What’s On: Easter Holidays in London

Mar 26, 2015 by

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Monkey Music Chelsea, Belgravia, South Kensington and Pimlico are taking bookings for Summer Term.  Read more about these “must-do” specialist Baby and Toddler music classes and book your complimentary class before they fill up!!

 

Especially for Babies and Toddlers: 

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Southbank, Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment: Sunday 12th April, 10am and 11:30am, £9 adults, £1 tots.  A child-centred performance for children age 6 and under.

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Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: Every Wednesday at 10am and 11:30, a storytelling and music session for the under 4s.  Tickets are just £4.

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Monkey Music Kings Road Library Fun Day: Tuesday 31st March, 10:30am.  Monkey Music is hosting a special morning for you and your little one.  Come and join in the fun for free.  Little ones from 3 months to 4 years.  No need to book, see you there!!

 

Hyde Park, Isis Education Centre, Sensory Room: Hartbeeps brings a magical 12 week course held in the fabulous sensory room in the Isis Education Centre in Hyde Park.  Classes start on 14th April 10:15-11am and cost £132 for 12 weeks.

 

Nature and Outdoor Activities

 

Holland Park Ecology Centre: located in the adventure playground in Holland Park, the events at the Ecology Centre are wonderful and I highly recommend them.  Over the Easter holidays children can take part in Gnome Homes, Proud Peacocks, Eggs Nests and many more for £6.60 (residents of RBKC)/£8.60 (non residents) for a 2 hours session, or stay for the day for £9.90/£11.90 per child.

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Battersea Park Zoo: Battersea Park Zoo is a fabulous zoo, particularly for young children as the scale of the zoo is much more family friendly.  Over the holidays there will be an Easter egg hunt Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th at 11am. Over the rest of the holidays there are making events and a pickle hedgehog day!  Entry £8.75 adults, £6.50 children, children under 2 are free.

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Isis Education Centre: there are a variety of events going on in the Isis Education Centre, located in the Look Out in Hyde Park (its a little difficult to find, but its there!).  Discovery Days, Flowers: 11am-3pm, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April. All ages, drop-in and look for, paint, and create flowers.  Nature Explorers Spring Hatchings: Tuesday 14th, 10am-2pm, £15 per child – ages 8-11, drop-off.  Discovery Day: Animal Magic – Thursday 16th and Friday 17th, 11am-3pm, drop-in activities for all ages.

 

Vauxhall City Farm, Wild About Easter: for children ages 8-11 come spend the day at the Vauxhall City Farm Holiday Camp from 11am – 3pm.  Sessions run Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd of April and Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th.  £25 per session.

 

Chelsea Physic Garden: this charming museum to plants hosts a series of fabulous activities for children that are equally interesting for adults.  Tuesday 7th-Thursday 9th April and Tuesday 14th-Thursday 16th, 10:30-2:30, £8.60 children £11.90 adults.  Creepy crawlies, gardening for beginners, lotions and potions.  Some activities for ages 4+, others for older children.

 

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Workshops

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BFI: Thunderbirds are Go Episode 1: Ring of Fire and Funday, take the kids to see the new Thunderbirds film and take part in a storyboarding and story making activities.  This is free with film tickets £11.75 adults, £4 kids, £10 1 adult and child.

 

BFI: Easter Holiday Workshops: Wednesday 1st April, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 8th workshops for ages 8-14 children take part and day-long workshops where they learn film making techniques and get to watch a movie (note, Coraline is not for the faint of heart).  These workshops are drop-off and children should bring a pack lunch.

 

BFI Muppets Messy Time: for children ages 0-7, make sock puppets, painting and other create activities before watching the film.  12:30-2pm workshop, screening 2:30-4pm, £5 adults, £4 children.

 

Royal Academy of Music, String Quartet Discovery Day: Sunday 29th March, 11:30-4:30.  Head to the Royal Academy of Music for a day of concerts, composing, making, learning and doing.  Free, all ages.

