Easter holidays 2021 guide – from what’s on to home fun.

As the Easter holidays are coming up, we would normally have our own schedule put in place for our little ones.

But this year, you probably feel there is not much going on due to Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions.

Therefore, I have gathered some research on events online and outdoors to help you have some Easter fun.

Please bare in mind about travelling out of your own area and in terms of how far you can travel as restrictions are still in place but do have fun!.

Also events information can change from their side so please double check on their social media pages. I do try to keep to date as much as possible.

Online events:

Mini Professors Durham: Facebook

Mini Professors Durham run hands-on science classes for 2-7 year olds which are currently online.

Over, the Easter weekend they will be running classes full of Easter Science experiments, as well as offering an Easter Science box.

This contains almost all the equipment needed for our 4 fun Easter-themed experiments, including testing how strong an egg is and how we can make them float, making a little chick fly and growing your own Easter cress head. Also included is some fun Easter crafts to make and enjoy, as well as extra egg-speriment ideas to try at home too.

The classes themselves run via Zoom and people can opt to join one of the live classes on Good Friday or Easter Monday at 10am, or receive a recorded version to watch anytime.

The cost is £14 including the box and siblings are half-price.  – BOOK NOW

Discovery Museum: Facebook

Competition-

The Discovery Museum have an competition going on due to their facilities still being closed and this competition includes three age categories: ages 4 – 7, ages 8 – 11, ages 11 -14.

Using recycled materials and at least one egg – real, chocolate, or an egg shape – we would like you to create an invention.  For more information Click here.

Prizes can be claimed once the museum re-opens.

• Categories age 8-11 and 11–14 will win a family ticket for the RAF Red Arrow Simulator* (up to 6-8 people over 1.07m in height) or a Discovery Museum craft pack.

• Category age 4-7 – A Discovery Museum Story and Craft Pack.

How to enter:

Email Learning@discoverymuseum.org.uk with an image and description of your entry.

Please include child’s name, guardian’s name and telephone number with your entry. One entry per child.

All entries will be displayed in image galleries on Discovery Museum’s Facebook page, with the winners on their own post.

Closing time for entries 1pm Wednesday 8 April.

Easter Egg Catapults: Virtual workshop:

Workshop will take place via zoom on the 1st April, 8 April, 15th April.

  • Times: 10.30-11.30 
  • Price: £5 per screen 
  • 15 families max per session

Ready, aim, fire! 
Get ready for our latest eggs-citing family challenge. The Easter bunny has lots of eggs to deliver. Can you build a catapult to make their job easier? 

Materials needed (not supplied)

You will need: x3 a4 sheets of paper, x3 pencils (as long as possible!), scissors, tape, ruler, hole punch, elastic band/ hair bobbleLolly stick/ wooden skewer (not essential), and something for ammunition (plastic egg, pompoms work well!).

Book tickets here.

Egg drop challenge: Virtual workshop:

This session will also be taking place via zoom on the 30th, 6th April, 13th April.

  • Times: 10.30-11.30 
  • Price: £5 per screen  
  • 15 families max per session 

Ready, steady, drop! 

Get ready for our latest eggs-citing family challenge. Protect your egg, design your parachute and get ready to drop your egg. Will it survive the journey down? 

Materials needed (not supplied)

You will need: Paper, paperclip, an egg* (hard-boiled or thin chocolate work best!), scissors, tape, plastic bag, string or wool, recycled materials e.g… cardboard boxes, bottles, newspaper, and any other materials e.g. straws, lollypop sticks, tissue paper- whatever you have in your house that might protect an egg!.

Book your tickets Here.

Outdoor events:

Alnwick gardens:

You can book in to have a stroll around Alnwick Gardens, over the Easter holidays. It’s always such a beautiful walking route and the kids love the scenery.

They also have some fun-filled events coming up that are perfect for families, friends or anyone who wants to get involved! Garden or Zoo? You decide! See you soon 🐣

Pre-booking is essential: Click here. – the events are free but you do need to purchase entry onto the grounds.

All events follow current Government guidelines and social distancing measures will be in place, alongside plenty of sanitising stations.

Alnwick Castle:

  • Alnwick castle are offering tickets on sale for visits up to the 11th April – read more information on Here.

Raby Castle: Facebook

Easter picnic:

This Easter Raby Castle will be egg-stra special this year as they invite you to enjoy the huge open spaces in the Deer Park to enjoy one of their delicious takeaway Afternoon Tea Hampers as you take in the views.

The Deer Park is open 10am – 4pm and you can pre-order a picnic box when you book tickets online for visits over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and the following weekend.

Click here for more information.

Trails:

Raby castle will have a brand new trail for families to discover.

As you explore, keep an eye out for all the wonderful wildlife that calls Raby home. From the ducks and swans on the lake to the red and fallow deer in the park, there is always so much to see.

Park and Gardens Ticket required Book here.

They also have an high force wildlife trail until the 11th April – More information here.

Tynemouth park: Website | Instagram

Join Tynemouth Park from the 29th of March til 11th April as they host a 2 week long Easter egg hunt with special guests.

