All the best stuff to do for East End Kids and their crew!

20 Fun Things to do with Kids in East London this April

All you need to enjoy a cracking Easter Holiday plus plenty more for the month in store. Hope you have a brilliant April enjoying some EGGcellent adventures with the kids in East London.

1 Easter Fun in Canary Wharf

Jubilee Park and Harbour Quay Gardens will bloom into vibrant picnic spots with rows of benches, deck chairs, and oversized garden games this Bank Holiday weekend. Unleash their creativity at the Kids’ Colouring Workshop led by artist Samme Snow inviting children to explore new techniques. The fun continues with an In2sports open day with opportunities for children to try basketball, pickle ball and karate and Craig and Karl minigolf.

Friday 29th March to 1st April, various times

Locations around Canary Wharf

Free

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2 Easter at Mudchute

Mudchute City Farm has some egg-stra fun Easter Activities during the holidays although not over the long weekend itself. Children can enjoy Animal Petting (£3), Arts & Crafts (£3), Donkey Rides (for children aged 6+, max weight 25kg – £5) and Easter Egg Hunts (£1 per go). And of course there’s all the regular four legged farm yard friends to say hello to while you are there.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays over the Easter Break 10:30am to 12:30pm & 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Mudchute Farm, Pier St, London, E14 3HP

Tickets can only be bought from the Yard office on the day in person. Morning session tickets available from 10am, afternoon sessions from 1pm.

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3 The Velveteen Rabbit at Sadler’s Wells

Margery William’s classic children’s tale of 102 years gets a whimsical dance theatre makeover. Share cherished memories and build new ones with your children with this classic tale. Narrated by Ben Crompton from Game of Thrones, this heartwarming production features a talented cast, an updated ending, and retro props hand-knitted in Newcastle. A perfect Easter family activity in London, inspiring resilience and self-discovery in kids.

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th April 2024 various time

Lillian Baylis Studio, 183 Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TJ

Tickets: £12 – £18

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4 Discover Children’s Story Centre

The Box Rocket Story World will soon be coming to an end if you haven’t experienced it yet, there’s a SEN friendly performance to complement the experience and there’s also an Easter Egg trail. Children can pick up a guide from reception at any time and fit it into the day you book for them. There is also an under 5s story time of the picture book: The Best Worst Day Ever. Hope you simply have the best day ever.

Friday 29th March – 14th April 2024 morning and afternoon slots available

Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ

Adult and Child tickets from £9, Under 1s from £5

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5 Old Royal Naval College Time Travel Easter Trail

Hop into the Easter Bunny’s egg-stra special time machine at the Royal Naval College Visitor Centre and learn about Easter celebrations throughout history. Purchase a self-led Easter activity booklet, which includes fun facts about Easter through the ages. Once completed, the trail can be used to claim a chocolate prize. There’s more fun to be had in the Victorian Skittles Lanes.*Vegan and chocolate-alternative prizes available. No prebooking necessary.

Friday 29th March – 14th April 2024 10 am – 5 pm

Visitor Centre, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN

£3 Tickets

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6 Easter Holidays at the National Maritime Museum

Craft flowers from scrap materials, make sea life puppets, and join collaborative painting sessions. Participate in idea generation on the future of sea travel, create postcards advocating for the environment, and craft polar scenes. Celebrate the regeneration of the Thames and craft a collective banner of hope. Explore rock pool habitats, recreate Greenwich Park, and become a sea-saving superhero by crafting conservation posters. Contribute to a global migration map and discuss climate impacts. There’s loads to do at the National Maritime Museum this Easter! Don’t forget to check out their new playground and prebook the Ahoy space for your visit.

