Part of the 'My First Ballet' series - adapting ballet productions especially for younger audiences - the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present a colourful version of comic ballet Coppelia. Set to the music of Delibes, the fairytale follows an eccentric toymaker and his relationship with a lifelike Coppelia doll. The 'My First Ballet' series - which encourages new audiences while giving valuable stage experience to English National Ballet students - offers young audiences a first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. Check out our deals on tickets for My First Ballet: Coppelia which follows stagings of 'My First Sleeping Beauty' in 2011 and 2013's 'My First Cinderella'.
Give young Angelina Ballerina fans their first taste of a live production.
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT
Dates: 8th to 19th April 2014 - Various Times
The classic story of a little boy and a very shy toy rabbit comes to the Unicorn this Easter.
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 21st March to 19th April 2014
"When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." Well timed to coincide with Easter, the tale of a shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real has been adapted from Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) for the Unicorn stage. Although first published over 90 years ago in 1922, this classic American tale still remains much-loved by today's young listeners and this contemporary adaptation directed by the Unicorn's artistic director, Purni Morell, promises to be a heart-warming tale for children aged four and over.
Get to know the creator of Tracy Beaker, one of our most beloved writers for children.
V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 9PA
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
Dates: 5th April to 2nd November 2014
This exhibition at the Museum of Childhood celebrates best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson, giving visitors the chance to learn out about her childhood, early career and what inspired her to write. The exhibition features original notebooks along with childhood toys, school reports and diaries. There are also extracts and illustrations from some of her best-loved books including The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Illustrated Mum and Hetty Feather. The exhibition will also feature contributions from readers, explaining the impact Wilson's book have had on their lives. In addition, fans of Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather can see their favourite character brought to life at the Rose Theatre Kingston this Easter.
Junior James Bonds will enjoy this spy themed interactive family exhibition for ages 6 and above.
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ
Tube: Stratford Station
Dates: 15th February to 31st August 2014
Kids will be given the chance to test their sleuth detective skills this Easter at the Secret Agents Academy for Spies at Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford. The evil Dr Iscove has used the good professor Irene Bop's mastermind to create a treasure teleporting machine, and it planning to use it to steal the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London! Through master surveillance techniques, unlocking codes and dodging laser beams, kids must try and stop him. Are your little ones brave enough to enter this labyrinth of adventures?
Young scientists can see a skull from the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Dates: 13th February to 27th September 2014
The Natural History Museum is a treasure trove of exploration for budding young scientists and this Easter their major exhibition, Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, reveals what it was like to live in Britain long before the Romans, Saxons and Vikings arrived. Rarely seen specimens on display include a skull from the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain, and the oldest wooden spear in the world. These and other remarkable objects from our past are brought to life using the latest scientific techniques and life-size models. Incredible finds from sites around Britain will reveal what life was really like one million years ago. In the words of Professor Chris Stringer, palaeontologist at the Museum and world-leading human origins expert: "From the earliest human fossils in Britain to one of the oldest wooden tools in the world, you will be surprised by the history hidden beneath your feet." You can also see the ever popular dinosaurs and real life creatures in the Sensational Butterflies exhibition on the front lawn while you're here.
Phoebe Thomas is Hetty Feather as Jaqueline Wilson's most popular character is brought to life.
Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1HL
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 5th to 19th April 2014
Jaqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather is brought to life on the stage at Rose Theatre Kingston this Easter featuring Phoebe Thomas (best known as nurse Maria Kendall in the BBC 1's Holby City) in the title role. Adapted by scriptwriter Emma Reeves - known for CBBC's The Story of Tracy Beaker - and directed by Sally Cookson, an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic and a prolific director of family theatre whose productions have included Peter Pan, Stick Man, and Aesop's Fables, the story follows Hetty after she escapes from the Foundling Hospital. Following her adventures from a squirrel house to the streets of Victorian London as she searches for her real mother, it's a terrific story that's ideal for children aged seven and above.
A renewed approach to discarded old objects.
Southbank Centre: Purcell Room, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 11th to 22nd April 2014
Children aged five and above can enter an imaginary world that celebrates its rubbish at the Southbank Centre this Easter. Created by leading children's theatre company Theatre-Rites, Rubbish creates a beautiful world from objects more usually found in a bin bag. The cast of four excavators create junk sculpture puppets and characters made from old washing up bottles, giving children a renewed approach to discarded old objects.
