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With the days getting longer, the sun starting to shine more and the spring flowers out in bloom, the Easter school holidays must be coming. It is time to start thinking about some days out with the kids. Where will you take your bunny this Easter? We have some ideas for you.
Days out with kids can be expensive so it's definitely worth planning ahead. Can you get a discount if you book online? Some of the big attractions give larger discounts if you book several weeks in advance. Do you have any supermarket vouchers that you could use to buy entry tickets? Are there any vouchers available online for discounted tickets? Have a look for local attractions as they can be less expensive. Does your local farm shop offer any Easter events? Can you take a packed lunch and save on costs when you arrive? Make sure you take some bottles of water as if you are buying drinks all day for a thirsty family, its surprising how the costs add up. If you are planning to take your own food & drink, do check before as there can be restrictions on what you can take in.
At Best Years, we have some suggestions for some kids days out for the family to enjoy around the country. We have tried to find a variety of locations and some events are free, whilst others have an admission charge. Let us know if you have spotted something near to you that you think we should add to our list.
Cadbury's Egg Hunt, Waddesdon Manor, Nr. Aylesbury
Waddesdon Manor makes for a lovey day out with the kids and is part of the National Trust, so if you have membership there is no entry charge. The gardens are extensive and fantastic for kids to explore, build dens, bug hunt and there is a wonderful woodland playground and an aviary. There is a trail for kids in the main house (you need to book to visit the main house) and over the Easter holidays they are offering a Super Sensory Spring Trail. If you visit over the Easter long weekend, there will be a Cadbury Egg Hunt in the grounds.
Dinosaur Easter Fun at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham
If you are looking for a dinosaur day out, then look no further than Wollaton Hall in Nottingham. There is going to be a Dino Egg hunt with some 'Egg-cellent' prizes. Wollaton Hall is a Grade One listed Elizabethan manor house with 500 acres of beautiful parkland to explore and is the home of Nottingham's Natural History Museum and the Industrial Museum is based in the stable block. This summer, Wollaton Hall will play host to the 'Dinosaurs of China' exhibition - a world exclusive exhibition of dinosaurs which is coming to Europe for the first time.
Easter Events at St. Andrews Aquarium
If you are in Scotland why not take a trip to St Andrews Aquarium? Its new exhibit, Amazing Amazon opens on 25th March. With over 100,000 ants on a trail around the room, piranhas and poisonous frogs, this is set to be Scotland's largest Amazon display. Over the Easter holidays there will be daily egg hunts, five animal talks & 2 reptile handling sessions and the chance to win an animal feeding experience. With penguins, fish, reptiles, meerkats and seals amongst other species, there is plenty to keep the whole family happy.
Mega Maze Bunny Hunt, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
Try to find all of the hidden bunnies in Europe's largest hedge maze at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm with the added attraction of bunny handling throughout the day. Located just outside Bristol and just off the M5, this zoo farm has a great range of animals from elephants and giraffes to pigs and donkeys. There are opportunities for animal handling every day and keeper talks throughout the day. When you have had your fill of animals, there are fifteen adventure playgrounds both inside and outside so if the weather is changeable there is still plenty to do. They also offer a range of keeper experiences if you are looking for a gift or a memorable day out, but these should be booked in advance. This would make an ideal full day out with the kids.
Feathers and Flight, RAF Museum, Cosford
If you are looking for a budget day out, why not visit one of the RAF Museums at Cosford, Shropshire or in London. With over 70 aircraft on display in Cosford and over 100 in London, there is plenty to keep the plane enthusiast happy. At Cosford, on 13th April birds of prey will be giving a display that will help families to understand how aircraft design has been inspired by nature.