Easter Holidays in London: The Ultimate Family Guide

Mar 25, 2016 by

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There is a fundraiser at the Battersea Arts Centre to support Good Chance Calais (the recently raised theatre that supported the arts in Calais and served as a day centre for unaccompanied children) and Medecins Sans Frontiers working to support refugees.  The production is an apropos topic, The Odyssey and retold with puppetry, cinematic projection and live music.  I saw first-hand the importance of Good Chance Calais was having on residents in the camp and hope that more can be done to continue their brave work.  Friday 26th March, 7:30pm tickets from £15 – £100

Easter Weekend: Friday 25th – Monday 28th March

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Spitalfields Farm Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race: Sunday 27th March noon-5pm.  This is a fabulously entertaining fund raiser to help support the operations of Spitalfields City Farm, tickets start at £13, kids under 12 are free.

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Saddlers Wells, Digitiopia Family Weekend: Friday 25th and Saturday 26th – Sadler’s Wells is transformed into a burst of colour, creativity, activity to compliment the Tom Dale Company’s production by exploring storytelling.  There will be craft sessions, pop up performances, dress up, games, and mini interactive story writing stagecrafts.  Ages 5+, adults £12, children £7

Westminster Abbey, Easter Crafts: Saturday 26th March, 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm.  Come to Westminster Abbey on Holy Saturday, reflect on the Easter story and make a cross to take home.  Ages 3+, free, drop-in but check in at at the information dest on the day.

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Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace Easter Weekend: Printmaking: Saturday 26th, 11am-3pm, learn about the different colours and displays at the Royal Mews and create your own design.  Easter Egg Hunt at Royal Mews: Sunday 27th to Monday 28th, 11am-3pm, visit over the Easter weekend and make your own easter basket and then follow the treasure trail to find Easter eggs.  Tickets are£9.30 adults, £5.50 children, £24.10 family and this ticket is honoured for one year.

Horniman Museum Easter Fair: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, 10:30-4pm, free, all ages.  Free entry, but some activities will be ticketed or carry a charge.  Family art, discovery trails, the Easter bunny, arts and crafts market.

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The Design Museum, Create and Make – Incredible Design: Sunday 27th March, 1-4pm.  Join artist Dan Mather to sketch and print your own poster designs using screen printing techniques.  Adult entree £13.65 and children entry £6.85.

The Foundling Museum, Illustrated Book Binding: Saturday 26th, 10:30-noon; 1-2:30; 3-4:30.  Bring the kids to join Daniel Lehan to create a story inspired by characters featured in the current exhibition, Drawing on Childhood.  Ages 5+, free with museum entry (£8.25, kids free).   Illustration by Jim Kay for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015

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Airside Andy: Check out this brilliant new game for children age 4-8; its safe, social and STEM.  Great fun combining problem solving.  Check out my Airside Andy review here.

National Portrait Gallery, Performance for Families: Monday 28th 2-3pm.  The London School of Russian Ballet will be giving a performance giving insight into the force of the fairy tale in Tchaikovsky’s music.  Ages 5+, free, tickets allocated 1 hour before the event.

Le Institute Francais, Oscar Nominated Song of the Sea: Ben and his sister Saris, a little girl who can turn into a seal, embark on a fantastic journey to save a group of Faerie creatures – based on the Celtic folktales of the Selkies.  In English, Friday 25th 2pm, Sunday 27th 11am, Saturday 2nd April 2pm.  Tickets £5.

Kensington Palace, Your Fashion Rules Family Event:  Friday 25th- Monday 28th, 11am-4pm, all ages.  Travel through history with the interactive Easter trail.  Free drop-in family activities throughout the day including dressing up, storytelling and object handling.  Worth the entry fee as the crowds are not as bad as the museums.  Tickets £18 at the door, children free; annual Historic Royal Palace membership £48.

Imperial War Museum Art Workshop – Make a Moving Animation: Friday 25th March – Sunday 10th April, 11am-4pm.  Take part in a new family art workshop and create your own unique, spinning drawing, based on the 19th century toy called a Thaumatrope.  Free, all ages

National Gallery, Messy Mondays and Talking Tuesdays: Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, bring the under 5s to explore the National Gallery through storytelling, actions and messy play.

