16 Egg-cellent ideas for keeping the kids busy this Easter
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 16 egg-cellent ideas of things to do and places to go in your area!
The Great Outdoors
- Have a little one enthusiastic about trains? Spa Valley Railway (http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/) at Tonbridge Wells West Station are running special heritage diesel and steam train rides across the Easter weekend. You can use your Max Card to get 2 for 1 on adult tickets (must book in advance).
- At Kent Life (https://kentlife.org.uk/), Maidstone, kiddies can meet the real-life Easter Bunny and take part in his egg hunt from Friday the 30th to Monday 2nd April. Under 3’s go free!
- Hall Hill Farm (http://www.hallhillfarm.co.uk/), 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.
- Old McDonald’s Farm and Fun Park in Essex, (http://www.omdfarm.co.uk/) are running a huge Easter Festival over the whole of the Easter holidays. Enjoy a whole host of entertainment such as magic shows, baby animal encounters, balloon modelling and much more! Using your Max card, you can get a £10 discount when you purchase a child’s ticket with an adult’s (in advance only).
- Love painting? At Creative Biscuit Ceramics Café in Wanstead, (http://www.creativebiscuit.co.uk/) you can paint your very own piece of pottery whilst nibbling on their ‘famous brownies’ – it’s fun for all ages! You can get free studio fees when you use your Max card (usually £4 per person).
At the Movies
- Peter Rabbit (U) – An aptly Easter film for the whole family, Peter Rabbit, and his three sisters have fun living in the vegetable garden at the back of Mr. McGregor’s house. But, when a relative of Mr. McGregor moves in, he makes it his mission to get rid of them. Join Peter Rabbit as he tries to outwit the man’s scheme.
- 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?
- Ready Player One (12A) – This action-packed adventure, directed by Steven Spielberg, is set in the year 2045 where the destroyed world is on the brink of collapse. An amazing virtual reality world, the OASIS, is the only place people can find refuge, so when it’s creator dies so begins the biggest Easter egg hunt for his fortune.
Museums and Educational Fun
- Set in the heart of the town, Maidstone Museum (https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/ ) is home to a whole host of interesting things, including the only human mummy in Kent, Ta-Kush! Entry is free to the public and open 10 am- 5 pm every Tuesday through Saturday. During the holidays they are running Easter holiday workshops for children, tickets starting from £2.50.
- Durham Museum and Heritage Centre (http://durhamheritagecentre.org.uk/ ) have a collection of Durham culture dating back from the Medieval times to the 20th Century. The museum is open to the public from 2pm-4pm on weekends and bank holidays for a small admission fee of £2.50 for adults and £1 for children.
- Visit Southend Central Museum (http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/ ) to see Southend’s local history artefacts, current special exhibitions and the Southend Planetarium (over 7’s only). The museum is open every day between Tuesday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, a small admission fee is applied to the Planetarium show.
- Ipswich Museum (https://cimuseums.org.uk/visit/venues/ipswich-museum/) has some captivating and inspiring stories to tell as well as some wonders of the Natural World including a wooly mammoth! You can also celebrate local artist’s work in the Ipswich Art Gallery featuring modern and contemporary collections.
Staying at Home
- 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 (http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/954159/easter-egg-hunt-ideas-you-havent-thought-about) for some fun Easter egg hunt ideas for the little ones to get involved with.
- 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.
- 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, Impossible and the Easter Egg Hunt and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- 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!