Fun things to do with kids in London this Easter, from Easter eggs hunts to online theatre and adventures with Dennis & Gnasher at Kew Gardens
Lead image: Merchant Square’s Big Bunny Hunt
1 Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at Kew, Richmond
31 March-18 April
There will be as many pranks as plants at Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at Kew this Easter weekend. Celebrating Dennis’ birthday with Gnasher and all their Beanotown friends with a brand-new comic strip created especially for Kew and an interactive story trail around the world-famous botanical gardens. Along the way, there will be jokes and activities to learn about some of the plant kingdom’s cleverest tricks, including their slimy, sticky, smelly and deceptive powers. Plus, little ones can join the ‘banana bunch’ on a mission to protect bananas from evil Dr Gloom, save them from extinction and rescue the fruit-powered superhero Bananaman from capture. Admission is included with entry (children from £5, adults from £15). Timed entry slots are in operation so you’ll need to book ahead.
Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE; kew.org
2 Family Theatre & Easter Craft (online)
Until 2 May
The Little Angel Theatre launches the first show of its 60th anniversary season this Easter. The digital production of Where the Bugaboo Lives, Little Angel’s first made-for-zoom show for 5-11 year olds, lets young audiences ‘choose their own adventure’ while they watch, deciding which path the characters will take. Floyd and his sister Ruby creep into the dark, shadowy valley behind their house, full of all kinds of spooky, creepy creatures including – the scariest of them all – the Bugaboo. Running until 2 May. £13.50 per household. Over the Easter holidays, the theatre will also run Easter Holiday Craft Sessions for ages 6-10 over Zoom. Running 6-9 April from 10.30am-11.45am. £15 per child per session.
2, 3 & 4 April
In celebration of the return of the rule of six, London City Island’s very own onsite chocolate shop, Cartografie (hailed by the likes of VOGUE as the best in town), is hosting an outdoor treasure hunt to keep kids entertained over Easter weekend. The aim of the game is to find eggs around the island, with each one containing a letter to complete a secret word. Figure out the secret word, tell it to a member of staff at Cartografie and claim a chocolatey prize. Household bubbles can play the game anytime between 9am-5pm. To book your tickets, click here.
39 Lookout Lane, Poplar E14 0SZ; cartografiechocolate.com
4 Merchant Square Big Bunny Hunt 2021, Paddington
Head to Merchant Square, Paddington, on Good Friday for an outdoor socially distanced Easter Bunny Hunt. Using the free map to guide you, hunt out the hidden carrot icons, snap them on your phone and show the events team when you return to the registration desk. Find 15 or more (out of a possible 20) to win a Merchant Square chocolate bunny. There will also be live performances from local Busk in London musicians and street food available in the West Plaza. Plus, architecture and engineering fans can watch two award-winning bridges lift at Paddington Basin – The Heatherwick Rolling Bridge at 12.30pm and The Fan Bridge at 1.30pm. The event is free but donations for COSMIC – the children’s ward at nearby St Mary’s hospital – are encouraged, and you will need to pre-register to reserve your timed slot. From12pm.
5 National Trust Easter Egg Hunts, various locations
29 March-5 April
National Trust premises with gardens are planning to celebrate the holiday season with outdoor adventures and Easter egg hunts. The hunts will be taking place from 29 March and over the Easter bank holiday weekend, but the National Trust asks that you keep to your local area and book ahead as the Easter trails are expected to be popular. Osterley Park & House (Isleworth) and Ham House & Gardens (Richmond) have both confirmed that they will be taking part in the Easter hunts, although activities will vary according to the property. Find out more here.
6 English Heritage Easter Adventure Quests, various locations
29 March-18 April
English Heritage sites are slowly reopening, and of their 60 sites nationwide, 24 are hosting outdoor Easter Adventure Quests. In London, Easter Adventure Quests are being held at Eltham Palace, Kenwood in Hampstead (2-5 April) and Chiswick House & Gardens (3 April only). The Covid-secure Easter Adventure Quests will involve outdoor trails with clues to help children search for dragon eggs in order to win a chocolate reward. Again, visitors are being asked to keep it local. To find out which London sites are open now or opening soon, click here.