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Matilda the Musical
Easter at the London Eye
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Secret Agents Academy For Spies (Over 6s)
Easter at Kew: Shaun the Sheep
 

 

Best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson is the subject of a Museum of Childhood exhibition, young audiences can get their first taste of ballet at the English National Ballet's 'Coppelia', and most of London's museums and art galleries are laying on special Easter themed activities so there's plenty to keep your little bunnies entertained this Easter.

 
 

Discover Children's Story Centre

This fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford runs Story Trails, Easter bonnet making and a Spy Academy.

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 classic spring-time stories in the garden, Easter bonnet making and a string of clues to solve from the Easter bunny leading to hidden chocolate eggs (from 18th to 21st April). As well as lots of stories there's the interactive Secret Agents - Spy Academy, ideal for over 6s, where little agents can don special spy kit for a Top Secret mission around Discover's Story Trail. There will also be author and illustrator visits from Jane Ray (Ahmed and the Feather Girl), Frann Preston-Gannon (The Journey Home, Dinosaur Farm) and Jo Hodgkinson (My Friend Nigel), as well as an exciting circus themed weekend before Easter on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April.

 
 

Events at Discover Children's Story Centre

Gorilla With Anthony Browne
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 7th March 2015 - 12noon-1pm | 6, concs/child 5.50, child/concs 5, under 2s Free

 
Gorilla With Anthony Browne Discover Children's Story Centre 2015-03-072015-03-07 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids
Space Dog With Mini Grey
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 7th March 2015 - 1.30pm-2.30pm | 6, child/concs 5.50, child concs 5, under 2s Free

 
Space Dog With Mini Grey Discover Children's Story Centre Join Mini Grey, creator of Traction Man, and meet her very latest character, Space Dog. 2015-03-072015-03-07 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids

Join Mini Grey, creator of Traction Man, and meet her very latest character, Space Dog.

The Shape Game
On Soon

Saturday 7th March 2015 - 4.30pm-5.30pm | child 5.50

 
The Shape Game Discover Children's Story Centre Join this year's Big Write curator, Anthony Browne, and Mini Grey for a round. 2015-03-072015-03-07 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids

Join this year's Big Write curator, Anthony Browne, and Mini Grey for a round.

Anthony Browne's The Big Write On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2015 | 6, concs/child 5.50, child concs 5, family 21

 
Anthony Browne's The Big Write Discover Children's Story Centre Join former Children's Laureate, author and illustrator of 'Gorilla' and 'Willy The Wimp', Anthony Browne, for a weekend of events with some of his favourite authors and illustrators. David Melling, creator of Hugless Douglas, Alexis ... 2015-03-072015-03-08 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids

Join former Children's Laureate, author and illustrator of 'Gorilla' and 'Willy The Wimp', Anthony Browne, for a weekend of events with some of his favourite authors and illustrators. David Melling, creator of Hugless Douglas, Alexis ...more

Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers On Soon 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 The lovely people at Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford celebrate the 10th birthday of Oliver Jeffers's classic 'How to Catch a Star' by exploring the author's magical worlds in a new exhibition bringing his ... 2014-09-272015-08-31 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids
All events at Discover Children's Story Centre
 
 
 

Matilda the Musical

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

Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. 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 eagerly anticipated production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - stars Lauren Ward as Miss Honey, Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchball, Joise Walker as Mrs Wormwood and Paul Kaye as Mr Wormwood. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. The show lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike, and is winning plaudits as this winter's must-see theatrical event. 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." 2011-10-182015-05-24 Where:
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials London, W1D 7DY
Category: Theatre

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.

 
 
 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A sweet theatre treat for all the family.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the heart-warming tale of Charlie Bucket and his fortunate discovery of a life-changing golden ticket. First we meet his poverty stricken but happy 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 the coveted ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a critically acclaimed production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. A huge West End hit since May 2013 Theatre Royal Drury Lane is filled 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. After the successful transition of Dahl's Matilda The Musical to the West End, this equally joyous and bizarre Dahl tale has become another success story for the British author behind classic children's books including The BFG and James and the Giant Peach. 2013-05-222016-06-04 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatre

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.

 
 
 

Easter at the London Eye

Edwin the Easter Bunny rustles up mini chocolate eggs.

Easter at the London Eye This Easter weekend Edwin the Easter bunny and his friends will be taking over the London Eye to provide families with some choctastic entertainment. Accompanied by his band of mini-bunny workers, Edwin will be challenged to make as many mini eggs as possible for visitors. As well as the free mini Hotel Chocolat eggs, those riding the London Eye will also get to meet bouncing stilt walkers and circus performers. Adults can opt for Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience which includes a guided chocolate and truffle tasting adventure from Hotel Chocolat, or an Afternoon Tea Experience with an Easter twist. 2014-04-052014-04-21 Where:
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank London, SE1 7PB
Category: Seasonal

London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 05th - 21st April 2014

 

This Easter weekend Edwin the Easter bunny and his friends will be taking over the London Eye to provide families with some choctastic entertainment. Accompanied by his band of mini-bunny workers, Edwin will be challenged to make as many mini eggs as possible for visitors. As well as the free mini Hotel Chocolat eggs, those riding the London Eye will also get to meet bouncing stilt walkers and circus performers. Adults can opt for Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience which includes a guided chocolate and truffle tasting adventure from Hotel Chocolat, or an Afternoon Tea Experience with an Easter twist.

 
 
 

Shaun in the City

Hunt for giant Shaun the Sheep models around London town.

Shaun in the City 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. 2015-03-282015-05-25 Where:
Broadgate, Broadgate London, EC2M 2BL
Category: Kids Events

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.

 
 
 

Easter at Kew: Shaun the Sheep

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

Easter Egg Hunt at Kew: Shaun the Sheep Easter Egg Hunt at Kew: Shaun the Sheep 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. 2015-04-052015-04-05 Where:
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond London, TW9 3AB
Category: Kids Events

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: Sunday 5th 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.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

3rd March 2015

 

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