22 local things to do with the kids this Easter
Easter holidays alert! Panicked about what to do with them? Not on our watch: we've found fabulous activities from fast cars and tractors to wildlife and crafts for toddlers, kids, and teens in Warks and the West Mids.
It’s that time of year again: spring colours, burnished displays of marzipan, and children pinging off the walls with sugar. Time for a series of chicken, rabbit, and egg-themed activities from the family attractions of Warks and the West Mids. Let’s take a gander through the options, shall we?
First up, it ain’t Easter without a National Trust Easter Trail. In Warwickshire it’s hard to pick between Coughton Court‘s ancient woodlands and Packwood‘s topiary filled-lined gardens (both running 15-22 April). If you’re heading to Packwood you may as well check out nearby Baddesley Clinton‘s trail (from 15-18 April) and there’s one at Upton House from 14-24 April and complete the trail and go deer spotting at pretty Charlecote Park (9-18 April). Or hey, just do all five. Hopping over the border to the West Mids there’s trails at Wightwick Manor from 9-18 April and Moseley Old Hall from 9-24 April. The price of the trails are £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end.
Looking for some thrills and screams with your egg hunt? Check out Drayton Manor from 9-24 April where there’s a trail, live shows and Easter-themed entertainment, along with loads of rides.
If you like some education with your eggs head to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall where there’s a family trail around Stratford-upon-Avon and you can pick out some of the highlight’s from the Bard’s childhood.
If you head to Warwick Castle there’s a new Zog-themed play area along with the Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star interactive trail. If you fancy really treating the kids you can make a night of it in the Knights Village too.
For a buzzy day out head down to Stratford Butterfly Farm on 19 April when a beekeeper from Holt Hall Apiary will be there with some of his bees. There’s also Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions from 9-24 April.
You don’t get much more scenic than Compton Verney’s Capability Brown landscape – have a look for the hidden giant eggs and see if you can spot the giant Easter bunny too (until 24 April). There’s plenty of grounds to explore if you want to make a day of it, and you can even take Fido along to make it a proper family trip. If you fancy keeping the kids entertained at a workshop for a bit there’s various ones including Forest Club, Art Camp and Wild Wednesdays over the holidays. Check out the full listing here.
Got a car mad kid? Hot foot it down to the British Motor Museum where there’s Mini-themed activities from 9-24 April. Take part in the family trail, learn more on the tour or help your little ones make their own vehicle (scary thought) in the workshop. There’s also the Mini Egg Rover Challenge on 13 & 20 April where children can work with STEM specialists from MOD Kineton to programme and guide a robot across and assault course.
Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary rescues animals on its Wooley Park Farm near Warwick. For the Easter open event on 16 & 17 April you can meet the four-legged locals, do some shopping on the stalls, play games and enjoy vegan refreshments. Your favourite Muddy editor (that’s me btw) will be working on the Lucas Helps Dogs stall selling gorgeous dog collars, so stop by and say hello!
At Hatton Country World there’s trails, newborn farm animals, a tractor safari and much more in its Spring Spectacular from 9-24 April. Once you’ve finished head over to Muddy fave The Hatton Arms for dinner.
Budding thespians are invited to free physical theatre sessions with Highly Sprung from 11 – 14 April at Daimler Powerhouse. The workshops can be booked for a day or the week and use drama, dance and movement to build confidence, imagination and creativity.
Kenilworth Castle and Boscobel House are mixing chocolate, history and adventure (sounds good, right) until 24 April as part of their Easter offerings. There’s also games like egg and spoon races and egg racing if you’re feeling brave enough, or send dad instead.
Head to Thinktank in Brum to take part in the Great Dino Hunt and count how many eggs and dinosaurs you can count around the museum from 9-24 April. It’s included in entry price.
Just over the border into Leicestershire there’s a new Gruffalo Land at Twycross Zoo which opens from April 9. This new, four-acre land, will bring together the much-loved characters, from The Gruffalo, inspired by the bestselling children’s book The Gruffalo. Enjoy real-life animals, animatronics, film clips and more, plus, you’ll also encounter Fox, Owl, Snake, Mouse and the Gruffalo along their interactive journey through the deep, dark wood.
If you fancy going to see a show the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm will be on at Coventry’s Belgrade from 12-16 April. Designs are by the four-time Olivier Award-winning Bunny Christie – known for Company and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – with puppetry design and direction from Toby Olié, who previously worked on War Horse – so you know you’re in for a jaw-dropping show.
At the Birmingham Hippodrome prepare for a singalong with musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamboat. Cast includes Alexandra Burke and Jason Donovan in the production from the London Palladium. It’s on from 5-16 April with some matinees too for little ones.