Daisy’s Days Youtube channel visited and reviewed our Dino Disco Adventure Challenge interactive children’s event that we held in Manchester in April 2018. See her review of the event here….
Spring feels a long time coming but finally Easter is around the corner and with school holidays and family time to enjoy it’s time to get cracking and see a round-up of the Easter family activities in the North West; here’s our pick of the most egg-cellent children’s events!
Egg-citing Easter Fun at Tatton Park
Friday 30 March – 2 April
There’s entertaining egg-themed activities to enjoy in all the attractions, plus magic, puppetry and face painting for the kids in the Stableyard. Drop into our Easter Fair (Saturday – Monday) and Tatton shops to pick up last minute Easter gifts! Each child receives a bag of Nestlé Smarties chocolate eggs when they visit the Farm, Mansion or Gardens.
Easter Biscuit Decorating at Bents
Monday 9th April & Wednesday 11th April.
Let your children get creative this Easter! Learn how to decorate Easter shaped biscuits and take away two of their very own creations. Online booking is required, book online at bents.co.uk. Places are limited.
Egg-cellent Easter Fun at Greenwood Family Park
24th March – 15th April.
Make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy and newly refurbished Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at Archery.
In the Forest Theatre, you’ll find extraordinary entertainment this Easter holiday, including Erwyd the Jester, Smarty Marty the Clown and Harley’s Showtime – they just can’t wait to make you laugh. Or get creative in the craft area where you can see local crafts people and make something unique to take home with you!
Keep a look out for the Easter bunny whilst they help you on the FREE Easter Egg Hunt and spot the giant Easter Eggs in the Trees.
Family Easter Egg Hunt at Cholmondeley Castle
April 1st 2018
Let the children run free in the gardens hunting for the hidden bunnies. Find the bunnies and collect your Easter Treat. With the extensive grounds, children’s play areas, lakeside walk, adventure Den, and Tea Room there are lots of things to keep the family occupied. Cheshire Wildlife Trust will also be in attendance with lots for children to enjoy. Easter Egg Hunt clue sheet will be available between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm whilst stocks last.
It’s Easter at Ness Garden’s
Easter Family Trail Saturday 24 March to Sunday 15 April – Who’s egg is it? Fun family trail to find out more about eggs, big and small with a few jokes or is that yolks! Complete with a chocolate treat. Trail takes about an hour. Daily 10am-4.30pm.
Look at Those Seeds Grow -Drop in to the Coach House 1-3pm and make a recycled paper pot, sow vegetable seeds, and prick out seedlings to take home and grow: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th April
Easter art sessions for families at Manchester Art Gallery
This Easter join in the creative activities linked to the new mindfulness exhibition And Breathe…
In these artist led sessions you will create tactile taking notice tools to take home. And if you’d like too, learn how to practice fun mindfulness techniques together as a family.
There will be two studios open for you to explore, one for early years children and one with activities for older children.
All sessions are free. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm. Sessions run Wednesday – Saturday. April: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
Easter adventure quest at Beeston Castle
Calling all valiant adventurers! Go on a hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Set off on a quest to crack the clues, meeting characters from the past along the way, then claim your chocolate reward. Fri 30 Mar – Mon 2 Apr 11-5pm
Dino Disco Adventure Challenge
If you’re on the hunt for a fun-filled family activity this Easter then look no further, as the Dino Disco Adventure Challenge is stomping its way to The Great Northern in Manchester. Guaranteed to capture the imaginations of children aged between two and eight, this unique experience immerses them in a prehistoric playtime full of fun and games. Watch your child become a Dino hunter, and take part in energetic jurassic themed games with Gus, their dinosaur hunter host. This GRRRReat family activity will be available on Saturday 7th April and Sunday 8th April with sessions running from 10am – 3pm.
The Easter Bunny Hunt at Norton Priory Walled Garden.
2nd & 3rd April
Catch the Easter Bunny on a fun Easter hunt around the Norton Priory Walled Garden.
Family fun stories, trails and activities!
11am – 4pm.
Bluebells and Butterflies at Quarry Bank
3rd – 13th April 2018
Quarry Bank comes to life with the arrival of spring. Enjoy being outdoors with lots of activities and wild adventures this Easter holiday. Look out for the signs of spring!
Bluebell Family Walks At Rode Hall
28th April – 7th May 2018
Experience one of the finest Bluebell Walks in the North West at Rode Hall & Gardens in Cheshire. Families can enjoy Rode’s carpets of ancient bluebells as well as daffodils and azaleas.
Easter Classical Family Concerts at Heaton Hall
1st & 2nd April
The Classical Concerts feature graduate singing stars from the Royal Northern College of Music; Jenny Carson (soprano), Thomas D Hopkinson (bass), Dan McDwyer (tenor) and the Vine Quartet conducted by Alex Robinson. The Classical Concerts will reveal the story of the Egerton family’s musical past at Heaton.
St Ann’s Hospice – Easter Egg Hunt
Wythenshawe Park and Heaton Park, Manchester
St Ann’s Hospice is holding Easter Egg Hunts at Wythenshawe Park and Heaton Park.
As well as an Easter Egg Hunt there will be a range of stalls, crafts and activities.
Tickets are £3.50 per child and each child receives an Easter egg.
Plus there will be a very special guest – the Easter Bunny.
All the proceeds from the event go to St Ann’s Hospice.
On Mother’s day; I would rather have a creative child with glitter and glue to clear up than a tidy house and a child glued to a screen!
Happy Mother’s Day – and it’s a day where traditionally we mums get to put our feet up and not do any house work!
