If you’re looking for activities to keep the kids busy over the Easter hols then look no further. We’ve rounded up the best of what’s going on in Scotland this spring.
For the Scavengers
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a good old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. Cadbury and the National Trust for Scotland have teamed up to host Egg Hunts nationwide in massive gardens and stately homes. Pollok House in Glasgow, Haddo House near Aberdeen, and Broughton House and Garden on the Solway Firth are just some of the places getting involved. Who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny…
Info: National Trust for Scotland, properties nationwide
For the Nature Lovers
With the weather getting (slightly) warmer, it’s the perfect time to get the kids outside. Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre are holding a range of Easter themed activities over the school hols. Get your detective hat on for Dusty’s GIANT Easter Duck Hunt as you search the reserve for cheeky hiding ducks. Take a break from the hunt and stop in for an Easter tale at the storytelling yurt on 13 April. A mix of educational and fun activities to learn about the native wildlife – this is the perfect day out for the budding David Attenboroughs!
Info: Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire
For the History Buffs
What kids haven’t pretended to have a sword fight in the garden with sticks? Take them to the Wallace Monument to see the real thing. Enjoy a presentation by William Wallace himself as he tells you about his life before climbing the Monument to explore the exhibition galleries and get a glimpse of the famous Wallace Sword. It’s a great way to get the bairns into their national history.
Info: Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, Causewayhead, Stirling
For the Wild Things
Blair Drummond Safari Park is opening its doors again after its winter hibernation. Kicking off its summer season, the Park is holding its annual Great Egg Hunt from 1-2 April. The Hunt is included in the standard ticket price so you can fit in the Easter activities around visiting the wildlife. What could be better than hunting for Easter eggs among lions and tigers and bears – oh my!
Info: Blair Drummond, Stirling
For the Space Explorers
Don’t let April Showers put a damper on your day out. Dynamic Earth is the perfect place to let the kids loose in when its lashing outside. Over Easter, the team from Cosmos Planetarium are in town to take you on a jaw-dropping voyage for alien life in space. Fasten your seatbelts as you’re taken on an exploration of the galaxy in Dynamic Earth’s planetarium show.
Info: Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
For the Baking Obsessed
Get Great British Bake Off ready with these kids’ cookery classes. The Cook School have different classes to suit every age group from 2-16 years. Whether you’re after one-on-one lessons, parent/child classes, a few hours of cupcake decorating, or a big group outing, the Cook School has it all. Your budding Mary Berrys and Paul Hollywoods will have a blast in the kitchen making sweet treats to take home. Yum! Classes start from £12 so reserve your spot now.
Info: The Cook School Scotland, 7 Moorfield Park, Kilmarnock
For the Budding Scientists
The Edinburgh International Science Festival is back with a bang! The Festival runs from 31 March to 15 April and is perfect to keep young minds whirling and learning over the school holidays. There are loads of activities and events going on across the city, but firm fave Dr Bunhead’s Eggcellent Eggsplosions is a sure win for 7+ kids. Expect Easter Eggs to explode, bunnies to be sent into outer space, and lots of things to go BOOM.
For the Thrill Seekers
Feeling brave? Head to M&D’s Theme Park, the theme park in Scotland. With White Knuckle rides to keep the teens entertained, loads of kid-friendly rides, miniature golf, glow-in-the-dark indoor bowling, and a massive Soft Play area for the wee ones, there’s something for all the family at M&D’s. Be sure to check out the new AMAZONIA, an indoor Tropical Rainforest full of exotic animals and creepy crawlies.
Info: Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire