What’s On For Kids In Bristol: Easter 2017

If you are stuck for ideas of what to do with the kids during the Easter holidays, here are some ideas and inspiration!

There is lots of fun for kids all over Bristol this Easter including free fun days at museums and community farms, Easter Egg Hunts galore, holiday clubs, free Dark Ages storytelling sessions, LEGO days, Dragon hunting, music and singing, drama workshops, reptile handling and more. You name it, Bristol Mum’s got it!

This post just includes weekday events and activities so for weekend ideas and inspiration, please see my What’s On page.

Happy Easter everyone!

MONDAY 10th APRIL

Dark Ages Storytime: Stockwood Library

Come along to this free storytelling session to be entertained with stories from the Dark Ages with Oscar Kolkowski.

  • 1.45 – 2.30pm
  • FREE
  • Stockwood Library, Stockwood Rd, BS14 8PL
  • Contact: Tel. 0117 903 8546

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt – Chocolate, bunnies and all that jazz!
Nerf Battles – Hunt for the Crystal Skull, Swords, Shields and Base Invasion games

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Sessions include a Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt, Minecraft vs Wildcraft, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicines, Nerfageddon with all things Nerf, a Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game and more!

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

An entertaining, energetic and active Ofsted-approved holiday camp which combines sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

A Family Concert with Nick Cope: Redland Park United Reformed Church

A family performance on Monday 10th April at Redland Park United Reformed Church with the brilliant performer and entertainer, Nick Cope.

Suitable for ages 0 – 8 and much, much older, Nick’s family performances are legendary! He has a fanatical army of little and not-so-little fans from all over the world.

With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith “even the shyest of children will warm up to his unpretentious style!” (Fest Magazine). Check out Nick’s songs and videos at www.nickcope.co.uk

  • 10.30am – 11.30am
  • All tickets £4 (babes in arms free)
  • Redland Park United Reformed Church, BS6 6SA
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Craft Morning for Children: Emersons Green Village Hall

All children welcome along to enjoy some craft activities. Refreshments available to purchase.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • £1 per child
  • Entry by ticket only – tickets available from Village Hall Reception
  • Emersons Green Village Hall, Emersons Way, BS16 7AP

TUESDAY 11th APRIL

Dark Ages Storytime: Knowle Library

Come along to this free storytelling session to be entertained with stories from the Dark Ages with Oscar Kolkowski.

  • 11.15am – 12 noon
  • FREE
  • Knowle Library, Braodwalk Shopping Centre, BS4 2QU
  • Contact: Tel. 0117 9038585

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

Minecraft Vs Wildcraft – MineCraft Survivor challenge.

Collect your elements, build and maintain your village, earn points and protect your land. Watch out for the Creeper!

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Sessions include a Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt, Minecraft vs Wildcraft, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicines, Nerfageddon with all things Nerf, a Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game and more!

Debutots Easter Holiday Family Story Play Session: Emersons Green Village Hall

An interactive drama and play session hosted by Debutots Bristol ideal little ones aged 6 months – 4 years with their parents/carers.

The session will encourage the development of good communication and cognitive skills, plus will be great fun!

There will be a second session on 18th April. All are welcome to come along for one, or both sessions!

  • 10.45 – 11.40am
  • £4.50 per child
  • Please contact Geri to book your place: geri@debutots.co.uk / 0117 325 7801

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

An entertaining, energetic and active Ofsted-approved holiday camp which combines sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

‘Easter Crafts’ Family Fun Day: M Shed Bristol

One of two family fun days at M Shed this Easter for all of the family. Easter activities such as creating Easter Bunny finger puppets and Easter Bonnets made from card and decorated with Easter scrap and flowers, plus making a chicken and an egg moveable or pop-up picture.

  • 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Pay what you think
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

Children’s Holiday Adventure Play Session: Horfield Common

A new free open access ‘Stay and Play’ adventure play session for children of all ages hosted by The APE Project. The session includes a mobile adventure playground and is a great opportunity for local children to get outdoors, have some fun and make new friends.

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  • 12 – 4pm (drop-in)
  • FREE
  • Horfield Common, BS7
  • More details

WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL

Fire Up Your Happiness Levels: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Come along to the woods and take part in cooking and sharing around a camp fire with APE Project CIC. Let the experience of being outside and sharing make you more relaxed and happier!

  • 1.30- 3.30pm
  • FREE (donations welcome)
  • Saltmarsh Dr, BS11 ONJ
  • More details

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: Oldbury Court, BS16

Stream Walk – Scrambling, MEGA Rope Swing, Bridge Building, River paddling, Exploring.

This is a big day, for the most intrepid. Bring a change of clothes and boots/shoes that can get wet and a rucksack for carrying everything – you will need your hands free to pull on ropes, climb over rocks and navigate down miniature waterfalls.

Collect your elements, build and maintain your village, earn points and protect your land. Watch out for the Creeper!

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Sessions include a Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt, Minecraft vs Wildcraft, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicines, Nerfageddon with all things Nerf, a Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game and more!

Dragon Hunting Adventures: Ashton Hill Woodland

A day of dragon hunting at the Robinson’s Discovery Tree Forest School secret base camp deep in Ashton Hill Woodland, a small remote village besieged by dragons.

