Easter Holiday Fun: 30 Things to do with Kids
Release the little people! Your bumper Muddy Guide to the best things to do with the kids over the hols.
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Ready Steady Lift Off! Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Apr 2 – Sat Apr 7
All aboard the Space Station! Fantastic for kids who love anything space related. They can train to be an astronaut, make their own rocket, colour it in and Lift Off! Families can take part in a weird and whacky astronaut programme. This immersive experience will get the family colouring and creating together, and once you’ve decorated your rocket, you will orbit around space. Finally, fly your rocket home! 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 50 mins / Ages 3 – 8 (not suitable for under 3s).
The Easter Adventure Quest, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Fri March 30 – Mon April 2
Your valiant adventurers can go off on a quest to crack clues, meeting St George the dragon slayer along the way, then claim their chocolate reward. £1 on top of the usual entry price. One of 6 “eggsclusive” eggs designed by top children’s illustrators, including J L Rowling illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill and Lydia Monks, will also be up for grabs. Young visitors should search high and low for a special chicken token hidden in the undergrowth. Whoever finds it will win one of the eggs.
Dear Zoo, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Fri April 6 & Sat April 7
Brought to the stage in a charming adaptation by Norwell Lapley Productions, Rod Campbell’s bestselling lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo makes its theatrical debut. Perfect or children aged 2+, it’s an ideal introduction to the magic of live performance for first-time theatre-goers.
Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade
Hold and Feed Baby Lambs, Hilltop Farm, Hunningham, near Leamington Spa, Fri March 30, Sat March 31 & Mon April 2
when the baby lambs will be available to hold and feed. This is a ticket only event and one ticket per person entitles entry into the lambing pen. There are 20 tickets per half hour slot.
Book a time slot here for £3.28, hilltopfarmshop
Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tues April 3 – Thurs April 5
A new retelling of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by top Islington-based puppetry company Little Angel Theatre. Recommended for ages 7+, this radical re-imagining recasts Robyn and the misunderstood Wolf as a couple of misfits just trying to fit in.
Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade
Easter Adventure, Compton Verney, Fri March 30 & Sat March 31
Where has the giant bunny hidden his ‘egg-citing’ clues (more puns)? £3 per child. Please note you will need a valid Membership, Annual Pass or day ticket.
Monstersaurus, The Goose Nest, Warwick Arts Centre, Sat Mar 31 – Mon Apr 2
The entire family will be able to enjoy some monster-ously good fun in this energetic new show about a boy who creates wacky inventions from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants – with original music and audience participation…11.30am & 2pm.
Fancy some fresh air, Easter egg hunts, walks though woods, spring wildlife, lots of daffs and parkland tours? You can always tuck into lunch or some cream teas afterwards! Don’t forget to book if you plan to visit Packwood or Baddesley Clinton. Times & dates vary. Egg hunt trails £3 per child, admission applies.
For more ideas on what to do at these National Trust properties over Easter see here
Spring Spectacular, Hatton Adventure World, Fri March 30 – Sun April 15
Visit the New Arrivals Marquee at this Muddy award-winning family attraction with its super cute lambs, kid goats, piglets, bunnies, ducks and baby chicks. Children can get the chance to feed and handle the animals too. There’s also an Easter Egg Hunt, the springtime Tractor Safari return of the Famous Sheep Racing for visitors to watch and place their bets and Masters of the Skies Falconry Displays.
hattonworld, Tel 01926 843411
Shakespeare’s Family Homes, Sat March 31 – Sun April 15
Children can take part in Easter activities every day from 12-4pm from crafting their very own Easter bonnet or crown in the family activity marquee at Anne Hathaways Cottage, to making ornamental whirling whirligigs for the garden at Mary Arden’s Farm. And at Shakespeare’s Birthplace there’s a kids treasure hunt in the gardens with music and comedy by in-house actors Shakespeare Aloud.
Make a Day and Knight of it, Warwick Castle
Celebrate the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror establishing a motte and bailey castle on the site as you plan your invasion. Rattus Rattus, the popular character from Horrible Histories®, will greet visitors as ‘William the Conqueror Rattus’, whilst a new heritage exhibition exploring the history of The Conqueror’s Fortress will inform the family and there’s a William the Conqueror Knight School. Medieval-themed accommodation also available.
Easter activities at the RSC, Tues April 3 – Fri April 13
Families can learn how to create their own art inspired by Romeo and Juliet by the RSC’s Love as a Revolution mural artist, become an animator for a day by creating your own puppet and stop gap animation also based on Romeo and Juliet and get stuck in with Blood, Guts and Gore learning the tricks of the trade behind stage bruises, cuts and scars with the former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up. Other activities include Play in a Day, Stage Fighting and Kate’s Storytree.
