12 fun things to do with the family this Spring
With the weather (slowly) beginning to take a turn for the better, the days getting longer and Easter holidays fast approaching, keeping the kids entertained can be a challenge.
So here WOW247 takes a look at the most exciting child-friendly events and activities around the UK this Spring, including new exhibitions at Eureka! and Legoland, action-packed family festivals, and the Walking With Dinosaurs arena tour.
Lego Star Wars Mini-Land
Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester
Until June, 10am – 7pm, from £8.10 more info
Currently on at Manchester’s colourful Lego museum, this incredible display based-on Star Wars Episode One features 250,000 bricks and 2,000 figures, and brings the action-packed world of the Star Wars universe to life.
All Drummed Up! and Bongo Fury
Various Scottish venues, March and April full listings and details
World-class percussion duo Owen and Olly are offering an unforgettable musical experience with these extraordinary performances and workshops. The two-time winners of Best Music Act at the Edinburgh Fringe will completely transform your views of classical music.
Kid Days Out at Alton Towers
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
From Saturday 16 March tickets, prices and info
With numerous rides, attractions and activities to explore, the famous Theme Park has something for all ages this Spring – including the swashbuckling pirates of Mutiny Bay and Cloud Cuckoo Land, home to Ice Age The 4D Experience.
Puppet Animation Festival – Celeste’s Circus
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Saturday 23 March, 2pm/3.30pm, £6/£8 more info
Ideal for the under-fives, this retro-style puppet show sees a lovable cast of animal characters hold a spellbinding circus, complete with cheeky dogs playing ball, a hippo on the high wire, and a loveable furry seal performing for paper fish.
Walking With Dinosaurs Arena Tour
Various UK venues
From Thursday 28 March full listings and info
Following the first colossal world tour seen by 7 million people around the globe, Walking With Dinosaurs is back. Expect astonishing effects and jaw-dropping action as amazing life-size models bring Earth’s pre-historic giants to life.
Eden Project, Cornwall
Friday 29 March to Sunday 14 April full details
Packed full of cool things to do and included in the cost of admission to Eden, this Easter Holiday extravaganza boasts nature trails, crazy golf, a ‘bug boutique’ – and even a velcro wall that you can stick yourself to.
York Dungeon – Grand Re-Opening
From Friday 29 March, £8 to £15.60, 10am to 4.30pm more info
For older kids or those not of a nervous disposition, the newly re-opened York Dungeon will offer a gory, scary and often funny look at the grottiest goings-on in the city’s eventful history – from Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin to viking invaders and Roman legions.
All About Me
Eureka! Museum, Halifax
From Friday 29 March, 10am – 5pm, £3.45 – £9.95 more info
After three years, £2.9 million and the biggest gallery redevelopment in the family-favourite museum’s history, Eureka! is now opening its long-awaited All About Me exhibition – which explores the human body in typically exciting fashion, and features more than 100 interactive exhibits.
Children’s Landrover Safari
Glencoe Visitor Centre, Scotland
April 3/10, 10.30am, £8 more info
A mini-safari exploring wildlife around the western end of Glencoe, keen young animal-spotters will also here all about local folklore and volcanoes.
Streatham Common Kite Day
Streatham Common, London
Sunday 7 April, 11am to 5pm, FREE more information
Now in its 15th year, this colourful mini-festival attracts thousands of visitors with its spectacular displays, stalls, competitions and demonstrations. It’s sky-high fun for kite enthusiasts and complete novices alike.
Red Bull Pro Nationals Motocross
Landrake Motor Park, Near Plymouth
Saturday 20 April to Sunday 21 April, 8am, £3-£16 more info
Perfect for adrenaline junkies of all ages, this motocross festival features everything from thrilling professional races to Kidzone favourites such as Fireman Sam and Peppa Pig. Children as young as five can also sign-up for the ‘First Time Rider’ motocross experience.
Iron Man 3
Out Friday 26 April screening details
The third installment in the blockbuster superhero series will pit Robert Downey Jnr’s heroic Iron Man against dastardly villain The Mandarin – with explosions, action, and thrills and spills galore the inevitable result.
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