Keep the kids entertained this Easter!

Posted on - 29th March, 2010 - 2:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Kid's stuff, Parks, Recreation, Things to Do in and around Preston, Wildlife and Conservation

BBC dayGot younger family members to entertain this Easter? There’s plenty going on around town to keep little people out of mischief, whether it’s rain or shine!


If you and the kids enjoy creative pursuits why not try pottery painting?  Based in Walton le Dale Fired4U is open to everyone and staff are on hand to demonstrate how to use pottery paints and tools. You can paint plates, cups, fairies, money boxes, there should be something for everyone! When you have finished your masterpiece the pottery is fired and ready for collection the following week. A great gift or treat for yourself. The studio also offer specialised sessions for pre-schoolers and adults. Check website for details.

If you fancy the outdoors this Easter why not head to the Bowland Wild Boar Park? Situated two miles from Chipping the park offers a range of activities including tractor rides, kids play area, lamb, llama and deer feeding, lovely wide open spaces for walks along the River Hodder and picturesque places for picnics. The park also has a cafe offering home cooked food and home reared Wild Boar meat (call for availability). Check website for further details.

If it’s tipping it down outside don your wellies and head for the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. They have a range of creative activities for kids of all ages, from treasure hunts to toy making there’s something for everyone. See the programme below.

The Easter holidays wouldn’t be complete without the Easter Fun Fair at Moor Park. It opens this Thursday 1st April until Tuesday 6th April 2010, with discount days on Thursday and Tuesday. Ooh I can smell the hot dogs and candy floss as I type!

Another great Preston Easter tradition is of course Easter Egg rolling in Avenham Park. Last year the park was packed and this year looks to be equally as popular. Starts at 10am with Eater egg rolling down Avenham Park hill throughout the day, creative stalls and workshops, street theatre, children’s rides and brass bands. The Easter Bonnet competition will be judged by the Mayor of Preston at 1.30pm. The event finishes at 4pm. Parking available at the nearby Avenham Multi-Storey car park. Egg rollers remember to wrap your chocolate egg in a plastic freezer bag!

Harris Museum & Art Gallery Easter Holiday Programme

Scent Bottle Treasure Hunt – Tues 6 & Tues 13 April, 2–4pm

Use torches and magnifying glasses to track down some very special scent bottles. Meet in the Ceramics & Glass Gallery. Suitable for children of all ages. – Free, drop in!

Silk Painting – Wed 7 April, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm

Learn how to make fantastic patterned fabrics with silk paints. Suitable for children aged 8–12 years. £1, booking essential

Sew Cool Club – Thurs 8 & Thurs 15 April, 2–4pm

Have a go at textile weaving, printing and embroidery. Suitable for children of all ages. Free, drop in!

Toys and Games – Fri 9 April, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm

Join us for this toy workshop and have as much fun making your own toys as you will do playing with them! Suitable for children aged 6–11 years. £1, booking essential

Brushstrokes – Mon 12 April, 1.30–4pm

Practise your painting skills and produce a canvas to be proud of with the help of a professional artist. Please bring an old shirt to protect your clothes. Suitable for children aged 12–16 years. £1, booking essential

Story Time – Wed 14 April, 1.30–2.30pm

Join us for stories and fun activities in the gallery. Suitable for ages 4–8 years. Free, drop in!

Image Credit: Harris Museum & Art Gallery

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