Easter 2024: 50+ Things to do in London With Kids

Boy wearing an orange gilet has his arms outstretched in a field of purple flowers


Discover 100+ family-friendly Easter events and activities in London this April 2024, for all ages and interests. From Easter Egg hunts to family-friendly workshops, all with clickable links to make it easy to book. Let’s hop to it!

Note: This year, the two-week Easter school holidays falls between Friday 29 March to Friday 12 April 2024. Easter weekend includes bank holiday Good Friday (29 March 2024), Easter Sunday (31 March 2024) and bank holiday Easter Monday (1 April 2024).

Updated 19 February 2024. Bookmark and check back for more events as they’re announced!

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Outdoor Easter Egg Hunts and Trails London 2024

Large inflated Lindt gold bunny in front of Hampton Court Palace
Credit: Historic Royal Palaces

There’s no greater incentive to get a child running round a historic site than an Easter egg hunt, and its promise of a chocolate treat. Here’s a list of Easter egg hunts and Easter trails from museums and heritage sites in or near London:

Easter Egg Hunts in London

  • Lindt GOLD BUNNY hunt at Hampton Court Palace: Find the Lindt gold bunnies and discover the stories of fascinating characters who visited, lived and worked at the palace. With a Lindt GOLD BUNNY (10g)* reward. 23 March-14 April 2024. Included with paid admission, book. Best ages 4-12.

  • Zoonormous Egg Hunt at London Zoo: With birds, reptiles, fish and butterflies amongst the amazing egg-laying creatures at the Zoo, there’s eggs of all sizes and colours. Unscramble clues and riddles to find the location of a secret golden egg while learning about some incredible animals along the way. With Easter craft activity. 29 March-14 April 2024. Included with paid admission, book.
  • Easter Trail at Royal Mews: Complete the trail for a special Easter reward. Plus art and crafts. 30 March-1 April 2024. Included with paid entry.
  • Easter Time Travel Trail at Old Royal Naval College: Learn about Easter celebrations throughout history with a self-led trail, and earn a chocolate prize. 29 March-14 April 2024. Paid, drop in.
  • Easter Extravaganza at Peckham Levels: Egg hunt, egg painting, bunny mask making, meet the Easter bunny, games, music, and non-stop fun. For the Hope-Gordon Foundation. 30 March 2024, 14:00-16:00. Paid, book. Ages 0-12.
  • Easter Family Day at Brixton Windmill: Family treasure hunt, Easter Bonnet competition, and free craft workshops. Enjoy guided windmill tours from 1 pm to 5 pm. 31 March 2024. Paid, book. 
  • Still to announce: Heath Robinson Museum, Chelsea Physic Garden and Hogarth House.


Easter Egg Hunts near London

  • Easter family fun at Hever Castle: Dinosaur themed trail, craft activity and sand dig. Meet dinosaur explorers (select dates only) around the grounds and animal themed face paint (additional charge, select dates only). 29 March-14 April 2024. Included with paid admission, book.

  • Family Easter Treasure Hunt at Leeds Castle: Treasure hunt led by Lady Baillie’s Great Danes, Boots and Danny. Solve challenges, encounter live characters, and discover hidden treasures. 29 March-14 April 2024. Paid.

  • Big Easter Egg Statue Trail at Painshill: Discover giant Easter eggs with colourful characters hidden in Painshill’s landscape. 16 March-14 April 2024. Included with paid admission, book.

  • Easter Eggstravangza at Blenheim Palace: Circus skills, balloon modelling, bubble performances and a travelling vintage variety show, plus Easter Bunny appearances and Easter egg hunt around the grounds. 29 March-1 April 2024. Paid.

  • Easter at Knebworth Gardens: 29 March-1 April 2024. Follow the trail of Easter Characters, solve the word jumble and win a prize. Paid. 

  • Easter at Bletchley Park: Crack codes and solve puzzles on the Easter Bunny Hunt. WIth drop-in activity sessions and family tours on select dates. 29 March-12 April 2024. Included with paid admission.

  • Easter Holiday Fun at RHS Wisley: Search for the giant eggs decorated with brand new competition-winning designs, learn all about spring and what you can do for nature. With free NOMO chocolatey treat. 29 March-14 April 2024. Included with paid admission.


National Trust Easter Egg Hunts 2024

Ruins of old Scotney Castle with lake in foreground

Make your way along the National Trust Easter Egg hunt in one of the many gardens they care for. Pick up your trail activity sheet and pencil, complete the 10 themed station to secure an Easter egg.

Trails cost £3 per child and include a trail map, a pencil and a chocolate or free-from egg at the end. Whilst stocks last. Normal admission fees apply. Best ages 4-10.

Here’s a handy summary of the National Trust Easter trails in London and the South East:

London

 

Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

 

Kent

 

Surrey

 

Sussex


English Heritage Easter Adventure Quest 2024

The front of Eltham Palace with tulips in the foreground

Get out and about in history with an English Heritage Easter Adventure Quest. Hunt for clues, track down the Easter eggs and be rewarded with a tasty chocolate treat.