See how animals and plants survive in extreme conditions at the child-friendly Horniman Museum.
Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 15th February to 2nd November 2014
The Horniman Museum's latest exhibitions takes visitors on an expedition to see how animals and plants survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and constant darkness or with little oxygen. Extremes features some of the animals that live in these environments and allows the visitors to see films that make them shiver, feel the air-conditioning inside the ostrich's beak, try to keep up with the drinking speed of a camel or see how much fat they have compared with a seal. It mixes hands-on experiences including games and experiments, with films and taxidermy animal specimens.
Children will love the hugely successful show based on the Roald Dahl book
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, W1D 7DY
Dates: 18th October 2011 to 21st December 2014 - 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.
A sweet theatre treat for all the family.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF
Dates: 22nd May 2013 to 20th May 2015
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.
Sadler's Wells' annual two-day Family Weekend festival takes place on 18th and 19th April.
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April 2014
Actress Lesley Sharp narrates a modern dance-theatre version of Rapunzel by balletLORENT who have adapted the Brothers Grimm fairytale into a dance piece for all the family and we've got special ticket offers for the show which is part of Sadler's Wells' annual two-day Family Weekend festival. This year's festival takes place on the Easter weekend, 18th and 19th April 2014, and includes family friendly performances and an array of activities happening all over the building, offering entertainment for all ages. Rapunzel (suitable for children aged 6 and over) takes inspiration from the darker themes of the story, the choreography is by Liv Lorent, with Carol Ann Duffy supplying the scenario narrative and Murray Gold the music. It's one of two shows by acclaimed dance companies and runs along with gobbledegook's Deep in the Woods, ideal for younger audiences (aged 2 to 5) which intertwines shadow play, interactive video installations, contemporary dance and acrobatics.
The family friendly fun fair returns for the holiday period.
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE
Tube: Clapham South Station
Dates: 5th to 27th April 2014
The Clapham Common Fun Fair returns this Easter with its dodgems, waltzer, carousel and white-knuckle rides. Dating back to the 15th Century, funfair folk used to entertain soldiers training on the common, in order to continue the tradition, families are now being given a fun filled day out. With its new value for money wristbands, parents can pay one upfront fee and children can go round and round until their hearts content.
Edwin the Easter Bunny rustles up mini chocolate eggs.
London Eye, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB
Dates: 5th to 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.
Cuban acrobats and Brazilian motorbike riders join the well known circus troupe
Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA
Dates: 10th to 22nd April 2014
Zippos Circus introduces some new aerial acts to their well known troupe when they present 'Carnival' which comes to Blackheath this spring. Cuban acrobats the Havana Troupe, Brazilian motorbike riders and an equestrian riding act join this well-loved travelling company which specialises in old fashioned entertainment. Veteran ringmaster Norman Barrett - awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to entertainment during his 60-plus years in the industry - performs his hilarious budgies then guides you through the cast of performing horses, high-wire acts, aerial artists and clowns. Zippos isn't just for the kids, it's a genuine family show that people of all ages will enjoy.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre comes to Kew this Easter.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: 5th to 21st April 2014
Roald Dahl's much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014 with chocolate-y stories and activities brought to you by the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden. As well as chocolate workshops with arts and crafts activities from Saturday 5th until Monday 21st April, there's a traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 20th April 2014 when you can collect tokens from around the gardens to pick up a chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny. Create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar in the Chocolate Room with the help of a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum cafe. Join Willy Wonka and his head Oompa-Loompa in the Inventing Room for songs and music from 11am until 4pm daily. Go nuts colouring in and drawing in the Nut Room, near the Waterlily House. Or immerse yourself in revolting rhymes told by storytellers from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in the Princess of Wales Conservatory film room. A great way to celebrate 50 years of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka and keep the kids entertained this Easter.
9th March 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Coppelia
The Velveteen Rabbit
Daydreams And Diaries: The Story Of Jacqueline Wilson
Secret Agents Academy For Spies (Over 6s)
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
Theatre-Rites: Rubbish (Over 5s)
Matilda the Musical
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend - Rapunzel
Clapham Common Easter Fun Fair
Easter at the London Eye
Easter at Kew
Easter in London
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