Easter with Kids in London: Top 25 Picks

WATCH A FILM

1. Don’t miss special family matinees of Future Cinema’s Bugsy Malone at Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 (Limehouse DLR) with live boxing, dancing and custard pie shoot-outs! 12.30pm, adult £25/child £10 (Apr 6-22, varying dates)

2. Critics are loving The Pirates! Band of Misfits (U), an animated adventure from Aardman Films (Chicken Run) starring Hugh Grant & Salma Hayek, now in cinemas nationwide

3. Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is at Vue Kids AM (Apr 5), at Odeon Kids (until Apr 10) and also out on DVD.

4. The Hunger Games is the Parent & Baby screening at 12pm on Mon (Apr 9) at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Rd (Shoreditch High St overground). Visit our Parent & Baby Cinema guide for more screenings around town.

5. Barbican Family Film Club is screening Hop (Apr 7) and brand new hit The Muppets (Apr 14) at 11am, members £3/non-members £5. At Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC1 (Barbican tube)

CATCH A SHOW

6. The annual Passion in the Square brings 70 actors and thousands of spectators to witness the story of Easter brought dramatically to life in Trafalgar Square, WC2 (Charing Cross tube) at 12pm & 3.15pm, FREE (Apr 6)

7. Martha is a charmingly funny tale of trust, friendship and a goose from the award winning Catherine’s Wheel company, for ages 4+. At Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, SE1 (Waterloo tube). 1pm & 3pm (Apr 6), 11am & 2pm (Apr 7-9), adult £12/child £6 (Apr 6-9)

8. English National Ballet adapts Tchaikovsky’s score in a special performance for ages 3+ in My First Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, WC1 (Holborn tube). 11am & 2pm (Tue-Fri), 11am, 2pm & 5pm (Sat-Sun), £10-£25 (Apr 3-13)

9. Enter a magical, musical world for the young and the young at heart with Monty and Mirabella at Waterloo East Theatre, Brad St, SE1 (Waterloo tube). Daily 2pm, £9/concs £7/family £30 (until Apr 14)

10. The spectacular Zippo’s Circus is at Shooter’s Hill Rd, Blackheath, SE3 (until Apr 10) and Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, SE24 (Apr 12-17). Varying times, adult £8-£16/child £6-£13

FUN & GAMES

11. Georgian Games at Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven St, WC2 (Charing Cross tube) gives kids 5-12 a chance to try 18th century games like quoit, marbles and cat’s cradle. 10am-5pm, child £5/adult FREE (Apr 3-10)

12. The Easter funfair’s on at Clapham Common (until Apr 15) and Finsbury Park (Apr 5-15)

13. Join master chef winner Mat Follas at the Happy Egg Company Family Fun Day of cooking and magic in aid of charity at Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Bayswater (Apr 6)

14. Get your skates on for the Easter Bunny Stroll in Hyde Park, W1 with costumed skating from 2pm onwards, FREE (Apr 8)

15. Enjoy an Easter Eggstravaganza with activities and egg trail at Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, EC2. 10am-4.30pm, FREE (Apr 2-5 and Apr 10-13)

NATURE & OUTDOORS

16. Meet a meerkat, a racoon, a skunk or a giant tortoise with Zoofari’s Easter Zoo at N1 Centre in Islington (Angel tube), FREE (until Apr 4)

17. Roll up for the Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race at Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Rd, E1 (Shoreditch High St overground) with live DJs, food stalls and bookies! 1-5.30pm, adult £5/kids 50p (Apr 7)

18. Unscramble the world of penguins, platypuses, butterflies and other Easter Egg-laying Animals at Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, WC1 (Euston tube). 1-5pm, FREE (Apr 12-13)

19. Check out the Easter Eggstravaganza at London Wetland Centre in Barnes, SW13 as newly hatched ducklings take their very first swim. Daily 9.30-6pm, adult £10.99/child £6.50/under 4s FREE (until Apr 15)

20. Life’s a Penguin Beach at London Zoo, NW1 (Regent’s Park tube) where zookeepers have found the first penguin eggs of the year! Daily until 5.30pm, adult £20.50/child £16/under 3s FREE (ongoing)

ARTS & CRAFTS

21. Design your own bonnet, go on a jigsaw puzzle hunt and hear travelling tales in Easter Family Fun at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, WC2. 11am-4pm, adult £13.50 (annual)/child FREE (Apr 2-11)

22. Captain Clean wants YOU to help conserve the museum’s collection in The Big Spring Clean at National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea (Sloane Square tube). 10am-5.30pm, FREE (Apr 4-9)

23. Come along for a weekend of Hop Along Fun at V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, E1 (Bethnal Green tube), with Bunny hunt, crafts and a chance to win a jar of jelly beans. 11am-4pm, FREE (Apr 6-9)

24. Global Eggs at Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch (Hoxton overground) lets you decorate an egg and egg cup to represent a country of your choice. 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm, FREE (Apr 7)

25. Storytelling, puppets, paper crowns and other craft activities are part of Victoriana – Easter Holidays at Kensington Palace (High St Kensington tube). 11am-4pm, adult £14.50/child FREE (until Apr 9)

Don’t miss our guide to Top 10 Easter Egg Hunts in London

Main pic: Bespoke 165ft Chipwrecked sand art drawing designed by professional artist on Blackpool beach with help from local schoolchildren (Mar 29, 2012)

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