The Easter holidays are just around the corner, so why not plan a few fun-filled days out in Leeds?
The Easter holidays bring us two weeks of family fun, with many of the city’s museums, galleries and attractions getting in on the action. So if you want to spend some quality time with the kids, doing something a little bit different, check out our list of school holiday activities – it’s got everything from crafty workshops to kid-friendly theatre and festivals.
Kids Easter Art Club
Got a budding artist on your hands? Head to Leeds’ cafe-cum-gallery The Bowery to check out their Kids Easter Art Club. There are three classes and each is inspired by artists known as The Masters. You can try your hand at portraits by Van Gogh, recreate beautiful landscapes by Monet or have at go at still life pieces by Cézanne. Why limit yourself to just one? You can do all three and keep those creative kids entertained all through the school holidays.
Kids Easter Arts Club takes place at The Bowery from Tuesday 9th April to Thursday 11th April 2019.
Medieval Easter will take over the Royal Armouries with a whole host of activities across 16 days. You can try your hand at archery, watch a War of the Roses battle reenactment and meet the knights to find out what it takes to be a champion. There’s also an International Jousting Tournament, where you can see teams from the UK, Canada, USA and Poland compete against each other and it promises to be one of the most action-packed family days out you can have in Leeds.
Medieval Easter is at the Royal Armouries from Saturday 30th March to Sunday 14th April 2019.
Eggs and Tales with Sneaky Experience
This Easter holidays, Sneaky Experience will return to Leeds with a jam-packed festival at Kirkstall Abbey. You can get stuck into an egg hunt around the ruins while famous children’s characters roam the grounds. You can sword fight with Peter Pan, get a photo with Peter Rabbit and have a rap-off with Rapunzel. And that’s not all, because your little ones will walk away with their own chocolate egg.
Eggs and Tales takes place at Kirkstall Abbey on Sunday 21st April 2019.
Good Friday Easter Trail
Skelton Grange Environment Centre is a no-brainer when it comes to family days out in Leeds and this year, their iconic easter egg trail will return with plenty of activities to boot. You can check out the mini nature gardens and get stuck into craft demonstrations using natural materials. And if you’re feeling peckish, you can tuck into the homemade cakes from the cafe.
Good Friday Easter Trial is at Skelton Grange on Friday 19th April 2019.
This is the perfect opportunity to get crafty without the stress of cleaning up. Left Bank Leeds will host craft workshops where you can make bonnets and decorate eggs, with plenty of glitter to be used along the way. But that’s not all, as you can settle down for spring tales in the story-telling room or set off on a big old treasure hunt.
Messy Easter takes place at Left Bank Leeds on Saturday 20th April 2019.
Kids Mosaic Workshop
Enjoy a creative Easter break at the Kids Mosaic Workshop at Seagulls Reuse, where you can take home your very own creation. In the one-hour workshop you’ll learn all the basics, from designing it to selecting the right chippings. Parents are welcome too, so it’s a great way to get the whole family together.
Kids Mosaic Workshop takes place at Seagulls Reuse on Saturday 6th April 2019.
Peter Rabbit Inspired Family ARTventurers Holiday Class
This Easter holiday, you can get stuck into a mish-mash of make-and-do activities with ARTventurers’ Peter Rabbit-themed art class. It’s a fun-filled hour that will see the little ones create their own masterpieces inspired by the beloved Beatrix Potter character. It’s an art class with a twist, as you’ll be singing and dancing while you’re at it.
Peter Rabbit Inspired Family ARTventurers Holiday Class takes place at AIWCA on Friday 12th April 2019.
Join your favourite Toy Story characters in a quest to find Buzz, who’s mysteriously disappeared at the Rainbow Factory. Get your thinking caps on as you search for clues in a messy play treasure hunt to help Woody and Jessie find their favourite Space Ranger. You can even make your own gooey slime that will help you stop the bad guys.
Toy Rescue will take place at the Rainbow Factory from Thursday 4th to Tuesday 16th April 2019.
Come and See Bing!
Over at the Merrion Centre, the kids can meet a massive CBeebies star. The hit CGI-animated character Bing will be brought to life, especially to meet his fans. You can get lots of hugs and pose for plenty of photos before you settle down for an exclusive story time session. After all, what better way to spend the Easter holidays in Leeds than with a giant bunny?
