Things To Do In London In The Easter Holidays 2018

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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.

All holidays

Peter Rabbit comes to Kew Gardens

VENOM: Older kids may enjoy the Natural History Museum's Venom exhibition, complete with live tarantula, giant wasps, and plenty of science. Read our 5* review. From £9, book ahead, until 13 May

WINNIE THE POOH: The V&A's Winnie the Pooh exhibition is a mini-replica of 100 Acre Wood, complete with Poohsticks Bridge, Pooh's house, narrated stories, a slide to go down and plenty of illustrations. We suspect adults who grew up with Pooh and friends will love it as much as kids. £8, booking recommended, until 8 April. While you're in the area, why not treat the kids to a picnic-themed Winnie the Pooh afternoon tea? The Gore Hotel and The Pelham Hotel, £35, book ahead, until 8 April

MUSEUM OF LONDON: The Museum of London and its sister site in Docklands have plenty of events going on throughout the holidays. Keep an eye on this website — details TBC.

RAINBOW: Horniman Museum rarely puts its foot wrong when it comes to family-friendly exhibitions, and the latest offering is no exception. Colour: The Rainbow Revealed has plenty of fun facts that'll surprise both kids and adults — and the interactive elements should keep little ones quiet for a while. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), £7/£4, book ahead, until 28 October

Winnie the Pooh and friends are at the V&A

PETER RABBIT: Have a big day out with Peter Rabbit at Kew Gardens. Beatrix Potter's bunny features in themed games and a trail around the gardens. Plus, learn about the vegetables in Mr MacGregor's garden, and find out about Potter's links to Kew. Kew Gardens, included in admission, 30 March-15 April

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 24 March

It's lambing weekend at Forty Hall

SURVIVAL SKILLS: How do you know which plants are safe to eat? Learn how to identify them and what you can make with them on this survival skills day. Hyde Park, £18, book ahead, 10am-noon

LAMBING WEEKEND: Welcome newborn lambs to the world at Forty Hall's lambing weekend, and see the other rare breed animals, watch sheep shearing and craft demonstrations. Forty Hall Estate (Enfield). £5/£2, just turn up, 11am-4pm, 24-25 March

YOUTH TAKEOVER: The Horniman Museum hosts a day of family-friendly day of events inspired by the Colour: The Rainbow Revealed exhibition. Full details TBC. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free, just turn up, noon-4pm

Sunday 25 March

Take your young ones to Glisten

GLISTEN: This show is aimed at babies aged 0-18 months and their families, involving reflective materials and a relaxing soundtrack. Sounds hypnotic. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), £16, book ahead, 10am-1.30pm

Monday 26 March

We don't know of anything specific happening today — get some inspiration from the 'All holidays' section above.

Tuesday 27 March

We don't know of anything specific happening today — get some inspiration from the 'All holidays' section above.

Wednesday 28 March

Easter panto arrives in Enfield. Photo: Dugdale Centre

PUSS IN BOOTS: It may not be Christmas, but that's not stopping panto from coming back to Enfield. Today, the run of Puss In Boots begins — a reworking of the traditional tale with a local twist. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £14/£12.50, book ahead, 28 March-15 April

Thursday 29 March  

Sensational Butterflies is back at Natural History Museum

SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES: Yep, it's that time of year again; Natural History Museum's Sensational Butterflies are back, with hundreds of live butterflies and moths fluttering round a tropical house. £6.50, booking recommended, 29 March-16 September

Good Friday 30 March

EGG HUNTS: If it's a traditional Easter egg hunt you're after, you'll find them at Sutton House, Forty Hall and Osterley Park, this weekend. See individual venues for details.

Saturday 31 March

Bengali Spring Festival at Museum of London Docklands

EASTER FAIR: Horniman Museum's Easter fair has craft workshops, face painting, an Easter trail, Ugly Duckling storytelling, dance workshops and more, all in the museum gardens with fantastic views over the London skyline. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free entry (charge for some activities), just turn up, 10.30am-4.30pm (repeated tomorrow)

BENGALI SPRING FESTIVAL: See how spring is celebrated in a different part of the world at this Bengali Spring Festival, with crafts, workshops and performances. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, noon (repeated tomorrow)

Easter Sunday 1 April

EGG ROLL: London's not short of an Easter egg hunt or two, so why not do something different with an egg roll? Head to Lauderdale House to decorate your egg, then take part in the Great Egg Roll. There will be prizes for the best eggs. Lauderdale House, £8.50, book ahead, 11am-1pm

Easter Monday 2 April

CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT: If you've been meaning to get down to a National Trust property, do it this weekend when you can join a Cadbury Easter egg hunt and be rewarded with free chocolate. Participating London properties include Morden Park Hall, Sutton House, Eastbury Manor, and Ham House and Gardens. Included in admission, book ahead, 29 March-2 April

Tuesday 3 April

NATURE EXPLORERS: Trying to get the kids outside more? Take them to Hyde Park for a day of exploring, including bird watching, nest finding, and a chance to look closely at pond life through a microscope. Hyde Park, £15-£20, book ahead, 10am-3pm

CHOCOLATE TUESDAY: We're strongly of the opinion that chocolate shouldn't be just one day a week, but today is Chocolate Tuesday at Chelsea Physic Garden. 6-11 year olds and their guardians can learn about the geography and science of chocolate through craft activities, a garden tour... and of course, a tasting. Chelsea Physic Garden, £15, book ahead, 10.30am-3pm

