As usual there are many excellent activities for children over the Easter Holiday. Always call to check availability. This year the Easter holidays are from Saturday 30th March 2013 until Sunday 14th April 2013.
See also: Essex Days Out With Kids
Chelmsford – Riverside Ice and Leisure
- Victoria Rd, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1FG
- Phone: 01245 615050
- Book online: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/sportsbookings
Riverside are running a Kids Camp between Monday 8th and Friday 12th April. It includes ice skating, swimming and activities in the sports hall. Runs all day, from 8am to 6pm. For 8-12 year olds. £26 per day, or £104 for all 5 days.
Childrens Morning Mayhem
Trampolining, Kool Kids and arts and crafts. Monday 8th and Friday 12th April. 9am – 12pm. £9.50 per day. 4-7 year olds.
Learn to Skate
2 separate courses: Tues 2nd to Friday 5th April (week 1) and Mon 8th to Friday 12th April (week 2). 10 – 10.30am and 10.30-11am for 6-9 year olds. 11am – 11.30am for 10-15 year olds. Courses are £24.40 for week 1 (4 days) and £30.50 for week 2 (5 days).
Bounce and Play
Trampoline and soft play for tots. Wed 3rd Apruil and Thurs 4th April. 9-10am. 2 to 4 years. £4.50 per session.
Colchester – The Bunting Rooms
- The Bunting Rooms, Essex Street, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AD
- Neil Clench on tel 01206 798859
Musical Theatre Workshop: Acting, singing and performing workshops run by Scenario Performing Arts for children aged 7-16 years. 8th to 12th April, admission: £85, from 9am to 4.30pm.
The Shakespeare Workshop Week: run by Scenario Performing Arts for children aged 7-16 years. 8th to 12th April, admission: £85, from 9am to 4.30pm.
Colchester – Firstsite
Firstsite is a contemporary visual arts studio in Colchester.
- Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH
- Tel: 01206 577067
Easter Art Creators: From Mon 1st to Wed 3rd April they are holding art workshops for children aged 8 -12 years. 1pm – 3pm. £20, booking essential.
Enchanted Easter Art: Mon 1 – Fri 5 Apr 2013 and Mon 8 – Fri 12 Apr 2013. 2 sessions each day, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Ideal for families with children aged 4 – 11 years, parents or carers required to stay. £1 per kit, just drop-in.
Colchester – Headgate Theatre
- Headgate Theatre – www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
- 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AT
- Tel. 01206 366000
Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds. Run by the Polka Dot Academy of Performing Arts. Tues 2nd to Fri 5th April, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Course Fee: £75
4-day intensive workshop will culminate in a free performance for an invited audience. Places are limited and will be allocated on receipt of money – so book early to avoid disappointment.
Colchester – High Woods Country Park
Dig that Den: On Wed 3rd Apr 2013 join the Ranger for a fun den building activity in the woodland at Highwoods Country Park. Wear suitable warm/waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear. 2 sessions: 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. £4 per child.
Spring Bird Box Build on Wed 10th April at High Woods Country Park. 10.30am – 12.30pm
Join in with our fun trail and games to learn all about our feathered friends then make your own bird box to take home. Box kits and tools provided. Suitable age 5+.
£6 per child. BOOK IN ADVANCE
Tickets for events can only be purchased through the Visitor Information Centre:
- Visitor Information Centre, 1 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PG.
- By Telephone: 01206 282920
Corringham – Langdon Hills Country Park
- Langdon Hills Country Park, One Tree Hill, Corringham, Essex SS17 9NH
- Tel. 01268 542066
- [email protected]
Egg-rolling competition: On Easter Sunday join the 3rd annual Egg-rolling competition at Langdon Hills. Then explore the park, do some bird-watching and search for the strange wood carvings in the forest. Easter Sunday, 2pm; £2 for your egg.
Easter Wild Wednesday: 3rd and 10th April 2013 from 1pm – 3.30 pm. An afternoon of Fun for youngsters aged 8 and over. Make your own Bird nest Box to take home. Meeting 1pm to 3.30pm at One Tree Hill. £5 charge.
South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre
- Trinity Square, SWQF, CM3 5JU.
- Book online: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/sportsbookings or call 01245 605600
Triple Play – Go Karts: 3rd and 10th April from 1-4pm. For 4 to 9 year-olds. £13.
Skuba Diving: 4th and 11th April. 10am-12.30pm. 8 to 16 year-olds. £17.
Tots Gymnastiscs: 2ns and 9th April. 9.45-10.45am. 3 to 5 years. £4.50
**Past** Easter Events
While we have not received a new update on the following events, they have organised activities for children in previous years. Well worth making a call to see if they have something on this year.
Easter Events at Secret Island – Royal Gunpowder Mills
Check www.royalgunpowdermills.com or call 01992 707370.
Puzzles and Illusions at Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills: Every day during Easter holidays, 10am – 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY.
Professor Nitrate will be up to his usual crazy antics in the Mad Lab as he uses ‘Puzzles and Illusions’ as part of his mind baffling experiments which promise to engage and surprise in equal measure.
Explosive Easter at Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills
Secret Island – Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY.
Over Easter Bank Holiday we will have an array of children’s activities and amazing explosive arena events. Good Friday and Saturday will provide special Easter activities designed for younger children, with a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, face painting and the chance to meet the Easter bunny all ensuring a delightful day out.
Kids Easter Workshop – Cosmetic Making & Chocolate Making
Pretty Pollies are running a Kids Easter Workshop in Billericay, the theme being Cosmetic Making & Chocolate Making. The event will teach kids how to create a personalised funky soap & a small bag of yummy chocolates.
Easter Events At Rhs Garden Hyde Hall
Spring has finally sprung and as the Easter holidays approach what better way to enjoy some fresh air than with a visit to RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Rettendon near Chelmsford. Children under six visit for free but all children bringing their kites to the garden this Easter will be admitted free and enjoy a great open space to fly them
With dedicated baby changing facilities, a range of hot and cold meals and snacks as well as the option for garden picnics, RHS Garden Hyde Hall is a perfect place to spend a family fun day out. For more information about all our events and for directions to the garden visit www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall or call 01245 400256.
- RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Westerns Approach Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8AT
A traditional Easter Bonnet Parades
The following venues have advertised traditional Easter Bonnet Parades in the past.
- Whittingham Avenue Methodist Church – tel. 01702 603229
- West Leigh Children’s Centre – tel. 02147 483647
Children and families can bring along their own bonnets or make them at the centres where plenty of craft materials will be available. Children will have the opportunity to parade in their hats and prizes will be awarded to the most imaginative creations.