Or, things to do with the kids on holiday.
With the Easter holidays coming up we thought we’d share our top tips for keeping small people happy come rain or shine:
Edinburgh International Science Festival
Get along to the Edinburgh International Science Festival, at the City Arts Centre, where things really do go whizz bang. Highlights include: the Imagination Garden for the smallest of small, Rampaging Chariots for older tech savvy kids who want to try coding and programming and Crime Scene Investigation for future Scarpettas.
Good to know: Get there early, not just because it gets mobbed, many of the workshop type activities require visitors to sign up for a slot – so an early arrival and bit of planning pay dividends. You can also book up to 3 bookable events in advance. Escape across the road to the Fruit Market Café for lunch, much quieter.
National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg Trail
Once more the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland have got together with Cadbury’s to host the Easter Egg Trails; hundreds of properties and gardens the length and breadth of the country. As well as Easter Egg Trails many venues have face painters, a games area and activities such as egg & spoon, sack races, and egg shys.
Alnwick Garden Family Workshops
It’s not long since we last advocated a trip to Alnwick Garden but when a place is this good it’s worth repeating the advice. As well as the beautiful gardens and the endless, running, playing, hiding opportunities that the gardens afford younger visitors, there are lots of child/family friendly events. Eggcellent Easter is a craft workshop on 3 April, or learn to cook together at the Family Cooking class on Sunday 7 and 14 April.
Good to know: The Treehouse Restaurant is such a magical experience that it will silence even the noisiest child – sadly, this effect wears off.
Teenagers tend to be neglected on lists of this kind, as though they can survive on Xbox and Facebook alone. But we know it’s not so, the onset of adolescence can’t entirely extinguish the desire to take on new challenges. Coast2Coast Surf School teach out of Belhaven Bay, Thurso Surf cover the North East and Clan Skates and Surf are the place to go on the West Coast.
Good to know: You’ll want a 5mm winter wetsuit if you’re hitting the waves in spring. Most surf schools include wetsuit hire in lesson prices.
Forest School & the Bush Craft
Forest Schools are the perfect place for outdoor inclined kids and those looking to gain a little more confidence is big wild world. Children can enjoy supervised den making, cooking on fire, minibeast hunting, and woodland crafts. There are more and more appearing, here’s just a few: East Lothian Forest School, Cambo Estate, Borders Environmental Education Services are running an Eco-Kidz Easter Activity Week, 1-5 April, Abriachan Forest School, Loch Ness and Wild by Nature run great bushcraft skills days for older kids in the west of Scotland; they also run Bush ‘n’ Bash sessions at Mugdock Country Park during the Easter holidays.
Good to know: Mud washes off!