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.

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Expeditions and Endeavours

Mar - Oct 2019
10.00-17.50
Natural History Museum
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For centuries, scientists and artists have embarked on a succession of expeditions to document the natural world. A rare opportunity to see remarkable never-before-displayed original illustrations and photographs.

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Family Games

25 Sept - 31 March 2019
10am-5:45pm
V&A
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Play the Museum with our digital games. Go online to seek out the V&A’s secrets, get creative and take the apprentice challenge.

Mountains of the Moon

On until 17th April
10-5pm (4pm on Sat)
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Experience the spectacular landscapes and endemic flora and fauna of the Rwenzori Mountains as captured by travel photographer Steve Russell.. Steve made the trip last summer and his images of these fragile landscapes reveal a bittersweet quality which both invites and challenges the viewer.

Marvellous Mistakes

Every weekend until 28th April, daily Feb half term & Easter Holidays
Science Museum
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Find out how chemistry mistakes brought us some of the most colourful, loud and lifesaving inventions in our family storytelling. Storytelling for ages 3-6, Free

Cracking Chemistry

Every weekend until 28th April, daily Feb half term & Easter Holidays
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. Interactive science show for ages 6+, Free

It's a Chem-mystery

Every weekend until 28th April, daily Feb half term & Easter Holidays
Science Museum
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Complete chemical experiments to solve a mystery and win a prize. Hands-on workshop for ages 6+, Free

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Storytelling and Music Sessions for 0-4 Year Olds

Various
10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein, Becky Dixon, and Samantha Sutherland deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.

Free

Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations

5th Apr - 19th May
10am-8pm Mon-Sat & 12-6pm Sun
Japan House London
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This exhibition explores the work of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka Dye Workshop in Kyoto. The Japanese have long had a deep appreciation of colour and a close relationship with their natural surroundings and the changing of the seasons.

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Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

6th-22nd Apr
10am-6pm
Kensington Palace
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Follow the clues on the trail to find the golden bunny statues hidden around the palace and gardens, whilst discovering some of Kensington Palace’s famous characters from the past. Solve the challenges to win your delicious Lindt Gold Bunny chocolate reward! Find other activities on at Easter!

Power UP

5th - 22nd April
Science Museum
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This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event features the very best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart. Booking required.

Mary Quant

6th April 2019 - 8th March 2020
V&A
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From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

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Easter Half Term: Life on another planet

8th – 12th & 15 – 19th Apr
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This activity invites you to think about what life might look like on another planet. Create and Make imaginative future buildings to populate a new world. Spend the afternoon drawing, colouring and making fold-out paper models of places to eat, sleep, play, learn and work.

Outdoors

Discovery Day - Marvelous Mammals

10th & 11th Apr
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Discover all the marvelous mammals that live in our parks. Learn about the hedgehog population of Regent's Park and learn how we look after them. Play some animal survival games and search for mammal tracks in our garden. Cozy up in our gatehouse to hear stories about the adventurous animals.

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Easter family workshops

15th & 16th Apr
11-1pm & 2-4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Dan Curtis, the Learning & Participation Officer at The Royal Society of Sculptors will be running free, family-friendly workshops again this Easter. All ages welcome.

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Discovery Day - Spring to Life

17th & 18th Apr
11-3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in to The LookOut Discovery Centre to learn about spring and explore our wildlife garden while doing our spring nature trail. Take part in pond dipping sessions, interactive storytelling in our gatehouse, and nature-based arts and crafts or just relax in this hidden oasis in the heart of Hyde Park.

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Outdoors

Nature Explorers: Wild Expedition

16th Apr
10am-3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop off your young adventurer for the day with other like-minded explorers at the LookOut Discovery Centre. They'll navigate the park after honing their compass skills, then create a treasure map to lead their fellow nature explorers on a treasure hunt.

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Bushcraft Skills: Wild Food in Nature

13th Apr
10am - 1pm
Hyde Park
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Come and discover the natural larder of Hyde Park. You'll get to learn how to identify common edible spring plants and then create your own wild green smoothie!

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Walking Tour: The Secret Pet Cemetery of Hyde Park

6th Apr
1:30pm - 3pm
Hyde Park
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This is a special opportunity to visit the Victorian Pet Cemetery in Hyde Park, which is rarely open to the public. The cemetery dates back to the 1880s and contains the remains of around 1,000 animals, many in graves marked by tiny headstones. This quiet corner of Hyde Park is a touching reminder of the special relationship that can exist between animals and humans.

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)

Dates & Times vary
Science Museum
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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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‘Karagöz and Hacivat’, a traditional Turkish shadow play

6th Apr
2-3:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Families will enjoy a mesmerising performance lit against the traditional white curtain, or ‘mirror’, as common sense Karagöz and smooth-talking Hacivat attempt to solve everyday problems, meeting a host of other characters along the way.

Tours

Crochet Workshop and Tour

7 Apr
11.00-12.30 & 13.30-15.00
Natural History Museum
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Calling all crafters: take part in a workshop led by crochet experts TOFT, then tour the Natural History Museum's behind-the-scenes tank room. In this unique workshop you will use Kerry Lord's new mini kit to make your own version of Archie, the 8.62-metre-long giant squid specimen at the Museum.

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Design

Create! Digitally Designing 1960's Graphics

20th Apr
11.00 – 16.00
V&A
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Learn how to create your own Graphic art poster taking inspiration from 1960's designers and the V&A's Mary Quant exhibition in our digital studio. You can make your own designs using Photoshop, Illustrator and collage to make an eye catching, pop art poster. A workshop for 13-15 year olds.

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
4:20; 4:40; 5:00
Science Museum
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Tim Peake is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule. As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

Free

Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
Science Museum
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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.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Opens 19th Oct
Natural History Museum
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See the world through a new lens. Now in its fifty-fourth year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth. Explore the world's best nature photography, exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
Science Museum
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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.

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.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

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
Science Museum
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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.

Investigate for Families

Times vary
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

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

Science Museum
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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
Science Museum
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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.

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.

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.