Top 30 things to do with the kids this Easter
It’s that time of year again – baby chicks, chocolate eggs and, of course, the Easter holidays! Keen to get an itinerary of activities organised before the chorus of ‘I’m bored’ starts? Here’s our guide of things to do in Kent.
Top Secret: The Magic of Science, Malthouse Theatre, Sun 27 March
Top Secret is a fast moving colourful magical science show filled with mystery, suspense plus lots and lots of mess! They fuse the mystery of magic with wondrous and miraculous feats of science. Experience the non-stop action packed interactive magical science experiments that will capture the imagination, inspire and educate young minds providing fun for all of the family! Showing on Fri 27 March at The Malthouse Theatre at 2pm.
Rare Breeds Centre, Open 7 days a week from 1 April
Open 7 days a week from 1 April and Easter – this really is the best time to visit The Rare Breeds Centre! From tiny lambs to see and stroke, the leaping of the baby pygmy goats and of course all the bunnies to pet, spring time is the loveliest time on the Farm. There’s 3 outdoor play parks including a Zip Line and Woodland Adventure Course Mysterious Marsh. Plus you can enjoy a walk through the Woodland and find the fairy doors in the trees!
Poppy and Sam Easter Duck Hunt, Godstone Farm, Fri 1 – Mon 18 April
This Easter, Godstone Farm has up teamed up with Usborne Farmyard Tales’s book Poppy and Sam to bring you an egg-cellent Easter duck hunt ! Hidden around the farm are a number of letters with the famous little yellow duck on. Find all the letters, unscramble the word and win a Poppy and Sam bag with goodies inside!! After you’ve done that, there’s also the farm trail, animal holding, rabbit walk, pond walk, World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail, their Playbarn (soft play) Wiglet’s Play Village AND extensive outdoor play areas.
Hever Castle, near Chiddingstone
Make some special family memories this Easter at Hever Castle. Hop through the beautiful grounds following the trail of colourful carrots and look out for the Golden Carrot. Take part in the FREE Easter egg hunt, find the Easter eggs, write down all the answers hidden around the eggs and receive a chocolate treat at their Information Centre. There’s even FREE Craft Workshops to join in with plus plenty of fun to be had in their adventure playgrounds and Yew Maze.
Children’s Theatre, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 1 – Sat 16 April
There is so much fun to be had this Easter at this wonderful theatre in Tunbridge Wells! Including Story Time on Fri 1 April which is free to attend and there’s no need to book, enjoy a magical story and interactive songs from 9:30 – 10:15am, it’s a great chance for your little ones to be introduced to the joys of storytelling and music. There’s also Splat, the hilarious comedy show about art and creativity for ages 3-6 year olds on Sun 3 April. Family musical, based on the brand new picture book by Steven Lee, I Spy With My Little Eye on Tues 5 April. New children’s production full of music, magic and wonder, The Hogmoor Troll on Thurs 7 April bringing storytelling and puppetry to life with a tale of forgetful trolls, short-sighted bats and heartwarming friendship for everyone aged 4 and up. Plus everybody’s favourite The Wizard of Oz, don’t miss this spectacular and dazzling story on Sat 16 April – even get to meet the characters at the end of the show!
Hangloose Adventure, Bluewater
Push your limits this Easter and experience England’s longest zipline! Located on the majestic Bluewater cliffs, the zipline is just the first of a number of sensational adrenaline activities with bungee jumps, climbing walls and one of the largest swings in Europe to be added soon! Over 700 metres long, trust us, it’s not for the faint hearted! Minimum age is 8 years old.
Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster, The Gulbenkian, Tues 29 March – Sun 3 April
Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster is a critically-acclaimed, Off West End award-winning gig/theatre production, inspired by the original monstrous tale of power and persecution. Six performers from Battersea Arts Centre’s young performance collective with six microphones take apart Mary Shelley’s original and reimagine a world of modern monsters from our digital age. This is powerful and poetic show, perfect for the big kids! Tickets are £15.
Easter egg Trail, Betteshanger Country Park, Sat 2 – Mon 18 April
Eggcited about Easter? Head to Betteshanger Park this Easter for our legendary Easter Egg Trail, find hidden gems to claim chocolatey rewards around our beautiful park, get out in the fresh air and make lots of memories! With lots of fun for the family, follow the carrots, meet our very special guest rabbit and enjoy some chocolatey treats! Running everyday throughout the Easter holidays! Tickets sell out fast for our eggcellent Easter Egg Trail! Book now to avoid disappointment! £10 per child, £18 for 2 children and £25 for 3 children.
