Our Picks: Family events not to miss this Easter

Image Credits: Tim Peake - MSI Manchester Terracotta Toddlers - World Museum Liverpool Frog - Chester Zoo

Soyuz YMA-19M at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry will play host to a very special space craft this Easter. The world followed Tim Peake’s mission to the international space station avidly, his Twitter feed a constant source of wonder – and now you can see the actual space craft he used to descend back to Earth in June 2016. Get up close to the Soyuz YMA-19M, a historic piece of equipment that still has its scorch marks from re-entry through the atmosphere! There are also chances to learn all about how Tim Peake made his journey back to Earth, and you can try it for yourself before the exhibition opens, with the Space Descent VR with Tim Peake experience.

Easter Egg Hunts at Lyme Park
Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunts are taking place at many National Trust properties across the country, but Lyme Park is the one you’re going to want to visit this Easter weekend. There’s plenty of nature, with birds, bats, butterflies and deer all roaming around as you hunt for those magical chocolate eggs. The park is also putting on daily events to encourage younger children to engage with nature, as well as the chance to go orienteering across the wider park, if you fancy a ramble. There’s a playpark and a café, as well as an upcoming exhibition all about Ancient Egypt. Lyme looks set to be the place to be for outdoorsy educational fun this Easter holiday!

Treetop Manchester at Heaton Park
For something a bit adventurous to get your kids hearts racing, Treetop Manchester is the perfect bank holiday activity. A woodland adventure in the beautiful Heaton Park, there’s fun for every age and ability. Treetop Nets has a series of walkways, trampolines, treehouses and slides all 15m above the ground. Aimed at children 3+, there’s no need for a harness as you and your little ones bounce your way across. Treetop Trek on the other hand is aimed at adults and kids alike, and is a spectacular aerial adventure full of swinging, balancing and flying across the woodland canopy. For those who want a go but are younger or feeling a bit more nervous, try Mini Trek, a shorter, lower down chance to explore the treetops. Treetop Manchester is open all year round but it’s the perfect way to spend Easter weekend and get your kids outside and adventuring.

Storyhunters at Calderstones Park, Liverpool
Over at Calderstones Park in Liverpool, Storyhunters at the Story Barn is a year long selection of literary classes for children from newborn up to 8 years of age. Classes are running throughout the whole of the Easter holidays and feature Incy Wincy Spider (suitable for 0-3), and Storyhunters- New Discoveries (suitable for 3-8 years). The classes are popular so booking is recommended.

Terracotta Toddlers at World Museum, Liverpool
The Terracotta Warriors exhibition over at World Museum Liverpool is booking up fast but your little ones can still get up close and personal with the Terracotta Warriors at a special workshop just for children under five – Terracotta Toddlers. the event is a hands-on session for children aged 3-5 to learn more about the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition through clay. The 45-minute workshop includes a ‘dough disco’, an up-close encounter with a real Terracotta Warrior and a child-led clay workshop and will be able to take away their clay creations. Again booking is essential.

Jorvik Viking Centre, York
To get some history and culture in your little ones heads this holidays, Jorvik Viking Centre in York offers a chance to explore and learn about some of the city’s most historic findings. After a 2015 flood damaged much of the museum, it reopened in 2017, bigger and better than ever. Hop in one of their ‘time capsules’ and explore 10th century York in an immersive and exciting way, and stand on the actual site of historic discovery as you hear from the archaeologists who took part in this revolutionary excavation.

Dinosaurs Live at Storyhouse, Chester
Dinosaurs Live over at Storyhouse Chester is an interactive stage show that brings the prehistoric world of the dinosaur to life!. Grab your compass and join intrepid explorers across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!

Visit Chester Zoo, Chester
One of the largest UK zoos, Chester Zoo is home to over 21,000 of the world’s most exotic and dangerous animals. With a focus on conservation work as well as providing great customer experience, Chester Zoo is a sure fire winner for a family day out. From elephants to sloths, penguins to giraffes, and daily talks from zookeepers on all the different animals, there’s something for everyone. You can also adopt one of the animals, and tie in a great little Easter gift idea with a day trip to visit your adopted animal. As well as animals and conservation, the zoo is also home to beautiful gardens full of butterflies and birds, so be sure to visit the aviaries and tropical houses for a splash of warmth and colour when you visit.

Classic Steam Trains at East Lancashire Railway, Bury
Films fans might recognise Tornado, the world’s fastest preserved steam engine, from Paddington 2 where it was the site of the daring chase between Paddington and Phoenix Buchanan. At East Lancashire Railway this Easter you can not only see Tornado pull into the station, but also The Flying Scotsman, the first train to exceed 100mph, and even get a chance to sit in the Scotsman’s driver seat and talk to the expert crew.

Article written by Sian Brett. You can find out more about Sian here

Image Credits:
Tim Peake – The Science Group
Terracotta Toddlers – World Museum Liverpool
Frog – Chester Zoo