on an Easter egg hun in the park. Part of Southwark’s Silver festival for older people, grandparents and grandchildren are encouraged to join the walk which starts at 12noon on Saturday 16 April at the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ, and ends at Tate Modern on the Southbank.

Spitalfields City Farm runs an Easter Playscheme for 8-13 year olds between 18-21 April.

If you’ve got older children, could they handle the thrill of Lee Valley White Water Centre, which opens on 22 April? If not, Lee Valley Park Farm has got Petunia the Pig to mastermind an Eastery quiz and Easter egg hunt between 22-25 April. Farm entry: adults £7.50, kids £6, family £5 per person.

There’s a fun fair at Hampton Court Palace. This fun fair has happened at Hampton Court every year for 150 years, even during the two World Wars. Free admission and low cost for rides between 22-26 April.

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Easter Skate ’11 kicks off a summer season of skating for all the family, including skating lessons on Saturday 23, the Easter Bunny Stroll and Party on Sunday 24 and the Easter Slalom Showdown on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 April. All in Hyde Park, fun and free, courtesy of London Friday Night Skate and Stroll.

On Saturday 23 and Monday 25 the Golden Hinde goes all ‘ooo arrrr’ with Pirate Fun Days. Go dressed up for a guided tour and tall tales from the rogues aboard. Adults £7, kids £5, family £20: buy tickets.

On the Southbank Easter weekend marks the opening of the new Festival of Britain. The Real Food Street Market will be on all weekend. Will the kids like the Moroccan acrobatics of Chouf Ouchouf?

Mudchute Farm usually holds an Easter Parade. There’s no info available at present but keep an eye on their website. A visit to the farm is free, anyway, and the surrounding parkland is perfect for rambling in with great views of Docklands on the horizon.

What have we missed? Feel free to add events in the comments.

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  • Guest

    There are Comedy Club 4 Kids shows and worshops at Valentines Mansion on 13th April (they’re doing shows at Soho Theatre too, but Wednesday’s shows are less expensive and in a historic house in a splendid park).
    http://www.comedyclub4kids.co.uk/what.htm
    http://www.valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php#two

    Also, I can guarentee peg pirates at Museum of London Docklands will be awesome http://rosiefuller.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/peg-pirates/

  • Louisa

    Cupcake are hosting Glitterpie Art Workshops for your little ones over the holidays running at Cupcake Putney from the 11-15 and 18-21 April – they promise a new project each day and the opportunity for your little one to create a work of art with an Easter twist. Open to Members and Non-Members. For more details see: http://www.cupcakemum.com/index.php/whats-happening

  • Emmainfo

    If your kids love the world of Musical Theatre definitely check out Theatre Tribe and what they have to offer – http://www.theatretribe.co.uk.  Workshops run by West End professionals where the youngsters learn a show in a week, being really drilled in singing, dancing and acting building up to a great production for friends and family to watch on the final evening.  Best organised performing arts course in London!

  • Catherine Steele

    I’ve talked before about how overwhelmed I’d be if I were a kid in London. There’s so much going on. I remember being paralysed trying to choose between two different colouring pencils, there’s no way I’d've coped with the challenging cultural choices London kids must face. Arts and crafts or pond dipping? Or acting classes on becoming a pirate? I wanted to introduce my kids to art, unfortunately, London is not part of our summer plan. We are planning on going on family holidays to greece 2013.