THINGS TO DO IN THE EASTER HOLIDAYS

credit: Collection Lapins Pasques 2018, Covent Garden

 

We may not be blessed with sunshine over the Easter holidays, but come rain or shine, City Kids has selected some of the best things to do with the kids in London.

 

From 29 March
BECOME A DRAGONOLOGIST
Kew Gardens – https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/here-be-dragons

To celebrate the restoration of the Great Pagoda at Kew by Historic Royal Palaces, six majestic dragons have descended upon the famous gardens, waiting to be discovered. They’ll be hidden in key areas of the 300-acre site, forming a fun family trail in association with BBC’s Blue Peter. On arrival, vistors will be introduced to ‘Ting’, a dragonologist and member of the fictional British Dragonologist Association. Families will be able to discover how she researches, finds and records dragons and help her complete her mission to hunt down and identify all the dragons nesting in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

From 29 March
MY FIRST BALLET: SWAN LAKE
The Peacock then national tour – www.ballet.org.uk/myfirstballet

English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present a new version of the well-known classic, Swan Lake, as part of its My First Ballet series created especially for children as young as three. Adapted to an hour in length and with a narrator to help young audiences follow the story, My First Ballet: Swan Lake is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet.

From 29 March
MINI MISS KG EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
Selfridges, London – www.selfridges.com

Budding designers will be able to create their own marvellous Easter decorations, craft Easter cards and masks or get their face painted inspired by the characters from the new spring summer collection featuring dinosaurs, unicorns and parrots.
The activity is free of charge and kids will also be able to design their own trainers to be in for a chance to win trainers for themselves and their family.

From 30 March
WRESTLEMANIA
Kidzania – www.KidZania.co.uk

Gearing up to the broadcast of WrestleMania 34 on April 8, KidZania will encourage young explorers to design and create their own WrestleMania Superstar and pose in the ring at the WWE Academy. Across the rest of the city, full coverage of the WrestleMania activities will be making headlines at the Global Radio Studio and Metro Newspaper, whilst over in the theatre, WWE fans will have the opportunity to see what it takes to create a live show, experimenting with lighting, sound, costume and performance. Other activities include face painting, WWE themed games and arts and crafts.

From 30 March
JUNGLE SURVIVAL SKILLS
National Army Museum – www.nam.ac.uk

Free family workshop showing how you can survive in the jungle. Play the survival essentials game and then create your own model waterproof jungle shelter using the materials provided. Will it pass the test and keep out the water?

 

From 31 March
THE ROYAL MEWS, BUCKINGHAM PALACE EASTER EGG HUNT
Buckingham Palace – www.royalcollection.org.uk

At the Royal children Mews, Rex the corgi and the royal horses Majesty and Scout have been up to no good, hiding pictures of themselves amongst the carriages for children to find. During their quest, will be able to dress up as a footman in specially created livery, learn how to harness a horse, enjoy art activities and find out what it really feels like to ride in a royal carriage, before claiming a delicious Easter egg to take home.

31 March to 1 April
HORNIMAN EASTER FAIR
Horniman Museum – www.horniman.ac.uk

Enjoy the Easter weekend at the Horniman with the whole family. Go on the Easter trail, create something crafty, have your face painted and join in family activities across the Gardens.  Suitable for families with children aged 3+.

From 31 March
GIANT DUCK HUNT
WWT London – wwt.org.uk

Bring your friends and family and follow the Easter GIANT duck hunt around the nature reserve to discover where they are hiding. You’ll need all your special detective skills to track them. As well as searching for the GIANT ducks, there’s also lots of Dusty’s ducky cousins to see, plus join the WWT team for a spot of Pond Dipping or find out how to build a nest during one of the Wild Play sessions.

From 31 March
BALLOON-ING AROUND
The Museum of London – www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

From folding bicycles to electric cars, Londoners have been whizzing around the city in ever more creative ways. Put yourself into the shoes of an inventor and design a cool gadget to keep Londoners on the move in the future. What kind of futuristic transport would you invent? Learn how to make your inventions move using balloons and elastic bands.

From 2 April
POP UP SISTER BROTHER PHOTO WORKSHOP
V&A Museum of Childhood – www.vam.ac.uk

This gem of a museum has plenty of activities planned for the holidays including a Pop-up Sister Brother Photo Workshop where you can meet the artist behind the exhibition Sister Brother, Madeleine Waller. Create create a special family portrait with props, complete with a frame designed by you.

From 4 April
MINI NINJA SUSHI SCHOOL
Selected Yo! Restaurants – www.yosushi.com

The Mini Ninjas will be taken through three nutritious recipes during the hour-long class with a YO! chef. After completing the class, budding chefs will receive a Mini Ninja certificate, their very own chef’s hat and a special YO! bag. Their freshly made dishes can also be packaged up to take home!
Suitable 5-12 year olds

13 April
ANDY & THE ODD SOCKS
Bush Hall – www.andyandtheoddsocks.com

Lead singer and BAFTA nominated Andy Day is a huge presence in most young children’s lives appearing regularly on children’s TV tackling dinosaurs, baby animals and being in safari. Now the much loved TV presenter has another string to his bow.- Andy the rock star!

 

For more things to do in the holidays, head here to find out what’s on in April.