I don’t know about you, but having only just got over the joy/horror (delete as appropriate) of half term, I can’t believe it’s the start of the Easter holiday this week. For me this means a last minute.com smash and grab for decent Easter eggs at the supermarket (I always get left with the rubbish ones!) and TWO wonderful weeks to fill full of kid-friendly fun, fun, fun!
If you’re keen to get out and about this holiday, and the prospect of watching Hop for the millionth time is just too much for you, then here are a few sneaky suggestions to help get you going…
EGGCELLENT (sorry, couldn’t resist) EASTER EGG HUNTS. If your little lambs are keen to take on an Easter egg hunt this holiday they’re in luck, as there are plenty locally to get involved in.
National Trust / Cadburys Easter Egg Hunts – Sutton House (Hackney) – 25 March – 10 April – 12-4.30pm – Admission fee plus £1.50 per egg hunt – No need to book
Victoria Park Eggtravaganza (V&A Building) – 24 March – 12-3pm – Free egg hunt plus arts & crafts – No need to book but first come, first served
Essex Wildlife Easter Duck Hunt – Grange Farm, Chigwell – 27-28 March – 10am-1pm – £4 donation per child – no need to book
FUN AT THE FARM. Spring has sprung and there are Easter activities and lambs a plenty to visit at our local farms.
Creatures Great & Small at Barleylands – Billericay – 25 March – 8 April – Easter egg hunt, lamb feeding, a new chick and reptile hatchery, and more!
Baby Boom at Lee Valley Farm – Waltham Abbey – 25 March – 17 April – Meet the new lambs of the season!
Easter Eggtravaganza at Willows Farm – 19-28 March – Have choccy fun with the Easter bunny, Easter egg and bunny hunts, shows, adventure play and farmyard fun. It’s worth noting a new Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground is opening on 2 April too!
MUSEUM MADNESS. If you have chocolate and Easter bunnies coming out of your eyeballs, it might be worth checking out some different activities at the local museums.
The Geffrye Museum – Hackney – 5-8 April – Story, songs and craft sessions for 2-5yr olds at 10.30 and 12pm and for ages 5 and over at 2 and 4pm – activities are free but allocated on a first come, first served basis 30mins prior to the start of the session (group sizes vary)
Museum of London Docklands – West India Quay – 26 March – 9 April – A variety of free, inventive activities for ages 1-5yrs or 5yrs and above. Timed sessions – arrive early to avoid disappointment!
V&A Museum of Childhood – Bethnal Green – 28 March – 1 April – 11am-4pm – Create your own memorable characters inspired by the TV classics of Bagpuss, the Clangers and more…
OTHER TOP PICKS. Lastly, a few more of my favourites.
Essex Wildlife Minibeast Hunt – Grange Farm, Chigwell – 1 April – 10am-12pm – Uncover the minibeasts lurking under logs and flying in meadows – £3 donation per child – no need to book
Easter Camp at Drummund Lawn Tennis Club – Wanstead – Four day courses start 29 March – 1 April for kids aged 5-8, 8-10 and 11+ (times vary according to age). To book email David on firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Gems & Stars Partea with a Princess – Scout Hut, Trinity Hall, South Woodford – 5 April – 3-5pm – Dress up and meet your favourite princess at this brilliant tea party including glitter tattoos, craft table, party games and more (Coco and I went to the last one and she LOVED it!). A separate event, Chug Along with Thomas the Tank Engine is also taking place on 4 April. Email email@example.com to book your ticket
Along with a daily caffeine fix and a large gin, I hope this helps get you through the Easter break reasonably unscathed and ready for the summer term.
See you there!