Oh my Lord (has risen again), it’s Easter holidays already and you’re going to need to think of some things to do with the kids because if you’re going to let them munch through their body weight in chocolate you’d best get them off the sofa and out of the house… Oh, actually, you’re totally not, because we’ve done all the thinking for you…
Thumb’s Up It’s Thursday – Kingston, London
Kingston is offering a range of free Easter inspired activities for children aged two to 11 years in its town centre on Thursday 2 and 9 April, as part of its Thumbs Up It’s Thursday programme. Activities that can be enjoyed include: egg decorating workshops, face painting, balloon modelling and other craft workshops at Eden Walk Shopping Centre and The Rotunda.
There’s also the chance to meet live animals and enjoy Nerf target practice at Bentalls, Easter card making and storytelling sessions at John Lewis and beading workshops at Beadtime, as well as an Alice in Wonderland story time and craft session for children aged three to seven at the Kingston Library.
On both days children aged three to 11 can enjoy free round trip boat trips at 10:30am and 11:15am on Turk Launches from Kingston to Hampton Court. Adult tickets cost £7.60. Many of Kingston’s restaurants will also be running special family-friendly promotions, for example Las Iguanas will be inviting children to eat for free, when an adult purchases a main course dish from the a la carte menu.
For more information, visit: kingstonfirst.co.uk
The Bunny Run & Easter Dance Party – East Village, London
For a fun day out this Easter, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has plenty of free or low-cost activities on the doorstep of the London 2012 Olympic Village, now renamed East Village.
On 4 April, families can choose from a 1K, 3K or 5K ‘Bunny Run’ and walk, run or hop their way around the park. Open to all ages and abilities – this family event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny, post-race refreshments and a unique finisher’s medal for all participants. There will also be a Little Bunny Fun Run for children aged eight and younger. The race will start at 10am at the Timber Lodge Café and costs £5 to enter.
On 7 April, the Copper Box Arena will play host to an amazing Easter Dance Party for the whole family. This fun filled event is jam packed with free dance classes with the Easter Bunny, DJ Egg-Cellent and host Natasha Khamjani. For the teenagers and young adults in the family, there will also be exclusive Get Ur Freak On dance sessions during the event.
Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt – Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
From Friday 3 – Monday 6 April 2015, kids can clamber aboard the Britannia – docked in Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh – to search out cuddly toy corgis hiding throughout the ship. The whole family can join in the fun on board and there’s lots to keep everyone amused, from the NAAFI sweet shop, to the crew’s quarters and Royal State Apartments.
Visit The Royal Deck Tea Room for delicious homemade chocolate cake, cupcakes and milkshakes to keep the kids happy, while the grown-ups can indulge in one of their Easter cocktails or enjoy a glass of chilled Champagne. A great way to get your sea legs.
For more information, visit: www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
Fontwell Park Racecourse – Arundel, West Sussex
Delight the mother of your children by combining your parental responsibilities with your love of a flutter on the gee-gees, with Fontwell Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday. Held on Friday 10 April 2015, the day promises plenty of free activities including zorbing, fairground thrills, pony rides, an Easter egg hunt with Fonty the Fontwell Park mascot… and, of course, national hunt horse racing.
Win or lose, remember not to take your little ‘un for a pint afterwards.
Three lucky egg hunters will be drawn at random at the end of the day with prizes including a family to a day out at Drusilla’s Park, a tablet computer, and a family ticket back to Fontwell Park for the Big Bank Holiday Family Fun Day on Sunday 24th May with Peppa Pig.
Children under 18 get in free, and there are advance booking discount to be had online. For further information, visit: www.fontwellpark.co.uk
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt – RHS Gardens
The Royal Horticultural Society has teamed up with Lindt to bring the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt to RHS Gardens this Easter holidays from 28 March – 12 April.
Throughout the Easter holidays free activities are available every day that will get the whole family out and about at the spectacular RHS Gardens in Devon, Essex, North Yorkshire and Surrey.
Families can follow the clues around the gardens to find the Lindt Easter Bunny and pick up a chocolate prize. Children up for a challenge can also take part in the Lindt Golden Carrot Competition and guess where the special Lindt Golden Carrot is hidden in the garden to win Lindt Easter treats.
There will also be many other free activities throughout the Easter Holidays including storytelling (8, 9, 15 & 16 April, RHS Gardens Harlow Carr), make your own mini willow Easter baskets (2 April, RHS Gardens Rosemoor), create your own Easter bunny bonnet (4 & 5 April, RHS Gardens Wisley) and daily sow-and-grow classes (28 March – 12 April, RHS Gardens Hyde Hall).
For information, visit: rhs.org.uk/gardenswhatson
…And that’s not all: there are Easter-themed events up and down the country to keep you kids entertained for the day, or activity breaks to keep them occupied for much longer, like the ones listed below:
Wild Easter Activity Camp – Cobham, Surry
From Sandcastle building and bushwhacking to den building and creating mud sculptures, kids aged eight to 13 can enjoy an outdoor, fun, educational Easter for either one day or as a four-day experience break.
For more information, visit: www.painshill.co.uk
Easter Holidays Adventure Days – Liverpool
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre have organised one, two, three, four and five-day watersports courses including multi-activity sailing & paddlesports, which is a great way to keep the kids active all through the Easter holidays. Wraparound care is available for working parents.
For more information, visit: www.crosbylakeside.co.uk
Easter Eggsplorer Trail – Haywards Heath, East Sussex
Become and explorer! Hunt the hidden creatures and clues in Borde Hill Garden, have fun solving riddles in a fun and educational trail for all ages. Plus giant garden games and activities for visitors young & old.
For more information, visit: www.bordehill.co.uk
Bouncing Boggle Bunny Egg Hunt – Hoveton, Norfolk
Follow BeWILDerwood’s bunny themed trail and bound down the bunny tunnel and bounce your way out through the hippity hop. For a fun day of story-telling, making bunny outfits & face decorating in the curious treehouse adventure.
For more information, visit: www.bewilderwood.co.uk
Giant Easter Duck Hunt – Barnes, London
Some of the London Wetland Centre’s ducklings have gone missing, can your kids help find them? Follow the giant Easter duck trail around the beautiful nature reserve to discover where the big yellow ducklings are hiding. Your children can create their own colourful ducks to take home and join in on egg-citing (facepalms – ed) games.
For more information, visit: www.wwt.org.uk
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