To paraphrase Dorothy: 'There is no place like London.' I hope I can convince you of that here. Also check out my blog at damselwithadulcimer.wordpress.com and my theatre reviews at www.playstosee.com
Easter Egg Hunts to Keep the Little Ones Happy and Chocolaty
With Easter falling early this year you have probably only just settled your children back into school before you need to start planning ways to amuse them over the next break from school. Here are a few ideas.
At Kew Gardens (where the entrance fee will be free to those under 17) not only will there be the usual garden and hothouse trails, but there will also be an opportunity to learn about 3,000 years of chocolate. There will be information about Mayan and Aztec history, a chance to join in with chocolate workshops and to learn about 17th century London, when chocolate was a luxury for the rich. The Easter Egg Hunt itself takes place on 31 March; winning tokens will be exchanged for chocolate treats and the Temple of Imagination will be the venue to visit to be entertained with story-telling.
Kew Gardens Maya Chocolate Adventure (Image Courtesy of www.kew.org)
Last but not least, don't forget to visit the Cocoa tree in the Princess of Wales Conservatory to learn where chocolate comes from.
Between 31 March and 8 April Battersea Park Zoo is hosting an egg hunt, where the animals will guard the answers to the questions that will win chocolate prizes. If you go along between 3 and 5 April there will also be a chance for your offspring to design and make their own Easter cards. Don't worry if you can't make it before 8 April as there will also be a Rabbit Day on 10 April and a Chicken Day on 12 April. Both events will include story-telling sessions and opportunities to make arts and crafts creations that can be taken home.
Historic Ham House by the Thames at Richmond will be home to an Easter egg trail over the bank holiday weekend. Further details are available from email@example.com or 020 8940 1950.
Ham House Easter Egg Hunt (Image Courtesy of nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house)
Lauderdale House, the sixteenth-century Highgate home to the three times Mayor of London, Sir Richard Martin, will also be the home for a trio of Easter events. On 31 March there will be a treasure hunt, a great egg roll and egg decorating. Should you not be able to get there for that event, there will be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory workshops on 3, 4 and 5 April. Little Charlies and Charlottes, aged between 3 and 6 will be able to work together to produce the final performance of the production on 5 April.
Lauderdale House (Image Courtesy of lauderdalehouse.co.uk)
The Museum of Childhood is promising an Egg-tastic time between 29 March and 1 April. There will be the usual egg trail, bunny stories and games, and an opportunity to make your own Easter basket.
Museum of Childhood (Image Courtesy of museumofchildhood.org.uk)
What came first: the chicken or the egg? At the London Wetland Centre in Barnes Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend will be devoted to egg-tivities to help you learn the secrets of spawning and nesting wildlife with prizes for those who crack the clues. There will also be Easter games and arts and crafts, including egg rolling, egg and spoon races and egg painting.
Learn a little about Handel, one of our greatest composers. Visit the house he occupied in Brook Street and join the family Hallelujah Easter Trail on 31 March to the sounds of baroque music to win a chocolaty prize.
I'm sure there are plenty of other events and I'll be happy to learn of your egg-gestions.