The 2019 Easter break is finally here and, for many of us, that means it’s only a matter of time until we’re fed up of hearing cries of “I’m bored!” from our kids. Fortunately, we’ve put together this round up of six exciting things to do in the Easter holidays in London, including ideas for fun in the sun, free days out, and a few educational activities for good measure.
Play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Looking for a way to tire out hyperactive kids this April? Why not let the kids run riot in a magical fantasy-themed garden, complete with a castle, battlements, jousting tents, and fountains to explore? The Magic Garden at Hampton Court is a dream come to true for imaginative kids with energy to burn. Just don’t wake up the huge Chinese dragon who’s snoozing in the sandpit! Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children, which also includes entry to Hampton Court’s famous maze.
Follow a treasure hunt of clues
If you’re looking for a new way to explore London’s hidden nooks and crannies, why not take the kids on our Foxtrail London trail? Your family will need to work together to follow the clues left behind by the fiendish fox across the city, visiting some of the capital’s most famous landmarks and parks along the way. Plus, as you’ll be out and about on your feet for a few hours, it’s a great way to get the kids out of the house and soaking up the sunshine (hopefully!).
Explore the city in bloom
Easter is towards the end of April this year, which means many of the city’s parks and green spaces are (finally) coming into full bloom. So, why not make the most of it by heading out to explore London’s parks? If you don’t fancy making your own sandwiches, you could even order a ready-made posh picnic hamper from The de Beauvoir Deli on Southgate Street before heading over to Victoria Park — kids will love the playground, complete with extra-long slides and a splash pool.
Changing of the Guard
During fine weather, the Changing of the Guard happens twice a day out in front of Buckingham Palace. Performed by the Royal Foot Guards in their iconic red uniforms and bearskin hats, this ceremony has going on for centuries, and is as much a part of the city as the palace itself. April is a great time to see the ceremony, as there’s likely to be fewer tourists about at this time of year than later in the summer.
The Changing of the Guard takes place every other day at 10.45am from April to September, and is completely free to watch, but you might want to arrive early to get a good spot. It. Any changes or updates are announced on the official Twitter account, so be sure it to check this out before planning your visit.
Dig for dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum
Why not get the kids hunting for fossils instead of chocolate eggs this Easter? The Natural History Museum is running free fossil-digging workshops for kids aged 5–11 that will let young palaeontologists have a go at uncovering fossil specimens, teaching them all about how dinosaurs looked and lived in the process. The workshops last around 20 minutes and will take place from the 16–18th April — visit their website for more info.
We’re lucky to have some of the world’s best museums right here in London, any of which would make a fun (and educational!) day out. It’s the ideal activity for a rainy day, and best of all, many are free to visit. Take a look at our museum round-up to find one which is up your alley.
Walk through the sky at Kew Gardens
Those with a head for heights can get a real bird’s eye view this half term with Kew Garden’s Treetop Walkway. Towering 18 metres over the famous botanical gardens, this walkway will give budding natural scientists a chance to get up close and personal with ecosystem in the canopy of the surrounding trees. Entry is included with the price of a day ticket to the park. There are 118 steps to the top of the walkway, so leave it’s best to leave the buggy at home for this adventure!
Stuck for ways to keep the kids busy over the long break? There’s no need to panic — any of these fun things to do in the Easter holidays should keep even the most adventurous little ones busy for at least a few hours! We’re always sharing ideas for new things to do in London, so remember to check out the Foxtrail blog to find more days out that are fun for all the family.