The hunt is on to find a happy Easter
Check out these ideas for a cracking holiday break with the kids
04 April, 2019
Hat’s off to fun at the Geffrye Museum
Sunday April 21, 11am-1.10pm
If you head to the Tea Lawn at Lauderdale House on Easter Sunday you’ll find the traditional Easter eggstravaganza. Make and decorate an egg, then try for a prize in the Great Egg Roll; there’s also a mini Easter Egg Hunt – it all makes for a creative and fun-filled family event. And everyone gets a chocolate treat!
• Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, N6 5HG, 020 8348 8716, www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk/whats-on/easter-egg-decorating-great-egg-roll, Children £8.50, adults free
Egg marbling at the Geffrye Museum
Free Easter Holiday Activities: Sharing is Caring
Tuesday April 9 and Friday April 11 August, 10am-4.30pm
Sharing is a big part of family life – families share their time, love and happiness through special celebrations and daily rituals. The Geffrye is inviting visitors to come and explore how sharing makes the world a better place with a week of free crafts, digital workshops, multi-sensory activities, stories and fun outdoors. Check out the daily schedule of activities at www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
The museum is currently closed for redevelopment, so most activities will take place in the front gardens under canvas – be prepared for the weather! Light snacks and drinks will be available to buy or bring a picnic to eat on the lawn. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
Also at the Geffrye is a screening of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic A Little Princess, adapted by Alfonso Cuarón – part of the Geffrye’s new film season, Lives Unwritten: Women and Domestic Work on Film (Saturday 13 April, 11.30am-1.30pm, tickets £10 adults / £6 children. Adults accompanying children go free. Book at: www.geffrye-museum.org.uk).
And on Saturday April 13, 2pm, there’s an Egg Marbling workshop for ages 8+. Create and take home beautiful decorative eggs using paint marbling techniques with artist Freya Gabie. All materials are provided, including a twisted willow branch to create a “tree” to display the finished eggs. Tickets: £27 / £22 concs / £40 pair (decorating one tree together) / £74 group of 4 (decorating one tree together) Book at: www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
• The Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA, 020 7739 9893, www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
Enjoy workshops with Eliza Southwood, illustrator of London is the Place for Me, left; Elly Jahnz, illustrator of The 35 to Albany Road, centre; and Alicia Jennings, illustrator of The Cabmen’s Café, right
LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM
This lively museum in the old Grade II-listed Flower Market in the very heart of Covent Garden is a great place to learn about the fascinating story of public transport over the past 200 years – and kids go free!
Over the Easter break the museum is putting on workshops for families and children – most suitable for 3 to 12-year-olds, but all ages welcome. Illustrating London (from April 6-22) is a series of special events where you can meet some of the illustrators who have captured their favourite London Stories in the museum’s Poster Prize for Illustration, listen to them share their stories and take part in themed crafty activities.
From April 6-10, you can meet Eliza Southwood, illustrator of London is the Place for Me and hear about her inspiration for capturing the journey of Lord Kitchener during the Windrush – and have a go at screen printing a London scene. From April 11-16, meet Elly Jahnz, illustrator of The 35 to Albany Road. Find out what inspires her stories; and everyone on the bus has a story and you can create your own passenger – are they a spy, or a scientist, or an acrobat?
From April 17-22 you can meet Alicia Jennings who illustrated The Cabman’s Cafe. There used to be 60 such places around London, but now there are just 13. Alicia has their story. Check the website for full details of all family activities – and much, much more – in this amazing space.
• Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Open Monday-Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm); Friday 11am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm). Tickets £16, £13.50 concs, under-18s free. Tickets valid for one year, 020 7379 634, www.ltmuseum.co.uk
Aracaladanza – Play at Sadler’s Wells
ARACALADANZA – Play
Sadler’s Wells, April 19 (3pm), April 20 (11am and 3pm)
Sadler’s Wells is offering a weekend of dance, arts, crafts and activities for families and children aged 4-plus as Spanish company Aracaladanza take over the stage. It promises a magical world full of puppetry, balloons and fantastical costumes. As part of the mini festival there’s a whole host of games, crafts and activities which are free to Play ticket holders.
• Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4TN, 020 7863 8198, www.sadlerswells.com
Easter at the Unicorn brings The Polar Bears, Go, Go, Go! (ages 2-5), which follows the story of two loveable but slightly hapless polar bears on their holiday adventures – will they find their destination? And The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens (ages 6-10) – “a carefully crafted, absurdist masterpiece of hope, humour and failure” – is described by critics as “confusing and above all hilarious”. Check the website for dates, times and prices.
• Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ, 020 7645 0560, www.unicorntheatre.com/Easter2019
Scream (detail) by Edvard Munch. Edvard Munch/Thomas@Widerberg.no
Munch: Making Art
Story-telling, folk music performance, face painting, sketching, printing and music: Ths four-day family event explores the work of the Norwegian printmaker, painter and designer Edvard Munch. Events in the Great Court and galleries, free, just drop in. Details at www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/family_events.aspx
• British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG, 020 7323 8000, www.britishmuseum.org
Pirate fun and games at the V&A Museum of Childhood
V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD
The museum is running a range of holiday activities celebrating the final weeks of A Pirate’s Life for Me exhibition. Family workshops include making a pirate costume out of a paper sack (£7 per child, age 4+); and creating a pirate bandana (£7, age 4+).
Free, drop-in activities range from interactive storytelling with The Great and Odorous Captain Putrid; decorating a pirate ship; and paper doll making. Dates and times vary: full details at www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/easter-holiday-2019
• V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA, 020 8983 5200, www.vam.ac.uk/moc/
Wallace and Gromit – A Close Shave, showing at the Postal Museum
THE POSTAL MUSEUM
Visitors can take a fascinating journey back in time through original tunnels and station platforms of London’s 100-year-old postal railway – just one of the unusual attractions at this Clerkenwell museum. And there’s plenty of extra fun to be had during the Easter break, with film screenings, an egg-hunt, model-making and craft workshops. Events are included with ticket purchase.
See film favourite Wallace and Gromit – A Close Shave, being shown as a “family-friendly” cinema experience in the Mail Rail depot (April 9); Shaun the Sheep model-making (April 9, ages 5-11); Make a selfie stamp sculpture (April 11, ages 5-8); Design a tote bag, inspired by posters at the museum (April 13, ages 5-11); Wallace and Gromit stamp shrinkies – make a mini stamp souvenir on shrink plastic (April 16, ages 5-8); Gromit model-making with an expert from the Aardman studios (April 18; age 5-11); Wallace and Gromit – The Wrong Trousers screening (April 18); Easter egg hunt adventure – Join Aardman friends Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph on a family Easter egg hunt, solving clues in the museum, and featuring special Isle of Man stamp designs – and there’s a chocolate prize at the end (April 20 and 21; all ages).
• The Postal Museum, 15-20 Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA, open daily 10am-5pm, www.postalmuseum.org
Meet Dora and Nora down on the farm
KENTISH TOWN CITY FARM
Stop by to say hello to the farm’s family of horses and donkeys (with weekend rides for young children) – goats, sheep, pigs and a cow , as well as geese, ducks and chickens. There are great gardens and a wildlife pond to enjoy. The farm – on a four-acre site – is a community charity which offers work experience opportunities for young people. The popular Young Farmers Club is supported by 8 to 16-year-olds.
• Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Road, off Grafton Road, NW5 4BN. Open daily 9am-5pm, entry free but a donation of £5/£2 welcome, 020 7916 5421, http://ktcityfarm.org.uk
FREIGHTLINERS CITY FARM
This lovley community space in the heart of Islington is home to cows, sheep, goats and chickens. And of course it’s free. The 2.5-acres include gardens and a café – open Monday to Thursday from 10am – run by farm staff.
• Freightliners Farm, Sheringham Road, Holloway, N7 8PF, 020 7609 0467, www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk