The best Easter activities for kids in London

You can put all your eggs in one basket with this guide to the best events for children this Easter

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If any holiday was made for kids it's surely Easter, with its dramatic stories, bunnies, treasure hunts and near bottomless supplies of chocolate. Easter 2014 falls on Sunday April 20; make the long weekend a memorable one with one of these lovely family-friendly events.

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    Children's Cinema Club: Animation Workshop

    Kids can bring their animation ideas to life then see them projected on the big screen alongside Joanna Quinn's Bafta-winning Famous Fred. Voiced by Lenny Henry, this lazy cat secretly moonlights as a feline singing sensation. The programme, aimed at five-to-ten year-olds, will feature more animated shorts and a Q&A session where children can meet the filmmakers. The workshop will take place from 1pm and the screenings will begin at 2pm.

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  • Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

    The latest ice-skating spectacle from the Disney on Ice team features favourite characters from 'Toy Story', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Tinker Bell' and 'Cars'. Age 2+.

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    Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson

    Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain's best-loved children's authors, serving as Children's Laureate (2005-2007) and – perhaps even the Queen's a fan – being made a Dame in 2008. More importantly, her nearly 100 books have sold 35 million copies, so such characters as Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid and Hetty Feather – all featured in this exhibition – are probably familiar. But interestingly, the exhibition also focuses on the author's life and inspiration: in fact, it is bookended by reconstructions of her childhood bedroom (along with early short stories and diaries) and of the study where she now writes. The importance of Nick Sharratt's illustrations is also recognised, with plenty of drafts and finished pictures on display.

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    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

    The last of E20's green acres are opening to the public. On April 5, the southern section of the park opens up all the remaining parkland on the site, including children's play areas, four walking trails, a couple of dozen public artworks, plus the attraction of ascending the ArcelorMittal Orbit. This section joins the immaculate parklands already open to the north and the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre, which is open for public swimming and diving sessions. The VeloPark (opening in late March), will be home to road, track, BMX and mountain biking.

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    Sensational Butterflies

    The Natural History Museum's butterfly house returns for a sixth year in 2014 to a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the Museum's east lawn. Visitors can come face-to-face with tropical butterflies, including the swallowtail, blue morpho, the moon moth and many others originating from Africa, Southeast Asia and North and South America, and take part in games, activities and challenges that teach more about the sensory world of the fluttering creatures.

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    Easter Weekend at Discover

    Make an Easter bonnet, explore the fantastic garden with its huge pirate ship, climbing wall, spaceship and monster slide, head indoors to enjoy a springtime story or solve the Easter Bunny’s clues to find a prize. Find Holly Surplice at 12.30pm and 2.30pm and play hide-and-seek with Bunny and join Rachel Isadora at 3.30pm for a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s 'The Ugly Duckling.'

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  • Kensington Palace Easter Egg Hunt

    Discover a trail through the beautiful palace gardens, meet the Georgian royal court and crack a secret code for a chocolate prize. The Easter Egg Hunt is included in the entry price and is aimed at children aged 7-11. The whole palace will be getting into the springtime spirit with live performance and storytelling over the long weekend. Families can get creative making an Easter bonnet inspired by the costume at Kensington Palace; the entries will be judged at 3pm on each day and prizes awarded. Will Kate and Wills emerge from their living quarters in the palace to bring bonny Prince George out for a seasonal jolly? We can but hope.

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    Easter at Kew Gardens

    Kew has teamed up with The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, and the new 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical, to make 2014 the most chocolatey Easter ever. The Easter Egg hunt will likely be the biggest draw for children during Kew's Easter festival (Apr 20). Throughout the fortnight there’s plenty more for kids to enjoy from a create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar workshop, to visiting the Inventing Room to come up with crazy recipes for Willy Wonka’s everlasting gobstopper. The garden itself will be undergoing a transformation with spring in full swing and hundreds of daffodils and crocuses flowering.

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  • Family Weekend at Sadler's Wells

    This annual two-day festival of games, activities and entertainment is inspired by the theatre's current family shows. On Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19 balletLORENT's Rapunzel will be brought to life before (12.30pm) and after (4.30pm) the show with family dance workshops. Suitable for children aged six and up, the hour-long sessions will explore some of the images, themes and movement motifs from Rapunzel. At 3.30pm on both days the team behind Deep In The Woods will be running a 45-minute family shadow play workshop aimed at kids aged two-five. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, to kick their shoes off and to use their bodies to create shadow shapes of a magical forest backdrops and woodland creatures.

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    Easter at London Wetland Centre

    Meet the centre's resident family of farmyard ducks and try to resist going all gooey as the downy ducklings waddle about after their mother. Kids can discover how these cute characters develop from eggs and join in Easter art sessions to create a duckling puzzle or decorate an egg. Spot the bugs and buds that are springing to life or take part in a spot of pond dipping. Activities are included in the admission price.

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© Joanna Quinn

Children's Cinema Club: Animation Workshop

Kids can bring their animation ideas to life then see them projected on the big screen alongside Joanna Quinn's Bafta-winning Famous Fred. Voiced by Lenny Henry, this lazy cat secretly moonlights as a feline singing sensation. The programme, aimed at five-to-ten year-olds, will feature more animated shorts and a Q&A session where children can meet the filmmakers. The workshop will take place from 1pm and the screenings will begin at 2pm.

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