To book tickets Tel 01789 403493, rsc.org.uk/easter
Family Fun Day, Rugby School Sports Centre, Horton Crescent, Rugby, Sat April 7
A range of fun-filled activities and stalls for all the family. Activities include: Bubbleball, Bouncy Castles, Go-Karts, Raffle, Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments Free entry with a small charge for activities. Open to non-members, 11am-4pm.
Easter at Becketts Farm, Wythall, Birmingham, Thurs March 29 – Sun April 15
Coo over the baby chicks and meet lambs, ewes and donkeys on this award-winning rural farm with its award-winning restaurant and Cookery School, just over the Warwickshire border. The event is held in a field on site but under a covered marquee. Entry is £1 per person, and under 1’s are free! There’ll be some crafty things to do for kids for a small additional charge, 10am-4pm.
The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wed April 11 & Thur April 12
The very first show to be produced in-house at the Hippodrome, presented in partnership with Open Theatre Company and Metro-Boulot-Dodo, with learning disabled artists taking centre stage. Featuring a cast packed with young talent from Coventry and across the wider West Midlands, Coventry-based actors include Rishard Beckett as Hansel, Kimisha Lewis as Gretel, and Charles Craggs as the Mockingbird.
Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade
Easter Holidays, The MAD Museum, Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon, Fri March 30 – Sun April 15
The UK’s only mechanical art venue has more than 60 pieces of kinetic art and automata which have all been sourced from creators around the world, and nearly everything is interactive, meaning kids (and mechanically-minded big kids) can get stuck in. The museum is extending its opening hours over the Easter hols to 4.45pm.
themadmuseum, Tel: 01789 269356
Easter Bunny’s Eggs-Factor, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Fri April 13 & Sat April 14
An Easter interactive sing-along adventure show for two to seven-year-olds. The Easter Bunny and his farmyard friends are entering a new singing competition but can’t quite decide on which song they ought to sing – cue lots of children’s favourite singalongs including Old MacDonald Had A Farm and The Hokey Cokey. It’s produced by the team behind Marty Macdonald’s Farm and Santa’s Christmas Wish. After the show families are invited to meet the Easter Bunny face-to-face and receive a chocolate Easter treat.
Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade
What the Ladybird Heard, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, April 13-14
One little ladybird will be embarking on a big adventure this Easter as Kenny Wax Family bring their colourful new kids theatre production of Julia Donaldson’s 2009 bestselling children’s book to the stage for ages 3+ with lots of laughs, live music, audience participation and eye-catching puppetry inspired by Lydia Monks’ distinctive illustrations.
belgrade, Tel 024 7655 3055
Easter at Stratford Butterfly Farm
Twice daily children and adults can get close to some amazing creatures with ‘Meet the Minibeast’ handling sessions in the Discovery Zone. With the help of the friendly team, visitors can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects.
butterflyfarm Tel: 01789 299288
Victorian Easter, Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, Sat March 31 – Mon April 2
See spring flowers galore in all their glory. Heritage daffodils, primroses, cowslips and other spring flowers are dotted around the 16 individual plots that make up these unique restored gardens. Copies of Victorian Easter cards contributed by the V&A Museum, the history of Easter eggs provided by Cadbury, Victorian Easter baking recipes complete with ingredients and a Victorian style sweet shop all bring to life how Victorians enjoyed Easter.
Entry Adults £4.50 Children £1 (Under 5s, HCGT and RHS members free).
Easter fun & AutoScience activities, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Fri March 30 – Sun April 15
Children can join in some cracking fun starting with a traditional Egg hunt over Easter weekend then two weeks of ‘AutoScience,’ where the science that drives our cars is brought to life with AutoScience Live shows, family tours, Technic workshops, and a Secret Mission family trail. Daily drop in craft activities.
britishmotormuseum, 01926 641188
If The Hat Fits! Birmingham REP’s Grand Sale of Theatrical Costumes, Sat April 7
A one-off costume sale. You could be the proud owner of iconic costumes including Dorothy’s gingham dress from the 2005 production of The Wizard of Oz, Cruella de Vil’s fake fur coat from last Christmas’ The Hundred and One Dalmatians or Lady Bracknell’s frock from the 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest. All cash from the sale will help the REP’s first £1m fundraising campaign towards staging new productions and more training opportunities 11am – 5pm.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP, birmingham-rep
Easter Eggstravaganza Bank Holiday Fun, Cadbury’s World, Bournville, Birmingham
With two stage shows by Freddo & Caramel Bunny, daily bonnet competitions, chocolate-making displays and an Easter egg hunt there’s plenty to keep kids occupied at this former Victorian Quaker chocolate factory turned family attraction. You’ll need a shopping bag for the amount of chocolate bars you’re given to ‘taste-test’ en route.
