20 awesome things to do with kids in London: April 2023

  1. New space-themed immersive exhibition The Box Rocket, devised with Dapo Adeola and Tọlá Okogwu, opens at Discover from the 1st. The centre is also running lots of brilliant author events throughout the holidays, as well as a Bunny Adventures Easter Trail. Paid.
  2. ZSL London Zoo’s Zoonormous Egg Hunt runs from the 1st-16th. Search for eggs of all sizes and colours, solving riddles and collecting clues. Find the secret golden egg and learn about some incredible animals before settling down for some Easter crafts. Free with paid entry.
  3. Dance and craft under Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall Commission in Uniqlo Tate Play: Movement of the Earth from the 1st-16th, culminating in a special performance on the 16th. Or head to Tate Britain for its Clay Studio Workshop, running from the 1st-16th. Free.
  4. Whitechapel Gallery will host its Family Day on the 1st. Join in with an afternoon of activities inspired by gallery’s Escape the Slick exhibition, including workshops by artists Gaby Sahar and Amy Leung, and a storytelling session with artist Kane Stonestreet. Free.
  5. Little Amal will be wandering around Hampstead and King’s Cross from the 1st-2nd. Catch the giant puppet on Hampstead Heath, at JW3, on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate and finally in King’s Cross as she leads a parade of Ramadan lanterns to Granary Square. Free.
  6. Now Play This returns to Somerset House from the 1st-9th. This year’s theme is love in its many forms, from family, friendship and romance to self-care, consent and grief, and will be explored through games, installations, activities and workshops. Paid.
  7. The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt is back at Hampton Court Palace from the 1st-16th. Run free in the 60 acres of Henry VIII’s gardens to find all the hidden Lindt Gold Bunny statues, and be rewarded with a delicious Lindt Gold Bunny chocolate treat. Paid.
  8. Kenwood’s Easter Adventure Quest runs from the 1st to the 16th. Explore the grounds to hunt for clues, and discover traditional Easter games. Track down the Easter eggs and be rewarded with an adventurer’s certificate and tasty chocolate treat from Love Cocoa. Paid.
  9. The Great Spring Egg Hunt at Camley Street Natural Park runs from the 1st-16th. Conquer wildlife-themed challenges and creative tasks, all while learning about creatures that lay eggs. Collect all the letters and crack the secret password to win a chocolate surprise. Paid.
  10. Polka’s interactive Let’s Build show for 2-5s opens from the 1st. Follow two very curious builders who are committed to getting the job done. Audiences will be invited to get building too. Will things turn out wonderfully or could they topple to the ground? Paid.
  11. The Aladdin Sane: 50 Years exhibition opens at the Royal Festival Hall from the 6th. Fifty years on from the release of David Bowie’s iconic album, this exhibition delves into the creation of its iconic ‘lightning bolt’ cover portrait, captured by Brian Duffy. Paid.
  12. Ai Weiwei: Making Sense opens at The Design Museum from the 7th. Discover some of the artist’s most important works displayed alongside collections of objects that have never been seen, as well as new commissions made for the exhibition. Paid.
  13. Artist Samme Snow’s Easter Colouring Workshop and Trail runs from the 7th-9th. Begin with a 30-minute group colouring workshop, then follow clues to find your way around Easter trail. All art supplies are provided and there’s a goody bag for every entrant. Paid.
  14. Easter Adventures at Sutton House runs from the 7th-16th. Follow the trail to uncover the traditions of Easter throughout history at Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard to win a chocolate egg when you finish. Paid.
  15. The Horniman’s Spring Fair takes place on the 8th. Activities will include Easter badge and headband making, a bubble performance, Lindy Hopping dance workshops, face painting, live music, a spring trail, car rides, a bouncy castle and an Easter bonnet parade. Paid.
  16. Be inspired by William Morris Gallery’s Ashish: Fall in Love and Be More Tender exhibition on the 8th at the Over the Rainbow Family Day. Unleash your inner design rebel and be inspired by Ashish’s powerful slogans and rainbow palette to design your own T-shirt. Free.
  17. The V&A is running three great-sounding workshops this month. Draw inspiration from Islamic art in Shapes and Structures on the 12th-13th; create your own giant cardboard prop in Build a Prop on the 23rd; or dance with the stars of SIX The Musical on the 29th. Free.
  18. Assemble Play will return to Pitzhanger Manor from the 14th-16th as part of the Manor’s Easter Activities Programme, which will also include special Holiday Edition Open Sundays, cardboard sculpture making and an Easter Holiday Club with puppet making. Free/paid.
  19. British Library opens its major new Animals: Art, Science and Sound exhibition from the 21st. Follow scientists’ centuries-long journey into documenting the animal world through sound recordings, manuscripts and artworks, and learn some fun facts along the way. Paid.
  20. RIBA’s Family Fun Day: Circular Eco-and-Me takes place on the 29th. Get crafty, build big and find out how architects are designing to decelerate the climate crisis, taking inspiration from RIBA’s Long Life, Low Energy: Design for a Circular Economy exhibition. Free.

Image: Beyond the Streets, Saatchi Gallery

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