12 fun things to do with the family this Spring

Legoland Star Wars

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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 Star Wars

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

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

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

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

Walking With Dinosaurs

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.

Freaky Nature

Freaky Nature

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

York Dungeon

York Dungeon
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

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

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

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

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

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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