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London Wetland Centre Easter duck trail
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Easter activities for kids in London

Keep them entertained over the Easter weekend – and away from the chocolate for a bit – with our guide to the best Easter events for children

Written by
Time Out London editors
,
Sarah Cohen
&
Annette Richardson
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Easter is one of the very best holidays. Why? Well, alongside the fact that most of season is dedicated to eating chocolate, we also get a whopping four-day bank holiday weekend (Friday March 29 to Monday April 1 this year) when we can go out and have fun with our family at a whole host of wholesome Easter activities.

Stuck for ideas on how to fill all this free time? That’s where we come in. Below is a list of ideas for things you can get up to in London with the kids this Easter weekend – and the rest of the school holidays. 

RECOMMENDED: Crack open our full guide to the Easter weekend.

Easter activities for kids in London

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Hampton

The stunning gardens of Hampton Court Palace will once again be the setting for this Easter adventure. On the hunt for the Lindt Gold Bunnies which are dotted throughout the grounds, you can learn all about the legendary figures who have made their mark throughout the decades of the site’s history. The trail takes around 90 minutes, and is self-led. Suitable for kids aged between 3 and 12.

  • Things to do
  • Quirky events
  • Forest Hill

The Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Spring Fair is maybe the most efficient way to cram as much Easter fun into a single day as possible. The gardens will be taken over by a ridiculously busy programme, with everything from a Spring Time Disco (11.30 am - 1.30 pm) to an Easter Bonnet Parade (1 pm). But there’s plenty more: think circus skills, singalongs, fete games and seed planting, all fuelled by some cracking cuisine from the roster of food stalls.

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GoBoat Paddington
  • Things to do
  • Paddington

Captain your own vessel and cruise through the heart of London in the city’s first self-driving boat experience – GoBoat. Pick your crew – up to eight people can fit into the eco-friendly boats and chart your way across London’s canals traveling past London Zoo, through Regents Park, see Camden Lock or you can even experience the 250m long Maida Hill Tunnel. The boats are available for anyone to hire and run on Regents Canal. Prices: £89 for 1 hour, £129 for two and £169 for three hours.

  • Things to do
  • Sport events
  • Herne Hill

Ensure your little ones have an eggcellent (sorry) start to their Easter holidays by booking them a spot at the Herne Hill Velodrome. In each of the six available slots on Good Friday, you can let them go wild on the scavenger hunt collecting stamps, and on the cycling course set up inside the velodrome, too. There’ll also be Easter-themed face-painting, Frog bikes and the chance to paint your own Easter eggs - plenty to tire them out before bedtime. (Suitable for ages 2 - 10).

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  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Covent Garden

Wintershall Players return with their huge (think horses, donkeys, doves and a cast of over 100) open-air re-enactment of 'The Passion of Jesus' on Good Friday, featuring volunteers from in and around London. The big man himself will be played by Peter Bergin, an English teacher from Woking, who'll be subject to a realistic (read, bracingly gory) interpretation of the crucifixion. Parental guidance advised. 

  • Things to do
  • Kew

Interactive, games-inspired and outdoor activities all accompanied by a loveable TV puppy? If it sounds like it’d be right up your kids’ street, you better head to Kew. Bluey, the loveable Blue Heeler doggo from the synonymous TV show, will be joining the Easter fun at London’s most famous botanical gardens, for a big old celebration of nature with some episode-inspired games and activities – there’s even the chance to meet him at intervals each day!

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