MUSEUMS & TRAILS
Easter Holiday Activities, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Fri March 30 – Sat April 14
Drop-in activities include Eggcellent Easter Card making, Selfie Props, Storytelling for ages 4+ and Paint and Glaze.
See details here.
Easter holiday fun, Market Hall Museum, Warwick, Tues April 3 – Thurs April 12
Three family-friendly drop-in activities ranging from Easter Arty Tots themed crafts for under 5s on Tues April 3 to Make and Create (£1) on Sat April 7 and the Market Hall Lego Challenge on April 12 exploring the treasures of the Museum and making your favourite out of Lego. Both other activities are £2.50 per child.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, March 30 – 2 April.
Join in with a treasure hunt, face painting and Easter crafts. Free, drop in event and suitable for the whole family.
Easter Quiz trail, Warwick & Stratford, Sat March 31, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday
Get to know Warwick or Stratford town centres looking for answers to a mix of historical, observational and fun questions. Enjoy the scenery and a sociable time with a 90-minute Trivia Trail. Adults cost £10, children aged 9-16 cost £5, children aged 0-8 are free. Times in Stratford are 11am on March 31, 12noon on April 1 & 11.30am on April 2. 2.30pm in Warwick on 31 March. Wheelchair, dog & buggy-friendly.
Spring craft activities & lunch, Comptoir V Restaurant, Kensal Rise, West London Tues April 3 – 6
Visiting London town over Easter? Kids can enjoy making collages, creating bead models, decorating bunny ornaments and more at one of London’s best international vegan restaurants, all followed by a two-course lunch for them and their adult companion! The workshops cost just £14.95 per adult and £8.95 per child for activities and a 2-course lunch. Booking essential.
1 Keslake Mansions, 12 Station Terrace, London NW10 5RU, Tel 0203 092 0047, comptoirv
Easter at Chatsworth , nr Bakewell, Derbyshire, until Sun April 8
Easter activities for the kids in the garden, farmyard and playground include an Easter trail, face-painting and Trailer discovery tour, included with admission to the house/grounds.
Lambing season, Cotswold Farm Park, until April 15
Live lambing takes place every day in the state-of-the-art animal barn. With the first bleats of new arrivals and the anticipation of many more, lambing is a favourite time of year. Settle down in the Animal Barn and keep your eyes peeled. Extended opening hours are available on Sat April 7 so visitors can experience lambing after hours.
A big day out with Peter Rabbit™, Kew Gardens, from Fri March 30 –Sun April 15
There are still a few days to see the orchid festival at Kew (it ends 2 April) but it also overlaps with the start of a new trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. More permanent pleasures include the tree top walk, the 17-metre tall Hive sensory experience, a 14,000 tree arboretum and the Palm House.
Easter Sunday joust, Sudeley Castle, Sun April 1
The Cavalry of Heroes return to Sudeley Castle along with King Henry VIII and the ladies of his court for this annual event. Expect falconry flight displays (11am, 2pm) along with the jousting (11.30am, 2.30pm) and some serious chain-mailage.
Broughton Castle Opens, Banbury, Sun April 1
The beautiful Broughton Castle, a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury that’s belonged to the Fiennes family since 1447 opens again from 1 April. It found fame in the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and is one of my favourite local castles – small enough to get around without boring young children, and there’s a lovely garden for them to bomb about in. Other heritage buildings I really rate in the area that maybe don’t get the headlines of the big beast venues are Chastleton House in North Oxfordshire (stunning), Greys Court near Henley, Claydon House near Buckingham.
Broughton Castle is open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Sun 1 April- 30 Sept from 2-5pm.
The Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter Studios, Windsor, Fri March 30 – Sept 23
This month sees the launch of a special feature dedicated entirely to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth instalment of the film series, revealing secrets behind the characters, costumes and props that made it so special. The Goblet of Fire will be returned to the Great Hall for the first time since filming wrapped in 2010, there’ll be a live Special Effects demonstration showing how the Triwizard Champions’ parchments were expelled from the Goblet, and your kids receive a parchment to remember the visit.
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