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Matilda the Musical
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Discover Children's Story Centre
Easter at Kew: Shaun the Sheep
Plantastic
Sensational Butterflies
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
Against Captain's Orders: A Journey Into The Uncharted
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
Opera North: Swanhunter
The Velveteen Rabbit: Unicorn Theatre (Over 4s)
The Railway Children
 

 

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of beloved picture book Guess How Much I Love You, enjoy English National Ballet's 'Swan Lake' for the very young, and visit London's major museums and galleries for special family friendly Easter themed activities.

 
 

Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

Two-day dance festival aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 04th April 2015

 

There's something for every member of your troupe at the Family Weekend at Sadler's Wells, an annual two-day dance festival aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104. For the 2015 festival there are two main shows, Varmints, a dance piece based on the award winning book by Helen Ward, and Constelaciones, a new piece inspired by the work of Barcelona born painter Joan Miro. These shows on the Sadler's Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio stages are complemented by fun activities taking place across the entire building including a specially added interactive post-show discussion and family dance workshops exploring some of the images, themes and movement motifs from the Miro show.

 
 
 

Sensational Butterflies

Children can watch butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 2nd April to 13th September 2015

 

From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive this summer with the erection of a tropical butterfly house on the museum lawn. Visitors to Sensational Butterflies will be able to take on butterfly challenges, try out games and activities as they explore one of the planet's most amazing life cycles and experience the magic of walking among hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. Not only offering the chance to see butterflies and moths usually seen in Africa, Asia and South America, the display also has a hatchery window where visitors can watch butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Swan Lake

Beautiful ballet perfectly pitched at audiences as young as three.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 12th April 2015

 

English National Ballet continues its tradition of presenting its My First Ballet series at The Peacock each spring with an adaptation of Swan Lake. This traditional ballet offers audiences as young as three the chance to see a performance created just for children. English National Ballet's Associate Artist George Williamson has choreographed the production which is performed by second year students from English National Ballet School.

 
 
 

Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls' House

The fascinating stories behind some of the UK's best-loved doll's houses.

V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 13th December 2014 to 6th September 2015

 

Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls' House at the V&A Museum of Childhood reveals the fascinating stories behind some of the UK's best-loved doll's houses. Visitors will be taken on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing relationships of 12 doll's houses from the past 300 years, including country mansions, a Georgian town house, suburban villas and high-rise apartments.

 
 
 

Against Captain's Orders: A Journey Into The Uncharted

An immersive nautical adventure on the high waters for children under 12.

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 28th March to 31st August 2015

 

Punchdrunk Enrichment's largest production to date, Against Captain's Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted gives 6 to 12 year old visitors to the National Maritime Museum a theatrical journey through the museum's collection of maritime artefacts. Harnessing the heroics of Grace Darling, who launched a daring rescue mission of shipwrecked sailors, the intuition of Captain Bligh, who journeyed over 4,000 miles with the help of just a sextant and compass after being abandoned by his crew, and the intellect of Sir Francis Drake, one of the first men to circumnavigate the globe, audiences will don life jackets and board HMS Adventure for their very own nautical adventure.

 
 
 

Opera North/The Wrong Crowd: Swanhunter (Over 7s)

A darkly magical folk story, designed specifically for a family audience.

Linbury Studio Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 04th - 11th April 2015

 

Opera North and The Wrong Crowd present Jonathan Dove's family opera, Swanhunter, for everyone from children aged eight to adults. The Nordic story of Lemminkainen, a ladies' man determined to travel to the icy north in search of a bride, against his mother's wishes, is told through a beguiling blend of music, puppetry and visual storytelling. Jonathan Dove, "one of Britain's most prolific opera composers" (Telegraph), has written the score in collaboration with the librettist Alasdair Middleton, thus reuniting the team of Opera North's 2007 hit, The Adventures of Pinocchio. Both works were written with a young audience in mind and offer those over seven an ideal introduction to opera.

