There are so many things to do for families this Easter and thank heavens no snow on the horizon. From the Goat Race to the Boat Race, Easter egg hunts, kids cinema and theatre picks and even some outdoor fun.
We’ll be at the Real Food Festival at Southbank Centre to support Big Apple Hot Dogs and fellow street traders. Enjoy the weekend!
Fri-Mon: 10 Best Easter Egg Hunts in London
There are chocolate eggs hiding this weekend all across London. You have no excuse not to track one down! Follow our guide to the 10 best hunts.
Fri-Mon: Easter in London: 25 Things to Do with Kids
Find out what’s on our Hot List for families this Easter weekend including: The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square (Fri); Horrible Histories at Hackney Empire (Fri-Sat); Clapham Common Easter Funfair (all weekend); Real Food Market (all weekend); Horniman Museum Easter Fair (all weekend); The Goat Race (Sun); LSO St Luke’s 10th Birthday Family Day (Mon).
MORE WEEKEND FUN
Fri: Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals at Polka Theatre, 240 the Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 (Wimbledon tube)
Put a little rock & roll in your Good Friday with this riotous show featuring the charismatic musician and his animal band blending theatre, comedy and a concert atmosphere for ages 4-7. 2pm, £12/concs. £8 (Mar 29)
Fri-Sat: Easter at Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 (High St Kensington tube)
Eggsplore the past at the historic royal palace with Peter the Wild Boy Easter egg hunt and an Easter bonnet making competition. Kids go free all weekend! 10am-6pm; adult £14-£15/child FREE (Mar 29-Apr 1)
Sat: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (U) at Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High St, E8 (Dalston Kingsland overground)
Perfect for the season, the original version of this classic tale lights up the screen with Gene Wilder as the irrepressible Mr Wonka. He lures Charlie Bucket and his fellow golden ticket winners into a magical, musical world of Oompa Loompas, chocolate rivers and everlasting gobstoppers. 11am-12.45pm, adult £3/child £2 (Mar 30)
Sun: The African Market at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Rd, E2 (Shoreditch High St overground)
Enjoy an alternative Easter Sunday market with stalls offering crafts, fashion and accessories from the Continent, plus original books and music and of course delicious homemade African food. Grown-ups can linger for the live charity gig that kicks off from 8pm. Market 12-7pm, FREE (Mar 31)
Sun: The Boat Race, various riverside locations
Wrap up warm and join the crowds lining the river to cheer on Oxford vs Cambridge in the historic annual rivalry. Top spots to watch from Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish). Also check out Boat Race in the Park events with live screens and entertainment in Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith. Race starts 4.30pm, FREE (Mar 31)
Mon: Underground Overground at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2 (Covent Garden tube)
The Easter Holiday daily family activities kick off today with storytelling for ages 3 to 7 about the imaginary lives of characters living on the Underground and Make & Take workshops to contribute to a model tube set and invent your own fantastical station. 11am-2pm & 11.30am-2pm; adult entry £15/child under 16 FREE (Apr 1-12)
Mon: April Fool’s Day Comedy Concert at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 (Waterloo/Embankment tube)
An afternoon of comedy and musical mayhem bringing together the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plus symphony orchestra for an event Time Out describes as ‘Best Concert of the Year’. Family-friendly fun for the day of all fools. 4pm; £9.50-£39.50/half-price concs. limited availability (Apr 1)
Sat: Easter Bunny Comes to Kinloch Gardens, Kinloch St, Islington N7 (Arsenal tube)
Back by popular demand, the Bunny hops into the gardens with her basket of goodies for a day of egg hunting, bonnet making, egg and spoon racing, paper eggs on sticks and more. For all ages. 11am-1pm, FREE (Mar 30)
We also like
Easter eggs and crafts activities at Discover in Stratford (Fri-Mon); do the Bunny Bustle 2K at Regent’s Park and raise money for disabled and disadvantaged people (Sat); Hop is showing at Everyman Screen on the Green in Islington (Sat); meet the Pearly King & Queen at Museum of London (Fri-Sat); Harlem Globetrotters slam dunk into Wembley Arena (Sat); stop by for Easter Egg Blowing all day long at Drink Shop Do in King’s Cross (Sun)