Easter days out: Climbing the walls? There are other ways to keep busy, too
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 25 March 2012
The Easter school holidays are almost here, which means you have at least 14 days of boredom-beaters to organise. Fortunately, there's plenty to occupy fractious youngsters across the country.
In Brighton, you can gorge at the Cakes and Bakes Festival (01273 327428; churchillsquare.com) on 31 March and 1 April. It forms part of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival (30 March to 9 April; brighton foodfestival.com) and will include a live bake-off between professional chefs (Sat; 11am to 3pm; free), and a mini cupcake decorating workshop (Sun; 11am to 4pm; free).
Between 6 and 9 April, workshops at the Glasgow Science Centre (0141 420 5000; www.gsc.org.uk; £9.95 adults, £7.95 children) include "Animal Athletes", where thorny problems such as "which can jump higher: a human or a frog", will be pondered. The free sessions will run throughout each day.
At the National Railway Museum (08448 153139; nrm.org.uk; 9.30am to 6pm; free) in York, between 31 March and 15 April, families can grab a potato stamp and help create a giant lithograph.
w You might even get away with some time to shop if you visit Salford's Lowry Outlet Mall (0161 848 1850; lowryoutletmall.com). It's laying on a host of free events from 31 March to 15 April, including a Hula Hoop Workshop (14 Apr; 11am, noon, 1pm, 2.20pm and 3.15pm).
Children climbing the walls at home? Then take them to a supervised session at Rock UK's Summit Centre (0844 8000 222; adventures.rockuk.org; 10-13 April; 12pm-6pm; £10 per day) in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. Booking essential.
In Norfolk, RSPB Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve (01603 715191; rspb.org.uk), near Norwich, is hosting an "Easter Eggs-splorers" day of themed fun on 5 April (1pm to 4pm; adults £3, children £2).
Knights will be locked in combat at Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden (01926 852078; www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenilworth) on 8 and 9 April (11am to 5pm; £26.70 for four).
Make the most of a ticket to ride on the London Eye (0871 781 3000; londoneye.com; £57.60 for four or £46.08 online) by visiting between 6 and 9 April (11am to 4pm), when arts and crafts activities are included.
Add kite-making to your children's talents on 3 April at RHS Garden Rosemoor (0845 265 8072; rhs.org.uk/rosemoor; £20.25 for four) in North Devon. Children aged eight to 12 are the focus of this workshop (11am to 4pm; free), though younger kids can get stuck in too, if accompanied by an adult.
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