Easter in east London: 7 family-friendly outings to try this half term

Maya Joseph and Orla Sheehan, both four, at the Easter bonnet making workshop 2022 at Romford Shopping Hall

Youngsters at Romford Shopping Hall crafting Easter bonnets - Credit: Sandra Rowse

Easter egg hunts, biscuit decorating atop the O2 and wildlife adventures are just a few of the great activities on offer this April half term.

With most east London schools now broken up for the holidays, here are seven fun things families can do together over the Easter break. 

Meet the animals - Spitalfields Family Farm

Where: Spitalfields Family Farm, Buxton Street, E1 5AR

When: Daily events / April 5-15

Spitalfields Family Farm is putting on a whole host of events throughout the Easter break, including a chance to meet the animals at the city farm, cooking clubs, kids volunteering days, story hours and printmaking workshops. 

Find out more at www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/whats-on

A newborn at Cannon Hall Farm

Young people can meet the animals at Spitalfields Family Farm during half term - Credit: Cannon Hall Farm

Hunt for Easter eggs - Romford Shopping Hall

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Where: Romford Shopping Hall, 43 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB

When: 10am-4pm / April 7

Youngsters are invited to help the Easter bunny find hidden chocolate eggs, baby bunny and chick treats at Romford Shopping Hall.

They will be given a map to follow, taking them on a route around shops in the mall.

At the finish line the young egg hunters will be rewarded with a fluffy chick toy and a medal. 

Tickets to take part in the hunt cost £3.83.

Find out more at tinyurl.com/32mbvu5w

Romford Shopping Hall in 2022

An Easter hunt will take place at Romford Shopping Hall - Credit: Land Management Limited

A wildlife adventure - Rainham Marshes

Where: Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Road, RM19 1SZ

When: April 2-19

Families interested in exploring the outdoors can visit Rainham Marshes nature reserve and venture onto its wildlife trail. 

Explorers will need to solve clues and use a trail sheet to complete the trail. 

Activity packs cost £3.50 and are available throughout the holidays at the reserve's reception. 

Find out more at tinyurl.com/mr247wsd

To ensure that the RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve is protected for generations to enjoy, the ci

Explore Rainham Marshes' special Easter trail this April - Credit: Land & Water

Biscuit decorating at 170ft - The O2

When: 10am and 10.15am / Every weekday this half term

Where: The​ O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX

Daring families could trek to the summit of the O2 arena to decorate biscuits while enjoying 360 degree views of the capital. 

Up at The O2 has launched a series of special Easter climbs which will take place every weekday of the holiday fortnight.

Tickets cost £35.00.

Find out more at https://tickets.aegeurope.com/upattheo2/special-events/easter.html

See what cute Easter rabbits you can spot at Audley End Railway

Easter egg hunts are a plenty in east London over the next two weeks - Credit: Audley End Railway

Easter happenings - Hainault Forest

When: 11am-1pm / April 17

Where: Hainault Forest Country Park, IG7 4QN

Craft sessions will be taking place at Hainault Forest during the half term.

Four to 11 year-olds are invited to get involved in decorating eggs, making Easter bonnets and upcycling old plastic bottles into bunny plant pots. 

Tickets for the event cost £5 per child, with concession tickets available for young people who are receiving free school meals. 

Find out more at www.tickettailor.com/events/visionrcl/651061

Athletics taster - Newham Leisure Centre

When: 11am-1pm or 1-3pm / April 9

Where: Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SD

Newham Leisure Centre is hosting a free athletics taster day to celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics.  

Find out more at eventbrite.co.uk/e/easter-2022-youth-activity-newham-leisure-centre-athletics-taster-day-tickets-308784902957

Get creative with Rosetta Arts - West Ham

When: April 11-15

Where: Rosetta Arts, 1 Hamilton Road, West Ham, E15 3AE

Young local people can try their hand at a range of arts activities, such as photography, painting and drawing, at Rosetta Arts visual art centre on Hamilton Road. 

The upcoming arts taster week will see Newham artists holding creative workshops from next Monday (April 11).

Find out more at eventbrite.co.uk/e/this-easter-free-creative-taster-sessions-for-young-people-tickets-287834640157