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North London Mums Easter Weekend Round-Up

Believe it or not it is Easter this weekend! Wrap up warm and enjoy egg hunting!

All Weekend

Discover Children's Story Centre has a number of special events running this weekend. On Friday and Sunday, children can enjoy Is the Odd Egg by Emily Gravett at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm. ll the other birds have laid an egg and Duck wants one too; luckily an abandoned egg comes along just in time. Duck waits and waits and finally there’s a cracking sound… but Duck is in for a big surprise.  Join the Story Builder to find out what happens next. For children 2+. On Saturday, 30 March & Monday, 1 April, at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm, children can enjoy the story of Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen and Arthur Robbins.

The RAF Museum has an Easter Airlift activity to celebrate the Berlin Easter Airlift of 1949. Taking inspiration from the display in the Battle of Britain Hall, String of Pearls, children can make their own parachute and origami supply box, so that they can drop their own supplies from a height. All materials will be supplied free of charge. This activity is suitable for children aged 5 and above, though younger children are welcome.

The Museum of Childhood has a range of drop-in activities, from 11am to 4pm across the Easter weekend. Activities include an Easter bunny trail and arts and crafts. Click here for detail. 

Take the kids on an Easter egg hunt this Easter at Fenton House, Hampstead. The 17th century merchant's house is hosting a series of family friendly spring events over the Easter bank holiday weekend.  Families can pick up a trail sheet and spend time in the gardens together over Easter weekend. The Easter egg trail for Easter at Fenton House takes place from 11am - 4.30pm, Friday 29th March - Monday 1st April 2013. The normal admission charges apply, with admission to the whole property costing £6.50 for adults and £3.00 for kids.

Also in the area, there are free activities for all the family to enjoy at Kenwood. Try to crack their devilishly difficult Easter Egg hunt, make something crafty to take home and meet Kenwood’s Head Gardener who will be giving out top tips for the spring season. On Easter Sunday hear secret tales from the storyteller in the woods!

Kew Gardens  has a huge range of activities for children this weekend. There are drop-in family workshops at Wakehurst Mansion from 11am- 4pm all weekend. Join in with the fun Plant Portraits Easter Trail. Make a flying butterfly headband to lead you on your way, and on your return collect your organic Montezuma's chocolate butterfly. There's an Easter egg hunt from 9.30-1pm  on Suday from Waterlily House.  Oh and lots of  facepainting all weekend!

This weekend also sees the launch of the Chocolate Quest at Kew which runs from 29 March to 14 April which offers families the chance to become explorers and travel through time. Travel to the tropical rainforest to discover the Maya's cacao drink, learn about the Spanish explorers who brought cacao to Europe, visit a Georgian coffee house, discover how Victorians created the chocolate bars we enjoy today, then return to the rainforest to find out about Kew's field trips and the future of chocolate.

The Cutty Sark is holding an Easter Egg Hunt across the weekend, from 10am to 5pm each day. Enty Free with Cutty Sark Entry.

If you fancy going further afield, head to the Easter Extravaganza at Willows Farm. A packed programme of farmyard fun, adventure play and egg-citing Easter events! Visit the Easter Garden to take part in their Easter Egg Hunt and join in the Bunny hunts around the farm with chocolate treats for all children who take part.

Proud Camden is having an Easter Eden all weekend - the gig room has been turfed and decorated with a picket fence, so you can get that ‘escape to the country feel’ in the heart of the city. Enjoy live, acoustic music all afternoon. Children will be free to have a dance to the music or be transformed with face painting and glitter tattoos (£3-£5). They are going to transform one of the stables into a miniature art studio, and children will be free to draw all over the walls. And don’t miss the Easter egg hunts at 1pm and 3pm daily. There will even be a few Easter themed animals hidden away in a stable…….

Saturday 30 March

The Easter Eggstravaganza at Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield in support of Noah's Ark Hospice,  Saturday 30 March 11am- 3pm. Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice are once again organising an Easter Egg Hunt and many other activities such as egg and spoon races, with Skewbald Theatre stories, face painting and arts & crafts. Join in for some Easter fun and let us help keep your little bunnies busy!

