Easter is on the horizon, and with it comes another school holiday. Here’s our selection of things to do with your little bunnies.
Easter egg hunts and copious amounts of chocolate eating are on the agenda. But when you’ve had your fair share, why not enjoy a few of these days out. Whether you’re searching for a way to enjoy the springtime, or simply wear out the kids until they’re back at school, check our pick of 30 activities in and around London. (May include extra chocolate).
Put your detective skills to the test and track down all the cheeky ducks that are hiding around the London Wetland Centre’s Easter Duck Trail. Look out for both the rubber and feathered varieties!
Find enormous painted eggs hidden at RHS Garden Wisley’s Giant Egg Hunt, and take part in planting workshops.
Embrace Springtime with the Horniman’s Spring Fair, featuring craft, music, and performances to entertain throughout the day.
Explore classic paintings before creating your own mini masterpiece at The National Gallery’s Easter Holidays drop-in workshops.
Have some showtime fun at Chickenshed’s Easter Tales show, where you can join in singing and dancing and meet the show’s characters.
Design Easter egg packaging at the Museum of Brands, inspired by their colourful collection of chocolate brands.
You didn’t think we’d forgotten about the chocolate, did you? Both Hampton Court and Kensington Palace have giant Lindt bunnies taking up residence. Find them all for a treat! Plus you’ll discover the stories of the people who visited, lived and worked at the palaces.
Work off the chocolate by taking part in Southbank’s Pedal Power Disco. Once the pedalling stops so does the music!
Visit Kew Gardens to follow in the footsteps of Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar and enjoy sculptures of the journey to becoming a butterfly.
Unleash your inner artist at a Ceramic Bunny Painting workshop at Fortnum and Mason.
For anyone wanting animal experiences of the more exotic variety, ZSL Whipsnade have a giant egg trail. There’s also a special appearance from children’s favourite Bluey.
Hever Castle have a whole host of Easter activities on, including craft workshops and a carrot hunt. The gardens will also be in full spring bloom.
Get back into nature with a day out in the Chigwell Meadow, exploring the woods and the wildlife that make it their home.
Go on a scenic egg hunt at National Trust gardens across London. Enjoy nature-inspired activities, outdoor trails and chocolate treats aplenty. Easter events are taking place at Osterley Park, Ham House, Morden Hall Park and Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard.
Budding chocolate connoisseurs will love the Kids Easter Egg Making Workshop by chocolatier Le Jeune. They can watch the eggs being made, choose treats to go inside and decorate the cover.
Dance to your favourite anthems at a FUN DMC Easter Family Block Party, with some extra special Easter entertainment planned.
Enjoy a classical concert with your mini maestros at a Bach to Baby Easter Holiday Family Concert, set in inspiring locations across London.
Try to find the golden dragon egg without waking Hobbledown Farm’s resident dragon Rumpletump. Then meet the farm’s new lambs, play Easter games and listen to dragon stories.
Hogarth’s House in Chiswick are hosting an egg hunt in their Mulberry Garden. Follow the hunt with a craft session to decorate the eggs and make an Easter basket.
Head on a Poco the Postcode Elephant hunt, make Easter-themed masks and enjoy a ride on The Postal Museum’s Mail Rail.
For an Easter trail with a difference, visit Whipsnade Zoo and look out for giant eggs, each with a connection to one of their safari animals.
Have an Easter Eggstravaganza at Willows Activity Farm. There will be an Easter Grotto, egg hunt and funfair rides. Don’t forget to meet all the newborn animals before you leave.
Get crafting your own Regency-styled eggs at the Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Enter the wonderfully weird world of the London Transport Museum’s Lost Property Office and discover some unusual objects that have been lost and found on London’s Tube trains and buses.
Blenheim Palace has a fun-packed Easter in store. As well as an egg hunt, there will be circus skills, balloon modelling, bubble performances and Punch and Judy.
Share the Easter story in its entirety with the live performance of the Passion of Jesus, returning after a two-year absence.
If chicks and bunnies, aren’t enough for you, then perhaps Dino Kingdom will suit you. Featuring animatronics, rides, and activities for all ages, get your fill of these prehistoric marvels.
The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum is a great spot for plane lovers. Plus every day they’ve a different easter activity, including mask and pom pom animal making.
Head to Waterlow Park for a Treasure Hunt. Count chickens, solve riddles and hunt for the Giant Bunny in a free Easter Trail. The first 100 to complete the trail will get a small chocolate surprise.
Spring is a time for renewal in the animal kingdom, so head to Hyde Park to celebrate natural life starting out, and catch a story or two as well.