Things To Do In London In The Easter Holidays 2020

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Looking for family-friendly things to do in London in the Easter holidays? Check out our guide to Easter fun in the capital. From exhibitions to stage shows to craft activities, there's plenty going on in London while school's out.

Note: exact holiday dates vary from borough to borough and even school to school, thanks to pesky Inset days — the dates below should cover the majority of schools though.

Events throughout the Easter holidays

The Magic Garden reopens at Hampton Court Palace

MAGIC GARDEN: Mysterious topiary, intriguing towers and helter skelter slides are just some of the attractions in The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace. The adventure playground reopens for the summer just in time for the Easter holidays. Just don't wake up the dragon sleeping in the sandpit. Hampton Court Palace, included in Palace admission, or for maze and garden only it's £8.60/£6.40, booking recommended, from 21 March

PERMIAN MONSTERS: Yeah, dinosaurs are cool, but what came before the dinosaurs? Permian Monsters, that's what, and Horniman Museum dedicates a family-friendly exhibition to the sabre-toothed predators and bizarre insects of 252 million years ago. Find out about the Permian period and the creatures who lived then, through fossil skeletons and full-sized animatronic creatures. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), £9/£5, book ahead, until 1 November

POTION ROOM: Wands at the ready as you tuck into a Potion Room afternoon tea. Attend a class at the secret School of Wizarding Alchemy, and enjoy a sweet and savoury afternoon tea paired with the potions you make. Age 8+. Cutter & Squidge (Soho), £49.50 (£39.50 kids), book ahead, until May 2020

Come face to face with Permian Monsters

FAMILY DAYS OUT: Bored of trudging round the same old museums and parks? Try one of these seven alternative family days out in London, featuring caves, windmills and more. Or visit a budget-friendly alternative to the big attractions. Take a look at our map of where you can see animals in London — whatever the weather.

WHERE TO EAT: Finding somewhere to eat out with kids can be tricky, but these child-friendly restaurants in London offer more options than just pizza and chips. The boozer may seem like an inappropriate suggestion, but bear with us — we've rounded up the best family-friendly pubs in London. See if your local made the list. Alternatively, try out these restaurants where kids eat for free.

CULTURE VULTURES: You may think art galleries and theatres are a no-go when you've got little ones in tow, but these London theatres are great for kids shows, and these family-friendly art galleries will keep children happy — and have plenty for mum and dad too.

Saturday 4 April

Comedy Club 4 Kids at Southbank Centre

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS: All the fun of a regular comedy club, without the rude jokes. That's what Comedy Club 4 Kids promises, putting on a show that's family-friendly without being dumbed down. Aimed at age 6+. Southbank Centre, £10/£7.50, book ahead, 4-5 April

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR: Throughout the holidays, ZSL London Zoo celebrates classic children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As you stroll around the zoo looking at lions, tigers and other animals, keep an eye out for special events such as storytelling sessions, a giant food trail, and a chance to plant wildlife-friendly seeds. ZSL London Zoo, included in admission, booking recommended, 4-19 April

Sunday 5 April

Aliens, Zombies and Monsters

ALIENS, ZOMBIES AND MONSTERS: For two weeks, the world of artist Aaron Blecha is on display in a free exhibition. He specialises in illustrations for children's books, and the exhibition offers an insight into how children's books are made. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), free, just turn up, 5-18 April

Monday 6 April

VIKING ADVENTURE: Storytelling, animation, live drawing and music come together in Vinland: A Viking Adventure. The show, aimed at age 8+, follows Freydis and her son Snorri on a Viking adventure in s strange new land. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £9, book ahead, 11am/2pm

Tuesday 7 April

EGG-STRAVAGANZA DAY: Celebrate Easter early at Battersea Park Zoo's Egg-Stravaganza Day. Themed activities include egg and spoon races, and an egg display with specimens from some of the animals at the zoo. Battersea Park Zoo, included in admission, just turn up, all day

CHOCOLATE TUESDAY: Chelsea Physic Garden's delicious Chocolate Tuesday returns, giving young Londoners a chance to learn more about cocoa. History, geography and science are covered through a garden tour, storytelling and other activities, and there's a chance to try some chocolate too. Chelsea Physic Garden, £17, book ahead, 10.30am-2.30pm

Wednesday 8 April

Family Folk Club at Southbank Centre

MARVELLOUS MAMMALS: Find out about the mammals who live in the Royal Parks at Hyde Park's discovery day. Search for mammal tracks, hear stories about the creatures, and make your own natural crafts to take home. Hyde Park, free, book ahead, 11am-3pm

FAMILY FOLK CLUB: Take the whole gang along to Family Folk Club, and enjoy live music from Embers Collective. Expect to hear lively ballads, jigs and reels, weaving live music with storytelling. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 1pm

Thursday 9 April

SOWING THE SEED: Find out how outdoors space can be used to help and encourage wildlife. Battersea Park Zoo holds a day of activities, including the chance to make your own eco-friendly plant pot to take home. Battersea Park Zoo, included in admission (extra charge for some activities), just turn up, all day