There's an Easter Bonnet workshop at Keats' House, Hampstead from 1- 4pm. The cost is £5 and booking is essential. Suitable for all the family.

Brent Cross Kids Club has an Easter Eggstravaganza with Creation Station! We'll be helping you make your very own flying chicks and creating our favourite 3D Noodle Doodle pictures! 11-1 and 2-4 outside Baby Gap. FREE.

Creation Station is also at fab new pub The Bohemia in North Finchley - A fun arts and crafts Easter themed event for children! 12pm-3p. FREE.

Zabludowicz Collection in Camden has a Family Create session from 2-5pm. We went last week and really enjoyed the gallery itself and the creative session inspired by the art. This week it's clay modelling. Recommended. FREE.

There's an Easter Egg Hunt at Friern Barnet Library - suitable for under 10s, £1 2-4pm.

Museum of London has some events looking at Pearly Kings and Queens for ages 5+. Try on costumes and learn the history. FREE.

Kentish Town City Farm is free to enter and today they have pony rides for over 4s. Call in advance to check this is still happening. A fantastic opportunity for young children to learn how to ride a pony in London and it won’t cost you a fortune!1.30pm, £2 per child. 

Easter Sunday 31 March

The Great Egg Roll is back this Easter Sunday at Lauderdale House, along with egg decorating and a treasure hunt. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 100 places. From 11am to 1pm. Lauderdale House is also holding an Arts and Crafts Fair. Discover a fantastic selection of local, national and international arts and crafts.  Perfect presents or just a treat for yourself. From 11 am to 6pm.

There's an Easter Egg Hunt at Keats House in Hampstead from 11 to 12  (free but booking essential) followed by an Easter bonnet parade and competition from 3 to 5pm (free with entry to the house).

Hatfield House will welcome a French market on 31st March. Stall holders will be coming across The Channel to sell their wares including : bread and pastries, cheese, charcuterie, tartiflette, nougat, olives, saucisse, fruit and vegetables, soap, hats and scarves and much more. The market will be located on the carpark at the front of Hatfield House, open at 10am and close at 4pm.

The Handel House Museum in Bond Street is holding an interesting sounding Hallelujah Easter Egg Hunt,  from 12-5pm. This Easter discover the magic and music at the home of Handel. Collect a Family Easter trail and solve the riddles and rhymes which will lead you to a chocolatey surprise to take home!

Sutton House Hackney has a free Family Day - A day filled with Easter themed activites including arts and crafts and costumes!

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham has an Easter Trail 2-4pm. FREE. 

To tie in with today's boat race, Spitalfields City Farm is having a Goat Race - With all proceeds going to Spitalifields City Farm, crowds can expect to watch two goats, one named Oxford and one named Cambridge, tear around the cobbled track of Spitalfields City Farm.
Gates open at 1pm with bands, booze, puns and other goat related nonsense all scheduled to happen before the big race at 4pm. £5.

Kentish Town City Farm is free to enter and today has Easter Egg blowing and decorating - he Farms traditional Easter Workshop painting beautiful eggs in a nest! Cost £1. All ages welcome.

Camden Arts Centre has a family day today - Over 500 species of flora have been identified through fossils found in the London clay. Work with Ceramics Fellow Phoebe Cummings to recreate parts of these plants from press moulds and make your own imagined prehistoric plants. A free, drop-in workshop for all ages. 2-4pm. FREE. 

Bank Holiday Monday

Kentish Town City Farm is free to enter and today has an Easter Egg Hunt - Answer the clues around the farm and claim your Easter Treasure. Hunt takes about 45minutes and runs all afternoon. Suitable for under 8’s. Cost £1.

Freightliners City Farm, Islington has an Easter Fun Day - stalls, face painting, arts and crafts, tombola, egg hunt and more. 12-4pm. 

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