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Matilda the MusicalCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryDiscover Children's Story CentreEaster at Kew: Shaun the SheepEaster Family FunSensational ButterfliesSadler's Wells Family WeekendAgainst Captain's Orders: A Journey Into The UnchartedSadler's Wells Family WeekendOpera North: SwanhunterThe Velveteen Rabbit: Unicorn Theatre (Over 4s)The Railway ChildrenSadler's Wells Family WeekendAgainst Captain's Orders: A Journey Into The Uncharted

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of beloved picture book Guess How Much I Love You, enjoy English National Ballet's 'Swan Lake' for the very young, and visit London's major museums and galleries for special family friendly Easter themed activities.

Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | Tube: Angel Station

3rd - 4th April 2015

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Sadler's Wells Family Weekend - Varmints

Two-day dance festival aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104.

There's something for every member of your troupe at the Family Weekend at Sadler's Wells, an annual two-day dance festival aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104. For the 2015 festival there are two main shows, Varmints, a dance piece based on the award winning book by Helen Ward, and Constelaciones, a new piece inspired by the work of Barcelona born painter Joan Miro. These shows on the Sadler's Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio stages are complemented by fun activities taking place across the entire building including a specially added interactive post-show discussion and family dance workshops exploring some of the images, themes and movement motifs from the Miro show.

 

Sensational Butterflies

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD | Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

2nd April to 13th September 2015

Sensational Butterflies by The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

Children can watch butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.

From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive this summer with the erection of a tropical butterfly house on the museum lawn. Visitors to Sensational Butterflies will be able to take on butterfly challenges, try out games and activities as they explore one of the planet's most amazing life cycles and experience the magic of walking among hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. Not only offering the chance to see butterflies and moths usually seen in Africa, Asia and South America, the display also has a hatchery window where visitors can watch butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.

 

English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Swan Lake

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

2nd - 12th April 2015

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Beautiful ballet perfectly pitched at audiences as young as three.

English National Ballet continues its tradition of presenting its My First Ballet series at The Peacock each spring with an adaptation of Swan Lake. This traditional ballet offers audiences as young as three the chance to see a performance created just for children. English National Ballet's Associate Artist George Williamson has choreographed the production which is performed by second year students from English National Ballet School.

 

Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls' House

V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA | Tube: Bethnal Green Station

13th December 2014 to 6th September 2015

Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls' House  - Hopkinson House - bedroom detail set in 1940s England,1980s-1990s by V&A Museum, London

The fascinating stories behind some of the UK's best-loved doll's houses.

Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls' House at the V&A Museum of Childhood reveals the fascinating stories behind some of the UK's best-loved doll's houses. Visitors will be taken on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing relationships of 12 doll's houses from the past 300 years, including country mansions, a Georgian town house, suburban villas and high-rise apartments.

 

Against Captain's Orders: A Journey Into The Uncharted

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF | Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

28th March to 31st August 2015

Against Captain's Orders: A Journey Into The Uncharted by Stephen Dobbie

An immersive nautical adventure on the high waters for children under 12.

Punchdrunk Enrichment's largest production to date, Against Captain's Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted gives 6 to 12 year old visitors to the National Maritime Museum a theatrical journey through the museum's collection of maritime artefacts. Harnessing the heroics of Grace Darling, who launched a daring rescue mission of shipwrecked sailors, the intuition of Captain Bligh, who journeyed over 4,000 miles with the help of just a sextant and compass after being abandoned by his crew, and the intellect of Sir Francis Drake, one of the first men to circumnavigate the globe, audiences will don life jackets and board HMS Adventure for their very own nautical adventure.

 

Opera North/The Wrong Crowd: Swanhunter (Over 7s)

Linbury Studio Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

4th - 11th April 2015

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Opera North: Swanhunter by Richard Davenport

A darkly magical folk story, designed specifically for a family audience.

