The arrival of April also means the Easter holidays are upon us. The days are a little brighter and a little longer. Here are the best ways to get out and about in London this month and enjoy the school break.

Easter chocolate egg and truffle workshops

Sign up to the family chocolate making workshops at The Chocolate Museum where you’ll learn how to how to temper chocolate, shape ganache and fudge, and get creative with their special decorations.

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Peter Rabbit Live

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Peter Rabbit and friends are brought to life in this one-of-a-kind musical adventure. Through hand-crafted puppets, enchanting songs and adventure the whole family will once again fall in love with Peter Rabbit. Showing from 5-28 April at the Haymarket Theatre.

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Easter shows, workshops and storytelling at The Place

The King’s Cross dance and performance centre has a programme filled with events to get kids watching, moving and creating. The interactive performance of Glisten is filled with colour, sound and surprise, making it a fantastic sensory experience for babies and toddlers. For 4+ years, we recommend Curiouser that invites children and adults to be curious about viewing the world from different perspectives.

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Listen to David Walliams read from his latest book

David Walliams is a best-selling children’s author and has a special talent for delighting, amusing and entrancing children with his books, TV shows and podcasts. The BFI is hosting the chance for adults and children to hear David read from his latest book, Fing, and buy a signed copy in the BFI foyer immediately after the reading.

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Discovery Days in the heart of Hyde Park

Join an expert learning team to discover a range of nature-inspired activities for families at The LookOut in Hyde Park. Children of all ages will have the chance to reconnect with nature and there’s even a carpeted area for those not yet walking. Marvellous Mammals is a session to learn about the hedgehog population of Hyde Park, while Spring to Life takes the family one a nature trail around the park.

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The Insect Circus at the Puppet Theatre Barge

Pay a visit to the floating theatre in Little Venice for a showing of The Insect Circus. Enter the magical and strange world of insects. Expect beetles, grasshoppers, wasps and dragonflies in this fascinating show, along with dramatic lighting and beautifully composed music.

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FAM EAST at Old Spitalfields Market

Join a team of mums running a family-friendly three-day social and pop-up market in Spitalfields this Easter. Alongside the market, they’ll be craft stations, puzzles, painting and a mini disco at the end of every day.

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Easter at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens really start to thrive and blossom around this time of year and the gardens are abuzz with activities for children and families. Take a woodland walk to spot trees, plants and wildebeests. Explore the underground world of badgers in Kew’s life-sized badger sett. Don’t miss Sunday Stories with stories told from across the globe inspired by the world’s rarest plants.

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An Easter extravaganza on at the Southbank Centre

There are so many free events at the Southbank Centre this Easter, including DJ sets, live bands, afternoon dance workshops and much more. Soundpit, the interactive musical instrument and sandpit installation is one that children of all ages will love, while Tabby McTat is a magical piece of theatre younger children will enjoy.

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Magic and mayhem with Big Fish Little Fish ravers

Big Fish Little Fish is taking over The Bedford in Balham at the end of the month to hold a Magic & Mayhem themed family rave. Expect a multi-sensory dance floor with glitter cannons, giant balloons and parachute finale. The event usually sells out so book now.

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Eggs marks the spot at the Bank of England

Join the hunt to find six colourful eggs by following the trail around the Bank of England Museum. Decorate an Easter animal mask or finger puppet to take home. There’s a chocolate egg for every child throughout the Easter holidays.

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One for the adults: Christabel’s cocktail masterclass

Get creative with some mixing up your own cocktails at Christabel’s Cocktail Garden Masterclass in a beautiful flower studio. The perfect chance to switch off and unwind, you’ll have the chance to design your own botanical gin-based drink creations with the help of a mixologist.

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Further afield: Brickosaurs at Marwell Zoo

This Hampshire zoo is to become the first place in the world to host a collection of enormous LEGO® brick dinosaurs. Brickosaurs will be included in the general admission to the zoo and guests will receive a free spotter’s guide and a chance to make their own LEGO® creations.

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