The Easter holidays are nearly upon us. Don’t panic if you haven’t started planning your activities yet – we’ve rounded up the best family days out over Easter in London for 2018. Be warned, there are lots of chicks, bunnies and chocolate featured in this list!
1. Superpowers Trail at ZSL London Zoo
When: Friday March 30th– Sunday April 15th
Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY
With spring in the air, Easter is the perfect time to visit ZSL London Zoo. This Easter they have a special Superpowers trail for families to discover which of its many inhabitants have awesome super hero powers. Find out why lemurs let off stink bombs and discover which animal can regrow its limbs. Kids of all ages will be given a special comic book packed with activities to guide them around the trail. Once completed, kids meet at Superhero HQ for more games including how to use camouflage to make them invisible!
2. Bunny Hop and Seek Trail at Museum of Brands
When: Friday March 30th – Sunday April 15th
Where: Museum of Brands, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising on Lancaster Road in Notting Hill is hosting a Bunny Hop and Seek trail this Easter which will guide families around their treasure trove of historical brands and packaging.
Amongst the toys, sweets and breakfast cereals from previous generations kids are challenged to find various famous bunnies from the ages including Peter Rabbit, Bugs Bunny and Thumper from Bambi. Those that find all the hidden bunnies will win a chocolate prize.
The museum boasts a lovely café and garden, which will be selling hot cross buns and other seasonal treats so you can put your feet up after a trip down memory lane, remembering favourite brands from yesteryear.
The trail is included with museum admission and no booking is required.
3. Dusty’s Giant Easter Egg Duck Hunt at WWT London Wetland Centre
When: Sun 30th March to Friday 15th April
Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT
Easter isn’t just about bunnies and chocolate. It’s a celebration of re-birth and nature springing back to life. So where better to visit than WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes? Life may be bursting out with babies, bugs and buds in abundance but some of their ducklings have gone missing and they’re asking families to help find them. Follow their giant Easter egg duck hunt around the nature reserve to find the ducklings. If you find them all, you’ll win a prize. Other activities on offer for families include pond dipping and nest building.
The trail costs £1 on top of entrance to the Wetland Centre.
4. A big day out with Peter Rabbit at Kew Gardens
When: Friday March 30th – Sunday April 15th
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
With the new film currently showing in cinemas, Peter Rabbit is the hottest bunny in town this Easter. To celebrate Beatrix Potter’s most famous creation, Kew Gardens have themed their whole Easter programme of events around Peter and his friends.
Families are invited to follow a trail based on Peter and other famous Beatrix Potter characters as well as take part in various games and learn all about the vegetables Peter found in Peter’s arch enemy Mr McGregor’s garden.
You will also be able to discover Beatrix Potter’s links with Kew, her struggles to get recognised in the scientific community and how this led her to create her world-famous characters.
All Peter Rabbit activities are included in the admission fee for the Gardens.
5. Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace
When: 26th March to 15th April
Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU
Our favourite bunnies have to be Lindt Gold bunnies and if you’re a fan, head over to Hampton Court Palace this Easter to join the Gold Bunny Hunt around the magnificent home and gardens of Britain’s most famous monarch King Henry VIII.
Once you’ve found all the bunnies, you’ll be able to pick up your very own Lindt chocolate prize.
There are loads of other chocolate themed activities on offer for families over Easter including royal chocolate tasting and decorate your own chocolate cup. If you fancy losing the kids for a little while, the famous Hampton Court Maze will also be opening for the first time this year.
6. Winnie the Pooh – Exploring a Classic at the V&A museum
When: on until Sunday 8th April
Where: V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
We LOVE the V&A museum in South Kensington. Whereas other museums can get uncomfortably packed during the school holidays, the V&A manages to retain an aura of calm. Its features are fascinating for kids and adults alike and none more so than this wonderful exhibition exploring the world of Winnie the Pooh and his creator A.A. Milne.
This multi-sensory and of course very playful exhibition based on Winnie’s 100 Acre Wood features sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashions to explore the appeal of this much loved bear and his friends.
Exhibition costs £8 and advance booking is recommended.
We hope we’ve whetted your appetite for all things Easter and have everything crossed for good weather!