What’s on this Easter?
The excuse to eat our own body weight in chocolate is back again. It’s come around fast, as it always does, but begads we’re prepared for you, Easter hols! Muddy Stilettos will not be defeated by children or boredom (or, um, both) and so here, for your delectation, is the definitive, comprehensive, curated, totally indispensable Muddy Guide to the Easter holidays.
Leeds Castle Easter Quest, 1- 17 Apr
Sling the stilettos and grab your welly boots! Take a stroll in the gorgeous gardens of Leeds Castle while your kids run riot, get themselves some eggs-ercise *snigger* and seek out Easter clues hidden around the grounds on a fun Easter quest for all the family. Answer all the questions and receive a chocolate reward, which you could even give to the kids if you’re feeling kind…
leeds-castle.com, (£1 charge per trail card)
Easter Bunny Hunt & Holiday Activities, Hever Castle, 1- 17 Apr
For some magical family moments this Easter, hop through the gardens of Hever Castle on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny to earn a delicious chocolate treat. Sure to put a spring in everyone’s step (oh come on, work with me here)…
Easter Fun, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, 1 – 17 Apr
If this isn’t the best value school holiday day out I’ll eat my Easter Bonnet! With Easter egg hunts, outdoor adventure play, soft play, live entertainment, horse & cart rides, giant slides, hovermania (Swegway & Hoverboard action) absolutely no one is getting bored any time soon. And I’ve not even mentioned the farm animals – perfect for letting your kids get up close to real Easter chicks, lambs and bunnies. Park entry is only £1 per person – and that includes free parking. Bargain.
Savage Skills, Betteshanger Park, Sun 2 & Sun 9 Apr
When all you fancy is a prosecco and box of choccys (we can always dream) its sometimes tricky to find something to keep the boys from under your feet … Well, the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team visit Betteshanger for the first time this Easter. With a jaw dropping show, the stunt riders will showcase spectacular stunts including awesome balancing skills; twists and turns; and death defying back flips. Prepare to be amazed during this high adrenaline, action packed event. Sounds egg-citing. Or if a more leisurely mode of transport is more your thing, you may be interested to know that Mike’s Donkeys are back at Betteshanger (by popular demand) for more chin rubs, back scratches, cuddles and carrots.
Easter Rabbits, Riddles and Rhymes, Penshurst Place, Sat 1 – Sun 16 Apr
Creative bonnets at the ready! Test your egg-ceptional *chortle* sleuthing skills and help unravel the riddles left by the Easter Rabbit who has been dropping his carrots throughout the Gardens. Don’t miss a visit to The Old Coach House, where you can write your own riddle, make a pair of rabbit ears and colour in a bit of the giant story poster.
Kids Comedy Club, Marlowe Theatre, Thurs 13 Apr
This does egg-sactly *teehee* what it says on the tin… Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). Great one for the whole family! Just fab comedy without the rude bits!
Doc Yards Secret Labs, Chatham Dockyard
Running in school holidays and weekends up to Mon 1 May the Doc Yards Secret Labs gives kids a chance to get hands-on exploring the world of static electricity. Your mudlets can enjoy some hair-raising fun finding out what happens when exposed to 100,000 volts of electricity and learn about the pulling power of magnets, including discovering how to make their own. Egg-splosive. (Okay, no more, I promise…)
Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Wed 5 Apr
You know those brilliant CBeebies ballet adaptations you’ve seen on your TV, including Ugly Duckling and Tortoise & the Hare? Well they are Northern Ballet’s productions especially for children – and, if you haven’t seen them, they are not to be missed. Catch them as they come to Kent on tour bringing this classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. Egg-ceptional! Sorrrry.
Naomi’s Wild & Scary, Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Sun 9 Apr
Oh, my kids love Naomi’s show on TV and now she’s following up on her success with a nation-wide tour. I’ve heard great things about this stage show – not least that it’s packed full of fun and surprises, live on stage, some really scary creatures, including a Carpet Python, Alligator Snapping Turtle, a giant centipede… and a tarantula! If your minis love nature, creepy crawlies and all creatures cool and scary (or not, depending on your viewpoint) then they will NOT want to miss this!
Adventures with Robin Hoodie and Maid Marion, Leeds Castle, 14 – 17 Apr
Look out for Robin Hoodie, Maid Marion and a merry band of naughty outlaws in the grounds of Leeds Castle for a fun filled ‘Walking Theatre’ adventure of silliness and laughter – perfect for all the family on Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Leeds Castle is calling for Merry Men and Merry Maids to help save the day; Robin Hoodie has lost Maid Marion and Maid Marion has found the right wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, but who needs saving from whom?! Visit the Pavilion Lawn for shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm for one hour promenade style theatre shows that will take visitors on a journey through the woodland walk. Throughout the day children can enjoy making their own Robin Hoodie or Princess hats to wear on their adventure. Huzzah!