Betteshanger Easter Holiday Clubs are now open! If you’re still thinking of ways to keep the children entertained, look no further than these adrenaline fuelled outdoor clubs and activities. Drop them off at 9am and pick them up by 3pm – perfect! Suitable for 9-14 year olds and £30 per child.
Our favourite family day-out Wildwood, positioned just outside Herne Bay, will put a spring in your step this Easter. There’s 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland and lots of animals from bears, wolves, artic foxes, bison, owls, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers to meet. Not forgetting all of the baby animals which will be there – awww! Plus Eurasian brown bear brothers, Fluff and Scruff (pictured) will be reemerging after a near four-month hibernation. There will also be daily educational talks, animal feeds and daily activities with touch tables and craft workshops to do too.
Easter Adventure Quest, Dover Castle, Sat 2 – Sun 24 April
Don’t miss this cracking adventure quest at Dover Castle kicking from Sat 2 April! Explore the site for clues and challenges, track down the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate treat and certificate. There’s also egg rolling and the egg and spoon race to enjoy! The quest costs £1.50 plus normal ticket price.
Oooh! Look at all that lovely Spring colour! Follow the trail at Chartwell through Sir Winston Churchill’s gardens and get to know the animals and wildlife all over the estate. Don’t forget to fill out your activity sheet and collect your chocolate egg when you finish! This spring, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Chartwell on the ‘Easter Adventures In Nature’ trail. Trail will run 4-19 April; £3 per child. Head to the Visitor centre on arrival. The price of the trail is £3 and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end.
Frozen Sing-Along, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Sun 3 April
Be a part of the magic of the Academy award-winning movie and sing your heart out with this very special sing-along version including all your favourite Frozen songs at The Gulbenkian! So For The First Time In Forever share in the magic of seeing this Disney favourite on the big screen and find out why Reindeers Are Better Than People. The only question is Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
We’re so lucky to have some of the UK’s most incredible landmarks right on our doorstep here in Kent. Often described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ there’s plenty to do at Leeds Castle with their grounds, gardens, birds of prey displays, maze and Adventure Playgrounds. Plus there’s an Easter Nest Trail! Crack the clues to find the six giant bird nests and county the number of eggs they’ve led. Once all nests have been solved, claim your delicious chocolate egg – yum!
Cook & Create Workshop, Belmont House, 6 April
Who said only the kids could have fun this Easter? Learn two new skills with your mudlet during this immersive workshop at Belmont House. Enjoy hands-on prepping and cooking together over the fire, then enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch followed by pancakes with Scott and his Wild Classroom Team. Whilst in the Orangery, Nancy from Box & Bloom, will teach you how to make an everlasting dried flower crown. Crafters will use a metal hair band as the base and floristry tape to attach their selection of fried flowers to create a gorgeous crown fit for fairy royalty! Suitable for both boys and girls aged 4-15 years. £45 includes the registration of 1 adult and 1 child, all materials included.
Bunny Hop Disco, Godstone Farm, Thurs 7 & Thurs 14 April
Get your wiggle on at Godstone Farm this Easter, at the Bunny Hop Disco. As well as busting some serious bunny (or perhaps funny?) moves to the hip-hoppest music around, there will activities and games, prizes and a picnic box for all little groovers. The discos are on from 5.30-7.30pm
Castle Farm, nr Sevenoaks
You may know Castle Farm for their purple Lavender fields in the summer, but walking the beautiful Darenth Valley between the two villages of Shoreham and Eynsford is just as lovely in the spring! Stop off at the farm shop for a snack, or a barista coffee from their Coffee Cart, and browse the local farm foods, springtime decorations and gifts. The farm is also next to Lullingstone Country Park, where there is a large car park and public toilets, plus the kids can explore the woodland paths while taking in the valley views.
The Talentz: Oliver! E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, 7 – 9 April
Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. A youth production by award-winning musical theatre company The Talentz for 4-21 year olds including a live professional band it’s not to be missed! Watch the streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workshop becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Tickets are £16, concessions £13 and family tickets are £52.
Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks
There’s fish to spot in the moat and plenty of room to run free and have adventures in at Ightham Mote. The Easter adventures in nature trail has a host of challenges for little explorers from butterfly spotting to story writing, discovering spring colours to weather watching. Don’t miss the natural play area too. Runs 2 to 18 April, £3 per trail plus admission.
