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LittleBird’s Egg-tastic Top Picks Easter Guide

29 March - 8 May

LittleBird have rounded up some great activities and events to help you and your family stay entertained, inspired and active throughout the Easter Holidays with the only problem, how to fit it all in!

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TOP PICKS OF THINGS TO DO 

Dino Kingdom, Gunnersbury Park, 1st – 18th April

The family festival comes to London for the first time ever, turning Gunnersbury Park into Jurassic Park this Easter!

Find your favourite dinosaurs at the UK’s most loved Dino festival. Take a journey through time into the land of the dinosaurs, and prepare to be blown away as the future meets the past. With life-size roaring and moving dinosaurs, state-of-the-art educational technology and fun games and activities.

Tickets start from £12, and you can save another 15% with the code DKLLITTLEBIRD15. Book your tickets here.

Giant Easter Egg Hunt, RHS Wisley, Surrey, 1st – 19th April

Go hunting for the larger-than-life hand-painted eggs hidden around the garden and get stuck in with family-friendly planting and craft workshops.

Equipped with an explorer pack, follow the trail around the garden to find the giant painted eggs. There are fun puzzles to solve and plants and wildlife to spot along the way. Finish the trail and enjoy your free chocolate treat.

Tickets, Adult £15.95 Child (5–16 years) £7.95 To find out more & book tickets, click here.

Superheroes, Orphans & Origins: 125 years in comics, Foundling Museum, opens 1st April – 28th August

Enter into the world of superheroes to explore the representation of foundlings, orphans, adoptees, and foster children in comics, graphic novels and sequential art from around the globe.

DC’s Superman, who was found by his adoptive parents, is one of many comic heroes who are orphans: Spider-Man’s parents die in a plane crash; Batman’s parents are killed in a street robbery; and Black Panther – whose mother dies soon after childbirth and whose father is killed – is known as ‘the Orphan King’. Marvel’s X-Men experience both discrimination and social ostracisation. The superheroes’ early life experiences impact on their roles and the stance they take over good and evil in their comic lives.

Tickets; Adults £9.50 Under 21s Free. To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

100 Story Hotel, Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford, opens 2nd April

Created with bestselling, multi award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph. This immersive world of play and storytelling has something for everyone.

At The 100 Story Hotel there are all sorts of guests; lions and tigers, dinosaurs and bears. Some sausage dogs are having a party on the hotel beach. And that’s to say nothing of the dedicated staff. The porters are penguins, the housekeeping team is headed up by a handy octopus and the concierge is a polar bear.

Although the hotel is usually full of 100 amazing stories, one story has just gone missing! Your help is desperately required to find the naughty culprit. Can you follow the clues and track them down?

Aimed at ages 0 – 8. Tickets; £3 To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Spring Surprises at The Lookout, Hyde Park, Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th April

Head to Hyde Park for these free nature-inspired activities. Discover charming invertebrates, captivating plants and friendly-faced wildlife on our nature trails or during our popular pond dipping sessions. Create and take home a clay bird & eggs using natural materials or learn more about spring with a live storyteller.

To find out more and to book your free place, click here.

To find out about the Marvellous Mammals event happening 12th – 14th April, click here.

Power Up at the Science Museum, Kensington, 2nd – 19th April

This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event features the very best video games and consoles from the past five decades. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.

Play against friends in multiplayer showdowns, rediscover your childhood favourites and test out some of the latest virtual reality experiences at this ultimate gaming extravaganza.

Tickets From £8. To find out more and to book tickets, click here.

National Trusts Easter Egg Hunt, UK wide 2nd – 18th  April

Enjoy Easter adventures in nature at a National Trust place near you. Complete nature-inspired activities that are unique to each place. Hopping like an Easter bunny, making a home for wildlife, or peeking into veg patches are just some of the different experiences you can enjoy and once you’ve finished the trail collect your delicious chocolate egg reward.

To find out where your local Easter egg hunt, click here.

And if you want to make your own Easter adventures in nature download the National Trusts activity pack and get creative making a nature crown or have fun treasuring your adventures with a spring box or bunting. Download the pack here.

Superworm Activity Trails with Forestry England

Join Superworm and friends on this brand-new forest adventure! Follow the new Superworm trail and see what amazing facts you can discover about the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved Superworm story.