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And for After the Holidays: Pippa’s Poppets, Pippa Cleary, founder of Pippa’s Poppets is an award-winning composer who has written songs for CBeebies, National Youth Theatre, Stagecoach along with several award-winning musicals. Pippa’s Poppets include homemade drums, click sticks and shakers. Venues include Mondays and Thursdays in Pimlico; Tuesdays at St. Columba’s Knightsbridge; Thursdays at Christchurch Chelsea; Fridays at Bumpkin South Kensington.  Also, Pippa will be running day-long, half-term workshops at the end of May; children will be performing in a musical.  Highest quality instruction and exceptional value – watch this space.

Tuesday 29th March – Sunday 3rd April

Le Institute Francais, Kids Writing Workshops in Easy French and English:  Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April, 2pm, ages 8+.  Bring the kids to a bilingual workshop where they will create imaginary places, amazing characters and edge-of-your-seat events in superbly serious or fantastically funny stories and poems.  Gain writing skills and inspirations.   Free!!  Digital Club on Saturday 2nd April, 2:30 – bring the kids for a bilingual video gaming session.  Free, ages 5+

Chelsea Physic Garden, Family Activity Days: Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st, 10:30 and 2:30 (or 3:00pm), £11 per person.  Tuesday discover amazing seeds from around the garden; make, eat and plant some to take home, 6+  Wednesday learn all about water, amen your own fountain, rain gauge, water drop microscope and mini aquatic ecosystem to take home, 7+.  Create garden-inspired table-top puppets with artist Hyungjung Choi, ages 7+.

Royal Institute of British Architects: Tuesday 29th, 11am-4pm, £35.  Design Guest, Mess and Making with Materials, ages 6-10.  Design Day, architecture workshop for ages 11-15.

National Theatre, Mad Hatter Animation Workshop: Friday 1st April, 11am-1pm and 2:30-4:30.  Stage a scene from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party through the magic of stop-motion animation to bring it all to live.  Families will receive an edited copy of the finished animation, £5 adult, £3 children.

National Gallery, Figuring Form: Sunday 3rd April, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.  This is a brilliant workshop where kids will learn about a classical painting in the gallery and then create their own 3D figure from the painting using wire, mod roc, wax and more.  We each made Perseus with Medusa’s head.  Free, ages 5-12, tickets allocated one hour before start of the event.

Hyde Park Education Centre Discovery Days: Wednesday 30th – Thursday 31st, 11am-3pm, all ages, free.  Take part in pond dipping, use a spotter sheet to spot hidden habitats in the garden, create nature inspired carts and make your own habitat box (£1 suggested donation).

Vauxhall City Farm, Wild about Easter: Tuesday 29th – Friday 1st March, 11am-3pm, £25 per child. Learn how to look after small and large animals, learn to garden negative plants and cook some of the produce from the farm.   8-12 years, drop-off.

Royal Institution, Family Masterclass: Sunday 3rd April 1:30 – 3:30, 12-14 year olds, £20 adults, £15 children.  There are plenty of mathematical puzzles out there to stretch your brain and give your mind a workout.  This tea party themed workshop will test your problem solving skills.

Southbank, Skate Workshop: Saturday 2nd April, 10-1pm, ages 4-10, learn the basics of skateboarding along with skilful tricks to impress.  Boards, ramps and pads provided.

Holland Park Ecology Centre: Wednesday 30th – Friday 1st April, 10-noon and 2-4pm, £8.50 per session.  Head over to Holland Park Ecology Centre and learn about amphibians, peacocks, woodlice, magpies, herbs and more.

National Portrait Gallery: Head over to the museum and decorate eggs, and create stop-animation based on folk tales.

Holland Park, Kung Foo Zoo: Wednesday 30th March – Friday 1st April.  4-5 year olds, 5-7 year olds can take part in a fun, new fitness program that are being held in Holland Park.  Sessions are 45 minutes long and cost £16 per session.

Ragged School Museum, Easter Holidays: Wednesday 30th -Thursday 31st March, 10-5pm, all ages.  Come and explore what Victorian Science did for us, take part in a variety of activities learning about medicine, physics, forensics and more.

Wallace Collection, Pixel Art: Head to the Wallace Collection Tuesday 29th, 10:30 and 2pm, ages 6+ for an interesting art workshop using Hema beads to create a pixilated version of a painting in the museum.

