Top 10 things to do with the kids this bank holiday

Stuck for things to do with the kids this Easter bank holiday? We've got plenty to keep them sweet

This year's Easter bank holiday takes place from Fri Apr 3–Mon Apr 6 and, as always, we've got some fail-safe family-friendly ideas to keep the kids happy over the long weekend.

Bank holiday events for kids


Shaun in the City

More than 100 giant (and very colourful) statues of Shaun the Sheep will be dotted around the city ready for fans of the fluffy fella to track down. The Shauns have been decorated by artists, celebrities and designers and once their trail duties are done they'll be auctioned off in aid of children's hospitals across the UK.

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Various London locations Saturday March 28 2015 - Monday May 25 2015 Free

Easter Eggsplorer

Do some intrepid clue-hunting in the gardens of Borde Hill this Easter and you'll be rewarded with a sweet treat. Families will be provided with a special trail sheet, and all those who solve the puzzle will be given a chocolatey reward. There will also be giant garden games for all ages to play with.

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Borde Hill Saturday March 28 2015 - Sunday April 12 2015

Death By Chocolate

As tradition dictates, The London Dungeon has ignored the fact that Easter is generally a fluffy, friendly holiday and thought up a ghastly treat for visitors. A Victorian sweet shop will be tempting guests with is colourful confectionary and providing a sinister twist: its proprieter Miss Edmunds is a notorious poisoner. Dare you play chocolate roulette and risk a mouthful of mustard powder, chilli or even strychnine? It'll certainly make you think twice about scoffing all those Mini Eggs in one go.

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The London Dungeon Saturday March 28 2015 - Sunday April 12 2015

Easter Weekend at Discover

At Discover's annual Easter celebration, explore the fantastic garden with its huge pirate ship, climbing wall, spaceship and monster slide, or head indoors to enjoy a springtime story.This year marks the 20th anniversary of the picture book Guess How Much I Love You: activities will include dressing up as the Nutbrown Hare, making an Easter basket and finding sweet treats on the Easter bunny's trail.

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Discover Children's Story Centre Friday April 3 2015 - Monday April 6 2015

CBeebies Live! Presents Justin and Friends: Mr Tumble's Circus

This circus-themed CBeebies extravaganza is touring the UK and coming to London in April 2015. Expect singing, dancing, comedy from Justin Fletcher's extended cast of creations including Mr Tumble and characters from 'Gigglebiz' and 'Something Special.' Robert the Robot, Little Monster and CBeebies presenters Cat, Andy and Gemma also join the fun.

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Wembley Arena Saturday April 4 2015 - Sunday April 5 2015

Easter Country Fair

Go wild in the country over the Easter weekend at this two-day fair featuring heaps of traditional entertainment and outdoor fun. Visitors will enjoy motorcycle stunts, birds of prey displays, ferret racing and on Monday a companion dog show. The Goat Show is your chance to bottle feed lambs and kids, and those who visit the Medieval Village will encounter some fighting knights. Arts, crafts and gifts will be on sale in the marquees and there'll be plenty of food and drink available from the on-site bars.

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River Lee Country Park Sunday April 5 2015 - Monday April 6 2015

Stepping Out: Celebrating Hackney City Farm

To mark the birthday of Hackney City Farm, which was founded by Hackney residents in 1984, Hackney Museum is bringing together a celebratory exhibition about the farm's rich history. As well the opportunity to learn about the site’s former uses and see exhibits about the animals and gardens there will be creative activities for visitors of all ages. Visitors will also be able to use an interactive map created by artist Rebecca Davies in collaboration with local people who live, work or play in the E2 community.

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Hackney Museum Until Saturday May 16 2015 Free

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted

If anyone can make a museum really come to life it's immersive theatre magicians Punchdrunk, and their collaboration with the National Maritime Museum spells a real treat for children aged six-to-twelve (and the grown-ups that get to accompany them). A crew will welcome visitors on board a journey through the exhibition that's packed with lively stories and exciting events, enlisting them to help with navigation and calling on the brave to make the adventure all the more memorable.

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National Maritime Museum Saturday March 28 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

Our picture may be somewhat skewed as a result of compulsive viewing of various TV crime series but, every which way you carefully inspect it, forensics is a damn cool use of science. This exhibition of original evidence, archival material, photographs, film footage, specimens, forensic implements and artworks will look at the history, art and science of forensic medicine. Exploring the area where law and medicine cross over, it promises to reveal the truth behind some of the myths perpetuated by crime dramas.

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Wellcome Collection Until Sunday June 21 2015 Free

Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?

There's not a meal that goes by that doesn't involve some kind of decision based on what you do or don't fancy eating, but is it our own appetite influencing those decisions, or has the food tricked us into it? This exhibition of personal stories, curious objects and cutting-edge science and technology looks at how food affects our bodies, brains and habits. Find out how our cravings are developed by brains and gut bacteria, take part in neurogastronomy experiments, compare how baby animals react to sweet foods and learn more about the world's first poo bank.

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Science Museum Until Friday January 1 2016 Free
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Basement of the science museum is best for under fives.


Not much for under fives