No doubt now the holidays are fast approaching you’re looking for something to do with the kids, well, we’ve picked some of the best Easter activities to keep the little (and not so little) ones busy throughout the Easter fortnight. 

In the City 

Get the kids along to the Eggcellent Easter Funday at Newarke Houses Museum on 25 March. This is a shopping-themed children’s activity day based on their 'Popping to the Shops' exhibition. Design and make your own egg and spring flowers plus a basket from to put them in. Listen to Easter stories or follow the shopping trail. Then on the 5 April a special shopping themed event ‘Cashing Up’ lets the kids make their own coins and pot to keep them in. Listen to money stories. 

Step into a Fairytale Garden at Belgrave Hall on Thursday 28 March. There’ll be a day of fairy tale fun with crafts and games inspired by Giants, Fairies and other storybook favourites. Click here to find out more about this fantastic event. 

Visit the Abbey Pumping Station Museum on the 2 April to enjoy the Holidays with a ride on their steam railway! Rides cost only 50p, don’t forget your spare change as it’s cash only to be paid on the train. 

On Thursday 28 March from 11am to 3pm come to the Haymarket Shopping Centre to meet Bread and Butter’s new woolly creation, Henrietta the Herdwick and her pram of lambs. There will be a pair of Easter bunnies for the kids to meet and grab a treat.  

Out in the county 

All this Easter embark on a magical journey through the enchanting grounds of Belvoir Castle Gardens with Bertie the Beaver. Follow the paw prints, discover hidden clues, and join Bertie and his friends as you explore the Rose Garden Riddles, Spiral Walk Surprises, and Japanese Woodland Keys. Running from 27 March to 5 April. While you’re there you can let the kids tire themselves out on the award winning Belvoir adventure playground. Click here to get your tickets 

At Twycross Zoo from the 23 March to the 7 April help solve the mystery of the missing Eggs. Was it Dr Biddle? Veronica Vet? Or was it one of the animals? It's up to you to hop into action, collect the clues and uncover the culprit to save the day and collect your prize. And of course you can explore the zoo and see all the amazing animals! 

Twinlakes theme park has loads happening this Easter, with the Easter Bunny Boogies on 30 March, a family rave on the 3 and 7 April and throughout the holidays, an Eggstreme Easter with the FREE chocolate egg hunt, where thousands of hidden tokens are scattered all around the park, just waiting to be discovered by eager children, then step into a world of chocolate enchantment and follow the sweet aroma to the Easter Bunny's fantastical headquarters. All the info is on the Twinlakes website. 

At the 1620s House in Donington le Health, there’s loads happening over the holidays. Make Easter Bonnets and Easter Wreaths on 26 March and from 28 March to the 14 April explore the grounds of this historic house and help with the Great Egg-scape Hunt!

On the 1 April if you head to Fosse Park there's a chance to meet the one and only Peter Rabbit! The cheeky bunny will be appearing on the hour, every hour from 11am-3pm, so bring a camera and make your little one's day! More details here

Roll up, roll up to Bosworth Battlefield on the 3 April where the Roman Empire is looking to recruit new legionaries to the great Roman army. Do you have what it takes? Dress up as a Roman soldier & find out what they carried to battle! Learn sword fighting skills and Roman battle formations to take on those pesky Celts! Find out more here. 

On stage for the family 

At the Little Theatre from 22 March to 6 April enter the Secret Garden. Based on the 1911 novel of the same name, this stunning Tony award-winning musical holds a special place in many people's hearts. Book your tickets now 

Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Playing at the Curve Theatre from 26-28 March. Reserve your seats here. 

One for the little kids (and maybe the Mums too?) CBeebies star Andy Day brings his ‘Sock n Roll’ band Andy and the Odd Socks to De Montfort Hall on 2 April for their biggest ever UK tour. What better way to introduce your little ones to the joys of live music? Get rocking here 




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