The Superworm trail packs are £3.50. To find your nearest trail, click here.

The Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, 1st – 18th April.

Join in the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt around the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Using a trail map, find the Lindt GOLD BUNNY statues hiding in the palace gardens. Match up the name of the important palace person on the trail to the red ribbon on the bunny statue at each location. When you have finished, you will receive a Lindt GOLD BUNNY chocolate reward and bunny ears.

Aimed at ages 4 – 12. Tickets adults £26.10, children £13.  To find out more, click here.

Zog and the Flying Doctors, Meal One and Pedal Power Disco, Southbank Centre, various dates

Head to the Southbank Centre this Easter to enjoy everyone’s favourite orange dragon Zog in Zog and the Flying Doctors (8th –⁠ 10th April) which sees the roar-some crew back for a brand new adventure in a show for all the family based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Then there’s Meal One (14th –⁠ 15th April), a magical show filled with breathtaking projections, music, dance and augmented reality. On Easter Saturday 16th April you can get your groove on at the Pedal Power Disco. Put the pedal to the metal as you cycle to power our party.

Find out more here.

Easter Duck Trail, WWT London, Surrey, 2nd – 24th April

Can you ‘quack the case’ and find the bright yellow ducks hiding around our wetlands?

Pick up a trail card at admissions and crack the clues to find the bright yellow, cheeky ducks that are hiding around WWT London. You’ll need all your special detective skills to track them.

Plus, there’s loads of other activities to enjoy everyday. Drop into a Spotlight talk or otter feed. Go wild in our indoor and outdoor play areas and test your balance and bravery on our Wild Walk.

Tickets: Adult £13.40, Child £8.13 To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Yoshi’s Easter Egg Hunt, KidZania London, 8th – 21st April

To celebrate the launch of Yoshi’s Crafted World on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has teamed up with KidZania London for an exclusive Easter Egg Hunt.

Yoshi’s Crafted World, a new game featuring beloved Nintendo characters, will also be available to try out during the Easter Egg Hunt.

Participants who egg-cel and complete the hunt will receive 10 kidZo’s and a very special Yoshi’s Easter Egg Hunt certification.

Tickets from £27 for kids and £16 for adults. To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Save on your tickets with the LittleBird Family Pass. Sign up for £1,  find out more here.

Gulliver’s Travels, Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge, until 16th April

An adventure-filled modern adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s surreal masterpiece. Join Lemuel Gulliver as she sails to a world of strange islands and even stranger creatures, and she embarks upon an epic adventure of survival, unexpected friendship and self-discovery.

A playful, funny and highly inventive show vividly brought to life using video, intricate table-top sets and projection alongside live performance. Explore reality and escapism, home and family, and the power of stories to transform our view of the world.

Tickets from £20 for adults and £14 for under 18s. Aimed at ages 7+.

To find out more, click here.

Get an exclusive 20% off selected performances with the LittleBird Family Pass. Sign up for £1, find out more here.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Kew Gardens, 2nd – 18th April

Based on Eric Carle’s much-loved book, follow Kew Gardens The Very Hungry Caterpillar trail and embark on a transformational journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly, wind through sculptures of juicy fruits and a cosy chrysalis along the way. Digest facts about the wonder of nature and the close connections between plant and insect life on Earth.

Tickets Adults £15, Child (4 – 15) £5. To find out more & book tickets, click here.

Save on your tickets with the LittleBird Family Pass. Sign up for £1, find out more here.

Go Ape, UK wide

Head to the forest and have an outdoor adventure with Go Ape. From Treetop Adventures for all ages that offer intricate crossings, wobbly bridges and zip wire finales to Net Adventures that promise treetop bouncy nets linked by walkways 30 feet above the forest floor, inflatable balls and super slides.

Tickets from £23. To find out your nearest location and to book, click here.

To discover exclusive Go Ape savings, join the Family Pass. Sign up for £1, find out more here.

Caribbean Takeover, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 9th April

Celebrate black history and culture in Britain with the Caribbean Social Forum as they take over the National Maritime Museum.  Celebrates the fusion of cultures from Africa, the Caribbean and Britain. Enjoy free masterclasses,  performances, creative workshops as well as encounters with historical figures from the past and get to ask them all about their fascinating lives. Plus special guests, artists, musicians and more sharing their skills and experiences.

