We have finally stepped into spring!
If you've been too busy beavering away at the coalface to look into any Easter activities, why not browse other parents' recommendations. Today's selection will steer you in the right direction, too.
Did you know that the first chocolate egg was made by Fry's in 1873? Over 80 million chocolate eggs are sold each year in the UK, 500 million around the world/
Follow a trail of colourful carrots at this enchanting Kent Castle. Follow this with a bonnet-making workshop and parade. Add face painting, an indoor bunny hunt, a couple of outdoor wooden and willow play areas and a maze – and you've got a great day out. If you're free this weekend head along to their “Dazzling Daffodils” display. Recommended by a mum of 2.
“It’s haunted!” says one of the many tips on the app about this impressively historic (Tudor) mansion. We’re not sure about any ghouly goings-on, but we do agree with the dad of 3 who says the maze is fun. Another parent writes that kids don’t forget a day here in a hurry. During the holidays kids can hunt for Lindt Gold Bunnys around the home and gardens, on their Easter trail.
Next to a grand Jacobean mansion (with Capability Brown gardens, horses and a children’s play area) in unspoilt Essex countryside is a magical, forested playground where imaginations can run wild in search of fairies and… Easter eggs. A 1.5-mile steam train ride leads to a furry Easter Bunny, see here. Complete your visit by making Easter crafts. “Look out for performances in the trees,” tips this mum of 1.
“Fantastic museum with an aquarium, a Butterfly House, anthropology collections and lovely gardens,” says a mum of 2 boys. A recent lego workshop sold out in record time so we’re giving heaps of notice about their Easter activities: free drop in sessions include making nests, puppets and masks. No need to book, just turn up.
Recommended by a mum of 3, the V&A Childhood Museum is the best starter museum for tiny tots (older siblings will like it too). From a toy miniature village, retro toys (the Royal Family started donating toys in the 1920s), dressing up box, free term time drop-in activities and occasional touring exhibitions – check “A Pirate’s Life For Me” that finishes on April 22nd – this Bethnal Green venue ticks many boxes.
It’s in the title, does what it says on the tin, etc! Storytelling that engages even adults, plus two floors of "Story Land" exploration (one is only open to the public after midday, Fri-Sun) and currently showing, an immersive, interactive Tiger Who Came To Tea ticketed event. "Wonderful interactive venue with a lovely playground and garden," says a mum of 2.
Recommended south London museum that 'explores conflict from WW1 to the present day'. "Especially interesting for older boys," says a mum of 2 boys. Over the holidays, war veterans will be recalling their own personal accounts of living through large wars, to educate families about the impact that such world-changing events had on their lives. Find more about these free drop in sessions, here.
A quick woodland fix in a lovely National Trust spot. Wooden playground area, check. Satisfactory cafe, check. Easy car parking, check, check, check. It's a shame that many trees have been chopped down in recent years, but we still rate this lakeside spot as a great place to let off steam and enjoy Easter trails. Recommended by a mum of 2.