Easter fun for all the family

This Easter we've cherry-picked some fun-filled activities for all the family. If you're local to the Royal Parks, they've got ten top things to do from nature trails to marathons, and if you feel like simply staying in, the Natural History Museum will bring nature to you with a fantastic selection of online activities from cress caterpillars to dinosaur footprint cookies. And not forgetting the youngest members of the family, the Institut français has some wonderful animations.

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Top ten things to do this Easter in the Royal Parks

6 - 16 April 2021
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The Royal Parks is a great place to see spring in action, and to celebrate, they've got ten top tips on how you can make the most of this season. From free Easter activities and bug trails to exploring the imaginative playgrounds. There is a lot to look forward to.

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How to grow a cress catterpillar

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Natural History Museum
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A fun food-based activity to keep kids entertained at home. Create a colourful caterpillar, watch cress grow and eat the tasty results. Follow the simple instructions to transform eggshells and cress seeds into a caterpillar. There are hundreds of types of caterpillar in the UK to choose from and the Natural History Museum team have highlighted a selection of interesting ones for inspiration.

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Tune in to Nature Live online

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Hang out with the Nature Live Online team every Tuesday at 3pm for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with their scientists and cutting-edge research. From meteorites to mammoths, evolution to the climate crisis, Nature Live Online is a great way to explore the natural world. All events are free to watch online on the Museum's website, YouTube channel or Facebook page.

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Design Your Own Okiagari Kobōshi

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Japan House London
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As part of this month’s focus on the crafts of the Tōhoku region in north-eastern Japan, why not download Japan House London's worksheet and design your own "little monk"!

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Virtual Discovery Weeks: Egg-citing Easter!

Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April 2021
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Hop into the Easter spirit with the Royal Parks' free Virtual Discovery Week: Easter Edition that will have you and the family enjoying the spring air. Two weeks packed with festive games, self-led park walks, craft-along’s, musical storytelling and much more.

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Les Misérables

9-15 April 2021
Online 7pm; 9pm
Institut français
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Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, director Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated Les misérables is a hugely topical provocative insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police.

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Dinosaur footprint cookies recipe

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Natural History Museum
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Not your average dinosaur cookies. These tasty biscuits are fun to bake with kids and make a colourful addition to a dinosaur-themed party.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers -The Virtual Tour

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Design Museum Kensington
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Enjoy a specially-curated tour of the five-star exhibition from the comfort of your home. Be the first to access this new filmed tour featuring exclusive interviews from legendary musicians and designers by joining the launch event on Facebook, broadcast live from the museum.

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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Kensington Gardens
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Explore and have a great adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

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V&A trail: Explore as a family

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Are you ready to go on an adventure? This trail takes you on a journey through V&A galleries, exploring some of the incredible cultures and traditions you can see. You will discover objects that are hundreds of years old, uncover secret meanings behind animals and colour in art, and learn about some of the wonders of the museum, from an emperor's throne to dragons, from plaster casts to wigs!

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Sparks Explorers Course

13-15 April 2021
Online 10am
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This Easter, the Royal College of Music is thrilled to invite you to join them on Zoom to make sensational music! They'll be presenting discoveries from the RCM Museum with dramatic workshops and creative arts and crafts. All will culminate in a spectacular show! For ages 8 to 11.

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Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

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Natural History Museum
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My Dino Mission AR is aimed at 7-10 year olds and enables budding young palaeontologists to help a stranded dinosaur get back to its own time period many millions of years ago. Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden

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My Robot Mission AR

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Create your own robot and help it overcome future world problems with the Science Museum’s new augmented reality app. Created in partnership with 42 Kids, this exciting new skills-building app combines a series of fun challenges and the latest AR technology to help you think like a scientist. Recommended for ages 10–12. Download for free.