Sensational Butterflies is back at the Natural History Museum for a sixth time with a tropical enclosure on the museum’s east lawn. The humid tent houses hundreds of free-flying creatures as well as caterpillars and an amazing cabinet full of silky chrysalises that are yet to become butterflies. It’s oppressively warm so be sure to wear light summery clothes.
When: 3 April – 14 September 2014; 10am – 5.30pm daily
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7
Price: £5.50 per person or £19 for a family ticket
We were utterly charmed by The Velveteen Rabbit at the Unicorn Theatre. The dynamic, funny and sometimes sad story follows the velveteen rabbit as he befriends a little boy. All the children in the audience were entirely engaged in the story even though the show lasts for 90 minutes with a short interval for treats.
When: 21 March to 19 April 2014; times vary
Where: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley St, SE1 2HZ
Price: Adults £16, Concessions £13, Under 21s – £10
The Royal Botanical Gardens has teamed up with the Roald Dahl Museum to create Charlie’s Chocolate Adventure, a season of Willy Wonka themed events including egg hunts, chocolate workshops, face-painting and screenings. It’s also a gorgeous time of year to visit the fabulous Climbers & Creepers play area and stop for lunch at the Peyton & Byrne run café.
When: 5 April – 21 April 2014
Where: Kew Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AB
Price: Free with entry to the gardens
At the Design Museum’s Alternative Easter Egg Hunt children can explore the museum’s Paul Smith retrospective with this fun trail that’s been produced in collaboration with Rococo – there will be prizes at the end for all.
When: 18 – 21 April 2014; 11am – 4pm
Where: Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
Price: Adults £12.40, students £9.30 and children £6.20. Under 6s are free.
The fabulous Storystock little lit fest is back in a new location at the Saatchi Gallery and with a really great line up of events including storytelling, workshops, art for kids from 4 to 13 where kids can channel their inner Snoop Dogg with a rapping storyslam, devise a comic strip with the Phoenix Comic Makers or get crafting with Buttonbag.
When: 7 April – 27 April 2014
Where: Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, Sw3 4RY
Price: £15 children 4-7, £18 children 7-13; weekend passes £10 for unlimited workshops
How to keep kids entertained while you indulge in some retail therapy? Head to Heals where branches will be staging free egg hunts on the Saturday of Easter weekend. Children can explore the store to find special printed eggs and once they’ve completed the hunt they will get their own real eggs to take home.
When: April 19, 2014
Where: Heals, 196 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7LQ and branches
Go and see the adorable new ducklings at the sublime London Wetlands Centre in Barnes. There are lots of themed workshops and activities to take part in too and adventure trails for intrepid explorers.
When: 5-21 April, 2014; 9.30am-5.30am
Where: Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT
Price: Adults £12.35, Concessions £9.20, Children £6.90, Under 4s free