 

Camden Arts Centre: Performance for Infants: Performance for Play.  Tuesday 14th-Friday 17th April, 2-4:30, ages 5-7 years.  Bring the kids to this drop-off workshop where they will explore using performance, photography, film and projections to make their own composition.  £140 per child for the 4 day course

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Clapham Pottery: Easter holiday pottery classes ages 5+, Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th, 11am-12:30.  £12.50 one session, £35 for all three

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Royal College of Music Sparks Event – Concert in a Day. Children ages 6-12 can bring their instruments and get instruction from a tutor leading the group in creating and performing their own compositions.  Saturday 11th April, £15, drop off workshop.

 

Wigmore Hall, Stories Sung: Saturday 11th April, 10:30-3:30, £15 adult, £10 child.  Learn folktales and folksongs from all over the British Isles, join Tir Eolas at the end of the day for a performance on stage.

 

Wallace Collection, The Great Gallery Sing-a-Long: join artist Marc Woodhouse and musician Luke Crookes for a tour of the gallery looking for inspiration to create your own song to sing in the gallery Let’s go jazz hands!!  All ages, free, drop-in, 11-12:25 and again 2-1pm.

 

Wallace Collection Paint Like the Old Masters: Monday 13th April, join Alison Kusner for a day-long workshop studying Chiaroscuro effects.  £12, 9-12 years old, 10:30-3:30.  Parents need to supervise children at lunchtime, 12:30-1:30 (the cafe is gorgeous and a wonderful place for afternoon tea)

 

Wallace Collection, Printing without a Press: Thursday 16th April, 10:30-3:30, day long workshop exploring mono and lino printing techniques.  £12.50, ages 9-12, children must be supervised at lunchtime 12:30-1:30.

 

Royal Academy of Art: Tomorrows World, all ages, free, drop-in workshop, 6+, Sunday 12th 11am-3pm.  Colour into Books, ages 11+, 1:30-4pm, £10 adult/£5 kids artist-led workshop.  Life Drawing Family Workshop ages 11+, £10/£5.  Immersive Photo Collage Family Workshop 10:30-1pm, Friday 17th 10:30-1pm.

 

Southbank, The Big Sing: Friday 5th April, spend the day running around the Southbank Centre singing.  Take part in a variety of workshops learning folk, gospel and pop. Free, all ages.

 

Polka Theatre Easter Holiday Workshops: take part in a variety of day-long theatre workshops for ages 3-4/4-5 and 6-9 years old.

 

National Theatre Make a Play in a Day: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th, 10-4pm, £12 adults, £8 child.  Make a script, design a costume, make some music and weave its all together at the end of the day.

 

National Gallery: Sunday Family Art Workshops over the Easter holidays for ages 5-11, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, free, tickets allocated on arrival.  Sunday 12th April Surreal Sunsets, learn how to use printing and rubbing techniques to create sunsets.  Sunday 19th Unfolding Stories, learn how to make a concertina storybook.  Sunday 26th, putting the Present in the Past, create a contemporary self-portrait.

 

Little Angel Theatre: Handa’s House Crafty Day ages 2+, £4.50 per person, Wednesday 1st April 10-1pm or 1:30-4:30.  Book into the morning or the afternoon session and allow yourself at least an hour to make your puppet.

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Museum Drop-in Events and Activities:

 

Naitonal Portrait Gallery: head over from Monday 6th – Friday 10th and Sunday 19th April for a wide variety of workshops and activities exploring the National Portrait Gallery.  From ages 3+, free, tickets for workshops are solicited on arrival, free

 

Museum of London: Saturday 29th March – Friday 10th April, head over to the museum for a variety of craft making, hands-on, storytelling, and even a ragged school classroom. All events from, from ages 5+, free.

 

British Museum, Modelling Myths, the Body in Ancient Greece: Monday 13th – Friday 17th, 11am – 4pm in the Great Court.  Join in a variety of arts and crafts and storytelling, free

Geffrye Museum: Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th April a variety of arts and crafts activities taking place all day long, free

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Ragged School Museum: Easter Holidays, Wednesday 1st, Thursday 9th, Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th 10am -5pm. Explore arts and crafts, face painting, under fives playroom and look around the Victoria classroom.

