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….
Everyone loves a chocolate Egg at Easter – but how about a jelly egg?! This is an easy and fun activity you can do over the easter weekend with your children, whatever the age and the bonus is that they end up with something fun and easy to eat after! And they can look really pretty!!
So have a fun and yummy Easter everyone and hope you do lots of fun activities with your children and families!!
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The school holidays are upon us again and unless you are travelling or holidaying away then there is the usual predicament of entertaining the kids, managing to still get work /house / errands done, making sure siblings don’t kill each other and trying to spend some quality time together too, without taking out a second mortgage!!
So here are our top tips for achieving all this and coming out the other side feeling like an Easter flower in bloom rather than a cracked Easter egg!
1/ It’s all in the planning.
As much as it might sound militant it actually helps everyone to know roughly what it happening and when. Not just for you as parents but it’s good for children to have an expectation of ‘we will have one day out at this point in the holiday’ so that they don’t start badgering half way through to spend every day at a different theme park!
2/ Balance; ratio of planned activities and free play.
It’s not realistic to have a day out every day of the holidays; but it is nice to have a couple of special trips or adventures planned! It’s a good idea to involve the kids in the planning of the days out. I ask each of my kids to come up with 3 ideas for a holiday activity that they would like to do and then I choose one from each of their lists.
3/ Don’t fear free play.
Free play is a critical part of childhood. Nowadays kids have less free-play than previous generations had as they have so many entertainment options. But encouraging them to just play with toys, be around the house and in the garden and make their own entertainment actually teaches them much more than any structured activity! They learn to be creative, imaginative, independent, problem solve. If they have siblings it also helps to reconnect them, as often siblings can lost that sense of play together as they are focused on their own activities, screens and friends. Unstructured time together helps them to reconnect and help with skills such as co-operation, leading and following. And if they argue that’s fine too – they are learning to co-operate (or not!) but it’s a critical part of child development!
4/ Set screen time rules on day one and stick to it!
Especially if you want them to get better at free play than you need to give the expectation and rule for screen time per day and be strict on it! We all know it’s far too easy to be busy and getting on and the kids are quiet because they are on their devices so not giving you any bother. But actually it’s not doing them any good and is of very little benefit to them in both the long and short term. However they don’t have the ability to understand this and are just engrossed in their device / game / video. So if you suddenly tell them to get off them because it’s been too long; that’s when the tantrums come! However, if you have set the perimeters at the start of the holidays of ‘one hour per day’ or whatever it is and make sure that is agreed at the time, then when they ask to go on their device you can remind them they have an hour max, make sure they understand and agree to this and set an alarm. It is far easier to get them off it then because they were expecting it. It’s when children are not expecting sudden rules to be enforced that they kick off! Generally if they know something is coming they are better at dealing with it!
5/ Use holiday clubs
There are all manner of school holiday clubs and activities and its worth utilising them if only for 1 or 2 days or when you are working. The children enjoy it, it gets them out, active and socialising. It’s also a good way to get them to meet new children and also try a new skill or activity that they may not have previously have tried as there are lots of specialist holiday camps, such as tennis, arts and crafts and drama.
6/ Make sure chocolate eggs are counteracted with activity!
We all love an Easter egg or two! But it’s a good opportunity to help children to understand the correlation between food choices, exercise and how your body and brain performs. Therefore if they are going to have some of their Easter egg ask them to counteract it with a run around the garden, bouncing on the trampoline or 100 skips with their skipping rope!!
7/ Involve the kids in jobs
Holidays are often a time when parents are off work and also want to get jobs done around the house; some spring cleaning, sorting out clothes and chucking old winter clothes that are too small or tidying the toy boxes! So get the children involved; you can make it fun by giving them an age appropriate objective (for the young ones find all the socks that pair together, find all the trains in the toy boxes, for the older ones, go through the clothes and put to the side the ones that don’t fit or organise the books into alphabetical order) Usually there is something fun that can made out of jobs and especially if you put a timer on, some music, sing while you sort and have fun! And then have a treat together at the end whilst surveying the job well done!
8/Explore the fun in your own square mile
It’s amazing how many things are happening in our own community that we don’t know about. We don’t always have to get in the car to find something fun to do for an hour with the kids. From exploring new areas of where we live, going to a different park or taking a bus to the next town; to finding small scale events happening on our doorsteps at schools, charities and libraries. Often these are free and can be a good way to while away an hour or so and be a change of scenery. And if you bump into friends and end up with an impromptu playdate for the kids even better!
9/ Set them a challenge
Give the kids a challenge that you want them to complete over the holidays. This could be a project that can be done across a number of days; such as an art or craft project (make a series of greeting cards or decorations for their room) or it could be getting them to practice their football skills (be able to do 10 ‘keepie-uppies’ by the end of the holidays) or it could be getting them to write a story or poem. Something that they can do a little bit on every few days and have as a focus for their down time whenever they moan “I’m bored!” Obviously it needs to be something of their choosing so they are motivated. But if you ca give them a platform for their achievement at the end (sending their greeting cards to family, performing their show to family, printing and binding their story)
10/ Appreciate the time
If you look at the big picture there are not that many periods of time that you will have with your kids to just enjoy being together in the holidays. Before long they will be teenagers and wanting to spend their school holidays with their friends or off doing their hobbies on their own! So make the most of the time, enjoy some Pyjama mornings and don’t worry about what you ‘should be doing’ do what you want to do!
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.
Event Phone: 01925 756700
GGGRRR! IT’S A DINOSAUR THEMED FUN FILLED ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
Looking to get the kids out of the house to something fun and weather proof this weekend?
Beat the April showers and bring the kids to Manchester’s Dinosaur Ranger Training School, taking on the Dino Adventure Challenge, meet Ron the Ranger and even meet, dance and play games with Greg the Dinosaur himself!!!
Perfect if you have active and imaginative kids aged 2 -8 years!
It’s perfect if you are looking for a fun-filled hands-on FAMILY ACTIVITY of prehistoric proportions? The Dino Disco event is ROARING good fun for kids and adults together! It’s a stomping good mix of dinosaur themed storytelling, puppets, games, challenges and of course Dino dancing! But don’t worry parents don’t have to show off their best moves (unless they want to!)
Kids can learn to ‘walk the dinosaur’ with the very last of the Disco dancing Dinosaur Species; our very own Jurassic pal GrrRRRrrRrreg, the friendly T-Rex.
These interactive events are designed to capture the imagination of youngsters aged 3-8 years, get them active, immersed and enjoying time together with their grown ups!
What happens at the Dinosaur Adventure Challenge event?
Your children will learn to be Dino hunters, discovering the last of the special species of Disco Dancing T-Rex Dinosaur. Once they discover Gregggg the last and best of the Disco Dancing Dinosaurs they can take part in games and challenges with him and their Dinosaur hunter host, Ron. They can beat Greggg at Dino trumps game, play the egg, spoon and nest game and play Hoop a Dino, amongst other challenges!
Full of storytelling, active fun, games and dino themed challenges, music and dancing, this is a great event to enjoy with your active and imaginative child!
Please note – this event is suitable for younger children as there are no life like dinosaur models used at the event. It is fun, imaginative and make believe meaning it is good for children from 2-8 years.
SUNDAY 3PM SESSION IS DESIGNATED AS A SPECIAL NEEDS SENSITIVE SESSION; this means that the performers will be pro-active at assisting with maximum engagement for children and young adults with special needs. We suggest that carers and / or parents contact us in advance via email so that we can ensure your specific needs are considered. Please purchase your tickets below and email Helen on email@example.com or call 01925 756700.