The Sadler's Wells annual Family Weekend is the perfect place to enjoy Easter with fun activities for people of all ages. Following on from the success of last year's stunning Rapunzel, balletLORENT is back with everyone's favourite fairy-tale, Snow White. Directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Liv Lorent (MBE) and with a team including an array of award-winning talent, as well as local children, this is a beautiful production that's not to be missed. Over at the Lilian Baylis Studio, the Tom Dale Company and MOKO Dance present Digitopia, an amazing showcase of contemporary dance and digital technology. Sadler's Wells aims to put on productions that bring children and families together, inspiring kids and adults alike. As such, you can sign up to Snow White and Digitopia workshops to express some of that creativity yourself.
Easter Family Fun in London
Stay classy this Easter with special performances of Snow White and Digitopia.
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 25th - 26th March 2016
Two great, family-friendly shows produced by The Unicorn Theatre on Tooley Street.
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 24th January - 02nd May 2016
Get cultural this Easter with a visit to The Unicorn Theatre. Producing innovative theatre for young audiences for the last 10 years, The Unicorn aims to provide children with a fantastic first-time theatre experience. Minotaur by Adam Peck is a modern retelling of the classic Greek myth, aimed at children aged 8 and over. Can Ariadne help her misunderstood brother escape the labyrinth? There's only one way to find out! After something a little more fun for the younger ones? Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemore by Gary Owen is a colourful, clowning piece for ages 3 to 7 featuring three unforgettable characters who can only say three unforgettable words... Book tickets now to avoid disappointment!
The English National Ballet present this enchanting ballet, created especially for children.
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT
Dates: 24th March - 02nd April 2016
Introduce your children to the magic of ballet this Easter. Presented by the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School, this reimagining of the classic fairy-tale has been put together especially for children. With a narrator to help your little ones follow the story and at just an hour in length, this is ideal for kids as young as three. Opening at the Peacock Theatre in London, the production will embark on a 7-week tour, bringing the joy and wonder of ballet to children up and down the country. Performed by second-year students at the English National Ballet School, you can enjoy watching home-grown talent - and hopefully inspire your own to try a dancing class or two.
Agile cats, juggling on horseback and amazing acrobatics on Blackheath.
Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA
Dates: 24th March - 05th April 2016
Zippos Circus marks its 30th year on the road with Celebration, a show featuring a talented family of pet cats, juggling on horseback and amazing acrobatics. The show, which comes to Blackheath in south east London this Easter , shows the natural agility and balance of Roseline's family of pet cats and gives visitors a chance to see horseman Boris Borissov and his stunning white horses. Brazilian Alex Michael, one of the few trapeze artists in the world who works without a safety net, spins high above the circus ring, Czech husband and wife duo Toni and Nikol perform their nail-biting knife-throwing routine, and the Duo Galaxy from Germany - firm favourites at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland - add to the thrills with their terrifying 'Wheel of Death'.
Head back to prehistoric times with this fun, family-friendly dinosaur exhibition.
Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 13th February to 30th October 2016
Looking for a rip-roaring good time this Easter? Take the kids down to the Horniman Museum to discover the fascinating world of dinosaur families. Featuring a replica of a near complete dinosaur hatchling skeleton (Baby Louie to his friends), a discovery pit to find your own fossils, a real-life dinosaur leg bone and lots of other interactive stations, this is a fun and educational exhibit for dinosaur lovers of all ages. There's even a fossilised egg on loan from Sir David Attenborough. SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH. Enough said. The Horniman is also hosting an Easter Fair over the weekend, with an Easter Egg trail, garden tour with the Horniman Easter Bunny, Farmer's Market and live music.
Find out more about the fantastic and feathery world of birds with this special Easter puppet show.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Dates: 27th March - 07th April 2016
Don't let the Easter Bunny steal all the limelight this Easter; make time for all those fluffy little chicks as well! The Natural History Museum is hosting a fun and informative showcase dedicated to our feathery friends. Hosted by everyone's favourite song-based hen Chicken Licken and her puppeteer pal, you can find out just what makes birds so different to other animals. How do they fly? Why do they lay eggs? What about all those feathers? Fun for all the family and with a special Easter twist, the Natural History Museum is always a great shout for a day out. Don't forget to go see the dinosaurs!
Children can watch butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Dates: 24th March to 11th September 2016
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.
The London Eye presents an immersive Charlie and the Chocolate Factory event.
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB
Dates: 25th March - 09th April 2016
The London Eye is teaming up with the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this Easter for a choctastic event, The View of Pure Imagination. With the award-winning production entering its fourth and final year in the West End, this will be a chance to enjoy a different angle on the story. The immersive Easter experience will see the London Eye transformed into a magical world where visitors will be able to help Willy Wonka invent his latest concoctions, inspired by views of London's most famous attractions - Pic-afizzy Circus and Best-mints-ter Abbey being two examples. Expect story-telling actors, mouth-watering mischief and ludicrous Easter craft workshops. The area around the Eye will also be transformed into Wonka's gold and purple universe with lollipop trees and a whole host of confectionary shaped treats.
Replace the Easter Bunny with a special reading of Little Rabbit Foo Foo.
383-387 High Street, Stratford, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ
Tube: Stratford Station
Nothing beats a good bedtime story... So why not make a day of it for a change? The Discover Children's Story Centre not only has Michael Rosen's immersive Bear Hunt display it's also holding special readings of Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen and Arthur Robins over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Tickets cost just £5 (or £18 for a family of four), with free entry for under twos. This charming Easter tale with a twist is perfect for ages three and up, featuring the naughty Little Rabbit Foo Foo. He has a nasty habit of hitting his fellow forest dwellers on the head and the Good Fairy has had quite enough of it... Bring the little ones along to find out what happens next! The kids can also have a go at making their own Easter basket or take a trip along the Easter Story Trail, finding hidden patterns to decorate an Easter egg picture.