Sunday 31st March – 14 April 2024 | 11am-1pm and 2-4pm

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Museum is free, book Ahoy for £3

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7 Spring at the Peak: The Festival Of Innovation

Dive into the Festival of Innovation at the brilliant immersive fun for all ages experience, Phantom Peak. This time, Jonas unveils a groundbreaking synthetic diamant, sparking the town’s Festival of Innovation. Embrace a steampunk western atmosphere as you witness ingenuity at its peak, competing in the JONACO Innovation Olympics. Join the townsfolk in pushing the boundaries of nature’s laws and uncovering mysteries within Phantom Peak. With dignitaries on the horizon, be part of this revolutionary chapter. We’ve got a VIP family ticket to give away!

Every Friday through to Sunday, various times available

Phantom Peak, Canada Street, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7PJ

Tickets £39.99 adults, £24.99 under 25s, £18.99 under 16s

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8 Du Iz Tak The Language of Insects

Told through the language of insects, Du Iz Tak? is a story about the cycle of life and all its impermanence. Produced by Tiny Pickles, a Brighton-based theatre company, specialising in puppetry and making art you want to eat! Come and peer into a miniature world of little puppets to see a delightful group of friends exploring their ever-changing home. Adapted from the award-winning and beautiful book by Carson Ellis. Du Iz Tak? is an enchanting, unusual and magical theatre show for young families

Saturday 6th April 2024 various times

The Mulberry Hall, St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL

Under 18s £11.50 – £17.50 / Adults £14.50 – £23.50

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The Everywhere Bear

9 The Everywhere Bear

Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb’s much loved book about the adventures of a classroom bear’s unexpected adventure after falling unnoticed from a backpack. Washed down a drain, whisked out to sea, and carried through various encounters, the bear navigates an epic journey. Meanwhile, the children of Class One wonder about his whereabouts. With captivating rhyme, original music, and expressive puppets, this enchanting tale comes to life on stage, promising fun and excitement for all ages. Book the puppet workshop to make the most of your adventure.

Saturday 3rd February – 14th April 2024 various times

Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London N1 2DN

£14 Adult £12 Child (age 1-17) All tickets £8 on Thursdays and Fridays at 4.45pm

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10 Migration Family Adventure Trail

Experience the excitement of Illumination’s Migration at Walthamstow Wetlands! Explore a new Migration-themed adventure trail, inspired by Mallard’s journey. Join your favourite characters from the film on a free, family-friendly expedition through the reserve. Discover activities and fascinating facts along the way. Simply head to the Engine House visitor’s centre to grab a trail map and start your adventure—no booking necessary.

On until Sunday 14th April 2024 9:30am – 4 pm

Walthamstow Wetlands, Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, London, N17 9NH

Free

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11 Balloon Museum

EmotionAir is the brand new Balloon Museum’s first exhibition. Take your kids to Old Billingsgate for a multisensory journey full of buoyant inflatable art invoking the intricacies of human emotions. Transforming the space into emotional vehicles, the installations guide visitors through a vibrant and intense world. Twenty artists interpret specific emotions, ranging from fear and frustration to joy and ecstasy from colossal installations to more intimate dialogues. Kids will just love the bouncy colourfulness of it all, and not so secretly, that’s what the adults like too.

Ongoing exhibition

Balloon Museum,1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3R 6DX

Adults £38.45, Kids £25.70, Family of 4 £112.40

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12 Sonic Roots: Spring Family Day

The Museum of the Home is inviting mini musicians and sound engineers of the future to create experimental soundscapes inspired by urban nature this Spring Holiday. Craft a listening instrument and be inspired by the sounds surrounding you from the sounds of microscopic life teeming in the soil to the overground train passing by. The Museum of the Home’s playhouse will be transformed into a little recording studio where children can create an audio production den.

Thursday 11th April 2024 10:30 am – 4 pm

Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

FREE

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13 The Ceilidh Jam with Folk Dance Remixed

A 12-foot freestanding maypole adorned with ribbons sets the stage for a fusion of classic dances and street moves. Groove to live music, blending fiddle with beatboxing, while learning funky routines like the Chrysanthemum Wrap and the Twister. Ceilidh Jam offers a funky social dance experience, mixing folk, street, and freestyle grooves with traditional callers guiding the way. Keep the energy high with DJ sets by Guava Jamz, a London-based party collective supporting humanitarian and environmental causes. Led by Folk Dance Remixed’s Artistic Directors, Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani, experience a vibrant collision of old traditions and contemporary styles.

