25 free & cheap things to do with the kids.

Apr 5, 2019 | MAIN FEED

Young children sat outside on the grass.

Do you struggle to entertain the kids over the Easter holidays or have you learnt every trick in the book? Feel free to share your comments and tips on the Brizzle Bargains Facebook page. I’ll be taking Little Miss Diva on as many of these 25 free and cheap Bristol activities as I can squeeze in! 


Sat Apr 6 to Mon 22. Calmer Llama Trail. Free. Bristol Shopping Quarter.

Decorated by young people in Bristol, this trail will feature 52 llamas dotted around Broadmead, The Arcade, The Galleries and Cabot Circus. Maps showing their locations will be available from The New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel in Broadmead, Specsavers on Merchant Street, Barber Browns on Bond Street, and the information desk in Cabot Circus. 



Sat Apr 6 to 22. Free. Ashton Court Easter Wildlife Trail

Meet Reg the Rabbit! Reg and his friends will be hiding in the rose garden this Easter, as part of this fun free wildlife trail suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years. Just pop into the Courtyard Cafe to collect your trail sheet. 



Sat Apr 6. Free (donations welcome). Bristol Rocks at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. 

The geologists are taking over the museum for the day with loads of activities for the whole family. Drop in any time during the day for storytelling, dressing up, geological handling, ‘bring in your fossil finds’, store tours, talks, craft and drawing activities, meet the expert as well as science stands from the University of Bristol and other specialist groups.



Sat Apr 6. Free. Severn Beach Spring Fair. 

Head on down to the village hall for an afternoon of fun, stalls with local handmade gifts, kids crafts and a prize raffle.



Sat Apr 6. Free. St Andrews Park Easter Egg Hunt. 

The hunt will run from 10:30am, with refreshments being served and a free face painting stall. Bring your friends and family along – it’s going to be cracking fun!



Sun Apr 7. Free. Kids Cre8 Craft Workshop. Tobacco Factory. 

Kids Cre8 will be back at the Tobacco Factory Market this Sunday with another creative activity for children of all ages.This week they’ll be making Dreamcatchers between 11.30 and 2pm. 



Sat Apr 6 and Sun Apr 7. Adults £6, children £4. John King trips. Bristol City Docks.

Take a 30-minute trip on the harbour on the John King – a 1935 diesel tug built to tow cargo ships from Bristol City Docks to the mouth of the River Avon. 



Sat Apr 6 and Sun Apr 7. Electric cranes £3, Fairbarn steam crane free (donations welcome). 

This looks like fun – the whole family can take a trip on the cranes by the M Shed this weekend. Watch the impressive landmarks at work and find out the vital part they played in the working life of the dockside. 



Sun Apr 7. Family Day. Free. Metro Bank.

This Sunday the Metro Bank will be holding free family-friendly, egg-citing craft events and everyone is invited to join in the celebrations. Children can decorate their own Easter accessory and meet Metro Man, the bank’s mascot from 11am in Broadmead.



Mon Apr 8 to 22. The Giants Easter Egg Hunt at Clifton Observatory. £2.50.

Explore the Camera Obscura and the Giants Cave looking for clues that will lead you to an Easter surprise. All you need to do to get involved is head up to Clifton Observatory during the Easter holidays and ask the receptionist for your pack. https://cliftonobservatory.com/tickets/?mc_cid=5fb190d7fc&mc_eid=9a3e1402cc.


Mon Apr 8 to Fri 12. Get your cape on! Free. The Galleries. 

Join the superheroes at The Galleries for five days of free arty, crafty, action-packed, selfie-tastic, superhero-themed fun. Kids will have the chance to meet Iron Man, Wonder Woman & Spiderman on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am ‘til 4pm! 



Mon Apr 8 to 24. Egg-citing Easter Trail at Wapping Wharf. Free. 