BEGINNERS' GARDENING: Or, for green-fingered young Londoners north of the river, Chelsea Physic Garden hosts a beginners' gardening session aimed at 3-6 year olds. Pick up tips for how to grow and care for plants, take cuttings, and plant seeds. Chelsea Physic Garden, £12, book ahead, 10.30am-2pm

Good Friday 10 April

The Passion of Jesus takes place in Trafalgar Square

THE PASSION OF JESUS: One of London's annual traditions is the Wintershall Players' free open-air performance of The Passion Of Jesus, taking place in Trafalgar Square every Good Friday. It tells the story of the last few days of Jesus's life and it's very popular — thousands of people usually turn up to watch so it's well worth getting there early to get a good view. We chatted with the guy who plays Jesus last year. Trafalgar Square, free, just turn up, 12pm/3.15pm

FAMILY EASTER FUN: Burgh House runs an afternoon of Easter activities for children aged 8 and under, and their families. Decorate your own basket and make your own cone bunny and Easter crown. Burgh House (Hampstead), £10, book ahead, 12pm-2pm

Saturday 11 April

SHOREDITCH EGG HUNT: Shoreditch Town Hall throws open its doors for building-wide family fun with The Great Shoreditch Easter Egg Hunt. Take your own basket along to fill with eggs hidden around the building, with performances and activities to enjoy along the way. Shoreditch Town Hall, £4, book ahead, 10am-4pm

EASTER FAIR: Taking place over two days, Horniman Museum's Easter Fair brings stalls to the museum's gardens, along with an Easter trail, craft workshops, storytelling and more. Why not combine it with a trip to the current Permian Monsters exhibition? Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free entry to fair, just turn up, 10.30am-4.30pm, 11-12 April

Sunday 12 April

Join a Roman London family walk

ROMAN LONDON: Join a Museum of London guide for a family walk around the City, themed on Roman London. Visit the remains of the Roman city wall, and the site of London's forgotten Roman amphitheatre. Ideal for anyone currently studying the Romans at school. £7.50, Museum of London, book ahead, 11am

HARRY POTTER MARATHON: Are you enough of a hardcore Potter fan to watch the films in a marathon session lasting almost 24 hours? If so, book yourself in for this event at the Prince Charles Cinema, where all eight films are screened in order. It's becoming something of an Easter tradition. Prince Charles Cinema (Leicester Square), £32.50, book ahead, 8.30pm (until 5.25pm tomorrow)

Easter Monday 13 April

Power your own disco at Southbank Centre

PEDAL POWER DISCO: Partygoers of all ages are invited to Southbank Centre's free disco. The catch? You're powering it yourself. Hop onto one of the static bikes and get pedalling to get the party started — but when you stop, the music also stops. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 11.30am/2.30pm

Tuesday 14 April

See Peppa Pig in concert

ROOM ON THE BROOM: Children's book Room on the Broom is brought to life on stage. The show is aimed at age 3+, lasts about an hour, and tells the story of a witch and her cat, who pick up a few broomstick hitchhikers along the way. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £9, book ahead, 14-19 April

PEPPA PIG: Chances are, your kids are familiar with Peppa Pig and her chums. Earn yourself some serious parent points by booking tickets to see Peppa and co live on stage. It's a concert set-up, offering an interactive introduction to live orchestra, taking in everything from Mozart to ‘Muddy Puddles’. Southbank Centre, £20/£16, book ahead, 14 April-31 May

Wednesday 15 April

SPRING TO LIFE: 'Tis the season for things coming back to life, so swing by the LookOut Discovery Centre to take part in pond dipping sessions and interactive storytelling sessions to find out what the wildlife is up to at this time of year. There's also a chance to follow a nature trail through the wildlife garden. Hyde Park, free, book ahead, 11am-3pm

Thursday 16 April

ROMEO & JULIET: Chelsea Physic Garden takes a different approach to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, looking at the famous love story through herbs and apothecary. Part storytelling, part outdoor exploration, the event is aimed a 5-12 year olds, and offers an introduction to the benefits and perils of potions, poisons and medicines. Chelsea Physic Garden, £17, book ahead, 10.30am-2.30pm

Friday 17 April

Don Kipper perform at Family Folk Club

FAMILY FOLK CLUB: This week, folk ensemble Don Kipper are the guests at Family Folk Club. Enjoy a free lunchtime concert led by Greek-Serbian singer Dunja Botic. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 1pm

Saturday 18 April

FAMILY FILM CLUB: The rules at Barbican's weekly Family Film Club are simple — no kids without adults, and no adults without kids. This week's film is The Adventures of Prince Achmed, an animated film from 1926, accompanied here with live music. Barbican Cinema, £3.50/£2.50, book ahead, 11am

Sunday 19 April

SLIME: Aimed at 2-5 year olds and their families, Slime is a lively theatre show about the troubles of being a slug, when everyone finds you disgusting. If your kids like anything sticky, they'll love it. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), £12, book ahead, 11am/2pm

ST GEORGE'S DAY: One of the final events at the Museum of Childhood before it closes for two years is its St George's Day celebrations. Celebrate England's patron saint with art and craft, ceilidh and maypole dancing workshops, and live musical performances. V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green), free, just turn up, 11.30am-4.30pm