Wednesday 4 April

Sarah & Duck come to ArtsDepot

BIG TOP BIRTHDAY: The characters from CBeebies show Sarah and Duck are brought to the stage in this story about planning a birthday party for Scarf Lady. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), £14/£11, book ahead, various times, 4-8 April

SPRING COLOURS: Tying in with Horniman Museum's current exhibition all about colour, enjoy a day of performances, storytelling and crafts, all about the colours of the rainbow. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free, just turn up, 10.30am-3.30pm

STORIES & MORE: One for younger children — a morning of rhymes, stories and craft activities to get their imaginations fired up. Forty Hall (Enfield), £4/£5, book ahead, 10.30am (repeated 11 April)

Thursday 5 April

BIRDS AND CHICKS: Discover some of the wild species of bird that live around Forty Hall, follow a trail to find them, and make your own pine cone chick to take home. Age 4-11. Forty Hall (Enfield), £5/£7, book ahead, 10.30am/2.30pm

HEDGEHOG DAY: Learn all about Hyde Park's spiky mammals at this discovery day. Find out how radio equipment is used to track them, take part in a nature trail, and do hedgehog themed arts and crafts, including making a clay hedgehog to take home. Hyde Park, free, book ahead, 11am-3pm (also on 4 April)

Friday 6 April

This little fella is part of the Wiggly Wild Show.

WIGGLY WILD SHOW: Crabs, cockroaches, frogs, chameleons, hedgehogs, snakes and a bearded dragon are just some of the real-life creatures that make us this travelling menagerie. Learn all about the animals, and get up close to them if you're feeling brave. Chelsea Physic Garden, £11, book ahead, 10.30am or 1pm

STORY TIME: Here Comes The Sun, a tale of a little owl with a lot of work to do, is the theme of today's storytime. The book's author Karl Newson will be reading from the book as well as sharing some of his tips for drawing the characters. Foyles (Stratford), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

Saturday 7 April

ME AND MY BEE: "A political party disguised as a party party disguised as a a show" is how Me & My Bee describes itself. Either way, this comedy show should bring out your child's inner eco-warrior by making them aware of the plight of bees. Age 7+. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), £10/£8, book ahead, 5pm

Sunday 8 April

MANGO SPICE: Embrace the Caribbean carnival spirit at this family Mango Spice Caribbean Jamboree. You'll hear music from all over, including Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba and New Orleans, and take part in traditional dances and games. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 11am

Monday 9 April

LIFT OFF: Budding astronauts will love this morning of space-themed activities, which combines music, storytelling and painting in one interactive performance, taking kids through the seven stages of astronaut training. Ages 3-8, ArtsDepot (North Finchley), £10, book ahead, various times 9-10 April

Tuesday 10 April

BUBBLE MAN: Louis Pearl, aka The Amazing Bubble Man, brings his family-friendly show to north London once again, complete with huge bubbles and bubbly tricks, all combined with comedy and showmanship. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), £13/£11, book ahead, 11.30am/2pm

Wednesday 11 April

Celebrate the Year of the Reef at Horniman Museum

YEAR OF THE REEF: If your children enjoyed Blue Planet II last year, take them along to this activity day all about the Year of the Reef, where they can learn all about the underwater world. Exact details TBC. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free, just turn up, 10.30am-3.30pm

STORIES & MORE: One for younger children — a morning of rhymes, stories and craft activities to get their imaginations fired up. Forty Hall (Enfield), £4/£5, book ahead, 10.30am (also on 4 April)

DISCOVERY DAY: Celebrate the arrival of spring with pond dipping, a nature trail, arts and crafts and more. Hyde Park, free, book ahead, 11am-3pm (repeated tomorrow)

Thursday 12 April

Lotions and Potions at Chelsea Physic Garden

EASTER BASKETS: It wouldn't be spring without an Easter basket or two, and that's exactly what's being made at this activity session. Raffia, ribbon, buttons and beads all feature heavily — and once kids have made their basket, they can decorate some gingerbread treats to fill it. Ages 4-11. Forty Hall (Enfield), £5/£7, book ahead, 10.30am/2.30pm

LOTIONS AND POTIONS: Can a poison be a medicine? Get the lowdown on medicinal plants at Chelsea Physic Garden. Find out which readily-available remedies can be used to tackle ailments, and visit the medicinal plant garden. Age 8+. Chelsea Physic Garden, £15, book ahead, 10.30am-2.30pm

DISCOVERY DAY: Celebrate the arrival of spring with pond dipping, a nature trail, arts and crafts and more. Hyde Park, free, book ahead, 11am-3pm (also on 11 April)

Friday 13 April

BAT WALK: Join a nature expert to go looking for bats in the museum's gardens after dark, using bat detector equipment. There will also be bat themed arts and crafts to set the scene. Age 8+. Horniman Museum, £5/£3, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

Saturday 14 April

We don't know of anything specific happening today — get some inspiration from the 'All holidays' section above.

Sunday 15 April

Family Day at Keats House

MONSTERSAURUS: Take your little monsters to see other little monsters in stage show Monstersaurus. It's the story of an inventor who has created so many monsters, he doesn't know what to do with them. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), £13/£10/£8, book ahead, 11am/2pm

FAMLIY DAY: Storyteller Emily Hannah leads a family-friendly session experimenting with words, including word-play games and writing short poems, all inspired by John Keats. Keats House (Hampstead), free, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

MWALIMU EXPRESS: Share a celebration of African culture, featuring DJ sets from Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt, African cinema screenings with introductions, a kids' dance session and African street food. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free entry, just turn up, 2pm