Opera North and The Wrong Crowd present Jonathan Dove's family opera, Swanhunter, for everyone from children aged eight to adults. The Nordic story of Lemminkainen, a ladies' man determined to travel to the icy north in search of a bride, against his mother's wishes, is told through a beguiling blend of music, puppetry and visual storytelling. Jonathan Dove, "one of Britain's most prolific opera composers" (Telegraph), has written the score in collaboration with the librettist Alasdair Middleton, thus reuniting the team of Opera North's 2007 hit, The Adventures of Pinocchio. Both works were written with a young audience in mind and offer those over seven an ideal introduction to opera.

 

The Railway Children

King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, London, N1 9AP | Tube: King's Cross Station

16th December 2014 to 3rd January 2016

The Railway Children

Take part in a special Easter Egg Hunt before the matinee on Saturday 4th April.

Ticket holders for the 2.30pm performance of the Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children on Saturday 4th April 2015 can take part in a special Easter Egg Hunt. Egg Hunters of all ages will need to report to The Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, to begin the trail and receive the first clue. The hunt takes you into The Kings Cross Theatre following train-themed rhyming riddles from The Railway Children cast and staff along the way. Once you've completed the quest, you'll receive a treat before taking your seats for the afternoon's performance. And with 25 per cent off ticket prices for the under 16s, it's a good time to treat the family to a theatre outing over the Easter holidays.

 

Shaun in the City

Broadgate, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2BL | Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

28th March - 25th May 2015

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Shaun in the City

Hunt for giant Shaun the Sheep models around London town.

If your little ones go baa-my for Shaun the Sheep, who now stars in his own full-length feature film, from late March they can follow Shaun in the City and find 50 giant models of Shaun around London town. In the excellent Aardman film Shaun and his woolly friends go on an adventure to the big city. Now he's in the city in 'real' life! The Shaun in the City trail places giant Shaun sculptures designed by celebrities and artists - including Shaun the Sheep creator Nick Park - in iconic locations across the capital from 28th March until 25th May. Following the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity.

 

CBeebies Live! Presents Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble's Circus

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH | Tube: Wembley Park Station

4th - 5th April 2015

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CBeebies Live! Presents Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble's Circus

See all the CBeebies and Gigglebiz favourites live in action.

After a sell-out arena tour back in 2013, Justin Fletcher is back with his new CBeebies Live show Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble's Circus. Coming to the Wembley Arena on Easter weekend, the fun-filled show follows Mr Tumble's Circus as they're delayed on route. In a bid to get to the show on time, Gigglebiz favourites Keith Fitt, Dina Lady, Gale Force and Arthur Sleep will help Mr Tumble, Grandad Tumble, Andy Day and Cat Sandion to save the day. But, with Robert the Robot insisting that everyone do their chores and Little Monster just wanting to cause mayhem and mischief, will they get the circus to the town on time? With clever visual effects and lots of surprises, the show is a great way to keep the little ones entertained this Easter.

 

The Velveteen Rabbit: Unicorn Theatre (Over 4s)

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ | Tube: London Bridge Station

28th March - 26th April 2015

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The Velveteen Rabbit: Unicorn Theatre (Over 4s)

A perfect outing for little ones (and grown-ups) over the Easter holiday.

The Unicorn's adaptation of Margery Williams's popular children's story returns in time for Easter after a popular run here this time last year. Although first published over 90 years ago in 1922, the tale of a shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real has stood the test of time and stands as a classic of American literature for children. The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) has been given a contemporary adaptation directed by the Unicorn's artistic director, Purni Morell, to create "an utterly gripping and heart-wrenching piece of contemporary theatre" (The Guardian) for children aged four and over. "When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

 

Easter at Kew: Shaun the Sheep

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB | Tube: Kew Gardens Station

5th April 2015

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Easter at Kew: Shaun the Sheep - Copyright: Aardman

Kew Gardens present lots of Shaun the Sheep themed family fun.

