And don’t forget that, together with our friends at Visit York, we’re hosting four days of free kids’ activities at the first York Easter Family Festival. It takes place over the bank holiday weekend (Good Friday 25th March to Easter Monday 28th March 2016). Everything you need to know about it is here.
Hunt the eggs at Piglets’ Easter Extravaganza. There’ll also be an Easter show from the Magic Hatter, lambing live, baby animals, chicken flappin’ and more for a great spring family day out. Get there early for the closest parking spots (or maybe it’s only our kids who make a fuss about having to walk far) and to enjoy the park before it gets busy. We go every year and always have a great day out.
York YO32 9ST – 25th March to 10th April – visit the website
Follow the clues and solve the puzzles around the gardens to join the hunt for the bunny and win your own chocolate rabbit to take away! There’ll be an egg decorating competition (we did this last year and our kids loved it) and you might even meet the Easter bunny too.
Beningbrough YO30 1DD – 25th March to 28th March – 10.30am to 5pm – normal admission charges; small charge for some Easter activities – visit the website
Head off on a hunt to find the giant hand-painted eggs and bunnies hidden in the Enchanted Forest (and run/climb/swing off some energy in the many adventure play areas while you’re at it).
Wetherby LS22 4AN – 23rd March to 17th April – visit the website
Explore the tale of three cheeky sisters, Vic, Val and Venus. Can you track them down to solve the puzzle and claim your Cadbury Egghead prize?
Nunnington, near York YO62 5UY – 25th March to 28th March – 11am to 5pm – normal admission charges; trail £2 – visit the website
Climb the stairs to follow the indoor trail for a sweet treat or head into the garden for games on the lawn.
Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL – 25th to 28th March – 11am to 4pm – admission charge plus £1 for trail – visit the website
Castle Howard’s grounds will be filled with all the fun of the fair from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th March. Expect traditional rides including carousel, chair-o-planes, swing boats and a helter-skelter. Meet the Easter bunny, search the gardens for giant eggs and join the fun with interactive children’s entertainers.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA – 26th to 28th March – normal admission charges (small charge for some activities) – visit the website
The Yorkshire Museum’s going mosaic mad, inspired by Roman mosaics. Make your own paper version (25th March to 10th April, 11am to 1pm, 2pm to 4pm) or help create a real one with an artist that will go on display in the museum (selected times over bank holiday weekend). Why not do the animal trail around the museum and gardens to claim a small prize too? (50p per trail). More on the website
There’s Easter fun in the children’s section at Waterstones York throughout the Easter period. On Friday 25th March, make Easter cards (11am), on Saturday 26th March there’s a Peter Rabbit Easter egg hunt all day, and there’ll be storytime followed by arts and crafts at 11am every day from Monday 28th March to Friday 1st April. From Monday 4th April to Friday 8th April, there’ll be Harry Potter activities every day at 11am.
Relive a Victorian Easter at York Castle Museum (25th March to 10th April). Make a Victorian-inspired Easter card, have a go at the egg and spoon race, join the Easter trail (50p extra) or join the Easter hunt (bank holiday weekend only). Visit the website for more details
There’s a jungle theme to things at the National Children’s Museum in Halifax this Easter (19th March to 17th April). To make your trip even more exciting, take the train (Eureka! is right next to Halifax station).
Visit the new Little Diggers area at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure. Book into Little Diggers for games, stories, egg decorating and an Easter trail (26th March, 10-11am, £3.50 per child). Visit the website
Discover science at fab Hull aquarium, The Deep (daily, 19th March to 17th April). Discover how fish communicate underwater at the hydrophone listening station, make an electrical circuit with energy sticks, see how your own body affects electrical currents with our giant plasma ball, see how creepy crawlies view the world with bug glasses and test your smell with stinky smell boxes. Visit the website for more details
Hunt for giant eggs hidden amongst the cool rock formations. Find them all to claim your Cadbury chocolate reward.
Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW – Friday 25th and Saturday 26 March, 11am to 3pm – £2 per hunt – visit the website
How about a springtime trip to the coast? Become a seaside detective: discover lots of interesting facts about life on the coast while you explore the interactive exhibition to earn your Cadbury Easter treat.
Saturday 26th March to Monday 28th March – 10am to 4pm – £1.50 per hunt – for more information call 01947 885900.