Little ones love Easter, and with the egg hunts, cute rabbits and seemingly endless chocolate, why wouldn't they? But as well as all that, there are tons of great events for children happening over the Easter school holidays, so make it a break to remember with our round-up of the best Easter activities for kids that the whole family will love.
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Easter activities for kids in London
For all those pint-sized paleontologists in your life, a visit to this spectcular show is a must. Located near (but not at) The O2 on Greenwich Peninsula, Dinosaurs in the Wild has its own dedicated site, where your experience begins with a trip in the TimeBase 67 to go back nearly 70 million years – well, you didn't expect to see dinosaurs without the aid of time travel, did you? Watch lumbering herds of dinosaurs, witness a dino autopsy, plunge your hands into dinosaur poo and visit a lookout with views of prehistoric life in every form. Jurassic Park has nothing on this.
Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is sure to tickle you pink. The Horniman Museum's interactive exhibition features family-friendly displays, a mood room with sensory lighting to match, and a colour café, where you can discover why our taste buds only react to certain colours. For the Easter holidays there are a series of themed special activities from Tuesday April 3 to Friday April 13 (free, book your places for 45-minute session when you arrive at the museum). These craft workshops give kids a chance to express their inner artist, making a rainbow mobile or a spring flower, or creating an underwater scene.
This blockbuster exhibition at Discover in Stratford is an immersive landscape of wonder and fun. Venture into forests, squeeze past a big cow, explore Monkey Puzzle jungle and basically 'fly', romp and play your way through a recreated universe filled with characters from the much-loved picture books of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It's a beautifully presented exhibition and visitor sessions last about 40 minutes each, to ensure it doesn't get too crowded. Suitable for ages up to eight (but older children welcome too).
Calling all comic buffs! Heaps of costumes, comic pages and preparatory sketches, models and props used in the DC Entertainment films are waiting for you at The O2. Each room of this exhibition gives a behind-the-scenes look at the mythical realms created for the likes of Superman, Catwoman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Mr Freeze, accompanied by original soundtracks from the blockbuster flicks. Get your peepers on exclusive artwork made for last year’s ‘Wonder Woman’ release, the original costume worn by Lynda Carter’s ‘Wonder Woman’ in the 1970s and that iconic cape donned by Christopher Reeve as ‘Superman’ in 1978.
The Nordic countries have produced more than their fair share of sleek - and normally very sensible - designs. The V&A’s younger sibling, the V&A Museum of Childhood, selects the best pieces of savvy design work from these northerly countries which are either inspired by or made for children. BRIO, LEGO, BabyBjorn, IKEA and Tove Jansson’s Moomins are included, along with some less cuddly additions, like TetraPak.