£2 per child, usual entry fees apply. Runs 23 March-24 April 2024.

London: Eltham Palace and Gardens (SE9) Kenwood (NW3, no additional entry fees) and Marble Hill House (TW1, no additional entry fees).

Bedfordshire: Wrest Park (MK45).

Essex: Audley End House and Gardens (CB11).

Kent: Dover Castle (CT16 1HU) and Walmer Castle and Gardens (CT14).

Sussex: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield (TN33).


Celebrate Spring Arrivals

Lambing at Wimpole brochure held in hand in front of field


  • Tulip Festival at Hampton Court Palace: Be greeted by a sea of over 110,000 tulips in the UK’s biggest display of planted tulips. Combine with the Magic Garden playground. 15 April-6 May 2024. Included with paid entry.


Indoor Easter Egg Hunts and Trails 2024

In case of Spring showers, here’s some indoor children’s trails to enjoy this Easter.

  • Cat Trail at Tower Bridge: Find Bella the Tower Bridge Cat and characters from the award-winning books, complete tasks, answer questions and collect stamps for your Apprenticeship Record. Included with paid admission, booking recommended.
  • More to be confirmed, including London Transport Museum, Museum of London Docklands, IWM London and Gunnersbury Park Museum.


Traditional Easter events 2024

The Passion of Jesus, Wintershall Players, Trafalgar Square
(C) Wintershall

Remind the kids of the traditional side of Easter with one of these London events.

  • Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square: Moving portrayal of the final days of Jesus by 100 Wintershall players. 29 March 2024, 12:00 and 15:15. Free, arrive 40 minutes early. Parental guidance advised. Livestream available.

 

Quirky Easter traditions 2024

And for something more silly, try an unusual child-friendly Easter activity. I’ll add more as I find them.

  • Easter egg rolling at Box Hill: Bring your fabulously decorated boiled egg to Box Hill to roll down the hill. The best decorated egg wins a prize. Come early if you’d like to visit the egg decorating station first. 29 March-1 April 2024, 11:00 and 15:00. Free.

 

Family-friendly exhibitions April 2024

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(C) Discover Story Centre
  • *NEW* Bluey at Kew Gardens: Outdoor activities and games inspired by the hit TV show, discover Australia’s flora and fauna, meet life-size Bluey. 29 March-14 April 2024. Included with paid entry.
  • *NEW* Bings Nature Explorers at WWT London: Join Bing and Flop for activity trails, storytelling, character appearances, and mini shows on wetland nature and wildlife. 23 March-2 June 2024. Included with paid entry.
  • The Box Rocket at Discover Story Centre: Relight a planet’s magic Story Stone in this unique, interactive space-themed exhibition. Daily. Paid, book. For ages 0-8 and their families.

  • Cute at Somerset House: Music, fashion, toys, video games, and social media unravel the emotive power and complexity of cuteness. Plus games arcade for all ages. Until 14 April 2024. Paid, book.

  • Play works at Orleans House Gallery: Free play with vivid colour, inventive objects and peculiar props. By Assemble and Assemble Play. Until 23 June 2024, Tuesdays-Sundays. Free, book.

  • Japan: Myths to Manga at Young V&A. Explore how landscape and folklore have influenced Japanese art, technology and design. Until 8 September 2024. Paid, book.

  • Dinosaur rEvolution at Horniman Museum: Explore the colourful relationship between dinosaurs and birds with animatronic models, touchable fossils and more. Until 3 November 2024. Paid, book.

 

Family fun days

Enjoy special events with activities aimed at families. They’re a great way of trying somewhere new, or a good reason to revisit old favourites.

  • Horniman Spring Fair: Seasonal fun, traditional games, live music, crafts, and delicious street food. 30 March 2024. £5, book.
  • Easter Steam Up! at London Museum of Water and Steam: Experience the power of working pumping engines, essential in shaping London’s past. 30 March-1 April 2024. Paid.
  • Discovery Days at Hyde Park Learning Centre: Pond dipping, nature trails, seedball making, pollinator games, and spring stories in Spring Surprises (2-4 April 2024). Acorn hunting, track identification, storytelling, mammal trails, and craft-making in Marvellous Mammals (9-11 April 2024). Free.
  • In the Spring Garden at Southbank Centre: Drop-in artist-led activities and live performances to welcome spring in a blooming rooftop garden. 3 April 2024 at 11:00-15:00. Free, drop in. Ages 3+. 
  • More to be confirmed including National Maritime Museum, Sadlers Wells Theatre and Arts Depot.

 

Family-friendly art exhibitions April 2024

  • *NEW* Paws on the Wharf at Canary Wharf: 25 larger-than-life dog sculptures, decorated by talented artists on a free, accessible art trail. 25 March-17 May 2024. Free, drop in.

