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Fun, low-cost activities for families over the Easter break

Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017

FUN, free or low-cost activities for families and children are available in Leicester throughout the Easter holidays at the city’s museums, parks and leisure centres.

Discover more about our Roman heritage on Saturday 8 April, when visitors to Jewry Wall Museum can discover what happened at the Roman baths with a free guided tour. Hosted by the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum, the tour kicks off from the museum entrance at 2pm, and no booking is necessary. Children are welcome.

On Monday 10 April, there’s some ‘superhero-tastic’ fun at Leicester’s historic Guildhall, with a Comedy for Kids event. Taking place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, it’s a chance for children aged 4-9 to join in with some stories before making their own superhero character, complete with mask, logo and super-gadget. Admission is £4 per child, with accompanying adults free. Book on 0116 253 2569.

Various drop-in craft activities for children will be on offer at the city’s museums throughout the school holiday period. These usually cost £2.50, and include a medieval eggstravaganza at the Guildhall on Tuesday 11 April, plus a ‘bunny bonanza’ at Newarke Houses on Saturday 15 April. There’s a ‘Wild Nile!’ springtime event at New Walk Museum from Saturday 15-Monday 17 April, and an edible engineering event – a chance to have some fun with food – at Abbey Pumping Station on Tuesday 18 April.

Over at Belgrave Hall & Gardens on Wednesday 12 April, there’s an Easter animal day, with a chance to meet some cute rabbits, donkeys and miniature ponies, as well as an Easter trail and craft activities. The fun takes place from 11am-4pm and the cost is £2.50.

At the same venue on Saturday 15 April, there’s a chance to meet some stunning birds of prey from Kinder Falconry. Admission is free.

Children can learn more about the Anglo Sikh Wars at free events at Newarke Houses museum on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 April. Running from 1-3.30pm, the events will give children the chance to make paper 3D models of the Golden Temple and colour in flags and uniforms.

Early St George’s Day celebrations will take place at Belgrave Hall & Gardens on Wednesday 19 April, when, for £2.50, children can take part in craft activities themed around swords, dragons and wimples. And there’s an ‘arty party’ at the Guildhall on Thursday 20 April, where children can have a go at weaving with fabrics, glitter and glass paints.

Heading out of doors, FootGolf, which combines football and golf, is available at Humberstone Heights golf course in Leicester. The UK’s fastest-growing sport, it can be played and enjoyed by anyone, over a nine- or 18-hole course. Call 0116 299 5570 to book a space.

And on Thursday 13 April, at Abbey Park, there’s family rounders and a picnic in the park from 1-4pm. It’s free, but booking is required on 0116 454 1900.

Or you could enjoy a family swim at one of Leicester’s leisure centres. Any children who have Swim Leicester swimming sessions can swim for free at any city council leisure centres during public swim times – plus, if you pay by direct debit, you get four free family swim passes.

For more information, see: www.visitleicester.info, www.leicester.gov.uk/sports and www.leicester.gov.uk/parks

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