With half-term fast approaching here in Staffordshire & Cheshire I thought I would put together a list of our favourite days out as a family. From free visits to the Museum to fun at Splash Landings there is something for every budget.
However you plan to spend your Spring half-term, whatever the weather, you can find some exciting half-term fun to be had.
Here are our Top Ten tried & tested days out with one indoors activity thrown in, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst…
1. Gladstone Pottery Museum – The museum has plenty of activities planned for the Easter holidays – including an Easter Craft Activity – Animal Art and an Easter Egg Trail. £1 plus admission. Free Parking.
2. Splash Landings Waterpark – I cannot recommend this attraction highly enough. We have visited on many occasion and the fun just keeps getting better. Buy tickets online as it is that little bit cheaper. £15 adults, children under 4 go free.
3. Trentham Gardens – We LOVE Trentham Gardens. Our go to place. The perfect place to keep kids entertained this Easter. You can spend the whole day exploring the site, entry fees apply of £9.70 adults, children under 5 are free. Additional charges apply for some activities once inside. Be sure to click the link above to view all of the Easter activities running. Free parking. Pssst you can also find some cheap ticket deals here.
4. Stockley Farm Park – A really super farm to visit in Northwich. You will not be disappointed. With a new activity every 30 minutes your littles will have so much to explore and learn. Such a brilliant day out. Prices are as follows – £9.20 adults, £8.20 children. You can read a review I wrote here from our visit last year.
5. The National Trust – Why not take yourself along to your local National Trust site and see how many of the 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4. Such a great list and a perfect way to get your littles exploring in the fun outdoors. Entry fee’s apply however the 50 Things is a free activity. Just download the worksheet from the link above. As a family we have visited the stunning Tatton Park however this Easter we are hoping to visit another site. Which would you recommend?
6. Home Baking with Sweet Pea Pantry – Super kids deserve Super foods so why not pick up a mix or two and make a meal. We can highly recommend the Playful Pizza Dough and Superoat Flapjack. At £4.99 each they are a bargain. A super way to spend some time together indoors if the weather doesn’t go in your favour. You can find Sweetpea Pantry products at Ocado, Daylesford Organic shops and farm and a host of fabulous health and food stores.
7. The National Forest Adventure Farm – A hidden gem in the Burton countryside. There is so much to do at this farm. Fun indoors and out. Lil G has always enjoyed his time here. What is clear about this farm is that the owners and organisers really do understand what makes a fun day out for all the family. We’ll be visiting this Easter for the Easter Egg-stravaganza fun so do look out for my post on it! Entry fees apply, £10.75 per person, under 2’s go free.
8. The MOSI Manchester – We visited last year and had a really interesting and fun day. Free entry, donations if you so wish. So much to see, learn and get involved in. From free activities to workshops. Some really great exhibitions which are sure to capture a child’s imagination. Lil G loved our little day out last year and came away with lots of questions for me! You can read about it here.
9. KidsAM at VUE Cinemas – I cannot recommend this highly enough. Everyone pays a price of £1.75 with treat boxes at reduced prices too. They do not show newly released films, however they are the ones which have just gone off the main screen. Usually these days just run on a Saturday and Sunday morning. Yes each week. So if you have never come across them before, be sure to check the site each Wednesday when they announce their weekend shows. However they have already released their Easter film schedule so do take a look.
10. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke on Trent – Free entry. Donations optional. Lil G was mesmorised by the Spitfire and really enjoyed wandering around the Natural History section. There are areas specifically aimed at toddlers including a sensory garden and if you ask at reception they will offer you an activity sheet & pencil to use as you wander around. The cafe was lovely and very reasonable. Highly recommended stop off point in between areas of interest.
And that’s my recommendations for the Spring half-term. I hope some of my suggestions are useful to you. Any questions just give me a shout as we have visited them all as a family.
Would you add any to the list?