National Theatre, Make a Play in a Day: Saturday 2nd and 9th of April, 9:45-4pm, ages 6-12, tickets £12 adults, £8 child.  Venture down the rabbit hole with your family and crate a performance based on the weird and wild characters of Wonderland.

Westminster Abbey, Bloody Noses and Crack’d Crowns, Shakespeare and the Abbey: Tuesday 29th and Thursday 31st, 11:30, 1pm and 2:30pm.  A rare opportunity to explore the real spaces and characters from Shakespeare’s plays, ages 7+.  Booking essential, ages 7+.

Ben Uri Gallery, Spring Holiday art activities: Tuesday 29th March – Tuesday 5th April, 11am-1pm, ages 5+.  Bring the kids to explore the new exhibit “Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Migration and Identity”. Take part in a exhibition trail and then a free family art session making your own self-portrait.

BFI, Moomins on the Riviera: Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 20th March, 2:30.  Come and see Moomins on the Riviera at 2:30.  Also check out the Holiday Workshops on Tuesday – Thursday.

National Gallery, Messy Mondays and Talking Tuesdays: Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th April – bring the under 5s to explore the National Gallery through storytelling, actions and messy play.

Monday 4th – Sunday 10th April 

Royal Institution: Friday 8th April, 1:30-3:30, ages 12-14, Let’s Get Coding.  Underlying every kind of computer system, from mobile phones to the internet, is the computer programme.  In the this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of building code.  £20 adults, £15 children.

National Theatre, Prop-making, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: Friday 8th, 11am-1pm and 3-5pm, £5 adults, £3 children.  Work with the prop-makers at the NT to make colourful cakes, sparkling sandwiches fit for the Mad Hatter himself. Ages 6+

Two Temple Place, Sew Magic: Friday 8th April, 2-4pm, £3 ages 6-8 (little ones can make a collage).  Bring keen sewers and Egyptphiles to this workshop where kids can learn the basics of cross-stitch using the magical symbol of the Eye of Horus.

British Museum, Easter Holidays:  Monday 4th – Friday 10th April, 11am-4pm.  Brin the kids to the museum for an week of family activities about amazing shoes.  Make your own, storytelling, and object handling.

Chelsea Physic Garden, Family Activity Days: Tuesday 5th -Thursday 7th, morning and afternoon sessions.  Discover the diverse works of animals with Vic Taylor from Mynewt Enterprises to see hissing cockroaches, a giant millipede, a corn snake and giant African snail.  Then come and create arts and crafts inspired by the garden.  On Thursday make Shakespearean herbology, potions and poisons!!   £11 per person, booking essential.

Grant Museum, Geo-bus Family Open Day: Tuesday 5th April, 1-5pm.  Brin the kids for an exciting day of exploring geology.  Free, all ages, drop-in.

Somerset House, Free drop in family workshop – Sculpt, Mould and Make:  Saturday 9th April, noon – 3pm, ages 6-12, free and drop-in.  Head over and take part in a 3D challenge, design your won price of public art and decide the fates and fortunes of a site specific sculpture.

Ragged School Museum, Easter Holidays: Wednesday 6th -Thursday 7th April, 10-5pm, all ages.  Come and explore what Victorian Science did for us, take part in a variety of activities learning about medicine, physics, forensics and more.

Wallace Collection, Badge of Honour: Friday 8th, 11am-1pm, ages 5+, free.  Bring the kids to the Wallace Collection to look at the collection and then create their own badge to take home.

National Theatre, Make a Play in a Day: Saturday 2nd and 9th of April, 9:45-4pm, ages 6-12, tickets £12 adults, £8 child.  Venture down the rabbit hole with your family and crate a performance based on the weird and wild characters of Wonderland.

Hyde Park Education Centre Discovery Days: Wednesday 6th – Thursday 7th, 11am-3pm, all ages, free.  Crafting a flower on a stick, make a daisy bookmark, explore the grounds and peek at the mini beast hotel, create your now paper pot and planting home (£1 suggested donation).  Nature Explores Spring Hatchings, Tuesday 5th April, 10-3pm, £15, 8-11 year olds.  Meet the aquatic life in our private pond, explore the wilder parts of Hyde Park and look for hatchings.

Le Institute Francias, Music Discovery: Saturday 9th April, 2:30.  Come and have a go and discover the cello in the most sociable and interactive way.  £5, ages 6+

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