As the end of the first week of the Easter holiday approaches, I’m already thinking about all the fabulous things there are to do to keep my little Londoners occupied in week two.
We have spent the first week of the Easter break in Devon and Cornwall which has been a treat! Blog to follow on this but, for London-based Easter activities for families and young ones, these are on our shortlist:
1. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is always a treat! It’s super local for us and is usually preceded by a walk or scoot around the park. My two love the animals and play spaces anyway, but next week they have Easter egg hunts, Easter bunny appearances and spring animals too. The Easter egg hunt is charged in addition to the entrance fee (£1.50 per child).
2. The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace is good fun. Included in the entry fee- members go free- kids complete the trail and receive a full size Lindt bunny. Follow the bunny-hunt and chocolate-eating with a play in the Magic Garden. Hampton court can seem a bit pricey if you’re not a member- see prices here– but, if you make a day of it – explore the palace and Tudor history, do the Lindt bunny hunt and go to the Magic Garden, you definitely get your money’s worth. Take drinks, snacks and a picnic to keep other costs down.
3. We are National Trust members so always find time for an Easter trail at a NT property. The Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt with the National Trust is a country-wide thing- find your nearest property here.
4. There is an impressive new playground- Knight’s Stronghold– opening at Leeds Castle opening on 13th April. The castle, rather surprisingly, is in Kent (not Leeds) and about an hour’s drive from SW London. Leeds Castle is a great day out. It is pricey but you pay once and get unlimited free entry for a year.
5. I have a six year old who, like most other six year olds, is obsessed with slime. I, on the other hand, am not a fan. I have decided that slime is acceptable so long as it is nowhere near my deep pile rugs! The solution? A slime workshop! I found this one in Brixton and plan to book it for my daughter as an Easter present. Slimetastic!
6. Flipout has a range of Easter themed treats on offer including egg hunts and arts and crafts.
7. There’s a whole host of activities on offer at the Horniman Easter Fair. It takes place on Easter weekend- Saturday 20- Sunday 21 April. The activities are individually priced – from £1 for the egg trail- so you can spend as much or as little as you want.
8. If it all gets too much and you want to sit in a dark room and stuff your face with Easter eggs, you can find sanctuary in the cinema. The kids club at the Clapham Picture House is showing Mary Poppins Returns on Easter Weekend. An eggstrordinary bargain at £2.50 each (3-12 year olds)
‘Hoppy’ Easter, bunnies!