Come dressed as a Star Wars character and get a free BB-8 gift.
Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR
Dates: 16th May 2015 to 31st December 2016
Just in time for Easter, from Friday 25th March 2016, a new character comes to the epic Star Wars at Madame Tussauds display - an exact replica of BB-8. Not only that, anyone turning up dressed as a Star Wars character over Easter Weekend will receive a free BB-8 gift. The two-foor, multi-million pound Star Wars experience at Madame Tussauds (which opened in May 2015) has authentic walk-in sets, special effects and 11 separate sets which faithfully reproduce the film's most memorable scenes. Fans can come face-to-face with Stormtroopers, witness Luke Skywalker as he battles Darth Vader on the Death Star and join the captive Princess Leia and the evil Jabba the Hutt in his Throne Room. Hang out with Han Solo in the cantina before stepping onto the Millennium Falcon with Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca. May the force be with you.
An iconic and charming story told live at the King Cross Theatre, featuring a real-life steam train!
King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, London, N1 9AP
Tube: King's Cross Station
Dates: 16th December 2014 to 30th October 2016
Looking for something that ticks every member of your family's boxes? You can't go wrong with the Railway Children. Whether you're familiar with the story or not, you can't help but fall in love with this breath-taking piece of theatre. With loveable characters, a charming storyline and an amazing set, this really has something for everyone. If all else fails, it has a REAL LIFE STEAM TRAIN. Come on! An Olivier Award winner, the Railway Children tells the tale of three plucky kids determined to clear their father's name following his wrongful imprisonment. A fun and unforgettable adventure, this is the perfect way to celebrate at Easter!
Get your Golden Ticket to the ultimate musical for chocolate lovers.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF
Dates: 22nd May 2013 to 7th January 2017
Can't get enough chocolate? Put the Easter eggs down and pick up a Golden Ticket. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a tasty treat for the eyes and ears. Based on another Roald Dahl classic, this mouth-watering tale sees Charlie Bucket win the opportunity of a lifetime when he finds an elusive Golden Ticket gaining entry to the mysterious Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Throw in some unforgettable songs, a hugely talented cast and a breath-taking set and you've got the recipe for the perfect musical for all the family.
A magical and multi-award winning West End show guaranteed to delight the whole family.
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, WC2H 9HU
Dates: 18th October - 28th May 2017
Roald Dahl. The Royal Shakespeare Company. Tim Minchin. Put them together and what have you got? Matilda the Musical! Based on Dahl's iconic children's book, created by the Royal Shakespeare Company and with lyrics from eye-linered funny-man Minchin, this is truly one of the best shows on at the West End at the moment. Matilda is a five year old with a difference - she can move things with her mind. With horrible parents and an even worse head-mistress, Matilda has to learn to control her gift to turn her life around - as well as the lives of her fellow school children and lovely teacher Miss Honey. No pressure! Laugh-out-loud funny with impressive turns from a young and talented cast, this is guaranteed to delight the entire family - even the grumpy teens. You'll be humming the songs for weeks afterwards and if you're not already scared of the inimitable Miss Trunchbull, you will be! All together now, "Bruce, Bruce, Bruce!"
A whole host of free and family-friendly Easter events and exhibitions.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington Station
London is home to arguably some of the country's most glorious museums. This Easter, treat the family with a visit to one of the best - the V&A. With free entry and a stunning collection of exhibits, there's really no excuse not to! So what's on over the Easter holidays? Hit the Imagination Station to explore the iconic art of Boticelli - or immerse yourself even further with Digital Kids (for ages 5 and over); an innovative green-screen experience that transports you back in time to feature in your very own Boticelli painting. You can even take a postcard souvenir home with you! Keep your eyes peeled for Pop-Up Performances celebrating the Dance of Spring and the V&A Trails are always worth a look - just pick up a pencil and start exploring!
Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
28th April to 30th June 2016 | £425, concs £365
3rd Jun, 10th Jun, 17th Jun, 24th Jun and 1st Jul 2016 | phone for availability
14th May to 13th November 2016 - 10am-5.45pm | Free
26th January to 4th September 2016 - Various Times | Free
3rd Jun, 10th Jun, 17th Jun, 24th Jun, 1st Jul, 8th Jul and 15th Jul 2016 - 11.10am-3.30pm | £70, concs £55, per day
27th November 2015 to 15th October 2016 - 10am-5.45pm | Free
8th March 2016 to 31st January 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free
Become a superhero for the day at LDO's fun and free Easter weekend.
London Designer Outlet, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Tube: Wembley Park Station
Dates: 25th - 28th March 2016
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! This Easter, treat your little caped crusader to a FREE weekend of fun and frolics at London Designer Outlet (LDO) in Wembley Park. The Superhero Takeover at London's only outlet centre features all your favourite heroes and villains, with kids of all ages invited to meet, greet and help save the world. There'll be face-painting and a bouncy castle; the perfect way to keep children entertained whilst you take a look around the outlet stores. There'll be special prizes awarded for fancy dress and you can also have a Polaroid taken on a real superhero set - this is first come first served so get your tights on and head down early! Finish the day with a visit to the on-site Cineworld to see big Easter blockbuster Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
Minotaur and Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemore
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
Zippos Circus: Celebration
Dinosaurs: Monster Families
The View of Pure Imagination
Discover Children's Story Centre
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
The Railway Children
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Matilda the Musical
Easter at the V&A
Easter in London 2016
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