If any holiday was made for kids it's surely Easter (Friday March 25–Monday March 28 2016), with its bunnies, egg hunts and near-bottomless supply of chocolate. Make the long bank holiday in London a memorable one with a basket-load of these lovely Easter activities for kids and family-friendly events.
Recommended: crack open the full guide to Easter in London as we'll be updating this page with events nearer the time
Easter activities for kids in London
Go wild in the country over the Easter weekend at this two-day fair featuring heaps of traditional entertainment and outdoor fun. Visitors to the event which is now in its third year can enjoy jousting performances, birds of prey flying displays, miniature pony displays and stalls selling arts and crafts.Read more
Catch back-to-back screenings of animated classics created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate across the Easter weekend at these free film events. Reminisce watching the Clangers, Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine, before checking out the accompanying exhibition which features sets, storyboards, photos and more.Read more
E Nesbit’s book-turned-cult movie about three exceptionally well-mannered Edwardian children is essentially ‘Brief Encounter’ for families. But this lively live version is more than just a ticket for the nostalgia express.Admittedly, the 60-tonne star of the show is a very real museum piece, the big, brassy William Adams Express Passenger Engine No 563.Read more
You know a book is part of popular culture when the Met Police starts referencing it. ‘We’re going on a bear hunt!’ tweeted the Kingston bobbies last month when they discovered a huge weed forest. Michael Rosen’s 26-year-old picture-book classic in which a family goes looking for a bear through a forest forms the basis for this immersive exhibition for babies to 11-year-olds.Read more
Construction of this vast new exhibit began back in 2014. Two years on, the zoo is ready to rehome its pride of endangered Asiatic lions in this enclosure which is styled on the ruins of an amphitheatre-like lion temple. Visitors can get up close to the beautiful big cats thanks to newly installed 'windowless-views' created using fine wires, and explore the park filled with rickshaws.Read more