On Sunday 5th April 2015 join Shaun the Sheep and his real life friends, on holiday from Wakehurst, Kew's sister garden in Sussex, for Kew's annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kew comes over all sheepish with Shaun's Madcap Meadow, a springtime meadow of British wildflowers, seasonal bulbs and grasses where they'll be hosting wellie wanging, the Sheep Hopper Maze, where kids can bounce around a maze of hay, and Bitzer's Sheepdog Trials where you can help herd, bounce and roll Shirley back into her pen. Pop-up stores in the meadow also give you the opportunity to create your own Shaun the Sheep with a Shaun the Sheep toolkit, and there's the Spring Lamb Springtime Trail where you can work out who Timmy, the baby of the flock, has been bouncing around with among the spring bulbs. A fun trail for kids and adults alike, see how many spring flowers you can identify and discover what is waiting for you at the end of the trail.

 

Plantastic

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ | Tube: Denmark Hill Station

14th February to 1st November 2015

Plantastic

A fun exploration of the world of plants on a massive scale.

From giant seeds and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system, Plantastic at the Horniman Museum explores the world of plants on a massive scale. The interactive exhibition provides visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with nature. Open just in time for February half term, from May 2015 there will be specially designed and themed outdoor displays including a mass planting of sunflowers, a floral picture of the anatomy of a flower, and a border planted out to attract pollinating insects - go and find out how a bee sees the world.

 

Discover Children's Story Centre

383-387 High Street, Stratford, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ | Tube: Stratford Station

Discover Children's Story Centre - Photo: Discover/Mike Massaro

This fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford runs Story Trails, Easter basket making and a new exhibition.

Discover, a fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford East, is open every day over the Easter holidays with their current exhibition Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers and the return of the Where's Wally? Weekend, where children are invited to search the Story Trail to find the real Wally. There will also be visits from author and illustrator Emily Hughes and poet Joe Coelho (of CBeebies Rhyme Rocket).  On the Easter bank holidays the centre will celebrate the 20th anniversary of beloved picture book Guess How Much I Love You with the chance to make an Easter basket and follow the Easter Bunny's trail to find a chocolate treat.

 

Events at Discover Children's Story Centre

Summer Holidays At Discover: Splash!

Now On
3rd to 9th Aug 2015 - 10am-5pm
 

We are open every day over the summer holidays. Join us for stories, special activities on the Story Trail and crafts based on a different theme each week of the Newham school holidays.

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Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers

On Soon
27th September 2014 to 31st August 2015
 

The lovely people at Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford celebrate the 10th birthday of Oliver Jeffers's classic 'How to Catch a Star' by exploring the author's magical worlds in a new exhibition bringing his ...more

Summer Holidays At Discover: Let's Go Camping

On SoonFree Event
10th to 16th Aug 2015 - 10am-5pm
 

We are open every day over the summer holidays. Join us for stories, special activities on the Story Trail and crafts based on a different theme each week of the Newham school holidays.

Summer Holidays At Discover: Summer Picnic

On Soon
17th to 23rd Aug 2015 - 10am-5pm
 

We are open every day over the summer holidays. Join us for stories, special activities on the Story Trail and crafts based on a different theme each week of the Newham school holidays.

Summer Holidays At Discover: Kites!

On SoonFree Event
Monday 31st August 2015 - 10am-5pm
 

We are open every day over the summer holidays. Join us for stories, special activities on the Story Trail and crafts based on a different theme each week of the Newham school holidays.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF | Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station

22nd May 2013 to 4th June 2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

A sweet theatre treat for all the family.

We are spoilt for choice with not one but two Roald Dahl dramatisations on the London stage. After the successful transition of Dahl's Matilda The Musical to the West End, this equally joyous and bizarre tale has become a welcome addition to Theatreland. Who could forget the heart-warming tale of forlorn little Charlie Bucket and his poverty stricken family? His four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal a life-changing golden ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was recently revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a new production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Since it started at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in May 2013 this sweet theatrical treat has been filling the auditorium with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas," says The Telegraph. "They alone are worth the price of admission." Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now.

 

Matilda the Musical

Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, W1D 7DY | Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

18th October 2011 to 29th May 2016 - Various Times

Matilda the Musical

Children will love the hugely successful show based on the Roald Dahl book

The hugely successful show based on the Roald Dahl book about a little girl with special powers won an unprecedented seven Olivier awards last year and continues to draw in audiences young and old. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda has been described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant". The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable." With a Broadway production due to open this Easter, he's been proved right.

 
 
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