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This Weekend - Eggs-cellent Easter family fun in North London

As you'd expect, there are lots of Easter themed events on this weekend, making it an eggs-cellent weekend to have fun with the family. Have a great weekend!

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!

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park  has GO WILD IN THE GARDEN!
EASTER HOLIDAY DROP- IN ACTIVITIES. 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. 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 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.

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).

At Forty Hall Farm you can see the easter lambing weekend - Come and see the new born lambs at our Forty Hall Farm, plus Clydesdale horses, rare breed cows and pigs, and Easter chicks. There’ll be children’s games and competitions with the Secret Seed Society, sheep-shearing and willow-weaving. There will also be a market with a range of tasty hot and cold local foods. Sunday and Monday 11-4. 

There is an Easter Fun Fair in Finsbury Park with rides for all ages. Open every day over the weekend until 8pm.

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...)

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..."


There is a very fun sounding baby rock n roll disco in Belsize Park (full details above) at 4pm.

Vintage Tea Party and Gift Fair is back at The Boogaloo and this month they have a free Easter Egg hunt for children.

The Phoenix Cinema's Kids Club is showing Ponyo - The story of a boy's friendship with a goldfish princess. Certificate U. 11am.

There is an Easter Egg Hunt at Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield in support of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Full details above or here


Peter and The Wolf Live, Royal Festival Hall is on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Based on one of the most popular pieces of classical music for children, Peter & the Wolf Live is a magical musical and cinematic experience for the whole family. Actor and children's writer Mackenzie Crook (Jerusalem, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Office) introduces the story and the instruments of the orchestra. Suzie Templeton's darkly magical film then brings these characters to life before your eyes, alongside the young and dynamic musicians of the award-winning Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon. Suitable for all ages although younger children might find some scenes scary.

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 one on Sunday 7th. 

Egg Decorating, Treasure Hunt and the Great Egg Roll at Lauderdale House, Highgate.
Don't forget, places are allocated on a first com first served basis, we a maximum of 100, so don't be late! Make sure you wear suitable clothing!  We'll meet at the back of the House, near the cafe at 11am.

Woodland Wanders in Queen's Wood - A chance to explore, play and learn practical skills in beautiful, ancient Queen's Wood for the whole family (age 3 and up).
Nature trails and hunts, den building, natural arts and crafts, games and seasonal activities to inspire you and your family to get outdoors and make the most of London's green spaces. Warm drink and snack included (please inform of any allergies when booking). Booking essential. 10.30am. Contact Ros Warmington for booking - roswarmi@yahoo.co.uk or 07983 442 410.

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