 
 
 

The Railway Children

Take part in a special Easter Egg Hunt before the matinee on Saturday 4th April.

King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, London, N1 9AP

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 16th December 2014 to 6th September 2015

 

Ticket holders for the 2.30pm performance of the Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children on Saturday 4th April 2015 can take part in a special Easter Egg Hunt. Egg Hunters of all ages will need to report to The Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, to begin the trail and receive the first clue. The hunt takes you into The Kings Cross Theatre following train-themed rhyming riddles from The Railway Children cast and staff along the way. Once you've completed the quest, you'll receive a treat before taking your seats for the afternoon's performance.And with 25 per cent off ticket prices for the under 16s, it's a good time to treat the family to a theatre outing over the Easter holidays.

 
 
 

Shaun in the City

Hunt for giant Shaun the Sheep models around London town.

Broadgate, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2BL

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 28th March to 25th May 2015

 

If your little ones go baa-my for Shaun the Sheep, who now stars in his own full-length feature film, from late March they can follow Shaun in the City and find 50 giant models of Shaun around London town. In the excellent Aardman film Shaun and his woolly friends go on an adventure to the big city. Now he's in the city in 'real' life! The Shaun in the City trail places giant Shaun sculptures designed by celebrities and artists - including Shaun the Sheep creator Nick Park - in iconic locations across the capital from 28th March until 25th May. Following the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity.

 
 
 

CBeebies Live! Presents Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble's Circus

See all the CBeebies and Gigglebiz favourites live in action.

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 04th - 05th April 2015

 

After a sell-out arena tour back in 2013, Justin Fletcher is back with his new CBeebies Live show Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble's Circus. Coming to the Wembley Arena on Easter weekend, the fun-filled show follows Mr Tumble's Circus as they're delayed on route. In a bid to get to the show on time, Gigglebiz favourites Keith Fitt, Dina Lady, Gale Force and Arthur Sleep will help Mr Tumble, Grandad Tumble, Andy Day and Cat Sandion to save the day. But, with Robert the Robot insisting that everyone do their chores and Little Monster just wanting to cause mayhem and mischief, will they get the circus to the town on time? With clever visual effects and lots of surprises, the show is a great way to keep the little ones entertained this Easter.

 
 
 

The Velveteen Rabbit: Unicorn Theatre (Over 4s)

A perfect outing for little ones (and grown-ups) over the Easter holiday.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 28th March - 26th April 2015

 

The Unicorn's adaptation of Margery Williams's popular children's story returns in time for Easter after a popular run here this time last year. Although first published over 90 years ago in 1922, the tale of a shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real has stood the test of time and stands as a classic of American literature for children. The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) has been given a contemporary adaptation directed by the Unicorn's artistic director, Purni Morell, to create "an utterly gripping and heart-wrenching piece of contemporary theatre" (The Guardian) for children aged four and over. "When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

 
 
 

Easter at Kew: Shaun the Sheep

Kew Gardens present lots of Shaun the Sheep themed family fun.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 05th April 2015

 

On Sunday 5th April 2015 join Shaun the Sheep and his real life friends, on holiday from Wakehurst, Kew's sister garden in Sussex, for Kew's annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kew comes over all sheepish with Shaun's Madcap Meadow, a springtime meadow of British wildflowers, seasonal bulbs and grasses where they'll be hosting wellie wanging, the Sheep Hopper Maze, where kids can bounce around a maze of hay, and Bitzer's Sheepdog Trials where you can help herd, bounce and roll Shirley back into her pen. Pop-up stores in the meadow also give you the opportunity to create your own Shaun the Sheep with a Shaun the Sheep toolkit, and there's the Spring Lamb Springtime Trail where you can work out who Timmy, the baby of the flock, has been bouncing around with among the spring bulbs. A fun trail for kids and adults alike, see how many spring flowers you can identify and discover what is waiting for you at the end of the trail.

 
 
 

Plantastic

A fun exploration of the world of plants on a massive scale.

