The Easter round-up

So Easter’s almost here – which means school holidays (and chocolate eggs, yes). But there’s plenty to entertain and occupy… here’s just a few ideas.

For younger kids, Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park in the New Forest has launched a new Victorian carousel to go with the rides, playground and appearances from Peppa.

Or in Norfolk, the Amazona Zoo in Cromer has a new soft play area for under 12s as well as a 30ft yurt including the history of South America, along with more than 200 tropical animals from jaguars and monkeys to flamingos.

If flamingos take your fancy, you can also head to Wales to watch the birds at the National Wetlands Centre, Llanelli between April 12 and 27, along with various other school holiday activities from craft workshops to den building.

And for a real bird’s eye view, there’s a new ‘Go Aloft’ experience launching today at Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol, letting visitors aged 10 and up climb the rigging and out onto the mainyard over 30m above the ground.

View from the top of the mast_

Back to something more traditional, Kew Gardens is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, until April 21, including activities from creating your own chocolate bar packaging to making a recipe for an everlasting gobstopper and spotting hidden Quentin Blake squirrels.

For something a bit different for teens, the School of Life in London has launched its first programme for 15-19-year-olds, running on April 9, 10 and 11 (as well as a summer school), with classes including ‘How to realise your potential’ and ‘How to be confident’.

Last but not least, if you’re wondering how to occupy bored kids en route, Britax has free printable activity sheets aimed at four-year-olds and above, from variations on I Spy, colouring and a Number Detective worksheet for older children.


Images courtesy of Paultons Park and SS Great Britain