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Kensington Palace, Dig up the Dirt About Georgian Garden Design: Tuesday 7th – Sunday 12th April, 11am-4pm, ages 5-11. Free (with admission) drop-in learning activities held throughout the day featuring games, dressing up and crafts.  I strongly recommend these sessions as they are wonderfully staffed and resourced and far less crowded than the other museums (well worth the entry free).  Adults £17.50, children free.  Annual membership £47 gets you into Banqueting House, Tower of London, Hamden Court and loads of other Historic Royal Palaces.

 

London Transport Museum, Easter Family Activities: Storytelling and arts and crafts activities, check times and dates.  Free with entry (annual ticket £16, kids free), ages 6-12.

 

Concerts:

Royal Opera House Family Sundays

Royal Opera House Family Sundays: Sunday 29th April, noon-3pm.  Head over to the Royal Opera House for a mini-performances, trying on opera costumes, make-up and stage combat demonstrations and tours of the theatre.  Great day, only £3 for kids, £5 adults.

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Le Institute Francais, Its All About Piano: Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th March.  Bring the kids to a variety of events and performances at the Le Institute Francais. See screenings of parts of Peter and the Wolf and Fantasia; the Jorgensen Trio performing a family concert on Sunday at 3pm for £5 per person; a storytelling concert of Saint Saens Carnival of Animals.

 

Southbank, Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment: Sunday 12th April, 10am and 11:30am, £9 adults, £1 tots.  A child-centred performance for children age 6 and under.

 

Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: Every Wednesday at 10am and 11:30, a storytelling and music session for the under 4s.  Tickets are just £4.

 

Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet: Sunday 26th April, 2:30pm.  Tickets £5 children and £10 adults.  Ages 7+

 

St. Martin-in-the-Field, LMA Orchestra: Saturday 11th April, bring the kids to a child-focused performance of Mozart’s Symphony 40. All ages, 4:30, £8.50/£6.50.

 

 

Theatre:

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Family Events

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Shakespeare Untold, The Doctor’s Tale.  Saturday 11th April, 11am and 2pm.  Come here the inside story of Othello.  Tickets £15 for 1 child and 1 adult, additional tickets £8.

 

The Polka Theatre: Three great production are on over the course of the Easter holidays.  Error 404, ages 8-12, is showing through Sunday 29th March.  Operation Magic Carpet, ages 6-11, 3rd April – 24th May and Whatever the Weather, ages 3-6, 8th -19th April.

 

V&A, Pop-Up Performance Easter Holidays: Monday 6th- Friday 10th April, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Meet fantastic creatures and hear amazing tales over the school holidays, all ages, free.

 

The Puppet Theatre Barge, The Brer Rabbit and theTar Baby: Many afternoons throughout the school holidays, £8 children, £12 adults, ages 4+.  This theatre is absolutely magic and I highly recommend the Puppet Theatre Barge.

 

Little Angel Theatre, Handa’s Surprise and The Paper Dolls: Handa’s Surprise will be staged during the earlier part of the holidays and then The Paper Dolls will be performed.  Friday tickets are just £5 per person and fabulous value for these amazing productions.

 

Half Moon Theatre:  The Poetry Joe Show for ages 3+ Sat 28th March; Big Red Bath Friday 17th ages 6 and under; Pop-Up Flashback ages 5+ Tuesday 28th April.  Tickets just £8 per person.

 

Peacock Theatre, My First Ballet Swan Lake: Monday 2nd -Thursday 12th April, for ages 3+, tickets start at £10 (no bad seats in the Peacock).  We took my 4 year old son to see Copelia last year and he was riveted!  The ballet is narrated so little ones are beautiful sets, dancing, costumes while listening to a story.

 

Soho Theatre, Comedy Club 4 Kids: head over to the Soho Theatre, £10 or £30 family ticket – have a good laugh and some quality family therapy.  Various date throughout the school holidays.

 

Lyric Theatre: Saturday 28th, Red Riding Hood.  11am and 1pm, £8, ages 4-7

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