20+ Things To Do With The Kids In London – April 2017
Spring is well and truly upon us, daffodils are blooming and half term is approaching.
We’ve rounded up over 20 things to do with the kids this month – some free, some paid - all great!
As half term for most schools falls during the first two weeks of the month, we’ve included things to do on week days too.
Aladdin – The Prince Edward Theatre, London
Tickets available every day in April. No shows on Sundays. Booking until September 4.
The producer of The Lion King has brought the classic hit film to life on stage. All the songs from the Academy Award-winning score are performed plus some new music written especially for this production.
The show lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval.
Aladdin is suitable for children aged 6 an over - under 3s will not be admitted. Kids under 16 can’t sit on their own and must be seated next to an adult. Please note that this policy is strictly enforced by the theatre.
Tickets start at £18.
Rowing in the Royal Parks
Take advantage of the warmer weather and hire a rowing boat or pedalo and go for a row in Greenwich Park, Hyde Park or Regent's Park. Learn from our mistakes – riding a pedalo is not as easy as it looks - you’ll need some good leg muscles!
Regent’s Park has a separate children's lake open on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays only (subject to weather conditions). Regent’s Park also has children's pedalos available for hire.
More info here.
The Treasures of Crossrail – Museum of London
- Saturday 1 April
- Friday 7 April
- Wednesday 12 April
Exhibitions at 1200 - 1330 and 1430 - 1600
The Crossrail excavations have uncovered hundreds of years of London’s history just metres below our feet. Think prehistoric flints and Roman London. Take part in this art drop-in and recreate some of the amazing artefacts.
Suitable for kids age 5+.
Free entry. More info here.
Bunny Hop and Seek - The Museum of Brands, Notting Hill
From 1 - 16 April
Amongst the toys, sweets and breakfast cereals from generations of childhood memories, hunt out rabbits from brands Duracell and Nesquik and be rewarded with a chocolate prize.
Suitable for kids of all ages, this new trail is a great way to discover the Museum before enjoying hot cross buns in the lovely little café, and enjoying the gardens in early spring bloom.
Children under 7 are free and no booking is required. The Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday.
Urban – The Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall
From 1 to 17 April
The Southank Centre is celebrating street culture with an exciting programme of work and events inspired by the city. Taking place across the site for 10 days over the half term holiday, the programme spans dance, performance, music, parties and workshops. Most of the events are free and there’s plenty for the kids to get involved in.
Find out more here.
Ocean Invaders - SeaLife London
From Saturday 1 April
Ocean Invaders brings you into the mysterious world of the jellyfish. You'll get to explore the world of the jellyfish and find out about their lifecycle and incredible survival skills, learn about the most dangerous species and have the chance to create your own digital swarm while testing the strength of the jellyfish sting. There’s a fab ‘Wow’ area where you can be completely surrounded in a jellyfish invasion.
Find out more here.
Prices from £25.50 per adult, £20.40 per child (3-15 years) and save up to 20% if you book online in advance.
How To Train Your Dragon Egg Hunt - Shrek’s Adventure! London
From 1 to 23 April
Visit Shrek’s Adventure! London for a very special egg hunt as they search for rare Dragon specimens during your tour of Far Far Away. On arrival, you will learn of a recent mishap in which a delivery of rare Dragon Eggs, en route to the Island of Berk, malfunctioned in mid-air; dropping its cargo over Far Far Away. The Eggs could have landed anywhere and you must help locate them!
As you explore Far Far Away on your journey to find Shrek, you will have the egg-xtra challenge of spotting all of the eggs. At the end of the experience a special surprise awaits as guests find themselves in the maternity ward for the amazing dragon eggs, watched over by the chief Viking Egg Nurse.
To reward the guests for their helpful assistance in finding the lost eggs, they will get to witness a dragon emerging from its egg in front of their eyes! Featuring puppetry, special effects and a sprinkle of magic, the specially created baby dragon is a first for the attraction. The Dragon Egg Hunt is included in normal ticket prices.
Advanced booking is recommended as the experience will only run for a limited time.
The Spring Festival - Brent Cross Shopping Centre
From 1 April to May 2
The Spring Festival returns to Brent Cross with the largest fairground wheel in Europe. Along with daytime entertainment, the well-recognised Luminaire Light arches from Hyde Park and a unique light show will light up the skies of North London.
During the day there will be a variety of funfair rides and attractions on offer well as a maze, stilt walkers, and face painting. Watch out for a guest appearance from Peppa Pig and Paw Petrol on selected dates. As it gets dark, you can enjoy a state of the art LED light show.
Tickets are £3 per person with one free entry per phone with the Brent Cross PLUS App.
Find out more here.
Free activities at Hamley’s Toy Shop
April 3 to 17 from 1200 - 1600
Hamleys - aka The Finest Toy Shop in the World – are holding a range of free activities this half term holiday. Kids can:
- Show off their inner artist at the arts and crafts workshops
- Attend the free Easter Party with Bunny Bear and Friends
- Join Bing and Flop Easter Hunt for a chance to discover some sweet goodies
- Stock up on chocolates, sweet treats, candy floss and popcorn with the help of their brand new Candy Grabber
Arrive early as entry is via a queue system.
Find out more at hamleys.com/explore
Finders Keepers – Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
4 April – 29 April 2017
Two twits, one junkyard and an unexpected surprise! Finders Keepers is a fun-filled, highly visual cartoon for the stage. Inspired by the story of Moses, the show is an adult comedy suitable for children and is fully inclusive for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Using music, puppetry and physical comedy with no dialogue, Finders Keepers invents a playful world without words.
Suitable for children aged 6+. Tickets start at £13. Book here.
My First Ballet: Cinderella at the Peacock Theatre, London
Tuesday 11 April – Saturday 22 April
English National Ballet and English National Ballet School have adapted the story of Cinderella as a special ballet for children aged 3 and up. Cinderella is tormented by her stepsisters and can only dream of going to the Prince’s glamorous ball. Left on her own and faced with an evening of chores, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a glittering Princess who certainly shall go to the ball.
Tickets from £18.
Doughnut Making + Apron Screen Printing - Borough 22 x Punk Me Up Café
Wednesday 12 April from 1000 – 1200
We love this one because it’s drop and go meaning you get a couple of hours to yourself! Free-from doughnut makers Borough 22 has teamed up with Punk Me Up Ceramics Café to offer this doughnut brownie making and apron screen printing class. Half of this two hour class will be spent making gluten free, vegan friendly doughnut brownies which they can eat on site or take home.
During the other half of the class, kids will learn how to screen print their own apron. They will be designing and cutting their own stencils, selecting colour palettes, pulling inks and at the end, get to take home their very own apron.
Suitable for children aged 6+. Space is limited so this is a strictly drop the kids and go event. The class costs £28 and this includes all materials and a hot chocolate. Baking and screen printing is messy work so bring them in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Advance booking is essential - call the café on 0207 732 6688 to pay over the phone. Find out more here.
The Velveteeen Rabbit – Unicorn Theatre
Until Saturday 15 April
The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic American story of a rabbit who, in the beginning was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a Rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him.
The Unicorn Theatre has put on a heart-warming story about a shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true.
Children’s Art Workshops - The Cartoon Museum
Suitable for kids aged 8 and above, children can choose from a variety of topics including Claymation, manga drawing and comic strip making. Prices start at £12 a session and the workshops last between 2 and 4 hours. Book quickly as spaces are limited.
More info here.
Horniman Easter Fair – Horniman Museum
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April
1030 - 1630
Go on an Easter Egg trail, create something crafty in one of their workshops or venture through the rabbit hole for a special storytelling performance inspired by Alice in Wonderland (suitable for kids aged 3+)
Fire! Fire! - Museum of London
Until 17 April 2017
Travel back to 1666 and experience the Great Fire of London. This interactive, family-friendly exhibition includes immersive displays and hands-on exhibits.
Suitable for all ages. Tickets from £4 children/£8 adults, under 5s go free.
Family tickets are available and pre-booking is advised.
Half Term at Under 1 Roof – Woolwich Arsenal
If the weather conspires against us during half term, it’s good to have some indoor play activities planned. Under 1 Roof is a new children’s centre in Woolwich Arsenal. Choose from soft play, messy play, classes, theatre and therapies, you can stop for a coffee, meet with friends, have a family breakfast, lunch or dinner, or enjoy a slice of home-made cake in the play-cafe.
For half term they have a smorgasbord of activities including cupcake decorating, kickboxing, mindfulness workshops, holiday camp drop off, beat-box workshops and many, many more.
Find out more here.
Pat A Cake Baby - The Albany Theatre
Sunday 23 April
Shows at 1300 + 1500
Based on the book by Polly Dunbar, Long Nose Puppets bring rhyme, puppets , music and song to this show best suited for kids and 2 over.
£7 each or £24 for a family ticket. More info here.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior at Alexandra Palace
Go Ape has opened a new centre in Alexandra Palace where kids who are at least 1m tall can unleash their inner Tarzan. The Tree Top Junior course has been specially designed for children to scramble around a challenging series of wobbly crossings, ‘obstacles and climb nets 8 metres up in the tree tops. The finale is a heart thumping 50m zip wire.
The 196-acre park is perfect for picnics and family days out and offers some of the best panoramic views of London – taking in Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard.
Tickets from £20
Book online goape.co.uk
Nature Trail Welly Walk: Signs of Spring – Horniman Museum
Saturday 22 April
From 1145 - 1530
Bring your wellies and explore spring life on the Horniman Nature Trail. Try your hand at sweep-netting, tree-beating, identification and more to discover the insects, animals and plants that come to life in the spring.
Funharmonics at London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday 30 April at 1200
The second FUNharmonics concert from the London Philharmonic Orchestra invites kids on a journey around with world - from Vienna to New York - through music and programmes presented by the orchestra in the wonderful Royal Festival Hall. Arrive an hour before the concert starts for some hands-on foyer science fun and ‘have-a-go’ instruments sessions.
The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes
Until September 3 2017
Artist Nathan Sawaya has returned to London with the world’s largest LEGO exhibition inspired by DC's Justice League, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, alongside DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and more. The contemporary art exhibition is shown in an exclusively built space on London’s South Bank where you can see more than 120 works of art, created with more than 2 million LEGO bricks.
Tickets from £10 and can be bought here. Under 4s are free but still need a ticket. The exhibition lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
If you've found something fab to do with the kids during half term - or just during April - please share the love by letting other parents know via the comments.
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