8 Insanely Fun Things To Do Over Easter With Children

Things To Do At Easter Half Term - close up ride pictureSchool is out and half term has officially begun. Usually I would be huffing a massive sigh of relief that I don’t have to do the school runs for a fortnight, but instead I’m worrying about how I am going to keep the little ones entertained on my own whilst the Mr is in Germany for work for 6 of those days (send help!). Actually its more like how I am going to not crack under the constant demands of two little people who make negotiating Brexit look like a piece of cake in comparison.

Solo parenting isn’t for the faint hearted on a normal day or week let alone half term, but the idea of the three of us being cooped up at home for more than half of those days make me want to quite frankly curl up in a ball and hide. My approach is get out, tire them out, get home.

So I’ve put together a list of 8 fun things to do over Easter with little ones. I may be broke by the end of it (financially), but they’ll be happy and I’ll hopefully still be sane, and you can’t put a price on your sanity (or a hot cup of tea) can you. So its money well spent if you ask me.

#1 Polka Theatre

A visit to the Polka Theatre is always on our list during half terms and holidays. It’s the perfect place to go to with little ones, and this Easter half term is no exception with some great shows running including the lovely Sarah and Duck children’s programme from CBeebies, and there’s even a sensory theatre experience on for babies this season called Duvet Day.

#2 National Trust

The National Trust is one of parents best kept secrets. If you’re a member you can visit one of the 500 heritage houses and grounds on offer for free. But even if you’re not a member you can still visit the many beautiful parks, grounds and houses which are extra special over Easter.

#3 London Zoo

London Zoo is celebrating 35 years of the classic and iconic children’s book Dear Zoo with an exciting new, and exclusive interactive trail for little ones to explore over the Easter half term. Think Dear Zoo on a large scale and you can just imagine the fun that you’ll all have (yes, you too parentals!).

#4 Take in a film at the cinema

There is lots on for little ones at the moment from Trolls, The Ballerina, Boss Baby, Smurfs, to Sing and Beauty and the Beast. Little ones, and adults are practically spoilt for choice if you’re lucky enough to have a cinema close to you that has baby and child friendly screenings so you dont have to worry about your baby crying or your toddler having a meltdown because you picked sweet instead of salt popcorn.

#5 Visit Chessington World of Adventures

There is plenty on offer at Chessington for little ones. They have the lovely new Gruffalo ride amongst many others for toddlers, as well as an actual safari ride (for little ones over 1.30m) and a zoo with more than enough animals to keep everyone happy. We visited last week and I was seriously impressed with just how many rides there were for our three year old, and they had a pretty amazing indoor and outdoor soft play area too. It was practically three trips in one = winning!

#6 Visit a farm

Bocketts Farm is our current favourite as there is so much to see and do there, and the facilities are fantastic. But Hobbledown has been on our list of places to visit for a while and we have a birthday party at Dean City Farm which we’re looking forward to visiting over the Easter half term. Of course these are just a few of so many fantastic big and small farms in and across Surrey and London.

#7 Bounce On To A Trampoline Park

Trampoline parks seem to be all the rage these days, and with a new one opening up in our area just in time for Easter, this is definitely something we’re going to be trying out over half term. Sessions may be short (approx an hour) but they are bound to tire little ones. Perfect!

#8 Soft Play

If you can stomach soft play then its always a great option for a day out with little ones, just make sure you’re there when the doors open. There are probably more soft play places than there are school holiday days, but a chain that we always enjoy going to in London and the South East is Gambado where they also have little fair ground rides and a decent cafe.

If you need more ideas you can also check out my post on unique and fun things to do in London over half term.



  1. Rachel Craig
    April 2, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Some good ideas. Not always easy keeping the children occupied. Family Days Out can be great fun, though as you say finance is something that many families / parents etc need to consider and take account of. There can be some activities which are FREE. Such as a visit to the park, etc. Though it takes some investigation to come up with a variety.

    Many families are likely to make up a packed lunch. I can recall my Mumm taking us away for Days Out. Sometimes a Ferry Trip was included, it was nice to get out into the fresh air, and visit somewhere different. As Mum was widowed young she very much had to budget. So we would have home made sandwiches etc. I can just recall I viewed it as a Day Out with a picnic. I certainly enjoyed eating outdoors. Having my family and sometimes friends with us was great fun.

  2. April 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

    It can be so hard to entertain young people – especially when you’re on your own! (I just came off of 8 days of solo parenting, so I feel your pain.) It sounds like you have some good things planned, though. I find that just going out to a park if the weather is nice is one of the best ways I can keep my daughter busy – it’s free and she just runs around until she passes out! #MarvMondays
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  3. April 3, 2017 / 7:22 am

    Ah, I have bought tickets to see Sarah and Duck at the Polka and I (ahem, I mean the kids) are SO EXCITED! We are members of London Zoo so will deffo be going there over the holidays and we have a couple of city farms lined up – Spitalfields and Mudchute for us.
    Hobbledown looks like fun!
    Good luck with the solo parenting!