Find out more here.

Great British Spring Clean 2022 – until 10th April, UK wide

One Bag. Big Difference.

With a simple message, join the #BigBagChallenge and pledge to pick up as much litter as you can during the campaign.

Find out how you can get involved here.

Inflata Nation Inflatable ThemeParks, various locations including Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Huddersfield

With tons of park activities on offer at all locations, Inflata Nation ticks everyones box. There are  Inflata Super Slides, quadrupl obstacle courses, Inflata climingin walls, bumpy slides, tipping slides, ball pools, duel platforms, inflatable bubbles, and more! Plus, there’s a mini inflatable area for the under 4’s including a ball pool and soft play.

Tickets from; Ages 4 to 15 and Adults – £9.99, Under 4 – £5.99 Find out more here.

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, Design Museum, Kensington, opens 8th April – 29th August

Whether you are a fanatical supporter, part-time punter or sporting skeptic, enjoy discovering the remarkable design stories behind the world’s beautiful game.

Journey through more than 500 objects, films and interviews in sporting performance, kit development, stadium design and more and immerse yourself in iconic football moments with star objects telling the stories of club legacies and game legends such as Messi, Pelé, George Best and Diego Maradona and more.

Tickets; Adult £16.80, Child £8.25. To find out more and book tickets, click here.

And to find out what workshop and activities the Design Museum has planned for families this Easter, click here.

Cadbury World Freddo’s Easter Egg-stravaganza!, Birmingham, 2nd – 24th April

Head to Cadbury World to join Freddo for some chocolatey fun in his brand new show. Laugh along with Freddo on this egg-citing adventure as he attempts to complete the challenges set by the Caramel Bunny in order to receive a mystery prize. Audience participation, songs and laughter are promised!

Tickets; Adult, £18.05, Kids £13.30 (circus show included in entry ticket). To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Plastic, Drastic, Fantastic, Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 6th April – 8th May

A new dance show exploring our complex relationship – from the molecular to the planetary – with all things plastic.

Through dance,  movements, play and audience interaction, the show draws on stories and ideas from children and young people, disentangling the fantastic possibilities of plastic from the drastic consequences of their misuse.

Aimed at ages 7+. Tickets £9. To find out more & to book, click here.

London: Port City, Museum of London Docklands, final weeks, closes 8th May

Unpack the fascinating history of London’s port at this free exhibition for all the family. Try the interactive smell boxes, learn how many popular words and phrases originated in the port with the Legacies of Language wall, and much, much more!

Find out more here.

Save at the museum’s Café and Restaurant with the LittleBird Family Pass. Sign up for £1,  find out more here.

ZSL London Zoo Dear Zoo, 2nd – 18th April

Celebrating 40 years since the publication of much-loved author Rod Campbell’s classic storybook, this Easter ZSL London Zoo is hosting the Dear Zoo experience.

Embark on an interactive activity trail, enjoy lively story-time sessions and learn all about the zoo’s amazing animals while seeing them up close.

Explore the Dear Zoo hub as you push, pull and press your way through the interactive activities before taking part in fabulously fun storytelling sessions.

Get involved in the tale and equipped with the activity trail cards before you follow the trail through the Zoo. Collect stamps, get up close to the animals from the book and take part in fun activities at each stop before claiming your special anniversary Dear Zoo sticker at the end.

Standard tickets, adult £2.50 and child £21.12. Pre-booking is essential. Find out more here.

Fancy heading to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, find out what plans they have for Easter here.

Horrible Histories Live Onboard Terrible Thames, opens 2nd April

Climb aboard and prepare to hear the horrible history of the most famous river in the world!

Take a dive with Horrible Histories into the stories of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Julius Caesar, the Duke of Wellington, Queen Boudicca, Jack the Ripper and Captain Kidd, in this history of the Thames with the nasty bits left in!

Tickets from: Adult £20, Child £12 and Under 3’s Free. To find out more and to book, click here.

LITTLEBIRD EXCLUSIVE: Be one of the first to sail in 2022 and save £3.00 on tickets* for 2nd, 3rd and 4th April. Use promotion code LITTLEBIRD when booking

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Elements of Freestyle, Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre, Holborn, 13th – 23rd April

In this adrenaline-fuelled explosion of extreme urban sports, dance, music and theatre, the Netherlands’ ISH Dance Collective, create breath-taking poetry with every single moment.

