Whether it’s the windfall of chocolate, the promise of an Easter egg hunt or the two weeks off school – kids love the Easter holidays. And for the first week, so do parents. Then the ideas slowly start to run out. How many museums can you trek around before the little ones get bored? Is it really warm enough outside to go to the park? Is it justifiable to stay in all day watching CBeebies and colouring in – again?
With little over a month to go, we’ve started to brainstorm a few things to do in and around London to stave off boredom. Here’s a pick of the best Easter days out for families this year.
Easter at Kew Gardens
Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and teach kids about the natural world. At Kew Gardens this year, there’s another incentive for them to step into the sunshine and explore – a chocolate-shaped one, of course!
Kew has teamed up with chocolatiers Lindt to create a series of craft workshops and activities, including a Flavour Trail lead by the Lindt bunny himself. Did you know that plants have been used to improve the taste of chocolate for thousands of years?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If you haven’t already seen this choc-tastic stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, now is the time to go. With new musical numbers and a chocolate garden set that will delight the senses, watching this show feels like one giant sugar rush.
The story is a family favourite suitable for all ages. Save your Easter egg haul until after the show, though – you’ll want to eat it all the moment you leave the theatre!
Warner Bros Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter
Situated just outside London in leafy Watford, the home of the Harry Potter films is running a special feature during the Easter holidays. In March 2016 it will celebrate one year since the Hogwarts Express pulled into Platform 9 ¾ as part of a new, permanent exhibition at the tour.
Visitors will be able to climb aboard the scarlet steam engine and learn how scenes on-board were created for the films. There’s also the opportunity to ride a broomstick, taste real Butterbeer and walk up Diagon Alley.
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a trip to the home of chocolate – Cadbury World, in Bourneville. Their Easter Eggstravaganza runs from the 25th – 28th March, while their Easter Family Entertainment programme will be in full swing from 25th March – 17th April.
Expect a 4D chocolate experience, a puppet show, a play area, and to come home knowing a little more about the production of your family’s favourite sweet treat.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
As a special treat for animal lovers this Easter, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo invite you to their Easter Fayre. With finger-painting, origami and giant games such as bunny hopping playing on the main lawn, there’s a chance for everyone to get involved.
Don’t forget to visit the baby animals, though – the pygmy hippo is particularly cute, and watch out for new arrivals over the Easter period.