A cracking week of Easter activities from London Zoo, to you!

Counting down to reopening, we’ve got a very egg-citing set of online activities to keep the whole family entertained  over the Easter holidays!

The Easter school holidays are usually one of our busiest times of year at London Zoo, and while we're sad that we can't welcome your visits just yet, we're very much looking forward to welcoming you back through our doors on 12 April, and beyond!

In the meantime, our wildlfe experts have got a plethora of free online activities to keep you busy over the holidays - with some crafty creations, cheeky shop discounts and a behind-the-scenes tour of our egg-laying animals at the Zoo! Have fun, and Happy Easter, from us, to you!

Good Friday - Easter Monday: ZSL shop egg-stravaganza!

Could you support us by putting all your eggs in your online basket this Easter? Head on over to to our online shop and find the four hidden eggs: penguin, Galapagos tortoise, echidna and ladybird, then add them to your basket.

You’ll automatically receive a 20% discount at checkout as a happy Easter from us! No cheating though, you need to find them by looking through our departments, collections and animal sections - our search bar won't find them for you! Terms and conditions apply.

go on our online egg hunt 

Komodo dragon Ganas enjoys eggs at ZSL London Zoo

 

Make your own paper papier-mâché egg! Saturday 3 April, 2pm

Repurposing a few household items, we’ve got a cracking project for you and the kids to do over the Easter weekend. All you’ll need is a balloon, a paintbrush, some old newspaper, flour, water, bowls and a protected work surface and London Zoo’s Andy will show your little ones how to create your very own easter egg, live in your living room!

Top Tips!

We painted our eggs with a coat of white acrylic paint first, and let it dry (acrylic dries quickly), before going crazy with the colours. It’s not necessary, but if you want to keep the newspaper text and images from showing through on your finished eggs when they’re finished, you might want to do something similar.

You could use white paint as we did, white gesso, primer, or you could papier-mache a coat of plain white printer paper or (blank) newsprint over the newspaper.

Have some coloured paints to hand and decorate your new egg when it’s finished! You can get extra creative at this stage and add any crafty supplies you have lying around! Stickers, eco-glitter and coloured feathers are all great to attach with a little glue at the end.

 

Behind-the-scenes at London Zoo egg-hunt! Easter Monday, 12 noon on Facebook

Join Jodi for a tour behind closed doors around ZSL London Zoo featuring the surprising animals that do and don’t lay eggs – will you guess where Jodie’s headed next? It’s bound to be egg-citing!

Join Jodi for a tour of our egg-laying species at ZSL London Zoo!

Fancy meeting some of these amazing creatures face to face? Book your tickets to come by – we’re delighted to be safely reopening on 12 April!

Pre-book your tickets for when we reopen

 

Draw along with Laura – Thursday 8 April

This Easter holidays, despite our doors being closed to the public at what would normally be a very busy time for London Zoo, we’re bringing our egg-laying Tiny Giants to you!

Female praying mantis at ZSL London Zoo
Female praying mantis at ZSL London Zoo

Tune in live on Facebook at 12.30pm where we will be joined by animal illustrator Laura who will be teaching you how to draw one of our resident invertebrates, the praying mantis! All you will need is some paper, a pencil, a rubber, a pen and any colouring materials you may have (Laura will be using green, yellow, orange and brown coloured pencils). The session will be 40/45 minutes long and will be streamed live on our Facebook page

Download your how-to sheet in advance and have it to hand ready for your drawing session:

Download and keep your praying mantis drawing guide
Laura Cuppage is an illustrator who specializes in the natural world and animals. She is making it her mission to inspire and inform others the wonders of wildlife through art! Find her on instagram @laura.cuppageart