Come and See Bing takes place at Merrion Centre on Thursday 11th April 2019.
A Mad Hatter of an Easter at Lotherton Hall
This epic Easter takeover at Lotherton Hall spans four weeks, so there’s plenty of time to get the family together for a day out. Craft activities will take place in the house while the Wonderland Village offers the perfect excuse to go exploring as you follow the White Rabbit’s Trail. You can even learn about the flamingos onsite at the Nestbox Education Centre.
A Mad Hatter of an Easter takes place at Lotherton Hall from Saturday 30th March to Sunday 28th April 2019.
You can introduce the kids to the world of crime-solving with a set of fun science-based activities at Thackray Medical Museum. You’ll be kitted out in a lab coat before you hunt for clues around the venue. Then you’ll get to analyse them in their lab with practical experiments involving DNA, fingerprints and even insects.
Junior CSI: Easter Holidays takes place at Thackray Medical Museum from Monday 1st to Friday 26th April 2019.
The ever-popular slime workshops by The Creation Station are set to return for the school holidays. After you pop on your apron, you’ll begin by making the slime base before you head to the slime bar to add colour and load on glitter. And the best bit? There’s no mess to clear up at the end. You won’t find anything else in Leeds quite like it.
Slime Workshops! will take place at Hall Park Cricket Cafe and Bar on Tuesday 9th April 2019.
Interactive Story and Pottery Painting
This interactive story and pottery painting class will bring Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea to life like never before. You can expect stories, instruments and singing as you paint your pottery tiger, which you can pick up in a week’s time once it’s been glazed. And while you’re there, parents can settle down with a hot drink as the kids tuck into snacks.
Interactive Story and Pottery Painting The Tiger Who Came to Tea will take place at Puffin Pottery Leeds on Friday 5th April 2019.
AniMalcolm is a fun-filled show that the whole family can enjoy. Malcolm hates animals, yet here he is, on a farm for his Year 6 school trip. Brought to you by the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre and based on David Baddiel’s popular story, this musical comedy will provide plenty of laughs for kids and grown ups alike.
AniMalcolm comes to Carriageworks Theatre on Tuesday 9th April 2019.
Easter at This Green Moon
There are oodles of family activities at This Green Moon this Easter in Leeds. You can get involved in laser tag games learn survival skills and dive into arts and crafts, all in the great outdoors. But the big event is Search for Bigfoot, where you can trace the steps of the legendary giant with the chance to enjoy toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate round a campfire along the way.
Easter events take place at This Green Moon from Tuesday 2nd April to Tuesday 30th April 2019.
Puss in Boots
You can see the beloved children’s tale Puss in Boots come alive in a bitesize ballet. Join the witty yet charming fluff ball and his master Jack on their adventure through the woods. It’s a 40-minute show performed by Northern Ballet, one of the most prestigious dance companies in Leeds, so it’s a great way to introduce the little ones to something new this Easter holiday.
Puss in Boots comes to The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th April 2019.
It wouldn’t be Easter without a few baby animals to gush over, and at Temple Newsam you can do just that. Head to the estate’s Home Farm to meet and stroke the newborns, many of which are rare breeds. Some even roam freely on the site, so it’s a great opportunity to get up close to teeny-tiny calves, piglets and lambs.
Springtime Babies takes place at Temple Newsam from Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd April 2019.
Stockeld Park Easter Adventure
Stockeld Park will host yet another Easter extravaganza this year and as always, it’s jam-packed with family activities. From an Easter-inspired circus to a giant egg hunt, there’s plenty to get stuck into. You can even see freshly hatched chicks and be sure to keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny, who will be wandering around the site.
Stockeld Park Easter Adventure takes place at Stockfeld Park from Saturday 30th March to Sunday 28th April.
Easter Holiday Fun at Thwaite Mills
Thwaite Mills will once again host their annual egg hunt, where you and the little ones can explore the island with the Easter bunny. You’ll get an art pack to complete along the way and on selected days, you can take part in cool science and fashion-related activities inside the mill itself. Later during the holidays, you can visit the Thwaite Fete, a day full of boat rides and traditional games.
Easter Holiday Fun comes to Thwaite Mills from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 14th April 2019.Cover image credit: This Green Moon