The Easter holidays are near upon us. That means from April 9 to 24 the kids will be off school and in need of entertainment.
If you’ve got time off but a limited budget try not to just sit them in front of a TV, games console or tablet.
There are equally, if not more, enjoyable and significantly more enriching free and cheap things to do in Huddersfield and Kirklees over the break.
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And we’re not talking about boring niche museums or endless coloring in; this is the good stuff.
From Easter egg hunts and pot painting to canoeing and archery, there’s sure to be something to please all types of kids with parents of all sizes of budgets.
And since the forecast for the Easter break is looking a bit iffy we’ve listed a mixture of indoor and outdoor stuff.
Archery, egg hunting and nature trail at Cliffe House
Budding William Tells will enjoy these sessions and you won’t need to shoot an apple on a kid’s head. Archery experts will show you how to load, aim and fire at short and long-distance targets. Cliff House is also hosting an egg hunt (£ 4) and a family nature trail (£ 2).
Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, HD8 8DB
Sessions between 10am and 3pm on April 11, 14, 21 and 22.
Sessions (£ 5) should be booked in advance.
Family Fun Day at Beaumont Park
Live music, funfair, craft stalls and food at this Victorian tiered park.
Beaumont Park Road, HD4 7AY
Paint a Pot at The Civic
Design and paint your own Easter pot at this grand hall in Holmfirth.
Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS
April 13 (10am and 12pm)
Tickets (£ 5.50 including booking fee) should be booked in advance.
Scraptastic at the Tolson Museum
Eco-crafts group Fairandfunky will be holding a craft session making spring-themed picture frames from used eggboxes at the museum on April 20. Sessions are suitable for children aged three to 12.
Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, off Wakefield Road
Sessions 11 am-1pm and 2 pm-4pm, also at Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, on April 13
Springtime at Cannon Hall Farm
While it’s not specifically Easter themed, the Easter holiday is one of the best times to visit Cannon Hall Farm. Hundreds of lambs are born at the setting of Springtime On The Farm and you can watch some of the births as they happen. As well as lambing there are the farm’s regular year-round attractions, including sheep and ferret racing, meerkat feeding, indoor and outdoor adventure play areas and its huge collection of animals.
Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, S75 4AT
April 2 – 24
Tickets (£ 10.95 for adults and children two and older) should be purchased in advance.
Paddle at Standedge Tunnel
Enjoy a 90-minute beginner’s canoeing session around the water next to the Standedge Tunnel Visitors Center and along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal through the countryside up to Marsden. Age six and over.
Waters Road, Marsden, HD7 6NQ
April 12, April 19 (10 am-3.30pm)
Tickets £ 35
On top of the usual attractions, Crafty Devilz will be at the small zoo, near Heckmondwike, for daily doses of circus fun on April 11, 13, 18 and 20. There will be magic shows on April 12 and 14, plus the opening of Lemur Bay, an extension of the zoo’s Lemur Beach.
Off Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PN
Tickets (from £ 4) must be booked in advance.
Town center egg hunt
The Easter bunny has hidden 10 giant painted eggs around Huddersfield town center. Pick up a trail map from the Hello Huddersfield unit, Market Place, which will give you clues on where to find each egg and claim your own Easter egg.
Hello Huddersfield, Market Place
April 9-24 (Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm)
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