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Easter Holiday Activities In London - Lots of Springtime Fun

Easter Holidays are nearly here and spring is definitely in the air. It's time to get planning and booking for the many fun things that are on. Check out our pick and have a great holiday.

Theatre and Cinema

For a first taste of ballet, take the children to My First Sleeping Beauty at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre, which promises to introduce the magic of ballet to children from the age of 3. On 3-13 April with performances at various times and a running time of 1 hour 20 minutes including an interval. Not sure who is looking forward to this more - me or my daughter (definitely me...)

Little Angel Theatre has an Easter Puppet Club for age 5-11. Make the most of your Easter holidays by creating your own puppets. This Easter Little Angel Theatre is giving you a unique opportunity to be transported all around the world of International Puppetry. From Turkey to India, the Far East, and let’s not forget the English seaside! Guided by our professional workshop leaders, this is suitable for anyone age 5-11 (minimum year 1 in school). Take part for just one day or all four days.
Dates: Mon 2 – Thurs 5 April, 10am-4pm each day
£45 / £30 concession for one day or £140 per person / £105 concession for all four days. Booking for Puppet Passport is now open.

The Puppet Barge is docked in Little Venice and is showing Brer Rabbit Visits Africa -
Brer Rabbit travels to Africa to visit his Grandmother. He gets himself into trouble, and all the animals of Africa, elephant, lion and tortoise alike, gather to help. Based on the traditional Brer Rabbit tales, this show was specially written for the Puppet Theatre Barge. Show lasts 1 hour including an interval. Time Out said "Like all children on the boat , she followed the story closely, tearing her eyes away only to ask her mother pertinent questions about the animal characters..."

BFI Southbank has a season to celebrate Jiri Trnka - dubbed the Walt Disney of The East - and there are two showings of his shorts for children during the Easter holidays on 7th and 11th.

Museums and Attractions

RAF Museum, Hendon has Eagles at Easter - To celebrate the contribution that birds of prey have made to the RAF, the museum will be running daily, in conjunction with the English School of Falconry, three free displays on the Museum’s Helipad from Thursday 5th of April until Wednesday 11th at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. As part of each display a few younger visitors will be presented with the opportunity to work with one of these magnificent animals under the guidance and supervision of an English School of Falconry tutor as ‘trainee’ handlers.

Hampton Court has an Easter Egg Hunt 6-9 April - Join King Henry VIII and his queen, Jane Seymour, at their pleasure palace by the Thames for the Easter celebrations.Catch members of the Tudor Court as they mingle in the courtyards and passageways, halls and chambers of the palace. But remember, choose your friends and enemies wisely. Even those closest to the King don't know what fate may await them... Also, collect our special Easter egg hunt family trail from the Information Centre. Once complete return to get an 'eggstra' special prize!

The National Army Museum has a new Kids Zone for kids 0-8 years open daily from 10.10 to 5.15pm. The zone has forest and arctice themed climbing frames for kids to scale, side and run through. This new children’s play area explores aspects of army life from camping to clothing. It includes a dedicated soft-play space for babies, plus arts and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books, interactive toys and panels. The Museum canvassed and incorporated the innovative ideas and suggestions of parents, carers and our youngest users, to create an exciting space for kids aged 0-8 to learn, explore and play in a historically inspired, colourful environment.

Jewish Museum, Camden has a family photography workshop on Tuesday 3rd April 2-4pm. Explore photography and the wonderful work of photojournalist Judah Passow. Join photographer Miranda Lopatkin as we turn our lenses to investigating contemporary images of Jewish life – together with your adult we will investigate Passow’s images, learn about photography, and create our own portraiture shots! This is an intergenerational workshop for all your family to produce striking results together. For 6-11 year olds with an adult. Bring your own camera.

Grant Museum of Zoology has Easter Egg-Laying Animals - For the Easter holidays the Grant Museum is exploring the wonderful world of eggy animals. From penguins to platypuses, sharks to snails and bullfrogs to butterflies, our fantastic specimen-based activities will investigate the best shells and spawn. Come and unscramble our games and whip up some eggcitement with our amazing animal specimens. Part of the Humanimals Season at the Grant Museum. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park - GO WILD IN THE GARDEN!
EASTER HOLIDAY DROP- IN ACTIVITIES (31 March – 15 April). Available 10am to 4pm. The Park is open Wednesday to Sunday plus Bank Holidays. Discover more about wildlife friendly gardening, whether in a large garden or on a small balcony. Free drop-in activities include quiz trail, prize trails, art, colouring and wordsearches.The Park is open on the Bank Holidays – Good Friday and Easter Monday

Kew Gardens has a fantastic sounding Maya Chocolate Adventure 31st March - 15th April -
Embark on an exciting Maya chocolate adventure this Easter. Magic, fun, yummy chocolate and 3000 years of history are waiting for you. Explore our interactive trail around the Gardens, then make something special to take home in chocolate making and craft workshops.
Collect crayon rubbings of all the Mayan symbols on our adventure trail to unlock the password. Along the way you will hear the story of ingredients the Maya used for a spicy chocolate drink.
Get your face painted with an Easter design or a symbol you’ve discovered on your adventure.
Get a taste of Maya culture in chocolate making workshops, where you can try the drink the Maya invented and make your very own chocolate.

London Wetlands has an Easter Eggstravaganza 31st March - 15th April - There are two interactive duckling shows every day where you can find out more about these fluffy characters and join in with some special duckling games. Take part in one of our fun pond dipping sessions: see what you can find swimming around under the surface of the water. Complete our special Easter trail (£1) and receive a small prize.

