Help! It’s the holidays- How to keep the young ones entertained in and around Durham

13 Egg-cellent Easter Activities

With the Easter half term approaching (as well as the promise of that long weekend), you may be in need of some fun activities to keep the little ones entertained. Luckily, we have come up with 13 egg-cellent ideas of things to do and places to go in your area!

The Great Outdoors

  1. Hall Hill Farm, Durham, is holding an exciting Lambing Live open Day on the 28th of March! From 10:30 am till late, you can watch as lots of little lambs are born. If you can’t make this day, Hall Hill Farm is open throughout the Easter break and you can use your Max card to get a free child’s ticket with every paying adult.
  2. There is plenty of things to do at Adventure Valley, Durham, with an 18,000 sq. foot indoor play area filled with slides, tubes, and tunnels, it’s sure to burn some energy. As well as soft play, Adventure Valley also houses a small farmyard with lots of animals to pet and cuddle including micro pigs, giant rabbits, ponies, alpacas and more! Why not pop along to their ‘Springtime Spectacular’ in the Easter holidays for even more fun. With your Max Card, you can get £1 off admission.
  3. The Botanic Garden in Durham features a magical woodland, beautiful flowers, tropical glasshouses, bug and insect collection and much more! This Easter weekend, why not pop over to join their family event and find chicks that are hidden around the garden. When you use your Max Card you get free admission.

At the Movies

  1. Duck Duck Goose (PG) – A comical animation about a young and single male goose is forced to look after two orphaned ducklings as they try and make the migration for winter. How will they get on as they battle the dangers of the outside world?
  2. Monster Family (PG) – The Wishbone family are cursed by a witch leaving them eternally trapped in their monster themed party costumes. Will they be able to overcome their differences and start working together to reverse the curse?
  3. Pacific Rim: Uprising (12A) – Jake Pentecost has found himself trapped in a criminal underworld after he gave up training as a Jaeger pilot. The trouble deepens when an overpowering danger threatens to rip the world apart, estranged sister Mako Mori, summons Jake to live up to his father’s legacy and save the world.

Museums and Educational Fun

  1. The Bowes Museum in Durham is a captivating and beautiful building surrounded by romantic, green gardens. They have exciting collections, exhibitions, art galleries and a stylish Bowes Café. On Easter Sunday they are holding a special Family Fun Day with an educational egg hunt around the museum. With your Max Card, you can get free entry.
  2. Looking for something a bit different? The Oriental Museum, based at Durham University, is uniquely specialised in the art and archaeology of the cultures of Africa and Asia. With a Max Card admission is free, so head over to see one of their current exhibitions
  3. Do you have a little one who is enthusiastic about trains? Head of Steam: Darlington Railway Museum is the perfect place to take them. The museum has many exhibits, featuring the ‘Locomotion No. 1’ built specially for the opening of Darlington railway. Head of Steam are running Easter and Family events over the holidays so head over to their website to find out more. Max Card holders get 2 for 1 on admission.

Staying at Home

  1. You don’t have to spend a fortune on going on Easter egg hunts, why not create one of your own? Click on the link here for some fun Easter egg hunt ideas for the little ones to get involved with.
  2. It’s also an opportunity for spending time with family, so if you have little ones who love to get creative, then why not get messy trying some egg-streme Easter themed art and craft ideas on our Pinterest page.
  3. Reading is a great way to pass the time and reading independently, or with others, can be both enjoyable and educational. In keeping with the Easter theme, we recommend, Pippa’s Egg Hunt, Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure, Mr. Impossible and the Easter Egg Hunt and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  4. Celebrate the start of spring by sowing some seeds. Plant seeds are readily available and cheap, the family can enjoy picking from many bright and colourful flowers to plant in the garden. If you don’t have a garden, then try growing some herbs on your windowsill and use them in your own cooking.


Whatever you do over the spring break, we hope that you have a very Hoppy Easter!

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