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.
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
Events at Discover Children's Story Centre
Saturday 7th March 2015 - 12noon-1pm | £6, concs/child £5.50, child/concs £5, under 2s Free
Saturday 7th March 2015 - 1.30pm-2.30pm | £6, child/concs £5.50, child concs £5, under 2s Free
Join Mini Grey, creator of Traction Man, and meet her very latest character, Space Dog.
Saturday 7th March 2015 - 4.30pm-5.30pm | child £5.50
Join this year's Big Write curator, Anthony Browne, and Mini Grey for a round.
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2015 | £6, concs/child £5.50, child concs £5, family £21
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
27th September 2014 to 31st August 2015 | £5, child £5, family £18, concs £4.50
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 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.
A sweet theatre treat for all the family.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF
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.
Edwin the Easter Bunny rustles up mini chocolate eggs.
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB
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.
Hunt for giant Shaun the Sheep models around London town.
Broadgate, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2BL
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.
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: 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.
3rd March 2015
IN THIS ARTICLE
Discover Children's Story Centre
Matilda the Musical
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Easter at the London Eye
Shaun in the City
Easter at Kew: Shaun the Sheep
Easter in London 2014
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