Willows Farm has an Easter Eggstravaganza too - A Choc-o-bloc programme of farmyard fun, adventure play and egg-citing Easter events! Visit the Easter Garden to take part in our Easter Egg Hunt and join in the Bunny hunts around the farm with chocolate treats for all children who take part.

Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch has lots of events for children looking at Homes Around The World.  Check out the listing for full details of the fantastic range of events including treasure hunts, arts and crafts and rhyme time.

Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green has a fantastic list of events over the holidays under the theme Hop Along Fun (6-9th April). Join the Bunny Hunt to help us find out where the Easter Bunny has hidden her chocolate eggs (11.00) and enjoy an active re-telling of The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow and Helen Craig (12.00). There are also events 31st March - 15th April on the theme of Word Up - Enjoy an energetic re-telling of some of the classic tales children have enjoyed for generations (11.00 and 12.00) and then make a mask inspired by your favourite (14.00-16.00). All events are free and drop in.

Foundling Museum has a fantastic Quentin Blake exhibition running until 15th April.

For older children there are some really super events on at the Cartoon Museum where they can design comics, t-shirts, lightboxes and much more.

The truly excellent Butterfly World Project in St Albans is re-opening at the end of March just in time for the holidays and has Easter activities running. The timetable isn't out yet but we recommend a visit anyway as this is a fantastic local resource and a lovely day out.

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham is a Grade I listed 16th Century manor house in 20 acres of parkland and now houses local history collections relating to the Borough of Haringey. They often have activities for families including this Easter lots of great free craft activities. See full timetable here.

St Albans Museum, is not too far from North London and has a lot for children to do and see including (we are told) a Thomas the Tank play table and dressing up clothes. There are activities running throughout the holidays.  We've not been yet so we'd love to hear your views and tips.

Courses and Camps

Mad Science has a camp in Muswell Hill 10th-13th April - exciting, hands-on science camps promise to keep your child(ren) entertained and engaged all day, and leave them hungry to learn more about the scientific wonders all around them! 10am-3pm for 4-11s. 

Willows Farm has a kids activity camp -  Treat the Kids to the ultimate Activity Day Camp at Willows Farm Village, operated jointly by Kids Play Childcare. From the moment they arrive there’s exclusive play in Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn (all before the Farm Village opens to the public).
Plus the fun continues every day with scheduled visits to Willows Farm Village attractions, awesome activities in the private playroom and energetic countryside play.

The Playing Space has a range of really great holiday courses running in Southgate, N14 for school age children. Through games, songs, dances and improvisations,  children explore a classic work of children’s literature. Past themes have included Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. When booking is complete, we will choose the theme that best suits each group.On the final day, parents are invited to watch an informal presentation. Children will demonstrate a selection of the activities they have enjoyed during the week. Finally, they will perform a short play with costumes, props and even programmes for the parents!

Poolside Manor in Finchley has a multi activity day camp running all week. You don't need to attend all week. There is also an intensive swimming school running.There is also an intensive swimming course.

Fine Art 4 Kids has an art workshop in Crouch End, Watford and St Albans.  running on 21st and 22nd December, 10-12.

Creative Wizz Kidz - playgroups that focus on creativity - has holiday clubs running in Golders Green and Belsize Park for ages 3-9 from 10-1pm.

Perform is running an Alice In Wonderland spring holiday course in various North London locations including Highgate, Hampstead, Primrose Hill. For 4-8s.

Kids Kitchen has a number of cookery workshops running. Only a few places left so get in touch to book.

Oak Studios Hampstead has a number of children's craft workshops including making easter cards, making easter biscuits and much more.

Sportikids has a children's multi sports activity camp at Frith Manor School for ages 3 to Year 6.

There is an Easter Art and Craft Camp for kids aged 4-11 in North Finchley. Run by artist Archita Goenka there are two sessions 10-1 and 2-5pm and sessions cost £15. 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and activities include drawing, collage, card making, paper mache, musical instrument making and more. Contact Archita at architagoenka@yahoo.co.in or on 07967544402.

One-Off Events 

Islington Museum has an event called Tick Tock Make A Clock -  Make a colourful clock with moving hands and decorate it with drawings about your day. Clerkenwell was once a famous clockmaking area and the company which looked after Big Ben was based here. Afterwards we will
read ‘Cluck O’ Clock’ by Kes Gray. 1.30-3.30pm. Book in advance. Monday 2nd April.

Crafty Tots has an Easter Arts Club 10.30-11.30 and 2-3pm at St Marks Church Hall, Barnet. £8, siblings half price. Thursday 5th April.

East Finchley Library has an event called Twisted London. Children aged 8 – 12 are invited to join comics and manga creator Karen Rubins to create their own characters and comic strips, based on Oliver Twist. Explore the world of Victorian London, and what it would be like to be child in Fagin’s gang, as part of the London-wide City Read. Imagine yourself as an urchin in Fagin’s gang. What kind of job do you have, what clothes do you wear, and what do you do for fun? Learn how to design and draw your character and write a short story about him or her.  Contact the library to book.  Wednesday 11th April. 

NCT Get Together, Arts Depot - there is an NCT get together at the Arts Depot on Tuesday 10th April at 3pm. All welcome. 

If you  know of anything else going on that you think other North London parents would like to know about, do let us know and we will add it in. We will be updating this daily in the run up to the holidays so do keep us posted on any events you are hosting or attending. 

Have a really great holiday. 
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Anonymous 26 March 2012 at 15:42 said...

Dear NLMs
There's an event at Kings Place which sells out every month. It's called Not So Silent Movies and is great for kids.
Next one is on April 1st and features musicians from Mika's band, as well a world-class film soloists.
Details here!

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