What's On: Easter holiday fun for all the family
Running out of ways to keep little ones entertained amid Covid restrictions? Anna Tattersall finds five virtual and socially distanced events sure to be an Easter holiday hit
Play spring bingo at Cambridge University Botanic Garden
If you’re looking for a way to make lockdown walks a lot more interesting, then Spring Bingo at Cambridge University Botanic garden is your answer. The activity runs from March 26 to April 11, and is free with your admission into the gardens. Pick up a bingo sheet on your way in, hunt around for the different spring sights, then exchange your sheet for a prize at the end.
Admission must be booked in advance at botanic.cam.ac.uk. The website also offers lots of Family Activities at Home that can be downloaded for a rainy day.
Do a chocolate workshop with Artistry in Cocoa
No Easter holiday would be complete without chocolate. Newmarket-based chocolatiere Cheryl Brighty of Artistry in Cocoa is offering virtual workshops for all ages, making either a classic Easter egg or a flat, lollipop-style version, with materials collected or posted out ahead of the session. On her Chocolate Survival Kits website, you can also purchase different boxes of supplies to make into delicious treats on your own at home or via Zoom workshop.
Workshop dates and details can be found at artistryincocoa.co.uk/ or by calling (01638) 660503. Making kits are available at chocolatesurvivalkits.com
Take a photo walk in Bury’s Abbey Gardens
Spanning 14 acres on the site of a former Benedictine Abbey, the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds is a lovely location for a springtime stroll. Add in a top-notch take-out coffee - we’d recommend Wright’s - and either a camera or phone for the children to record what they see and you’ve got a family outing that’s full of fun as well as fresh air. Challenge little ones to take photographs of anything they find interesting. You could set a theme of nature, or a certain colour, as well as taking toy animals on the walk for them to put into certain places and take photos close up so that the images look like wildlife photographs.
Build a temple at Cambridge Festival
Bringing together two of the city’s biggest spring events - the Science Festival and Festival of Ideas - the newly formed Cambridge Festival runs from March 26 to April 4 with more than 350 free online events and activities to join. The children’s programme promises plenty to keep kids entertained and still learning during the holidays. Take the Colour and Texture session, where you’ll be shown how to make an Ancient Greek temple. With step-by-step instructions from the education coordinator at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, you’ll draw a simplified temple and then decorate it with materials lying around the house!
Find full listings - and all content for the Colour and Texture session, which will be posted on a padlet on the site - at festival.cam.ac.uk
Listen to science stories, also at Cambridge Festival
As well as giving children the opportunity to get creative, the Cambridge Festival is also running a series of science sessions for school-agers. Led by the Babraham Institute, a world-leading research institution in partnership with the University Of Cambridge, Science Storytime is designed to introduce children to scientific ideas and people through storytelling. Promising to be equal parts educational and entertaining, the stories will be shared via YouTube with topics including immune systems and survival.
Visit the Science Storytime page at festival.cam.ac.uk to sign up for an email reminder of the event and more information. Booking is not required.
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