20 things to do with the kids

Apr 2, 2021 | MAIN FEED

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An Easter Egg Hunt is a cheap way to entertain the kids

Are you looking for fun, family activities over the Easter holidays in Bristol & beyond that won’t cost you a fortune? If you love having fun with the family while saving money, then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s my 20 things to do these Easter school holidays in and around Bristol.

1. Arnolfini. Free

Oh how we miss the Arnolfini! Bristol art duo, Let’s Make Art, have made a video recording that teaches children to make a cardboard portrait of themselves, with an interior scene, as well as an outward showing persona – in fact everything you need including the step-by-step tutorial is on the website for you to enjoy any time until June 13. You can also check out online exhibition A Picture of Health and Jo Spence: From Fairy Tales to Phototherapy and Drawing with Sound.

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2. Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park. £10

Our favourite adventure park is hosting Fire Pit Nights where you can toast marshmellows and enjoy music on April 16, 17, 23 and 24 in a group of six.

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3. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Free

Get your culture fix from the couch by checking out the Gallery online and its Late Lunch Talk on Unlocking Our Past through Sound.

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4. We The Curious, £5 per device

What would it be like to meet an alien? During the holidays you can feed the kids’ imagination at the virtual planetarium, booking essential.

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5. Junior Drawing School with RWA on April 6. £5

If they’re a budding Picasso why not send them to art school for a couple of hours and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet? There’s also an Easter Egg Painting workshop for families for £2.50.

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Take the dogs for a walk somewhere different

6. Bristol walks. Free

Need inspiration for a new walk near you? Check out my post on the best walks in and around Bristol for some fresh ideas.

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7. M Shed. Free

We love visiting the M-Shed on Bristol’s harbourside when we can and on April 15 you can listen to an online talk about John Harwood who was hanged for killing his sweetheart in 1821.

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8. Henri Matisse Online: Painting with Scissors. Free (donation welcome)

I know lots of you have been enjoying this one already and there’s another online masterclasses on April 10. This class is suitable for all levels and is really popular so make sure you book in advance.

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9 The Free Lockdown Programme

I haven’t tried this one myself but it apparently provides online weekly activities aimed at children aged seven and under. These include dance, drama, cookery and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) activities, with downloadable educational resources for parents.

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Be inspired with a virtual trip to the Tate

10 Tate Modern. Free

This was my favourite place to visit when I lived in London and still is when we get the chance to take a trip to the big smoke again. So next week I’ll be popping along online with Little Miss Diva for a virtual lookaround! You can spend hours on the site as there’s loads to learn, things to make and quizzes that you can download.

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11 National Geographic. Free

Remember when we could travel – well this is probably the next best thing! You can still help kids learn about faraway places and geography, science and history by logging onto this website where there are lots of things for them to do.

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12. The Natural History Museum. Free

According to The Independent, children can’t still enjoy the benefits of the museum even though they can’t visit in person at the moment. David Attenborough makes the virtual tour interesting and there’s also a range of downloadable activities and lesson plans available.

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13 Tripabrood. Free

Thanks Tripabrood for giving us 10 free activity packs to entertain the kids during those rainy days over half-term. Perfect for primary school aged children, each pack is full of amazing facts, activities, crafts and recipes that will keep your kids occupied for hours.

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14. Bristol Zoo Gardens & Wild Place Project. Free

Fancy a trip to the zoo once we come out of lockdown? Get the kids to draw their favourite animal and you might be able to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens or the Wild Place Project for free! And don’t forget to share it on social media using the hashtags #BristolZooAnimalArt or #WildPlaceAnimalArt by April 11.

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14 Redgrave Theatre. £10 per family

The Easter Bunny online event and hunt can liven up your living room for £10 per family this Easter Sunday. For 2 to 10 year olds, this hour long session promises to be fun, games and songs.

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15 Treasure Hunt Bristol. £9.99

Check out Treasure Hunt Bristol where you can hunt for things that other people might take for granted.

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Kids at the Drive In

16 Easter Drive In Movies. £35 per car

Take the family for a drive in movie at Ashton Gate and if you can squeeze five people in the car it works out at around £7 per person. Choose from various dates and films including Tom & Jerry and Bill and Ted face the music.

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17 Stockwood Nature Reserve. Free

There’s an Easter Trail taking over the open space where kids can look for 15 furry friends until April 7.

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18 Old Down Country Park. From £6.50

There’s an Easter Extravaganza taking over Old Down Country Park where you can take part in the Easter Trail and see the animals.

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19 Blagdon Distancing Lantern Parade. Free

IF you’re stuck for something to do on Easter Saturday why not head on down to Blagdon Village before 19:30 for a free lantern parade.

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20 Mobile – Garden Art Drop In. Free

Pop in to the Trinity Centre during 11 and 3pm on Saturday April 3 and you can help create brand new artwork in the garden.

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Welcome to my website. My name is Jackie Annett and I've lived in this wonderful city for many years. I'm a single mum to fourteen-year-old Little Miss Diva and for the last 20 years, I've been working as a journalist, magazine editor and blogger.

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