In a fusion of breakdance, inline skating, skateboarding, freestyle basketball, BMX and freerunning, the audience discovers the artistry behind the trick. It’s about those redeeming seconds that make a complicated trick ultimately succeed; the feeling of complete and total freedom.

Tickets from £18.00. To find out more and book tickets, click here.

Oxygen Freejumping, Trampoline Parks, various locations

With over 100 connected trampolines and innovative zones to get you bouncing, climbing, and somersaulting Freejumping is pure fun for all ages. Bounce to new heights, learn new tricks, get moving. Tickets from £27. Find out more here.

Cluedo Stage Play, UK Tour, until 23rd July

CLUEDO is a comedy thriller that will keep you guessing as you try to work out whodunnit…. with what… and where!

When Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Reverend Green, Mrs. White and Colonel Mustard arrive at a party, they are surprised to find they have all received the same invitation from Lord Boddy. It soon becomes clear that they all have secrets and the mystery and hysteria grow when the inhabitants of Boddy Manor are killed off with a variety of familiar weapons.

To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, V&A, Kensington, until 8th January 2023

Visit Peter Rabbit and friends this Easter. Celebrating the life and work of one of the best loved children’s authors of the 20th century, this family friendly exhibition will take visitors on a journey to discover Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters. In collaboration with the National Trust.

Tickets: Adults £14.00, Under 12s go free

To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

And to find out what other free activities the V&A has planned this Easter for families – including pop-up performance Tales from the Forest, click here.

VIRTUAL EVENT 

Cadbury’s Worldwide Hide, until 18th April

Take your Easter Egg hunt online this year with Cadbury’s Worldwide Hide. Hide a virtual  Easter egg anywhere in the world, somewhere that means something to the person you’re sending the egg to and then send them a clue.

You can hide a virtual Easter egg for free or you can send a real Cadbury’s Easter egg in the post that will be sent once they have found their virtual Easter egg but you’ll need to make your purchase before 12th April in order to ensure delivery for the Easter weekend.

Find out more here.

ONLINE ANYTIME 

Red Ted Art DIY Origami Egg Holder Tutorial

Make these super cute origami egg holders from Red Ted Art. All you need is a square piece of paper, different colours on each side if possible, otherwise you can colour or pattern one side.

Get folding here.

Make a chocolate painting with Tate Kids

Create some yummy art which you can eat with your family. Inspired by Jackson Pollock, replace paint with chocolate and get messy!

Find out how here.

Okido’s Dancing Raisins

Why do raisins dance in soda water?

Have some fun together following this simple experiment and while you’re at it,  why not play some dance music and join in with the raisins while you all learn about the science behind the dance!

Get your groove on here.

The Usborne Unworry Pack

A collection of fun, mindful activities to help children and adults Unworry.

Full of things to calm and distract, it also offers places where you can put your worries, instead of letting them hang around in your head.

Download the pack here.

Make Bouncing Eggs with The Royal Institute

Make an uncooked egg bounce!

Join The Royal Institute for an egg-insured experiment you can do at thome. ExpeRiment with different liquids to see what effect they have on eggs. Learn how the acid in household liquids like orange juice and vinegar react with eggshells and make them dissolve, leaving the inside of the egg intact.

Get Eggsperimenting here.

Spellie

If you’ve got the Wordle bug and the kids like the idea too, check out Spellie. A daily word puzzle for young spellers.

Play now.

Stand with Ukraine, Make a Peace Poster, The Week Junior Activity Hub

Make a peace poster and get the kids to draw a picture or write a message to express how they feel. Then, stick it in your window so other people can see it too.

Download the poster here.

Play in the Pandemic online exhibition, Young V&A

The Young V & As first ever online exhibition, reveals the impact of play during this time of seismic change and shedding new light on the impact of the global pandemic on children’s play.

The exhibition shows that even the youngest contributors were aware of the virus and how

the pandemic became integrated into their playtime, including toddlers Covid-testing their

teddy bears. From child-created artworks to Barbies participating in Joe Wicks’ workouts, the digital magazine HomeCool Kids made by and for children, and objects from Young V&A’s

collections, a new online interactive uncovers children’s creativity, resourcefulness and

resilience in the face of Covid-19.

