Easter Family Fun in London

 
 
 
 
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Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
Brick Wonders
Matilda the Musical
Zippos Circus: The Magnificent Top Hat
English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
Beasts of London
The Insect Circus
Tabby McTat
Soundpit at Southbank Centre
Kaleidoscope: Filskit Theatre at the Southbank Centre
 

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Looking for something fun to do this Easter? Treat the family to a bank holiday egg-stravaganza! Here's a list of what's going on this Easter in London, so you can get out and about and spend some quality family time together. From musicals and museums to ballet and bricks, there's a whole lot more to Easter than bunnies. So get cracking!

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Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

Terrific two-day festival for families introducing dance to a new generation.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April 2019

 

Spilling out into the foyer, the Family Weekend really opens up Sadler's Wells to a new generation of dance lovers. Not just for kids, the annual two-day dance festival is aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104 and in 2019 the multi award-winning Spanish company Aracaladanza presents Play, a performance relaying a magical world full of puppetry, balloons and fantastical costumes. The shows on the main stage are complemented by fun activities taking place across the entire building including dance workshops for parents and children, a stay and play session with the performers and free arts and crafts activities in the foyer.

 
 
 

Beasts of London

London's long gone animals are back to life through an interactive digital installation.

Museum of London, 150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station , St. Paul's Station

 

Dates: 5th April 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

London may seem like a civilised place (unless you're on a crowded tube in rush hour) but, as Beasts of London shows, animals used to roam freely in the city. The Museum of London, together with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, brings this menagerie of animals back to life through an interactive digital installation. From exotic beasts imported from all over the world to the native pigeon, you'll come face to face with the animals that once called this city home. Even the enormous elephant is part of the story. Your journey begins before London was created and takes you through the history of the city and significant moments like the arrival of the Romans and The Plague, all seen from an animal's perspective.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

A lovely introduction to classical ballet for young audiences from three years old and up.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 16th to 27th April 2019

 

English National Ballet is brilliant at introducing ballet to the young with its My First Ballet series, staged at The Peacock each spring and this year Sleeping Beauty is the fairytale of choice. Giving audiences as young as three the chance to see a performance created just for children, the performance guides young audiences a shortened, hour-long version with Tchaikovsky's music and a narrator to explain the story of Princess Aurora, cursed by the evil Carabosse. It opens at The Peacock on 16th April before going on a nationwide tour which includes two dates at Richmond Theatre. The perfect introduction to ballet.

 
 
 

Tabby McTat: Southbank Centre

Join a cat and a travelling band of space aliens at the Southbank Centre this Easter.

Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 6th to 13th April 2019

 

This Easter holidays a musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's children's book Tabby McTat comes to the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall. It's one of the many family friendly events at the Southbank Centre during Easter. Play in giant sandpits at Soundpit and introduce very young children to colours at Kaleidoscope. Join a travelling band of space aliens, Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace, in a free, interactive Friday Lunch performance. See the Megson Family Folk Show and get moving with Mrs H and the Sing-Along Band who bring together elements of folk, soul, Afro, Latin and dub in a free show in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer. Over the Easter weekend KERB's street food traders set up shop for the inKERBator Weekender and from 4th April the luscious Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden reopens.

 
 
 

Brick Wonders

Tour the world via LEGO models and build your own in bricks.

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 16th February to 27th October 2019

 

More than 50 LEGO models are brought together at the Horniman Museum for the new Brick Wonders exhibition. Visitors will be able to tour the world via LEGO with depictions of an ancient Egyptian pyramid, a tropical coral reef, an international space station and Old London Bridge. As well as the large-scale models, there will be individual pieces created to inspired visitors to build something similar at home along with a number of interactive play areas where visitors can get hands-on with a graffiti wall, a tower-building challenge and a magnetic mosaic puzzle.

 
 
 
 

Zippos Circus: The Magnificent Top Hat

See five motorcyclists in the famous Globe of Death.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 4th to 22nd April 2019

 

Celebrating 21 years since Ringmaster Norman Barrett first appeared at Zippos Circus the troupe presents a collection of astonishing acrobats and aerialists, amazing contortionists, clever comics and daredevil motorcyclists on Blackheath. The show, which comes to south east London this Easter, showcases the thrilling Brazilian Lucius Team of five motorcyclists in the famous Globe of Death. Paulo Dos Santos - a brilliant 3 foot 6 inches tall showman, acrobat and martial artist - is also part of the performance. They're joined by a colourful collection of artists from all around the world including foot jugglers, Kenyan tumblers, Cuban springboard acrobats, knife throwers, contortionists and dancers. It's all presented by ringmaster Norman Barrett MBE, with his colourful fun-loving budgies, a perennial hit with adults and children.

 
 
 

Now Play This

Interactive games, an enchanted forest and a free outdoor labyrinth.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 6th to 14th April 2019

 

A celebration of games and play at Somerset House, popular gaming festival Now Play This expands to nine days and presents over 50 games to get involved with. Coinciding with the city-wide, London Games Festival, this festival of play features immersive karaoke, a light-up quick reaction test and the award-winning interactive love story, Florence, chosen by The Guardian as one the best video games of 2018. Explore an enchanted forest, see a 1980's games console reimagined and take part in two free outdoor games - Zach Gage's 'Labyrinth' and a trail across the courtyard. NOTE: a small number of the exhibits may not be suitable for children. These exhibits are clearly signposted.

 
 
 

Matilda The Musical

A magical and multi-award winning West End show guaranteed to delight the whole family.

Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, WC2H 9HU

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 18th October - 24th May 2020

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda puts its child stars at the heart of the show. Described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant", the much praised production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. Back when it first opened in London in 2011 Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable."

 
 
 

The Insect Circus

It's a bug's life at this wordless puppet show for children aged three and above.

Puppet Theatre Barge, Opp 35 Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station , Royal Oak Station

 

Dates: 30th March to 28th April 2019

 

The floating Puppet Theatre Barge invites you to The Insect Circus where grasshoppers, beetles, wasps and dragonflies flit and buzz about, brought to life with puppets, wit and humour. Staged in Little Venice by String Theatre, you'll be immersed in the strange and beautiful world of these small creatures at this 40 minute, wordless show. Expect dramatic lighting and original music, punctuated by the sounds of enraptured children, aged three and above.

 
 
 
 
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