Live butterfly house at the Natural History Museum
Come face-to-face with tropical butterflies while enjoying games, activities and challenges that teach kids about the world of these beautiful creatures. See a butterfly in all its stages – from a chrysalis to its first flight – a sight you’ll never forget. The swallowtail, blue morpho and the moon moth are just a few of the fluttering critters you’ll meet during this sensational day.
When: 2 April – 13 September, 10am – 5.50pm
Find out more: nhm.ac.uk
Renegade Craft Fair
Lucky for us Brits, this stateside shop has made a trip across the pond once again. Setting up in the Old Truman Brewery, designers and makers offer stationery, jewellery, toys, illustrated prints and even trendy pots and hanging baskets. Enjoy DIY workshops and activities that will make you wish this fair was longer than one weekend.
When: 11 – 12 April 2015, 11am
Find out more: renegadecraft.com
World of Stories and Music
Take your little ones to a free Saturday morning story session from some of the best storytellers in the UK. Jenna Drury presents ‘Muck and Brass’, a story about setting out to seek your fortune. Ages four and up will enjoy this timeless tale, including a free ice cream – what a treat!
When: 4 April 2015, 10.30am
Find out more: polkatheatre.com
London Symphony Orchestra
Happening only three times a year, LSO’s Family Concert in the Barbican Hall offers a chance for your children to get their music on. Bring an instrument or sing along with the audience participation piece – everyone can get involved! In the mornings before the concerts there are even art and music workshops with the opportunity to meet LSO players.
When: 26 April 2015, 2.30pm
Price: £10 Adults, £5 Under 18
Find out more: lso.co.uk
The Oxford vs. Cambridge Goat Race
Put on your team letters and enjoy a day out with the family at the Oxford vs. Cambridge Goat Race! Make your day even more fun by getting stuck into the activities on the farm on this baaaaautiful spring day.
When: 11 April, 10am – 4.30pm
Price: £12, kids under 12 free
Find out more: thegoatrace.org
Family Weekend at Sadler’s Wells
No one wants to stay at home this April, so why not treat the family to a day filled with games, activities and entertainment? This two-day festival has ‘Varmints’ at its centre – a captivating piece based on the award-winning book about a small creature’s struggle to survive. Be sure to also check out ‘Constelaciones’, a returning piece inspired by painter Joan Miro. This festival isn’t only fun, it’s inspiring as well!
When: 3 – 4 April 2015, Times vary
Price: £7 – £16
Find out more: sadlerswells.com
House of Peroni at Harvey Nichols
Pasta, pizza and prosiutto. Need we say more? Revel in the Italian goodness that House of Peroni has to offer the whole month of April. Eat like you’re in Italy without the cost of getting there. Check out their al fresco veranda on the fifth floor of the Knightsbridge department store.
When: Throughout April
Price: Prices vary
Find out more: thehouseofperoni.com
Grain Store Unleashed
Head over to The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell for an adventurous pop-up experience that will send your taste buds into overdrive. Chef Bruno Loubet will not disappoint as he takes culinary risks when it comes to cooking vegetables.
When: 13 April 2015, Book at your own time
Price: £26 to £40
Find out more: grainstoreunleashed.com
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Calling all teens! Get excited because your favorite heroes are back and bigger than ever. Grab your popcorn and catch this summer blockbuster for the action and adventure you’ve been dying to see.
When: 24 April 2015
Price: Ticket prices vary
Find out more: marvel.com
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Here’s a twist you wouldn’t expect from one of your favorite childhood movies. Taking place in the spooky vaults underneath Waterloo Station with over 20 rooms to explore, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will have you engrossed in an epic theatre experience. Follow Alice and her buddies with puppets, storytelling, circus and spectacle that show you their wild world.
When: 9 April – 31 May 2015, 11am – 7pm
Price: £35 – £47.50
Find out more: alice-underground.com
From the Royal Court associate director of Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, John Tiffany is at it again with this new stage version of Roald Dahl’s funny short book featuring Mr. and Mrs. Twit. Bring your kids ages 7+ to this ‘mischievously’ adapted play.
When: 7 April – 30 May, Times vary
Price: £12 – £35
Find out more: royalcourttheatre.com
London Original Print Fair
The world’s longest running art fair returns. The Royal Academy is hosting 50 leading print dealers for its 29th year in a row. There’s art for everybody to enjoy with pieces from Old Masters to contemporary masterpieces. If you’re a collector or just looking to browse around, this art fair is a sight for sore eyes.
When: 23 – 26 April 2015, 10am
Price: £12 concs, £8 inc catalogue
Find out more: londonprintfair.com
Pick Me Up
With an art-school vibe so cool, you’ll be inspired this spring to get your creative juices flowing. Learn about the different processes and techniques during live demonstrations and try your hand at making your own work. You won’t want to miss the displays by the best artists, illustrators and designers from around the world.
When: 22 April – 4 May 2015, 10am
Price: £10, £8 concs, £17.50 festival pass
Find out more: somersethouse.org.uk