There’s plenty of fun to be had around the capital throughout April, May and beyond the Easter holidays. Make the most of the school holidays and head to one of these activities – based in and around the capital.
Meet the animals at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Pinky the white hedgehog has woken up from hibernation; the Asian short-clawed otters Pedro, Pablo and Squish are settled into their new home; and Stan the guinea pig has added to his harem of female guinea pigs. Pop along to say hello to all the inhabitants at Battersea Park Zoo this Easter and you’ll also be able to enjoy a series of special events. The Easter Egg search is on from Saturday 28 March until 13 April, with dozens of colourful Easter Eggs hidden around the zoo and culminating in an Egg-Stravaganza Day on Tuesday 7 April. On Friday 10 April the zoo is holding a special Easter Bunny Day, complete with bunny-themed games, Rabbit Story Time and Meet a Real Rabbit experience. Then on 14th April, it’s all eyes on our spiky friends with a day of hedgehog themed activities, including arts & crafts and stories, all in honour of the zoo’s resident hedgehog.
Where? Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
When? Saturday 28 March to Tuesday 14 April
How much? Adults, £9.95; children £7.95; under-twos go free. Family tickets from £32.50
Easter at the South Bank Centre
There’s basketloads of free family-friendly events running throughout April at London’s South Bank Centre. For babies and young audiences with sensory needs, intotheclouds is a highly visual experience. Plus, Soundpit has been extended, so kids big and small can play in our giant musical sandpits this Easter break. There’s also a number of interactive and laugh out loud shows. In Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, meet and giggle along with a whole host of colourful characters from beloved books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, including Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Big Up! is the perfect show for little people who want to be big, and big people who just might have forgotten how to play. And at Comedy Club 4 Kids, watch the best stand-ups around do their thing for a family audience – without the rude bits.
Where? The South Bank Centre, London SE1 8XX
When? 4 – 19 April
How much? Free
Indulge in Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly
Afternoon tea remains a firm favourite during the holidays this Easter, your little ones will be in for the sweetest of treats at a Peter Rabbit-themed Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly. Alongside an adults Afternoon Tea, children can tuck into an adorable vegetable patch box of delicious sweet and savoury treats. With mini sandwiches and plenty of Peter Rabbits favourite snacks, little ones will love this offering based on the classic tale that has been shared by generations. Not forgetting warm fluffy scones, served with jam and clotted cream!
Where? Le Méridien Piccadilly, London
When? Ongoing throughout the Easter period
How much? Adults, £35; children, £25
Take in the sights from the top of the O2
For an experience they won’t forget, Up at the O2 offers adventurous families the chance to enjoy urban mountaineering. The 90-minute climb, suitable for children aged nine years and over, will see you venture 52 metres above ground level along a 350-metre walkway, with an experienced guide on hand to talk you through every step. Then, when you reach the viewing platform, take in the spectacular sights of the city – cameras at the ready!
Where? O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
When? Ongoing throughout the year, see website for details
How much? From £30 each
Egg-tastic fun at KidZania
Designed for children aged 4-14, KidZania blends learning and reality with entertainment. During your 4-hour experience, children can independently choose from a number of real-life activities and test their skills in a variety of professions We’re eggs-pecting big things at KidZania this Easter. In previous years we’ve seen the exclusive Yoshi’s Easter Egg hunt, celebrating the launch of Yoshi’s Crafted World on Nintendo Switch, and a haven for WWE fans at Wrestlemania 35.
Where? KidZania, Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7GA
When? March – April
How much? Child tickets from £19, Early Years from £10. Under 1s go free.
Celebrate 100 Years of Magic at Disney On Ice
Over 50 Disney characters, 14 magical stories and one sensational ice show to celebrate 100 years of magic at Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival skates into the UK in time for Easter. Come and see how far Moana goes on her action-packed voyage with mighty demigod Maui. Sing along with Sebastian as he strikes up his band along with the Daughters of Triton as they introduce Ariel. Get tangled up with a chorus of rowdy inhabitants from the Snuggly Duckling when they get a visit from Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Relive a tale as old as time when Belle opens her heart to new adventures as the Beast’s enchanted objects take centre stage for a dazzling skating spectacle. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her journey to stop an eternal winter.
Where? The SSE Arena, London
When? 2 April – 5 April
How much? Tickets from £29
Things to do Outside of London this Easter
Bear Grylls Adventure Activities
If you fancy venturing further afield with the kids this Easter, why not ditch the TV and video games and get the family moving with an adrenaline-packed day out with The Bear Grylls Adventure. Conveniently located at the NEC Birmingham, you can share action-packed experiences with your family that you will remember for a lifetime. As soon as you enter the attraction, you will be immersed into the life of an explorer and, with the help of trained experts to guide you through the day, it will give you all an Easter day out you won’t forget in a hurry. There’s an array of adrenaline pumping activities to try out including an assault course, indoor archery, indoor skydiving, a shark dive, wall-climbing and a brain-busting escape room. Each activity is guaranteed to get your hearts racing and brains ticking and ensures a fun-filled day for all the family. Some activities are not suitable for younger children and others will require under 10s to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Where? NEC Birmingham
When? Ongoing throughout the year
How much? Costs vary depending on activity, for more information visit the Bear Grylls Adventure website.
Get an early festival fix at Camp Bestival x Dreamland
Camp Bestival is once again bringing a taste of its much-loved family festival to Dreamland in Margate with a full park take over. Expect live music, rides, and entertainment for all the family to enjoy over the school holidays. Once again, guests can join the unmissable Camp Bestival Easter Sunday Party on 12th April, with a family rave, live music and very special headline acts to be announced soon…
Dreamland Margate reopens on Saturday 4th April for the school holidays, and is free to enter. Guests can pay per ride or buy discounted ride wristbands in advance online to save 25%. Members ride for free.
Where? Dreamland, Kent
When? Saturday 4th April for the school holidays. The park will then be open for selected weekends and during all school holidays across the year.
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