Hop a long and help us find where the Easter bunny has hidden all the eggs, with the help of some special characters 🐰🥚

What’s included:

The Easter egg hunt will be running now from Monday 29th March to Sunday 11th April, 9.30am – 5.00pm at half hour intervals.

In your 30 minute time slot you will enter the trail socially distanced from the guests in front and behind you. You must keep that distance when travelling around. Hand sanitiser will be provided at the start and end of the trail.

  • the Lost World Adventure Golf will also be open everyday.
  • The public play park and Toilets will also be open.
  • All children require a ticket for the trail,  (under 1’s) do not require a ticket if they are accompanying another paying child.
  • Maximum group size 6. Maximum of 2 households per group. Each group has to be accompanied by at least one adult. Adults to pay £2.50 on entry.

Book here.

Nature’s edge: Website

Nature’s edge in Durham have an event going on this Easter. This event will be subject to Covid-19 guidelines and maybe change.

Each session will last approximately 40 minutes.

Each child will take part in an Egg hunt, meet and greet our amazing animals and leave with a gift bag.

Every child booking includes food and a drink.

Cost of the event is £10 per child confirmed with a deposit of £5.

Check out their event page here.Urban Green parks:

Urban Green parks are filled with the signs of spring and our Urban Green birds have been busy hiding eggs in 10 of our parks.

Can you spot all the eggs and letters to figure out which bird laid the eggs in your local park?

A different bird has laid the eggs in each park and the colour of the egg is a hint to which bird lay it.

You can find our hidden eggs in:

  • Armstrong Park 
  • Big Waters 
  • City Stadium  
  • Exhibition Park 
  • Gosforth Central Park 
  • Hodgkin Park 
  • Iris Brickfield 
  • Tyne Riverside Country Park 
  • Walbottle and Throckley Dene 
  • Walker Park 

The trails will be running from Monday 29 March – Sunday 18 April 2021 and can be enjoyed by those of all ages.

CLICK HERE to download a free trail sheet or pick one up from the following participating cafes and concessions;

  • City Stadium – Zees Bean
  •  Exhibition Park – Coffee Crew
  •  Gosforth Central Park – GB Ice Cream Van
  •  Tyne Riverside Country Park – Hedley’s Riverside Coffee Shop / GB Ice Cream Van
  • Walker Park – YMCA Café 

Northumberlandia FREE Easter trail: Facebook

Northumberlandia has a free Easter event on until the 10th April – Read more here.

Things to do at home:

Dreams on Moonbeams: Facebook

Dreams on Moonbeams are doing Easter Doorstep Visits, running from 29th March until 4th April.

limited availability on Easter Weekend so book now and make a donation to avoid disappointment.

Have a character or Princess of your choice deliver an Easter Egg to your doorstep, it truly will be a magical experiences.

They also have their Easter Bunny ‘Harry Hop’ and Easter Fairy available in some areas too over the Easter weekend.

Message their Facebook for more information.

Watch Peter Rabbit:

Credit: Money saving central.

Sky is now offering their customers the Peter Rabbit film to download and keep from Sky Store.

This is usually £7.99 but free until the 18th of April.

– you could also make a movie day of this and watch other Easter related films.

(AD) Easter themed afternoon tea: Facebook

Kelly’s Deli, Denton Burn are offering Easter Treat Boxes available for collection or local delivery on Saturday 3rd April.

They are only £10 and you can add a personalised note to the box.

Each box contains the following: Sandwich bun, Crisps, Drink, Easter Bunny Brownie, Easter Cupcake, Easter Cookie, Chocolate nest cake, Sweet Cone, Cadbury cream/caramel egg and a selection of sweets & chocolates.

They also have their afternoon teas available then too. You can contact them on 0191 274 4007.

Kayleigh Falcus Bridal and Gifts: Instagram | Facebook

These kits are the perfect crafting project for Easter. Ditch Moonpig or Clinton’s and send a thoughtful, handmade card this Easter.

They are £6 each and includes coloured paper, a selection of stickers, 4 types of charms, 4 x blank cards, envelopes, a fluffy chick, pipe cleaners and floral lace.

Get your Easter crafts on and order yours from by messaging their Facebook page.

Popolo Ceramico: Instagram

Popolo Ceramic, this Easter have launched an exciting new bunny to their pottery range: Flopsy bunny, who has now joined their cute range of animals and characters they have to offer.

These are £8 or they also have some packaging deals on too. – Check out the website here.

Create your own Easter egg design:

Use boiled eggs, or you can purchase craft eggs to paint, etc. This is a great way to kill a couple of hours.

  • You can also make your own Easter cards to send to love ones.

Create your own Easter trail:

Asda do these Easter buckets every year in different designs for affordable pricing.

  • you can do your own trail in the house or around your garden during the day.

Easter Baking:

Make some cakes out of your left over Easter eggs, rice crispy cakes are always a good shout.

Make your own Easter special hot chocolate:

Add one of your Easter egg to your hot chocolate – however the egg can melt very quick.

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