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Easter Weekly Round Up - 12th - 19th April

There is lots to do this weekend and Easter week. Don't forget to let us know what you get up to!

The Victoria and Albert Museum has Digital Kids all weekend - Stage and perform your own animated version of a Shakespeare play using our iPads. 10.30-5pm. FREE.

Grant Museum of Zoology is exploring the wonderful world of eggy animals. From penguins to platypuses, sharks to snails and bullfrogs to butterflies, their fantastic specimen-based activities will investigate all the best shells and spawn.. Saturday and Sunday 1-4.30pm, drop in, FREE.  

The V and A is also showing pop up performances of Bottom's Dream all day today -
Enter the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and help Bottom solve the mystery of the woods.

Phoenix Cinema Kids Club is showing The Love Bug today at 12pm - Herbie is a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. Can he become a champion? 

Museum of London has an event to make an amazing book with no beginning and no end and to make an A-Z of London -for ages 5+.
12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm
Make an extraordinary book with no beginning or end.
Suggested ages: 5+ - See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/family-events/easter-holidays1/#sthash.WlIaXzgO.dpuf


Love Lego? Head to the Royal Academy today for Lego Reimagined - a Lego workshop like no other, where you have the chance to create your own sensational Lego® fairy-tale building. Hunt for candy eggs in the enchanted forest and make Hansel & Gretel houses. Families can build mythical creatures inspired by 'Renaissance Impressions' or have a seat and create treats at the Lego® banquet. Pop in anytime and get creative! Suitable for all ages.

JW3 is showing family favourite Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at 10.30am. 

Museum of London has great family events on today. See here for full details.

Arts Depot is showing Luna (pictured above) at 11am and 2pm, suitable for ages 2-5.
Luna is bored up in the sky by herself with nobody to play with. Although she is surrounded by stars, they never quite understand her - it’s certainly lonely being the only moon.
One night, as she’s racing among the stars, she spots a young boy hiding from the scary shadows on his bedroom wall. Can Luna help him overcome his fear of night-time?
An enchanting show about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark.
- See more at: http://www.artsdepot.co.uk/family/luna#sthash.GGPnGjWE.dpuf


Events at the Science Museum include "Rocket Bunnies" - an event for the under 7's who can find out about rockets and see how they fly with their very own hand-made rocket bunny. There is also the Starstruck workshop, arranged by ages for children 5+,  in which science and art come together in this spectacular workshop. Find out solar system facts and make a constellation medallion.

The big exhibition at the British Museum is  The Vikings: life and legend. Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found. Booking Essential.

If your children are fans of Jacqueline Wilson, then head to the Museum of Childhood where the exhibition Daydreams and Diaries opens on 5 April, celebrating all things Jacqueline Wilson.

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Natural History Museum with the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition.  Experience in close-up more than 50 live butterfly and moth species from around the world, including the brilliant blue morpho and spectacular swallowtail.

The Geffrye Museum has a wealth of activities on for kids this Easter. Paint seasonal plates, create springtime masks, make felt eggs and design mini garden-inspired museums. These drop-in Easter Holiday workshops are allocated on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes before the activity begins. Look online for a full list of activities and times.

The Design Museum has an alternative Easter Egg Hunt - Crack the riddles and the clues in the Design Museum Alternative Easter Egg hunt. A trail will take visitors on a bunny hunting journey through the current Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition. Participants will be rewarded with a chocolaty prize courtesy of luxury chocolatier Rococo Chocolates at the end of their egg-ultant journey. 18th-21st April. 

Museum of London Docklands has great family events happening all week. See more details here


The Little Angel Theatre has performances of the Frog and the Princess between 8 and 12 April. This is a beautiful re-telling of the classic Grimm Tale, for children aged 4+. 

English National Ballet has My First Ballet - Coppelia - the comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences.

This exhibition celebrates all things Jacqueline Wilson, giving you a chance to find out about her childhood, early career and what inspires her to write.
The exhibition features original notebooks along with childhood toys, school reports and diaries. There are also extracts and illustrations from some of her best-loved books including The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Illustrated Mum and Hetty Feather. Find out about the inspiration behind them and hear how they have changed the lives of some of their readers.
You can explore a re-creation of Jacqueline's childhood bedroom or make notes for your first novel on a chaise longue just like hers! Find out why Jacqueline loves writing books and what it's like to work with wonderful illustrator Nick Sharratt.
- See more at: http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-and-displays/forthcoming-exhibitions/daydreams-and-diaries-the-story-of-jacqueline-wilson#sthash.7jQLKjuq.dpuf
Other events

We love the sound of Charlie's Chocolate Adventure heading to Kew Gardens from 5 - 21 April. Kew is celebrating 50 whipple-scrumptious years of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka with a range of activities in partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Events include face painting, Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar making with a chef from the Roal Dahl Museum, and drawing and painting in the Nut Room. There's also a traditional Easter Egg hunt round the gardens.

STORYSTOCK, the travelling storytelling circus for families and children 4-13 yrs, lands next at Saatchi Gallery alongside their Pangaea Exhibition. The programme of workshops offer a whole new way of looking at contemporary art through stories. 
Listen to the psychedelic audio guide, join the storytelling troupe and book into the workshops from animation to zebra printing.  7th April to 27th April.

Royal Parks have lots of animal adventures -  including Discovery Days at Hyde Park on 16th and 17th April where you can meet spring babies and take part in art and craft activities. FREE but book in advance.

Willows Farm has an Easter Extravaganza running all holiday with spring animals, easter egg hunts and more.

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