Things to do in the Easter holidays is sponsored by Tottenham Hotspur.
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.
School holiday dates vary from borough to borough and school to school, but the Easter holidays fall roughly between Monday 4 April and Monday 18 April 2022 (Easter Weekend is 15-18 April 2022) for most schools.
Throughout the Easter holidays
DEAR ZOO: Beloved children's book Dear Zoo comes to life at — where else? — ZSL London Zoo, with a series of events to mark the story's 40th anniversary, including a new trail across the zoo, taking in the real-life species behind the story including inquisitive monkeys, lofty camels, roaring lions and tall giraffes. 2-18 April
VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR: Eric Carle's timeless tale The Very Hungry Caterpillar is another classic kids' book coming to life this Easter, this time at Kew Gardens. A trail themed on the book winds through the gardens, with plenty of facts about nature, insects and plant for children to learn as they go — tulips, bluebells, cherry blossom and other plants coming to life for the adults to enjoy. 2-18 April
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: Older kids and teenagers — especially those who love animals or are handy with a camera — might enjoy Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. It's one of our annual favourites, and this year more than 100 stunning snaps are on show from all over the world. Until 5 June 2022
You don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy a visit to Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium this Easter — there’s plenty going on to keep the whole family happy.
Take the kids along to Easter movie mornings, and watch a family film in the state-of-the-art auditorium. Have breakfast at The M Café before the film (choose from Sing, Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, or Zootropolis), followed by a stadium tour and Easter egg hunt.
Kids keen to get moving? Skip the film and get stuck into the Easter egg hunt and stadium tour — they’ll be given a Spurs Easter passport and will have to look out for photos of different players as you go behind the scenes in the First Team areas, with a chocolate treat if they collect all eight stickers.
For older kids and adults, The Dare Skywalk is a chance to see a panoramic view of the London skyline — and the Spurs pitch below — from a unique angle, while enjoying the spring sunshine.
Whatever your family fancies, find out more and book your experience at the Tottenham Hotspur website.
CATS AND DOGS: Horniman Museum's latest family-friendly exhibition is Cats and Dogs. It offers an insight into the creatures we share our homes with, looking at the scientific, social and cultural role that cats and dogs play in our world, and offering a chance to experience what it's like to be a canine or feline. Until 30 October
BEATRIX POTTER: Following Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland, the V&A Museum continues its foray into children's literature with an exhibition about writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter. The woman who brought us Peter Rabbit and co. took her inspiration from her work as a conservationist. Find out more and see her drawings and sketches. Until 8 January 2023
MUSICALS: Its launch was somewhat overshadowed by lockdowns and restrictions, so we'll forgive you if you haven't seen Frozen The Musical yet... but your kids probably won't. Seeing the story of Anna and Elsa unfold on stage is the ideal half term treat. Other popular family-friendly musicals running at the moment include The Lion King and Matilda, as well as magical play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
DAY TRIPS: Fancy getting out of London for a day or two? Take a look at our map of day trips from London for inspiration. Particularly child-friendly is a visit to the real-life Hundred Acre Wood, as featured in AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh books, which celebrate their 95th anniversary this month. Wellington Country Park is also an excellent bet for energetic kids.
Special Easter holiday events
SMARTEST GIANT: Artsdepot in North Finchley hosts a musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's book, The Smartest Giant in Town. It's about George, who treats himself to some new giant-sized clothes, before bumping into animals who need his help. 2-5 April
BOOK BUZZ: Got a keen young reader in the house? Take them along to Book Buzz at Artsdepot, an event with storytelling, workshops, craft activities and a book swap. 3 April
SPRING SURPRISES: Head to Hyde Park for a free, family-friendly discovery day, themed on spring happenings in the park. Kids can learn about plants, insects and wildlife, and make their own clay bird and eggs to take home. 5-7 April
CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: Chelsea Physic Garden holds two family Easter chocolate workshops, offering an insight into the sweet treat. Find out how cacao beans are grown, and make your own chocolate treat using different herbs, spices and flavours. 7 April/12 April
ZOG: Another airing for the work of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and this time it's accident-prone dragon Zog. Southbank Centre hosts performances of Zog and the Flying Doctors, in which he becomes an air ambulance, attending a sunburnt mermaid, a unicorn with too many horns and a lion with the flu. 8-10 April
MARVELLOUS MAMMALS: The second run of discovery days in Hyde Park focus on the park's marvellous mammals. Through games, workshops and other activities, learn about the hedgehogs of Regent's Park, why they're important and how they're cared for. 12-14 April
MEAL ONE: Projections, dance, music and augmented reality combine in Meal One, a stage production based on children's book Meal One by Ivor Cutler and Helen Oxenbury. 14-15 April
THE PASSION OF JESUS: One of London's annual traditions (the last two years aside) is the Wintershall Players' free open-air performance of The Passion Of Jesus, taking place in Trafalgar Square on 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. It features a crucifixion scene, so may not be suitable for younger kids. We chatted with the guy who plays Jesus back in 2019. 15 April
EASTER TRAIL: Across Good Friday and Easter Sunday and Monday, Chelsea Physic Garden is home to an Easter trail around the four-acre grounds, with a chance to learn more about the plants as you go, and a chocolate treat or prize at the end. 15-18 April
PEDAL POWER DISCO: Take the kids to a disco with a difference — they're the ones powering the music. Static bicycles are installed at Southbank Centre, and using them generates the power to keep the music playing — ideal if you're looking for a way to tire them out (though be warned, grown-ups are invited to pedal too). 16 April
SPRING FAIR: Fun, games, stalls, workshops, live performances and more, all on a hill overlooking the London skyline — what could be better? Horniman Museum's Spring Fair has all this and more, including a live samba band, a spring bonnet parade and competition, and garden tours by the horticulture team. 16 April
EASTER TRAIL: The giant bunny is hiding in Highgate's Waterlow Park, and visitors to Lauderdale House are needed to help find him. It's part of the venue's Easter trail and celebrations, consisting of riddles and clues, and a treasure map, with a chocolate treat for the first 100 people to complete the trail. 17 April