Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained over the Easter holidays? The Resident has six great ideas for family fun and games over Easter in South West London…
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
One of SW’s favourite family friendly hangouts is Battersea Park Children’s Zoo in Battersea Park. Aside from the usual adventure of visiting the animals, there’s a host of exciting Easter activities to take part in. From 25-28 March join in on the Easter Egg Trail, in which you’ll be given a quiz sheet to help you track down which animals are hiding the brightly coloured eggs (£1.50 plus entrance fee) – once you’ve found them all, hand in your sheet to collect a prize. There’s also an apt Rabbit Day on 29 March when you can meet a real rabbit and make your own rabbit ears (free plus entrance fee) and two days dedicated to hedgehogs on 5 and 7 April.
Adults, £8.95; children, £6.95; family ticket, £29. Annual memberships are available. For further information call 020 7924 5826 or visit batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
Softplay destination Eddie Catz now has four centres, three of which are in South West London. The newest opened in Earlsfield earlier this year and sits in the middle of its two sister softplay centres in Putney and Wimbledon. With impressive playframes and padded toddler-only areas, Eddie Catz is sure to entertain a range of ages.
For details of special events and workshops see eddiecatz.com
WWT London Wetland Centre
Join in the fun of the WWT London Wetland Centre’s giant Easter duck hunt from Friday 25 March to Sunday 10 April. Spring is a spectacular time to visit the Barnes nature reserve but word is out that some of the ducklings have gone missing! Help them find the ducklings by following the trail. You’ll also have the chance to build your own Lego duckling to take home (£5 per model plus entrance fee).
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT; 020 8409 4400; wwt.org.uk
National History Museum
As the Easter holidays arrive, head to the Natural History Museum for the popular family exhibition Sensational Butterflies, now in its eighth year. Learn about the surprising life butterflies lead and come face-to-face with butterflies and moths usually seen in Africa, Asia and South America.
From 24 March to 13 September 2016. Tickets: Adult, child and concession £6.50. Free for Members, Patrons and children under four. 020 7942 5000; nhm.ac.uk
Take the little ones to see a fun-packed fairy tale at Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre. Snow White will run from 23 March to 10 April. With endless meals to prepare, a never ending pile of dishes to wash – not to mention the huge mirror that needs polishing morning, noon and night – life’s never easy for the royal servants downstairs at the palace. And why does the Queen keep asking for more apples? An Engine House and LipService production by Mike Kenny and directed by Mike Aston.
Tickets £13.50 for adults and children; Concessions £10 (£1.50 transaction charge per booking). Call the Box Office on 020 8543 4888; Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon; SW19 1SB; polkatheatre.com
Celebrate south London’s heritage and take a tour of Brixton Windmill, which is celebrating its Bicentenary Year. Events kick off at Easter this year, when the Windmill will be open for two days over the Bank Holiday weekend. Visitors can join in the fun of a treasure hunt taking them around Brixton and enjoy demonstrations revealing exactly how the windmill works. Entry and guided tours are free, although space is limited.
For further information about Brixton Windmill and events, and to book a guided tour, visit brixtonwindmill.org.uk