The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co @ The V&A Museum of Children – 19 March – 9 October 2016
Introduce your kids to the shows that inspired you as a child. Meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and ogle Noggin the Nog. Oliver Postgate’s voice and Peter Firmin’s puppets shaped the childhood memories of millions since they started collaborating in the 1950s. As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and The Clangers, the exhibition will go behind the scenes of some of their other creations; Pogles Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine. Don’t forget to check out the Easter Weekend Small Films Marathon Friday 25 – Sunday 27 March 14.00-16.00 See back-to-back screenings of Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate’s animated classics including the Clangers, Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine. Free
Digital Kids @ The V&A – 25 March – 3 April 2016 10.30 – 17.00
As part of the amazing Botticelli Reimagined exhibition, create a postcard souvenir and transport yourself into Botticelli paintings with green screen photography. Free Or check out the The Imagination Station 25 March – 3 April 2016, 10.30 – 17.00 and explore the iconic images of Botticelli and create your own piece of art. There’s so much to do at the V&A so you can explore, learn and create to you hearts content.
Batman V Superman, Kung Fu Panda 3 & Zootopia! – Opening 25 March
All 3 of these major films open on Friday 25th March so there will be plenty of cinema for you and the family this Easter. Watch 2 of the most well known superheroes in the world battle it out. Witness a Panda finally find his family and then have to defend it from an all new foe. Or adventure with a sly fox and his new found bunny friends.
Circus Fest 2016 @ The Roundhouse Theatre – 4 – 24 APRIL 2016
CircusFest 2016 is back with three weeks of the most spectacular and extraordinary international and UK contemporary circus. The festival features major world premieres, amazing new productions and street performances from the hottest names in circus. From performances that push the human body to its limits to discussions about the cultural significance of circus today.
Urban Food Fest Shoreditch – Every Saturday Midday – Midnight
Every Urban Food Fest market has 15 different street food trucks and stalls every Saturday serving a delicious array of global gourmet street food dishes alongside a premium bar and specialist cocktail bar with craft beers, cider, exclusive Urban cocktails, spirits, shots, international wines, prosecco and champagne, plus live musicians and seating areas. This unique and exhilarating atmosphere has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands since their launch. Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 Free Entry
Land of Lions @ ZSL London Zoo – Opening 25 March
Land of the Lions is almost here! ZSL London Zoo’s newest and most breath-taking exhibit transports visitors from the heart of London to India’s vibrant Sasan Gir, where they can get closer than ever before to mighty Asiatic lions. Three walkways cover the 2,500sqm exhibit with thrilling, immersive Indian-themed areas to explore – including a train station, crumbling temple clearing, high street and guard hut. For the first time, big cat lovers can embark on an interactive Indian adventure as they help ZSL’s forest rangers deal with a ‘lion-emergency’ in the Gir Forest, and lend a hand to the veterinary team who come to the rescue. Free with Entry to the zoo
Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street @ Somerset House – 3 March – 2 May 2016 Daily 10.00-18.00
This amazing exhibition explores unsanctioned public art – or graffiti – as an intrinsically utopian practice. Arguing against the traditionally-held belief of graffiti as a dystopian movement or ‘glorified vandalism’, the exhibition showcases the specially-commissioned work of seventeen street artists from around the globe, from stars of the scene such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon and REVOK, to critically acclaimed artists such as Eltono and Filippo Minelli, each of whom have produced or specially selected pieces responding to this theme. Free
Vaisakhi Festival @ City Hall – 9 April 2016 13:00 – 18:00
Celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi with an afternoon of indoor and outdoor activities at City Hall. A celebration of Sikh tradition, heritage and culture, the event programme will include shabad kirtan (spiritual music), langar (food), turban tying, folk dance, martial arts, children’s activities, and much more! There will be kirtan, exhibitions by Sikh artists, children’s activities and community stalls inside City Hall, and langar, community stalls and turban tying outside on More London Riverside, as well as music, dance and gatka on The Scoop. Free Entry
Chocolate Market @ Duke of York Square – 26 March 2016 10:00 – 16:00
The Square’s celebrated chocolate market is back just in time for Easter, which is the perfect excuse to indulge in some sweet treats! Did you know that it’s overseen by the statue of Sir Hans Sloane, the original inventor of chocolate? Whether you’re a chocoholic or after something special to share with family and friends, there will be treats galore for everyone to enjoy on Easter Saturday, 26th March. Find all of your favourite brands and discover independent artisans with a delicious selection. Free Entry
Parkour Generations @ The Southbank Centre – 3 April 2016 10:00 – 13:00
Learn some parkour moves with the global experts. Presented by Parkour Generations, this training session lets you marvel at the physical dexterity of parkour professionals as well as improve your own movement under their tuition. Working globally for over a decade, Parkour Generations spans the fields of education, performance and training. For All Ages. Free
Activity Tuesdays @ Charles Dickens Museum – 29 March & 5 April 2016 10:00 – 15:00
Join The Charles Dickens Museum on Tuesdays throughout the school holidays for free fun activities for all the family! Their fun filled crafts and hands on activities aim to provide entertainment not only for children, but their adults too! Every holiday provides weekly opportunities to engage in bespoke Dickensian workshops and the chance to take home (or taste!) your own creations. Free with entry to the Museum
Find Your London Festival – 18 April – 28 April 2016 Various Times and Locations
Explore your city this spring. Find Your London celebrates London’s outdoor spaces, from gardens to parks, high streets to marketplaces. This 11 day festival features over 100 events across London. There’ll be everything from yoga in the park, cycle trails and treasure hunts, to beekeeping, an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and more besides. A great opportunity to discover new places and join in fun activities outside. Price Varies From Event to Event
Underground Secrets Dance and Movement Workshops @ The London Transport Museum – 25 March to 10 April Sessions for ages 3 to 6 run from 11:00-11:45, 13:00-13:45 and 15:30-16:15; Sessions for ages 7 to 12 run from 12:00-12:45 and 14:30-15:15
The Museum’s guest dancer will take participants on a make-believe journey through the lost tunnels of the Tube. All explorers, little ones and grown-ups alike, will be issued with a ticket and a high-vis jacket before joining the explorer mission. No previous exploring experience necessary! The explorer mission involves creeping through imaginary dark and forgotten tunnels, tiptoeing through closed doors, whizzing up in lifts and digging into enclosed secret spaces. Explorers will also have to unlock secret wartime codes, problem-solve, and must always be on the lookout for lost property – you never know when you may stumble across forgotten treasures. Kids Go Free!