  4. April 3, 2017 / 8:36 am

    My goodness these would keep you busy. Number six should be number one, but I may be a tad biased! #MarvMondays

  5. April 3, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Sounds like you’ve got a great holiday planned. It’s not until next week for us, but I’ve not even thought about it yet! panic! #marvmondays
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  6. April 3, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Great ideas! We hardly did anything last year at Easter because I was waiting for Zach to put in an appearance (he waited until the night before they went back to school 🙁 ) #marvmondays

  7. April 3, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Sounds like you have lots of fun activities planned. I think we’re going to get a national trust membership this year so we can go on lots of outdoor adventures! #MarvMondays
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  8. April 3, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    We don’t start the Easter holidays until next week here in Wales, but I’m super excited for them with some days out planned – hopefully the weather cooperates!

    All fun activities shared and likely to tire the little ones (and us big ones too!) out! National Trust properties are always a hit, especially with plenty of land to run around on, and we’ve got a cinema trip planned also. I loved Chessington World as a child, and I’ve seen so many cool additions added recently – keen to take my son.

    I hope you, and the family, have a great time in the school holidays! #marvmondays
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  9. April 3, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Hi, some great tips for the holidays. One of our favourites has to be visiting by the National Trust. We are looking forward to the Easter egg hunts #marvmondays

  10. April 3, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Great list here Emily. We love National Trust too and spent the day at Sissinghurst Castle last weekend which is lovely, and not too far out of London. I really want to go to London Zoo to the Dear Zoo event they have on, and Gambado looks great too, not too far from us. Have a fantastic Easter break and I hope it’s not too stressful with the Mr away. Claire x #MarvMondays
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  11. April 3, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Having the kids on your own during school holidays is definitely not for the faint hearted, I have that situation most holidays. Thankfully hubby is home this Easter for the first time in years so we’re really looking forward to it. Lots of days out is definitely the key, sounds like you’ve got it covered x
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  12. April 3, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    These sound like fab ideas! i might have to steal some of them 😉 I like your moto of ‘ get out, tire them out, get home’ this is how I like to deal with my toddler!! I hope it goes well for you, enjoy your time with the little ones #marvmondays
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  13. April 3, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    These look like some amazing adventures! I’m sure your kiddo’s are going to have an amazing Half Term!!!
    Have fun! #marvmondays

  14. April 4, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Some fantastic ideas here. I’ve been thinking about taking Molly to a theme park but was worried we would get there to discover there were only about 2 things for her to do when we arrived – Chessington sounds brilliant so I think we’ll have to check that out. #MarvMondays
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  15. April 4, 2017 / 11:45 am

    I don’t think you can beat a National Trust day out, we tried a trampoline park today too and it was brilliant! #MarvMondays

  16. April 4, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I’m desperate to get to the Gruffalo ride- I think more for me than the kids!!! Really lovely list, have fun getting out and about! #marvmondays

  17. April 5, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    I’m really looking forward to the Easter weekend with Ben and Hubby! Not sure if we could do chessington with a 1 year old, but farms, soft play and english heritage places would be perfect! #marvmondays

  18. April 6, 2017 / 2:57 am

    Wonderful ideas, we’re going to an Easter Egg hunt on Friday #MarvMondays

  19. April 6, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I’m thankfully not at this stage just yet – mine starts school in September so is in nursery three mornings a week all year round. I can, however, see how this will be me in just a few months time when we arrive at his very first half term! These are some great ideas! Good luck and enjoy the break from the school run! #DreamTeam
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  20. April 6, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Good ideas! I enjoyed many of those things when I was little and look forward to doing them in a few years time with Autumn! I still enjoy a good National Trust visit though, there are some lovely places around! #MarvMondays
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  21. April 7, 2017 / 3:05 am

    The ironic thing about kid’s school break is that it’s supposed to be a downtime, right? But then you want it special and worthwhile so you end up hyped and busy. Not that we complain – hashtag joysofamother. 🙂 Great list you have there, thanks for sharing!

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  22. April 11, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Aww what a lovely post – great to get a bit of inspiration for Easter weekend coming up! I love National Trust sites and going to visit with Emma…I think we’re going to get a membership soon as we go so often. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx

  23. April 16, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Great inspiration Emily! We’ve been members of the National Trust for a while now and our favourite so far is Box Hill. The boys love the Easter egg hunt and we like the staff their. Also thank you for the cinema idea, I took the boys to watch Smurfs and they absolutely loved it! I hope you had a lovely Easter. X

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