Visit the exhibition here.

Science of the Sea online trail, National maritime Museum Cornwall

Welcome to the Aliens of the Deep Family Trail. Are you ready for an adventure? This online trail takes you on a journey in search of alien life.

Explore the Monsters of the Deep online exhibition from the National Maritime Museum Cornwall where you get the chance to take the plunge into the deep sea. With near freezing temperatures, no sunlight and crushing pressure, the darkest depths of the ocean seem like an unlikely place to find life. But here you will find a world filled with alien creatures including vampire squid, anglerfish and giant isopods. Now scientists are studying the ocean to understand the possibilities of exploring outer space in the search for extra-terrestrial life.

Start exploring here.

MAKE THIS 

Decorate Spring Eggs with Tate Kids

Find out how to dye eggs using rice and food dye with Tate and then discover how to collage an egg!

Hot Cross Muffin Buns

We’ve heard of cruffins and duffins but not Hot Cross Muffin Buns! If you like mixing things up when you bake, click here.

Joe Wicks Sausage, Sweet Potato & Mustard Traybake

If you’re looking for some Easter cooking inspiration, Joe Wicks’ brand new cookbook Feel Good Food is packed full of tasty and nutritious recipes that all the family will love.

Download the recipe here.

And why not enter our Joe Wicks competition to win a £200 John Lewis voucher plus a hardback copy of Feel Good Food by Joe Wicks! Enter here.

Things to see and do this Spring with Wildlife Watch

Spring is a time of days getting longer and the spring sunshine brings growth and greenery. Birdsong reaches a peak and many flowers appear, attracting insects including bees and butterflies.

Find out how to make compost, grow a wild garden and make a seed bomb. Why not become a nature detective with the Wildlife Watch spotter guides?

Find out more here.

DIY Easter Egg Hunts

Making your own easter egg hunt is easy. You’ll need eggs to hide, a basket or bucket for the all important collection and if you need a bit of help with the clues, check out this selection of Easter egg hunt clues for all ages collated by madeformums, click here

LISTEN TO THIS 

The Week Junior’s Science + Nature Mysteries

In each episode, the team behind The Week Junior’s Science+Nature magazine investigates a different unexplained phenomenon with the help of expert guests.

DOWNLOAD THIS 

Easter Bunny Tracker

The Easter Bunny Tracker provides updates to kids of all ages as the Easter Bunny travels around the world. On Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 5 AM Eastern time, the Track Easter Bunny website and apps will once again transform into a tracking experience where you can follow the Easter Bunny as he delivers Easter baskets and goodies to good kids around the world.

Reading Eggs App

Used by over 20 million children, this app features alphabet games, spelling games, phonics activities, word puzzles, nursery rhymes, and over 3,000 story books for kids.

ReFill

The Refill app connects you to places to eat, drink and shop with less waste.

LOOKING AHEAD

Dippy the Dinosaur returns to Natural History Museum on 27th May – December 2022

Dippy, the nation’s favourite dinosaur, returns to the Natural History Museum this May.

Find out more here.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Friday 3rd Monday 4th June

To celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service, there will be a whole host of events and activities happening across the UK to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to help us celebrate there is a special extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

Find out what’s happening near you and ways you can celebrate here.

Superbloom and Giant Slide, Tower of London, 1st June – 18th September

Over 20 million seeds are being planted at the Tower of London thai Spring where a spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers will fill the Tower’s moat in time for June and to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

On arrival, visitors can grab a mat and slide down into the moat on the Tower of London’s Superbloom slide and follow the visitor route through the display. Or for a more conventional entry into the blooms, there is a main fully accessible visitor entrance.

Find out more here.

Little Welly Obstacle Course & Festival, Sevenoaks 14th & 15th May and Henley 11th & 12th June

An outdoor event for the whole family that promises the UK’s biggest obstacle courses for children. With more than 30 challenges over a 3 km route including the foam run, climbing walls, the ball cage and the big slide. The kids can  bounce on trampolines, roll in the human hamster balls, try the caving challenge, scale the climbing wall, enjoy a pony ride and so much more.

Find out more here.

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