Dear South West London Mum,
With the Easter break either already upon us or looming large on the horizon, you might be looking for some inspiration for what to do with your little ones, and we’ve got a few ideas for you here. It’s only the tip of the iceberg, but might just help keep everybody entertained – children and mums alike. Enjoy!
Let them have fun burning off some energy at Eddie Catz where there are ‘Princess & Pirate’ drop off parties and Crazy Science Workshops – it’s a busy schedule! Join in the fun with Amanda at her classes at the Common Ground Cafe or how about getting creative (and messy!) at Sammy Duder’s pottery studio where they can design something they’ll still be proud of next Easter!
Don’t forget about Battersea Park Zoo where kids can look for Easter eggs hidden among the animals and help with feeding the monkeys and meerkats. There’s even a special Parrot Day to tie in with the release of Rio 2, and there’s another idea, especially on a rainy day. Check out great screenings for kids on the doorstep at Cineworld Southside or Clapham Picutrehouse. You even get to have a rest in the dark!
Time to get active again and Gambados is always a brilliant holiday treat, whatever their ages. Swimway are running an Easter Holiday Crash Course in East Sheen and the Little Voices have a theatre weekend in Putney for those destined for the stage. Or for some fresh air, join in on Mel Capleton’s Open Air Fit Kid’s Camps on Wandsworth Common. Action-packed and suitably exhausting! If tennis is more their thing, don’t forget about All Star Tennis at lots of locations. And back inside but still on Wandsworth Common, the Nature Centre is holding two weeks of Easter ‘Active Art‘ workshops, perfect for your budding artists and nature-lovers.
If it’s culture you’re looking for, The Polka Theatre is running workshops where the kids can act, sing, dance, direct and create, as well as productions for children of all ages, including ‘Minotaur’ for those over 8 and ‘Yummm’ for the smaller 4-6 year olds. Just along the road at the New Wimbledon Theatre, The Sooty Show is in town on 7 April!. And The Rose Theatre in Kingston is putting on Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘Hetty Feather’ for two weeks from 5 April with live music and circus skills – a terrific adventure story set in Victorian London. Great for age 7 and up.
The Southbank is always worth a visit and it’s buzzing most of the time with fun things to do and eat! With regular ‘Rug Rhymes’ for the under 5s to a free Choral Festival the weekend of 5/6 April, it’s great entertainment for everyone. Be brave and face the Vikings or the Egyptian mummies at The British Museum and don’t forget that so many of the galleries, including The National Gallery and The Tate, hold free sessions and activities for children. There are also Easter events going on at the Museum of London and an alternative Easter Bunny Hunt at the Design Museum. And not forgetting Wandsworth Museum right on our doorstep, with their Grubby History of Wandsworth and family activity during the holidays.
Out of town and there’s always lots going on at RHS Wisley and it’s only 30 minutes away from Wandsworth. Kids love exploring the weird and wonderful plants in the Glasshouse or running around outside. Don’t miss the Birds of Prey displays on 5/6 April and the Great Easter Seed Hitchhike runs for most of the month, where children can learn how seeds travel through music, storytelling and getting their hands dirty.
Head out in a slightly different direction to the National Trust’s Morden Hall where entry is free and the kids can roam through this former deer park on the banks of the River Wandle. Pay a little bit extra and they can join in the Cadbury Easter Eggsploration over the Easter weekend with fun, games and crafts thrown in.
Never let it be said we’re ever short of things to do! Whatever you get up to you we hope you have a very Happy Easter and an intensive chocolate-eating session!
Annabel and the Nappy Valley Net team