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 13 ideas of things to do and places to go in your area!
1. Love painting? At Creative Biscuit Ceramics Café in Wanstead, 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)
2. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Valentines Mansion and Gardens, a Grade II* listed building, based in Valentines Park, Ilford. The Mansion offers a range of fun and exciting events for children & adults alike. This Easter, come and enjoy their Easter Trail for only £2 per child. Book tickets to events and activities from exhibitions, craft activities for kids, creative workshops and fairs, to guided tours, walks, discovery trails and more. Opening Times:
Tuesday and Sunday 11am – 4pm, bank holiday Monday 11am – 4pm, school holidays: Monday – Wednesday 11am – 4pm.
3. Based at Capel Manor College, Brook’s Farm is open Tuesday through Sunday and is free entry. You can walk around the farm at your own leisure, meeting the sheep, donkeys, ponies, goats, hens and rabbits (animal feed available from multiple dispensers too).
4. 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.
5. Mary and the Witch’s Flower (PG) – Mary, a young girl, follows a cat into a forest where she stubbles across a broomstick and a rare flower that only opens every 7 years. Mary’s life is turned upside down when she finds herself at Endor College, a school of magic where she finds herself risking her life to resolve a lie.
6. Tomb Raider (12A) – Based upon the highly successful video game character, Lara Croft, sets off on a dangerous journey to a mythical island to find her father who mysteriously vanished years earlier.
7. In a quaint building that used to be the parish workhouse, Vestry House Museum, is home to exclusive heritage from the local area including a Victorian parlour. The museum has free entry and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.
8. The William Morris Gallery is a public museum which celebrates the life and work of William Morris, a designer, craftsman and socialist. The gallery which features exquisite art and designs, is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm with free entry.
9. Take a trip to the Wanstead Library and see what new adventures a good book can take you and your family on. Check out their website to find opening days and times.
10. 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 for some fun Easter egg hunt ideas for the little ones to get involved with.
11. 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.
12. 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, Mr. Impossible and the Easter Egg Hunt and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
13. 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!