Motionhouse: Nobody, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Fri 8 & Sat 9 April
Fancy experiencing a spellbinding and visually striking dance-circus adventure this April? Motionhouse is a renowned dance-circus style combining mesmerising choreography to tell an emotional and uplifting story, full of twists and turns with digital projections and the shape-shifting set. It’s fast-moving and highly physical, exploring the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us. Suitable for children aged 5+.
Lambing at Four Winds Farm, Bidborough, Sat 9 April
Celebrate spring by visiting Four Winds Farm in time to meet their newborn lambs on Sat 9 April – aww! There’ll also be sheep shearing demonstrations, sheepdog and duck displays, trailer rides, face painting, local producer stalls and more! Just don’t forget your wellies!
Bunny Hunt & Make Easter Decorations, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Lots of fun to be had at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens this Easter! With 12 acres of historic gardens with their woodland paths and breathtaking views, you won’t want to miss out. Their much-loved Bunny Hunt is here Weds 13 – Mon 18 April, 10am – 4pm. Let your little find the bunnies amongst the rhododendrons in their beautiful Wood Garden.
Or let your little ones make easter decorations! These drop-in family craft sessions are FREE included in your gardens ticket, Sat 2 – Sun 10 April, 10am – 4pm. Use card and wool to make chicks, carrots and bunnies as easter decorations.
Easter egg paddle, Canoe Wild, Fri 15 – Mon 18 April
Why not take part in an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference? Canoe Wild invites you to paddle a stretch of the beautiful River Stour, whilst hunting for colourful Easter Eggs. Whether by Canoe, Kayak or Paddleboard you can enjoy a river-based Easter adventure whilst spotting what the Easter Bunny has left behind. Chocolate eggs will be given as prizes for those who take part!
Elmley Nature Reserve, Isle of Sheppey
Have you experienced Elmley Nature Reserve yet? Well where have you been! Elmley is a National Nature Reserve and is internationally recognised for the the conservation of rare birds, plants, animals and insects. With 3,300 acres, it’s the perfect place for your little ones to explore and get closer to nature. It’s a family-run farm with approximately 700 cattle grazing the pasture each year plus chickens, ducks and tractors to admire!
This Spring you can expect swooping displays and the ‘peewit’ call of Lapwing over the marsh, summer migrants from far afield and passage birds and you may even spot a brown hare which are common in ‘mad’ Mach and April. After all that exploring, rest in their new Cowshed Cafe open daily for all guests and visitors from 9am to 4pm. Expect simple warming lunches, all day drinks and snacks to enjoy in or you can take it away as a picnic.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 16 April
Why not have breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sat 16 April? Enjoy a full English and continental breakfast buffet at One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells from 10am – 12pm plus of course the chance to meet the Easter Bunny! He’ll make his way round to meet the little ones to hand out Easter treats and chocolate eggs. £17pp.
Ninja Warrior Adventure Park, Chatham
Got big kids or teens? Wear them out at Ninja Warrior in Chatham! Inspired by the hit ITV show, get put through your paces to see if you have what it takes to be a Ninja Warrior. The course is packed with inflatable obstacles and fixed Ninja runs for you to climb, balance and swing. They also have the famous Warped Wall for every aspiring Ninja to conquer!
Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst
Spring is in the air! Explore the grounds and gardens this Easter at Scotney Castle. Follow the trail to find the bird ID stations and discover more about how our feathered friends look and sound and take home a chocolate egg as a reward! Don’t forget to stop by the Badger and Pepper play area with tree swings, natural drum kit, playhouse and you can even get your hands dirty by making a mud pie in their mud kitchen. The trail runs 2 to 18 April, £3 per trail plus admission.
Roast Dinner & Easter egg hunt, Salomons, Tunbridge Wells, Sun 17 April
Spend Easter Sunday within the beautiful grounds of Salomons in Tunbridge Wells. Enjoy a delicious Roast dinner and a fun Easter Egg Hunt – perfect for all the family! Two courses, £24.50 or three courses, £29.50.
Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens, Cranbrook
Fall in love with Sissinghurst Castle this Spring and embark on their Easter Trail which runs through their estate and is crammed with sun sensory activities. Identify creepy crawlies, listen out for the cuckoos call and sniff out floral scents. Enjoy the views across Sissinghurst Castle Garden and the weald of Kent as you weave around the estate – don’t forget to collect your chocolate egg at the end! The trail will be running 2 to 18 April, £3 per trail plus admission.
School of Rock, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 19 – 30 April
Get ready to stick it to the man, because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical is coming to Canterbury to rock out! School Of Rock is the global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black. Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and a band of insanely talented kids that play live every show, School Of Rock will warm your heart and blow you away in equal measure.