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Eight delightful family-friendly events for the rest of the Easter holidays

Eight delightful family-friendly events over the Easter holidays

Theatre, exhibitions, sweetie workshops and more to keep the kids busy over the holidays

The Easter feast has been consumed, the chocolate eggs hunted down … so now what? If you're at a loss of what to do with your kids over the rest of the Easter holidays, we've got you covered. From sherbet-making workshops to a cryptic Mission Impossible at the Houses of Parliament, these fun activities for the whole family will make the rest of the holiday fly by – we promise.

Easter School
Wired Aerial Theatre transforms The Higher Space into an enchanting woodland area for kids to explore, with silks, hoops, trapeze and cargo nests for them to climb and play in. There will also be dance and drama games as kids develop a story of their journey into the 'Land of Octavia, the Spider Queen'. The Higher Space, Bootle, Tue 3–Fri 6 Apr

The Little Matchgirl
Break out the handkerchiefs for this retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's soul-crushingly sad The Little Match Girl. With every match she strikes, a new story is conjured, and the audience is transported through Anderson's other, happier tales like Thumbelina and The Princess and the Pea in a dazzling display of puppetry. Shakespeare's Globe, London, Tue 3–Sat 21 Apr

Unlock Parliament
Venture into the hallowed Houses of Parliament and unlock a series of mind-boggling puzzles to help the mysterious 'Agent N' turn a bill into law. It's an exciting race against the clock for the whole family, and a fun introduction to the policymaking process. Houses of Parliament, London, Tue 3–Sat 7 Apr

It's Always Tea Time

Eight delightful family-friendly events over the Easter holidays

Lewis Carroll's beloved children's classic is brought to life in this special exhibition featuring works by 72 international artists on the tea party theme. Visitors can also enjoy an idyllic picture trail, story time with a giant cup and a charming tea party of their own. The Story Museum, Oxford, Tue 3 Apr–Sat 7 Jul

Easter Sessions: Myths & Legends
Develop your child's budding thespian talents and witness the process of putting on a play from script to stage. Performing a condensed version of Macbeth, the young actors, scriptwriters and set designers will gain hands-on experience of the collaborative work that goes on behind the curtain. Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Wed 4 & Fri 6 Apr

Sweet Science Workshop
Think you've had enough sweet treats this Easter holiday? Think again. Make your own sherbet and popping candy, and concoct delicious chocolate experiments with the Science Buddies. It'll be worth every filling. Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, Wed 4–Thu 5 Apr

Fishy Fun
Gaze across the beautiful Anstruther harbour and create magical underwater scenes with paper and plastic, or mould your own fishy friend out of salt dough. A free and relaxed crafting session for young children. Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Sat 7 Apr

Create a Masterpiece
Follow in the footsteps of the Old Masters and paint your own stunning tableau at the Bowes Museum. Children are encouraged to experiment on different materials and take inspiration from the Bowes' renowned collection of visual and decorative art. Easels, aprons and materials provided to all the budding Botticellis. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Wed 11 & Thu 12 Apr

The above events meet the Family Arts Standards. Find out more about Fantastic for Families.

The Little Matchgirl

‘ She drew out a match – ‘Scratch!’ How it sputtered as it burnt! It gave a warm, bright light, like a little candle, as she held her freezing hand over it. It was really a wonderful light ’ Synopsis As our destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm. Each match will conjure a new story, a…

Fishy Fun

Make and decorate your own fish from salt dough or create an undersea world using paper and plastic- the possibilities are endless in this drop-in family craft session! We'll also have a fish photo board so you can capture a unique selfie to show your friends. No booking is required and you can stay as long, or as little…

It's Always Tea Time

What happens when a hatter, a dormouse and a march hare, take tea together? The answer is, of course, one of the most famous pieces of writing in children’s literature. Now in 2018, The Story Museum in Oxford will be bringing this much loved scene from Lewis Carroll’s *Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland *to life with an…

Create a Masterpiece

Create your own masterpiece in the Museum galleries during this drop in session. Using an easel, you will take on the role of a real artist and experiment with a range of materials. Suitable for all ages, protective aprons supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.

Easter Sessions: Myths & Legends 8:11

Themed fun at Easter around mystical Myths and Legends! Children get making and creating with designers and storytellers then take home their new skills and creations!

Easter Sessions: Myths & Legends 5:7

Themed fun at Easter around mystical Myths and Legends. Travel back into time and explore stories of the past; some you may know and some to surprise you! Let our facilitators lead you on a fantastical journey before you get making and creating with designers, and take home your new skills and creations! Children get…

Sweet science workshops

Come and join us for a scientific, sweetacular treat this Easter! At this workshop hosted by Green Shift Education and Science Buddies Ltd, you will be given the sweet opportunity make your own sherbet, discover popping candy and experiment with chocolate. Who could resist such a feast? There will be three opportunities…

Unlock Parliament: A New Immersive Experience

Kids can learn all about Parliament and UK history in this immersive introduction to where our laws are made. Solve puzzles and clues to pass your very own Bill into Law.

Easter School

Kick start your Easter holiday by joining Wired Aerial Theatre in four fun-filled days, bringing The Higher Space to life with a magical performance. Do your little ones enjoy acting, moving and dancing? Have they ever imagined doing this IN THE AIR? In true Wired style, this four-day adventure brings all these elements…

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