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 14th February to 1st November 2015

 

From giant seeds and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system, Plantastic at the Horniman Museum explores the world of plants on a massive scale. The interactive exhibition provides visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with nature. Open just in time for February half term, from May 2015 there will be specially designed and themed outdoor displays including a mass planting of sunflowers, a floral picture of the anatomy of a flower, and a border planted out to attract pollinating insects - go and find out how a bee sees the world.

 
 
 

Discover Children's Story Centre

This fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford runs Story Trails, Easter basket making and a new exhibition.

383-387 High Street, Stratford, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 

Discover, a fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford East, is open every day over the Easter holidays with their current exhibition Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers and the return of the Where's Wally? Weekend, where children are invited to search the Story Trail to find the real Wally. There will also be visits from author and illustrator Emily Hughes and poet Joe Coelho (of CBeebies Rhyme Rocket). On the Easter bank holidays the centre will celebrate the 20th anniversary of beloved picture book Guess How Much I Love You with the chance to make an Easter basket and follow the Easter Bunny's trail to find a chocolate treat.

 
 

Events at Discover Children's Story Centre

Space Penguins With LA Courtenay
Free Event

Sunday 3rd May 2015 - 2.30pm-3.30pm | 5, concs 4.50, family 18, under 2s Free

 
Space Penguins With LA Courtenay Discover Children's Story Centre 2015-05-032015-05-03 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids

Let author LA Courtenay introduce you to the ice-cool crew.

Penguin Parade
Now OnFree Event

2nd and 3rd May 2015 at 11am-5pm & 4th May 2015 at 10am-5pm | 5, child 5, concs/mems 4.50, family 18, under 2s Free

 
Penguin Parade Discover Children's Story Centre 2015-05-022015-05-04 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids

Join us for a Penguin Parade this early May Bank Holiday. Listen to a penguin story, make a mini penguin, learn about penguins in space, dress up as a penguin and join the penguin parade. ...

Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th September 2014 to 31st August 2015 | 5, child 5, family 18, concs 4.50

 
Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers Discover Children's Story Centre 2014-09-272015-08-31 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids
Star Wars Day May The 4th Be With You
On SoonFree Event

Monday 4th May 2015 - 2.30pm-3.30pm | 5, concs 4.50, family 18, under 2s Free

 
Star Wars Day May The 4th Be With You Discover Children's Story Centre 2015-05-042015-05-04 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids

Celebrate May the 4th at Discover in a special Star Wars children's hour with DK's Star Wars experts Simon Beecroft and Hannah Dolan.

The Hueys In... A Day At Discover
On SoonFree Event

23rd, 24th and 25th May 2015 - 12.30pm-3.45pm | 5, child 5, concs 4.50, family 18, under 2s Free

 
The Hueys In... A Day At Discover Discover Children's Story Centre 2015-05-232015-05-25 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids

In their latest adventure The Hueys are taking over Discover!

All events at Discover Children's Story Centre
 
 
 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A sweet theatre treat for all the family.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 22nd May 2013 to 4th June 2016

 

We are spoilt for choice with not one but two Roald Dahl dramatisations on the London stage. After the successful transition of Dahl's Matilda The Musical to the West End, this equally joyous and bizarre tale has become a welcome addition to Theatreland. Who could forget the heart-warming tale of forlorn little Charlie Bucket and his poverty stricken family? His four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal a life-changing golden ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was recently revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a new production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Since it started at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in May 2013 this sweet theatrical treat has been filling the auditorium with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas," says The Telegraph. "They alone are worth the price of admission." Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now.

 
 
 

Matilda the Musical

Children will love the hugely successful show based on the Roald Dahl book

Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2011 to 24th May 2015 - Various Times

 

The hugely successful show based on the Roald Dahl book about a little girl with special powers won an unprecedented seven Olivier awards last year and continues to draw in audiences young and old. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda has been described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant". The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable." With a Broadway production due to open this Easter, he's been proved right.

 
 
 
 
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