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What’s on to entertain the kids in the Easter holidays 2019


By Alex Spencer


There’s plenty to do in Cambridge over the Easter holidays. If you’re looking for something to entertain the children, we have rounded up the best Easter activities - from Easter egg hunts to arts and crafts and family-friendly shows.

Wicken Fen - Easter egg hunt

Wicken Fen
Wicken Fen

Friday April 19 to Monday April 22

Head to National Trust properties for the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt trail. At Wicken Fen, the trail will follow the boardwalk where children can look for clues and find out more about the wonderful life on the fen and how we can help creatures great and small.

At the end of the trail you'll have solved the clues, and can claim your reward! You can also get creative in Wicken Fen’s Family Discovery area, and enjoy other outdoor family activities. No booking necessary, the trail will be open from 10am-4pm.

£2.50 per child. Normal admission applies, free admission for National Trust members.

Anglesey Abbey - Easter egg hunt and exploring

As well as an Easter egg hunt (April 19-22), visitors to the abbey can pick up a family explorer pack to help guide them through their day and lead them on a journey of discovery across the whole property from Lode Mill, right through to the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery area.

Price: £2 donation (April 6-18), 9.30am-5.30pm

Botanic Garden

Botanic Gardens (8310113)
Botanic Gardens (8310113)

The Botanic Garden are running a series of events through the holidays, including:

  • Wednesday April 10 - Drop-in Easter Making: Children can make Easter crafts using natural materials. No need to book just drop-in any time between 10am-1pm.
  • Friday April 12 - Once Upon a Time in a Garden: The dance, roleplay and theatre experts from Creative Movements are coming to the Botanic Garden to bring the plants alive with storytelling and movement. Join in and tell the story of an amazing garden adventure. Expect dancing, drama and lots of fun. 10.15am-11.15am for ages 2-4; 11.30am-12.30am for ages 5-7. Booking essential. £5 per child. Telephone 01223 331875 to reserve a place.
  • April 6-22 - Easter Trail: Animals from all over the world are dropping into the Botanic Gardens this spring to help out their friend, the Easter Bunny. Pick up a free trail from the ticket office and go on a springtime adventure to find the animals, see some amazing plants and collect an Easter prize at the end. Normal garden admission applies for accompanying adults.

Family Easter crafts at the Museum of Cambridge

The Museum of Cambridge is running children’s craft sessions running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays over the holiday until April 22.

These will run from 11am-3pm in the Enid Porter Room. From making embroidered bookmarks to rug ragging, you will be able to enjoy a different craft each day.

Creating our Collection at the Museum of Cambridge

What would you have in your own museum? Enjoy the museum’s new trail, ‘Creating our Collection’. Discover the hidden stories of Cambridge and create your very own collection of objects. This trail will be available everyday of the Easter holidays at the museum.

Price: £1 per child or free with museum entry.

Shepreth Wildlife Park

April 19-22

The park will be running a wildlife-themed Easter egg hunt. Hunt down the hidden Easter images and claim your yummy Easter Egg reward. The day will be packed with fun games, presentations, entertainers and special guests.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum (8310115)
Fitzwilliam Museum (8310115)

Saturday April 20: 10am-5pm; Sunday April 21 and Monday April 22 12-5pm. Closed Good Friday April 19.

Families can discover the Fitzwilliam collections through a variety of free resources that are available from both entrances to the museum. Those with babies (0-2 years) can pick up a play mat containing carefully selected resources that connect with themes and objects in the collection. Little ones (2-6 years) can benefit from Story Starters packs - pick up a satchel containing a picture book and activities to explore the galleries. Those with 5 to 12-year-olds can complete games and puzzles to journey around the museum with one of the Fitz Kits, or pick up a themed gallery trail on topics such as colour, Egypt, pictures and Shakespeare. A selection of drawing materials are available to borrow at any time.

The Museum of Zoology

Tuesday April 16

Eggstinct?

The Museum of Zoology is offering children the chance to have a cracking time discovering eggs from animals past and present and try egg-themed crafts in the museum. Suitable for ages 4+. Free. No need to book.

10am-4.30pm. Visit museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

Zoology Museum (8310111)
Zoology Museum (8310111)

Kettle's Yard

Thursday, April 11

What Can Art Do? Explore Environmental Activism: An afternoon workshop at Kettle's Yard inspired by artist Oscar Murillo’s work and International Extinction Rebellion Day. Work with artist Hilary Cox-Condron to explore how making art can spark, influence and inform conversations that change the world we live in. Whether you march with your artwork held high, share it on social media or put it in your bedroom, this will be an opportunity to be part of the fight for climate justice.

Ages 13-19; 1-3pm, free. Pre-book at kettlesyard.co.uk.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Tuesday April 16

Ediacaran Suncatchers: Travel back 580 million years and make your own suncatcher inspired by some of the earliest forms of life on Earth. Then, have a look at the beautiful examples of Ediacaran fossils in the Museum's display.

1.30pm-4pm, free. Ages 7-11. Free.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Tuesday April 16

Marvellous Monsters and Where to Find Them: Brave adventurers wanted! Discover strange beasts hiding in the corners of the museum. Take a trail around the statues to find gorgons, centaurs and more, then join in crafts to create your own mythical monster.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

Tuesday April 16, 10am - 1pm, free.

Children's shows

Tin Foil Astronaut (8310117)
Tin Foil Astronaut (8310117)

Tin Foil Astronaut

Sunday April 14

On your marks....get set...blast off!

Today is the day of the space race! But our astronaut isn’t quite like others, she’s.....different. oday is the day of the space race! A race to put the first human on the Moon! But our astronaut isn't quite like others, she's.....different. Alba has been in training and she has even made her own rocket! But can she really power a rocket with crisps? What is past Pluto? Are there robots in Space? And will anyone ever listen to the smallest of space explorers? It's one small step for most astronauts, but one giant leap for little Alba!

The Junction, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Box office: junction.co.uk.

Tickets are £10 adults and £6 children.

WIFI Wars (8310102)
WIFI Wars (8310102)

WIFI Wars

April 14

WiFi Wars is the World Record-Breaking live comedy game show where the entire audience play along. Login with your smartphone or tablet (make sure you’ve got plenty of battery) and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and prizes.

Hosted by comedian and regular videogames commentator Steve McNeil, who was Team Captain on Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, host/regular on Challenge TV's Videogame Nation.

2pm and 7.30pm at The Junction. Box office: junction.co.uk. Tickets: £11.50.



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