I was blessed to be woken up with not only a delicious pancake cooked by my 8 year old but a plethora of artwork which has been painstakingly created over the last week, largely involving glitter, cutting and glue!
As you can imagine this has resulted in a large amount of tidying up and clearing of glitter which is likely to adorn various surfaces in her bedroom for weeks to come! This could result in me as a mum being cross that I have to do these jobs on a day that apparently (according to the greetings cards!) I should not be partaking in domestic chores! But conversely I get great pleasure from this tidying – not because I am a clean-up freak – far from it I am nowhere near being domestic goddess and tidying and cleaning is about as far from my idea of fun as sitting in an ice cold bath! HOWEVER I am ecstatic to do this particular tidying job because it means my daughter has spent hours upon hours in the last week using her imagination, being artistic, creative, problem solving (when she didn’t have any skewers for the sticks to hold up the bunting on her Mother’s day pop up card she improvised with toothpicks stuck together!). She has been busy with her hands, her mind, her imagination, her vision. And she has loved doing it. And most of all she was passionate to do it. Over the last week every time I have walked into her bedroom she has been huddled under her bed busying away on one of these amazing creations and I have been urged “not to look”!!!
So the upshot is that I do have mess to clear up and jobs to do on Mother’s day, but I also have this amazing looking mantelpiece, full of my daughters creative juices . I would rather this result than a minimalist mantelpiece, a clean and tidy house and a child who is glued to the computer screen. Maybe I am old fashioned in that view but I truly believe she will be at a greater advantage in her life as a result. She will have learnt many more valuable skills with these physical projects than she would playing on endless computer games and apps in a virtual world! And yes I might have more work to do as a result but I’d rather she live in a real world that is full of colour, creations, imagination and art!
So I am celebrating the glitter and the mess today and celebrating my children for which I am truly grateful for! And here’s to all the amazing Mummy’s clearing up their children’s mess today……….let’s rejoice in it!!!
As it is International Women’s Day it’s a relevant question about Fairy Tales Disney style and whether the portrayal of women in modern day Fairy Tale movies is actually what we want to be inspiring our girls growing up in the 21st century? Is the constant bombardment of girls with ‘Disney princess costumes and perfect dress and make up something that we need to move on from and be a bit more imaginative than? In which case what makes a good fairy Tale?
A proper, good Fairy Tale is more than just a ‘princess’ being beautiful and dreaming of finding her ‘prince’ – and the modern obsession with ‘Disney-fied’ versions of fairy tales is just getting a bit tired and is not at all aspirational to the modern woman that our daughters are going to become.
In which case why is the typical Disney Princess symbolism something that so many parents encourage their daughters to aspire to?
I have a daughter and 2 sons, and I think the role of the Fairy Tale has an important part to play in their childhood – in teaching them about good and evil, hopes and dreams, being strong and resilient and coming up against unsavoury characters and regardless ensuring that good prevails. The trouble is that the Disney version of most fairy stories have made it all about the beautiful princess, the dress they are wearing and the number 1 hit song. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of a lot of Disney films, but not without also wanting my children to experience other stories and opportunities.
But trawl down the costume aisle of any mainstream supermarket or children’s shop and the ‘girls side’ (because there is always a gender split never an option for children who might want to just choose what appeals to them regardless of gender!) are racks of fairy princess dresses. Now I accept that a lot of this is down to pure commercialism – the big money is in the characters that children recognise form the films they have seen and which they perceive to be the characters they want to be like. And so the shops sell what the children are familiar with. But maybe if the films and TV programmes featured more varied portrayals of women the racks of costume would be more varied?
So why can’t the world of children’s entertainment be more varied in terms of the experiences and stories that our children are exposed to? If we want them to grow up with limitless possibilities we need them to experience many different slants on life – not just the same old Disney view of how life would be in a dream. Not all dreams are the same; not all children are the same….let’s encourage them to embrace and discover their creativity, their skills and their own dreams. And let’s not for goodness sake segregate them into dreams for boys and dreams for girls. Every child is unique and every one can be awesome at something; it is our job to help them to feel inspired about the world around them and the wealth of opportunities open to them!
And on International Women’s Day I want to celebrate the fact that my daughter can be whatever she wants to be…….
And the best quote ever that she said to me recently; “Mummy I love Moana because her legs are chunky”!!
And it’s also worth reframing world book day in our minds, so we can enjoy the experience; see it as an opportunity to encourage creativity and a love of storytelling and books in our children. The amount of books our children are reading nowadays has significantly reduced due to preference being given to screens over books. So any opportunity to engage our kids in the magic of books and the characters we discover through reading should be embraced!
So if you are looking for some inspiration for characters for next week here is our pick of the best ones; some easy costumes, some more challenging; most can be done yourself with minimal of sewing skills needed! So no need for big expense either. So even for frantic, working mums, with some fore-thought, World Book Day costumes can be a fun thing to prepare together!
And remember World Book day isn’t about being competitive with other parents; much better use the opportunity to connect with your children, discuss what books and characters are their favourites and have some fun putting together the costumes. Because there aren’t that many World Book Days until they are at high school, when they won’t be dressing up anymore and the fun will be behind you…….
David Walliams characters:
Grandpa’s from Grandpa’s Great Escape
Boy in a dress
Roald Dahl characters:
A golden ticket!
Matilda and Miss Trunchball
Harry Potter books:
Hedwig the Owl
Crookshanks the cat
Other good book characters:
Alice, The Cheshire Cat and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
The Gruffalo and the Mouse
The Tiger and Sophie from The Tiger who came to Tea
Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh
Silky or Saucepan man from The Magic Faraway Tree
Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Cat in the Hat
Have fun and share your proud pictures with us!