Sunday 7th April 2024, 12 pm

South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Some events are free, others ticketed

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14 Easter Holidays at the Young V&A

Get Crafty with sewing, origami, collage, clay and more this Easter Holiday with workshops gallore! There’s also a family game day on Saturday the 30th March where you can meet swarming robots, create your own card game and swim in a cardboard sea! Loads to do and mostly for free.

Activities on various days during the Easter Holidays

Young V&A, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA

FREE (Myths and Manga tickets are £10)

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15 Stories from Fashion City

Learn about designers, makers, and retailers highlighted in the Fashion City exhibition. Get creative with patch sewing and pom pom accessory workshops. There will be dress up time and object handling as well as storytelling sessions.

Exhibition runs Sunday 31st March – 28th April with craft workshops during the school holidays

Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL.

FREE

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16 Escape from The Golden Hinde

Avast ye me hearties! Join a live interactive adventure on this historic vessel. This one is catering to adults but under 10s play for free so if your family loves an Escape Room why not take the day out together and explore this replica of the ship Sir Francis Drake sailed around the world in the 1570s? It’s haunted by ghosts, an unhappy mix of spirits with whom you’ll be locked aboard with just 60 minutes to escape! 5* reviews on trip advisor saying it’s great for families makes me want to find out what it’s all about!

Thursdays and Saturdays various times available

The Golden Hinde, St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, London, SE1 9DE

Over 10s -£33 Under 10s free

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17 The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick” is a groundbreaking exhibition using LEGO bricks as the sole art medium, showcasing transformation and creativity. Nathan Sawaya, its creator, harnesses the intuitive transformative qualities of LEGO to craft mesmerizing sculptures. Visitors encounter iconic pieces like “Yellow,” a life-size figure and a towering T-Rex skeleton. Sawaya’s work, whether depicting real or fictional characters, captivates viewers, leaving them speechless. Kids can try their hand at making their own creations at the playroom at the end of the exhibition.

All April various times- prebooking recommended

The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU

From £18

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18 Flip Out Canary Wharf

We’ve got a Flip Out in Tower Hamlets! Whoop whoop! With bumper cars, crazy carts, roller skating, interactive football, donut slide, gaming zones, ninja assault course and laser quest there’s enough to keep you entertained for hours in the warm and dry of this new epic indoor playground. There are no trampolines but there’s definitely enough to do.

Open every day

Former Car Park, Shopping Centre, 2 Cabot Square, London E14 4QS

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19 Mind in Nature Forest School

A chance for kids to explore, learn and adventure their way through Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Mind in Nature run 2 hour Sunday sessions for 4-7 year olds (10am-12pm) and 7-12 year olds (12.30-2.30 pm). Release your kids’ inner wild with nature exploration, bushcraft, natural art, fire and games. Activities change with the seasons and incorporate child led elements where the group dictates the flow. Parents come free for the younger group, drop off and collect for the older kids.

Sunday 7th April 2024

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX

£12 – £20

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20 Cute – Last Chance to See

Head to Central London for a curated exhibition of all things cute as Somerset House explores the irresistible force of cuteness and how it has influenced modern culture from emojis to plushie toys. Enjoy contemporary artworks and cultural phenomena spanning music, fashion, toys, video games, and social media, the exhibition seeks to unravel the pervasive allure of cuteness and understand how it has become a significant cultural phenomenon. Things that make you go AWE!

25th January – 14th Apr 2024 (Closed Mondays)

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

£18, £11 concs

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Looking for something fun over the Easter Weekend? Check out our Easter Roundup

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