Go eggs-ploring with the kids this Easter school holidays from 11am to 6pm each day, except Easter Sunday. Families will be able to collect activity sheets from The Bristol Cheesemonger (or Better Food on Mondays). 



Tue Apr 9 and Thu Apr 11. Family craft activities at Underfall Yard. £2.

Primary-age children and their families are invited to take part in craft activities at Underfall Yard this Easter. Young sailors can make, decorate and name their own mini model boat and have a go at sailing it! Drop in between 11am and 2pm. 



Fri Apr 12 to June 14. Baby Art Hour at Spike Island. £3 (£1 for additional siblings).

Led by artist Éilis Kirby, these monthly sessions at the Spike Island Café are for under fives and their carers. Come play with colour, shape, texture and learn easy ways to create, using simple methods and materials. https://www.spikeisland.org.uk/programme/events/baby-art-hour-apr-2019/


Wed Apr 10. Spring Stitching. Free (donations welcome). Blaise Castle House Museum. 

Make an Easter basket or an egg decoration with Bristol Embroiderers’ Guild. Why not make a day of it and explore the museum, Blaise Community Garden and Blaise Estate too? 



Sun Apr 14. Easter Wildlife Eggsploration. Blaise Castle House Museum.

Forget chocolate eggs for a minute this is a chance for kids to discover the real thing! Drop in any time to help create a giant birds nest, make a bird feeder to take home and decorate an egg.



Now until June 2. The Sculpture Lab at the RWA. Admission free for under 18s (adults £7.95).

This Easter why not check out Sculpture Lab’s creative workshops where all ages and abilities are encouraged to explore, investigate, and enjoy making sculpture. 



Tue Apr 16. Eggsplosions Day. £2.50. Creative Workspace. 

Dress for mess as children will have fun splat painting and egg-splosive colourful science experiments! Once you’ve purchased a ticket (booking in advance advised) you are free to turn up any time between 11am and 3pm.



Wed Apr 17. Wily Wonka & the chocolate factory. Free. Big Screen @Millennium Square.

I’m hoping the sun makes an appearance for this one! Pack a picnic and head over to the We the Curious Big Screen on Millennium Square. Deckchair seating will be provided on a first come, first served basis, but they do get taken up quickly so feel free to bring along your own blankets/camping chairs. 



Thu Apr 18. Get Creative on Canvas. Free. The Galleries.

Bring the little ones to the Brizzle Kidz Clubhouse on Thursday 18th April from 11am until 4pm, for some tape art fun! They’ll create their very own pieces of modern art to take home.



Thu Apr 18. Creative Easter Egg Hunt.  £2.50. Creative Workspace, BS13. 

Join the team for a creative egg-sploration, an Egg Hunt with a difference! Follow the creative trail to unlock a prize and complete the day by making a chocolate nest.



Adventure playgrounds. All holidays. Free. Easton, St Pauls & Southmead.

Don’t forget Bristol’s Adventure Playgrounds If your children are eight and over, you can register them and leave them in the capable hands of the play workers. Younger children from aged 5 can join in too, but must be supervised by an adult.



Cinema. All holidays. From £1.50.

Vue Cinemas and Odeon offer really cheap tickets during the holidays if you don’t mind watching films that aren’t necessarily the latest releases. We enjoy up to 40% off cinema tickets off the latest releases all year round with our Gourmet Card. Want to find out how you can get one for free? Send an email to hi@brokeinbristol.co.uk.


Now until June 16. £6 adult (under 16s free). Tattoo: British Tattoo Art, M Shed.

From ruffians to royalty, sailors to socialites and pilgrims to punks, tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout history. Showcasing the work of major tattoo artists, the whole family will love this largest exhibition of original tattoo artwork.



Now until Dec 31. Pay what you think. Behind the scenes tours. M Shed. 

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can go on a behind the scenes tour of the M Shed. Check out the huge machinery, delicate models and intriguing objects – book on the day at reception or call them on 0117 352 6600. 



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