Easter Holidays

There's plenty to do in South Kensington over Easter - exciting exhibitions, activities for the whole family, plus plenty to do when the sun is shining! Have a look through and plan your perfect holiday.

Victoria: A Royal Childhood

Kensington Palace
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Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace. This new permanent exhibition will explore how an indulged young princess blossomed into the independent and iconic monarch we remember.

Fly 360°

Open Daily
10am - 5pm
Science Museum
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Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Come and take the controls on Fly 360°, the hands-on flight simulator. Get your adrenaline flowing by performing your very own aerobatic displays, barrel rolls and loop-the-loops, all as if you were really flying!

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

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Destination Space Family Show

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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

Daily
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

Ciné Kids

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Institut français
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

The Sunken Garden

Kensington Palace
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The beautiful Sunken Garden was planted in 1908, transforming part of the gardens previously occupied by potting sheds into a tranquil ornamental garden. Today, the garden continues the tradition of rotational flower displays in the spring and summer.

Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10am til sundown
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park has a fleet of rowing and pedal boats on the Serpentine and the UK's first Solarshuttle, a magnificent vessel which glides across the lake powered only by the sun. The Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers and the pedal and row boats hold up to 6 persons each.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

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Investigate for Families

Daily
Mon-Fri 4pm-5:15pm; Schools hols 10:30-4:30pm
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence museum scientists use in their daily work.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

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Dinosaur Trail

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

Pattern Pod

Daily
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families. Meet characters from history, learn about life at the palace, do challenges and win badges!

Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.

V&A Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Engineer your future

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Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Marvellous Mistakes

6 - 22 April
11:00am
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Find out what amazing inventions came from marvellous mistakes in this family storytelling session.

Object Handling

6 - 22 April
Varied times
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Join our volunteers in our Chemistry-themed Object Handling: What’s it Made Of? Get hands-on with a variety of objects, and discover what elements your phone contains, how batteries work and why some things are magnetic and others aren’t!

It's a Chem-mystery Workshop

6 - 22 April
12:30 and 3:30pm
Science Museum
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Become chemistry detectives in the case of the missing mauveine!

Chemistry Demonstration

9th April
11:20, 12:20, 1:20 & 2:20pm
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In Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, a chemistry professional will be helping out with demonstrations to help you discover the amazing world of chemistry and what it takes to be a scientist.

Cracking Chemistry

6 - 22 April
1:30 - 2:30pm
Science Museum
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Discover the wonderful world of Chemistry in this explosive show. With experiments including everything from party balloons to cake, we promise you’ll have a blast!

Power Up Relaxed Morning Session

11th & 18th April
8 - 10amn
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Join us for a relaxed morning session at Power UP, for people who might need a quieter environment to enjoy our hands-on gaming event.

Power Up Evening Sessions

8th, 14th and 15th of April
7:00 - 10:00pm
Science Museum
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Enter the game this April and play your way through 160 consoles, hundreds of video games and five decades of gaming history.

Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

4th - 19th April
10am - 6pm
Kensington Palace
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Join in the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Kensington Palace this Easter Take the family back in time and join in the hunt around the home and gardens of Queen Victoria and William III and Mary II.

Car subcultures: dekotora, lowriders, and 'spinning'

Til 19 April
V&A
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The role of the car in shaping the world we live in. Over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Discovery Days

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11am - 3pm drop in
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park's expert education team run a range of free and exciting nature-inspired activities for families. You could be pond dipping, helping your children discover an underwater world, sweep netting in the meadow or bug hunting at the minibeast hotel.

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Power UP Relaxed Morning

11 April
08:00-10:00
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A hugely popular sensory-friendly session, where you’ll be able to play more than 160 consoles, from retro arcade standards through to the latest in VR technology, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

18th Oct 2019 - 31st May 2020
Natural History Museum
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The fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species, exhibited on 100 stunning lightbox displays.

Sculpting Data

14th - 16th April
11am-1pm & 2-4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Words, numbers and pictures surround us every day and shape the way we think without us even realising it. Can sculpture help us to rethink those ideas? Come and sculpt with words and create with chaos as we explore data and its power in these fun, free family art workshops.