With Easter fast approaching, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to spend the break. Below is a list of family-friendly events, with enough variety to keep everyone in the family happy.
There’s a couple of events that are running throughout the Easter holidays, some even spanning into the summer. The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace opens on the 30th March, an adventure playground that will keep the kids amused for hours with towers to explore and mazes to conquer for £8 for adults, and £6 for children.
The Brick Wonders in the Horniman Museum is home to a variety of lego replicas of famous wonders, including the old London Bridge, Egyptian pyramids and Greek temples amongst many others. It’s recommended to book ahead so your kids can create their own wonders out of Lego, and with an offer on family tickets, it’s a great day out with a low price tag.
The Potions Room is a more expensive trip, but perfect for anyone interested in Harry Potter, offering a potions class where you can learn wizarding alchemy along with an afternoon tea. With tickets costing £49.50 for adults and £39.50 for children, it’s a more extravagant day out but worth every penny for the magic that it entails.
There are also some events that are one night only specials; on Good Friday each year, there’s an open-air show in Trafalgar Square in which the Wintershall Players perform a play depicting the Easter Story. It’s free, so no ticket fees, but it’s worth knowing that there are scenes of crucifixion, so may not be ideal for younger children. There are two viewings, one at 12 pm and one at 3:15 pm. On the same day, there’s also a free showing of The Railway Children in the Museum of London.
On Saturday 20th April, there’s an Easter Fair in the Horniman Museum on Forest Hill, which has free entry, and is filled with various stalls, including crafts, food and drinks, face painting and more.
For any creative kids aged 13-15, the V&A Museum in South Kensington is hosting a digital design workshop in the digital studio, offering those who attend the chance to learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to make a graphic art poster. Tickets are £20 and are available online to book ahead.
On Easter Sunday, there’s the Lauderdale House Great Egg Roll, one of London’s greatest Easter traditions. Starting at 11 am, children decorate their own egg before competing to see which egg rolls the farthest. Along with an egg hunt and other activities, this is a great way to spend Easter Sunday.
There’s a huge variety of events across the whole Easter holiday, and to help experience as much of London as possible it’s worth looking into accommodation in the area to make the most of all the events on. Consider apart hotels London at LSA, which could make it much easier than travelling into London each day and give you more time to enjoy the Easter break with your family.