Easter is just around the corner, and it’s hard not to be reminded at every turn when chocolate eggs and confectionary have been tempting us for the last four weeks. So what better way than to combine fresh air and chocolate treats than an Easter Egg hunt. Check out The Urban Monkey Guide’s top Easter egg trails and other fun activities for children in and around London for this weekend and beyond.
Cadbury Egg Hunt Fun with The National Trust
As all of you will know, The National Trust parks and estates are some of my favourite places to visit. If you would like to find a trail local to you, then I would recommend Cadbury’s Egg Hunt Fun, who have teamed up with The National Trust to bring you trails across 300 sites across the country. All you have to do it type in your postcode to find a hunt near you…
Chocolate Sensations at Kew Gardens
For nearly 3,000 years, civilisations have cultivated the seeds from the cacao tree. Today, chocolate is one of the world’s most popular foods and, Kew Gardens has a programme full of family-friendly events and activities that explore the story of chocolate and the nation’s love of this sweet treat. During Easter, follow a trail around the Gardens to collect the clues, then head to one of the on-site shops or gates to pick up a delicious Lindt chocolate treat.
Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB; Until 10 April; Easter activities included in admission to Kew – Adults £15; Children Under 16 free
Borde Hill will be offering families several Easter themed activities – complete the puzzle and pick-up your prize – a chocolate treat – by hunting out clues and hidden sculptural bunnies around the Garden. There will also be giant garden games which includes Connect Four, Jenga, Noughts & Crosses on the lawn for visitors young and old to enjoy. Children can explore the adventure playground’s swings, zip wire and climbing frame, and families can enjoy a picnic alongside the scenic lakes or take a walk down the magical woodland.
Borde Hill Balcombe Rd, Haywards Heath, RH16 1XP Until 10 April; Daily activities start from 11am-3pm; Tickets Adults £8.18; Children 3-16 £5.00; Family Ticket £22
Giant Easter Duck Hunt
There’s a slight twist on the egg hunt at London Wetlands. Follow a giant Easter duck trail around the nature reserve to discover where the big yellow ducks are hiding. The reward? A chocolate treat. There are also several Easter-themed activities including duck painting and Easter card making, as well as games such as egg and spoon races, egg rolling and pond dipping. You can even make your own LEGO brick duckling to build and take home.
Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, SW13 9WT Until 10 April; The trails are £1.00 each including a small prize and there is a charge for the duck painting. Tickets Adults £10.43; Children £5.72; Under 4’s free if booked online
Somewhere hidden in the museum is a giant golden egg and three little chicks, follow the treasure trail around the museum to see if you can find them. There is a chocolate egg for every child who takes part. Children can then get creative and become their favourite Easter animal by decorating a mask of their choice.
Bank of England Museum Threadneedle St (entrance in Bartholomew Lane), EC2R 8AH 27 March- 8April; Free admission and activities
Discovery Day: Animal Magic at Hyde Park
Now that Spring time is here, go on an adventure in Hyde Park and follow the Discovery Trail to uncover facts about nature’s new arrivals – you can even look at real birds’ nests. Free activities include painting pictures of spring babies and pond dipping.
Hyde Park Education Centre, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH 31 March 11am-3pm; Free for children of all ages
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Not only is this one of MTM’s favourite London zoos for little ones, but Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is putting on an Easter Egg hunt with a slight difference. Some of the animals will have brightly coloured Easter eggs in their enclosures and those who complete a quiz sheet will be rewarded with a prize. Meanwhile, feeding times will see the keepers using egg-shaped inspired catering!
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Battersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ 25-28 March; Adults £8.95; Kids £6.95
The Easter Express
Climb on board the Easter Express train at King’s Boulevard and hop on and off at different locations around Kings Cross. Take part in an Easter egg hunt at King’s Cross Pond, decorate Easter eggs in Granary Square and finish off at the Skip Garden to meet some real life chicks.
Kings Cross Visitors Centre Granary Square London N1C 4AA Saturday 26 March from 10.00am; Free