Have you spent hours at every soft play centre in your area? Have you stuck, painted, coloured in and papier-mâchéd everything in your house that doesn’t move? Are you tired of having your children staring at screens all day? With schools taking a break for a couple of weeks over Easter, we thought we’d share some ideas of how to get the kids out into the countryside this week.
Visit Barleylands – Barleylands was the Runner Up in our 2017 Tourism category. It is a third-generation working arable farm in Essex, turned immensely popular family attraction. Every day until 15th April, you can bottle-feed orphan lambs, become friends with the adorable baby animals in the petting zoo, take a Tractor Ride, and get close and personal with fearsome Birds of Prey.
Become a Lambing Apprentice – at the National Trust’s Wallington Gardens in Northumberland, over 10s can spend the afternoon getting a hands-on experience of lambing. There’s lots of other family-friendly activities too, with opportunities to meet a Beekeeper, help to build a new Wildlife Area complete with Bug B&Bs, spot Red Squirrels or just let off steam in one of the Estate’s three play-areas.
Go on a hunt for Giant Ducks – you might be more used to finding them in your bathtub, but all nine Wildlife & Wetlands Trust (WWT) centres are holding a scavenger hunt for huge yellow rubber ducks across their beautiful natural grounds.
Become a Nature Detective – visit the Woodland Trust website, and you can download lots of free activities to help kids of all ages have fun and learn about nature! One of our favourites is making cookie cutter birdfeeders, all you need is some lard and some wild birdseed, and then you can have weeks of fun spotting your feathered visitors.
Get a taste of Rural Life, even in the city! – Several city farms across the country offer free entry, including Bath City Farm, where you can explore all 37acres of their farmland, meet their animals, and you can book your children into the weekly Saturday Kid’s Club, lead by experienced youth -group leaders, where they can learn and have fun playing games across the farm, going on treasure hunts, making jam, learning to make fires, doing crafts and feeding the animals.
Make your own fun in the garden – you don’t need to go anywhere to help your kids get closer to nature, its often on your doorstep. You could try doing some stargazing, going on a nature treasure hunt, making a den, spotting minibeasts or even doing some gardening – if it’s still too cold, you could try growing seeds on your windowsill!
Hopefully these suggestions will have given you some ideas, and you’ll be able to make this Easter holiday the best one ever! Let us know what you get up to using #RuralDaysOut