If you're like me, and the Easter holidays have arrived all of a sudden (surely there's another week to go yet before they break up??), then you might be wondering how you're going to keep the kids occupied for the next couple of weeks. Here are a few links that might help!
1. Easter Egg Hunt at Dewstow Gardens
This is great fun for little ones on a dry day! Dewstow Gardens is on the edge of Caldicot and combines fascinating underground grottoes and gardens for kids to explore and find the hidden clues. Take a picnic, or eat at the cafe. There are entrance fees - you can pay for just the one day or buy a season ticket and return as much as you like.
2. Easter Fun at Tredegar House
Tredegar House on the other side of Newport has loads of Easter activities going on, with a Spring Bunny hunt (and a chocolate prize if you find them all!), egg and spoon racing, bunny hop racing and whisker painting! There's a small charge on top of the normal entrance fee to take part but no booking needed, just turn up on the day. After that, take a long (or short!) walk through the beautiful parkland, stopping off at the play park or the pond to feed the ducks. Lots of space to picnic, or sample the menu in the cafe.
3. Caerphilly Castle
If you have a knight-in-waiting in your clan, Caerphilly Castle makes a great day out. Not least because instead of one dragon in the castle, there are now two! Female dragon Dwynwen has joined previous visitor Dewi for an eight-week stay at the castle, starting on April 3rd (click here for more details). There's also an Easter Egg hunt over the Easter weekend! Entrance fees apply.
4. Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre
If your kids prefer arts and crafts to the great outdoors, take a look at the activities on offer at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in the centre of Cwmbran over the Easter break. From creating felt bunnies to floral batik, there's bound to be something to interest your budding artist. Pre-booking is essential and numbers are limited, so don't delay!
5. Paint On Me Pottery Boutique, Chepstow
There are a variety of crafty sessions taking place at Paint On Me in Chepstow this holiday for kids of all ages - a crafty morning for little ones of 5 years and upwards, a Manga workshop for those aged 10 and over, and a bath bomb session for those 7 years and older. Pre-booking is required!
6. Magor Marsh
A little hidden gem between Caldicot and Newport, Magor Marsh is a must for budding David Attenboroughs of all ages. On Saturday 8th April, you can enjoy pond-dipping, bug-watching and spring crafts as part of their Spring Fun Day. If you can't get there on the Saturday, there's another session on Monday 10th April for Marshy Monday! The entrance fee is £2 per child, whilst adults go free.
7. Stickin' Gladiators at Caerleon Roman Baths
Did you know that there was more than one kind of gladiator? At Caerleon over the 8th and 9th of April, kids can learn all about the different gladiators before creating their own, with prizes at the end for the best!
8. Cardiff Museum
Cardiff museum is a treasure-trove. As well as the usual exhibitions (don't miss the temporary exhibition on the wonderful world of worms, including a "worm's-eye view" of the world!), there are also special activities on over the next couple of weeks: a messy art workshop especially suitable for families with young children on 8-13 April, and a Springtime family trail from 14-17 April. Both are free, although spaces are limited on the messy art workshop and visitors are asked to book in at the information desk on arrival.
9. Tintern Old Station
Overlooking the river Wye, Tintern Old Station is a lovely spot to visit. The trains no longer run along here...instead, the old station has been transformed into an atmospheric tea shop (with wonderful cake!). You can sit inside or outside, while the kids play in the playground or make up stories about the carved wooden characters in the Circle of Legends. There is an Easter Egg hunt from 14-23 April (if you're not completely Easter Egged Out!) or you can use the location as a starting point for one of the many walks around the area. There is a charge for parking but entry to the Old Station is free (there is a charge for the Easter Egg Hunt).
Have a great Easter break!
(Disclaimer: all information was correct at the time of writing. For up-to-date details, please follow the links provided.)