  • Framelessnear Marble Arch: The UK’s largest immersive art experience, and my favourite London one, featuring 40 works by famous artists. Daily. Paid, book. Read my full review here.

  • Henry Moore Studios and Gardens: 21 monumental sculptures in 70 acres of lawned gardens, meadows, woodland and sheep fields. From 28 March 2024, Wednesdays to Sundays and bank holiday Mondays. Paid.

 

Storytelling events

Families enjoying a storytelling session at the museum.
(c) Museum of London


  • Story Space at Tate Britain: Explore a diverse book collection celebrating authors of colour, indigenous voices, and characters with various characteristics. Dress-up, drawing, and storytelling activities. Daily during the school holidays, every weekend and Thursdays during term time. Free, drop in.

  • More to be confirmed, including V&A Museum, Museum of London Docklands and The Postal Museum.

 

 

Kids workshops and activities

  • The Ceilidh Jam with Folk Dance Remixed at Southbank Centre: Street dance the maypole workshops, ceilidh favourites, live music, beatboxing, and a fiddle band. 7 April 2024 at 12:00. Free, drop in. Ages 5+.
  • The Space Odyssey Planetarium at RAF Museum London: Soar through the stars with a live and interactive experience inside the popular Galileo Dome. 20 March- 2 April 2024. Paid, book.
  • Still to be confirmed: Uniqlo Tate Play at Tate Modern, National Maritime Museum, Foundling Museum Easter holiday workshops, Mini golf at Canary Wharf, and more.

 

Under 5s events and activities

It’s never too early to introduce a child to culture. Here’s some events just for the very smallest:

  • Persephone: A Tale of the Season at Little Angel Theatre: Join Persephone and her animal friends in a gentle sensory exploration of the seasons, with separate performances for babies and toddlers. 1 March-20 April 2024. From £12, book.

  • Family Art Day – Doodles and Lines at Estorick Collection: Interactive storytelling about the hidden stories in the still life paintings of Pasquarosa, sensory and soft play area. 7 April 2024. Included with paid entry, under 5s.

  • More to be announced, including The National Archives and Museum of London Docklands.

 

Events for teens

A still from the game Orchids to Dusk, featuring in Now Play This
A still from the game Orchids to Dusk, featuring in Now Play This
  • Now Play This 2024 at Somerset House: Experimental games festival. View and play trailblazing projects inspired by gaming culture. 6-14 April 2024. Paid, book. Some games may have content warnings.

  • Rig climb experience at Cutty Sark: Clamber up the iconic mast, enjoy views of the Thames and London and descend via a zip wire. Paid, book. Ages 12+.

  • More to be announced including the Young Barbican takeover at the Barbican Centre, Design Museum and RIBA London workshops.

 

Theatre and shows

  • The Everywhere Bear at Little Angel Theatre. Based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb. 3 February–14 April 2024. Paid, book. Best ages 3-8.

  • The Odyssey at The Unicorn Theatre. 17 March – 21 April 2024. From £10.50. Ages 8-13. Running time: 70 minutes.

  • Three Billy Goats Gruff at Polka Theatre. Join three adventurer billy goats as they dare to cross the bridge to the other side. Hiccup Theatre,  in collaboration with Derby Theatre and Polka Theatre. 29 March-21 April 2024. Paid, best ages 3-7. Running time: 60 minutes.

  • Paddington Film in Concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall: Enjoy the beloved film with a live orchestra. 30 March 2024. £29.50 ⁠–⁠ £67.50, book. Ages 7+.

  • My First Ballet – Swan Lake at Sadlers Wells Theatre. Simple, engaging performance with narration, shortened Tchaikovsky music, and elegant costumes. Princess Odette has been turned into a swan – can Prince Siegfried save her? 4-13 April 2024. From £12, ages 3+. Running time: 90 minutes including interval.

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea at New Wimbledon Theatre. 7-8 April 2024. Tickets from £16.75. Ages 3+. Running time: 55 minutes.

 

SEND-friendly events

  • Relaxed Early Morning Event: Exploring Roman Britain at British Museum: Exclusive early access to Roman galleries for those with autism, learning disabilities, or mental health conditions. Sensory activities, object-handling, and arts and crafts. 6 April 2024, 08:00-10:00. Free, book. Aimed at ages 5-15.
  • Plastic Drastic Fantastic (Sensory Adapted) at Queen Elizabeth Hall: A sensory-adapted, non-verbal dance performance with limited capacity, relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space, and house lights left on low. Chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones available. 7 April 2024. £14, book.
  • Post Early: Relaxed Events at The Postal Museum: Designed for autistic and neurodiverse individuals, this inclusive event welcomes all seeking a quieter experience. Ride Mail Rail, access Sorted!, Postal Play Space, lowered volume levels and facilitated open-ended arts and crafts activity. With quiet space. 8 April 2024. Paid, book.


At home Easter activities

Credit: Tate Kids

 

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  1. April 3, 2022 / 5:03 pm

    Easter egg hunt sounds great for the kids! I wish we had those here

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