Children aged 0 – 12 years will be transported back to 1000 AD, the Viking era and go on a mission to protect the woodland, its animal inhabitants and themselves from dragon attack!

On arrival children will be enrolled into the dragon fighting class. Activities include learning tracking skills to look for clues and signs of dragons, making swords for training, building camouflage dens and setting some dragon traps, fire lighting and cooking a delicious dragon-related treat!

There will also be a snack, drink and some fiery dragon inspired stories around the campfire.

£10 (parent and child) 0 – 5 years | Must be accompanied by an adult
£14 (parent and child) 6 – 12 years | Must be accompanied by an adult
£22 6 – 12 years (unaccompanied)

‘Play in a Day’ Pirate-themed Drama Workshop: St Werburgh’s Community centre

thumbnail_halloween-workshopA one-day Easter holiday drama workshop for children aged 6 – 10 years. The one-day workshop is being held by The Dramatory, a Bristol-based workshop company that designs and delivers fun and affordable drama workshops for children.

The workshop will give kids the chance to play, be creative, use their imaginations as well as develop confidence and social skills.

The day will begin with some fun drama games and skill builders. Then the children will break off into pairs and groups to create short scenes inspired by famous Pirate stories and characters and also to have fun making costumes, accessories and props!

At 3.30pm parents and carers will be invited in to see what their children have been working on throughout the day and to watch them perform a short drama performance which shares and celebrate each child’s ideas!

Dark Ages Storytime: Bishopsworth Library

Come along to this free storytelling session to be entertained with stories from the Dark Ages with Oscar Kolkowski.

  • 11.15am – 12 noon
  • FREE
  • Bishopsworth Library, Bedminster Down, BS13 7LN
  • Contact: Tel. 0117 9038566

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

An entertaining, energetic and active Ofsted-approved holiday camp which combines sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

Children’s Theatre Workshop: Bristol Grammar School

A half-day theatre workshop for children aged 8 – 12 years which is being organised by Bristol Academy of Drama.

Children will enjoy drama games, learn about mask work in theatre and devise a 5 minute group performance at the end of the session which parents are very welcome to come and see.

Bristol Academy of Drama is a children’s theatre group offering workshops and holiday clubs for children who want to learn about and engage in theatre and acting.

There is another workshop being held on Tuesday 18th April.

An Eggcellent Easter Egg Hunt: Blaise Castle House Museum

Search Blaise Castle House Museum and its gardens to find hidden clues and complete the trail. There’s a chocolate prize for every child who complete it!

  • Wednesday 12th April, 11am – 3pm
  • Pay what you think
  • Ages: 2 – 12 years
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Rd, BS10 7QS
  • More details

Nature Clay Sessions: Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster

Come along to the farm to make some clay woodland animals and decorate the nature wall with clay faces.

  • Two sessions: 10am – 12 noon / 1 – 3pm (drop-in)
  • £2 per person per session
  • Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, BS3 4EA
  • More details

THURSDAY 13th APRIL

Springtime Sunshine Family Event: St John on the Wall

Free family arts, crafts and activities. Come along and celebrate Easter and fill our ancient crypt with sunshine and springtime sounds!

Make a windmill, decorate a plant pot, grow your very own sunflower, project sunshine onto the ceiling, music and dressing-up.

  • 11am – 3pm
  • FREE (donations welcome)
  • St John on the Wall, Broad Street, BS1 2EZ
  • More details

LDUB Art Club Family Session: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Come along to create some wonderful art with your kids in this session with Alan May.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • FREE (donations welcome)
  • Saltmarsh Drive, BS11 0NJ
  • More details

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

Roald Dahl’s George Marvellous Medicines – Potion Making Vs HARRY POTTERS – Wand making workshop

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Sessions include a Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt, Minecraft vs Wildcraft, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicines, Nerfageddon with all things Nerf, a Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game and more!

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

An entertaining, energetic and active Ofsted-approved holiday camp which combines sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

‘Wicked Warrior Treasures’ Family Fun Day: Bristol Museum

One of two free family fun days at the museum this Easter offering great creative and hands-on activities for all of the family.

Children can create their own swords with fancy hilts inspired by the gold, silver and semi-precious stones in the museum’s exhibition, Warrior Treasures. Kids can also dress-up, play and have lots more warrior fun!

  • 11am – 3pm
  • Pay what you think
  • Bristol Museum, Queens Road, BS1 1RL
  • More details

Wood & Fire: Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster

Come along to enjoy some popcorn round the campfire, plus some adventure play and wood chopping.

  • 10am – 12 noon (drop-in)
  • £2 per person
  • Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bedminster BS3 4EA
  • More details

Farm Tours: Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster

Take a look at the farm behind the scenes and meet the animals.

  • Farm tours at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
  • £2 per person
  • Maximum of 3 children with an adult
  • Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bedminster BS3 4EA
  • More details

FRIDAY 14th APRIL

Easter Special Open Day & Easter Egg Hunt: Viaduct Animal Sanctuary

Come along to meet and handle some of the sanctuary’s animals or play in the new play area. There’s an Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm (£1 extra), face painting (£1 extra), sweets and more!

  • Friday 14th April, 11am – 3pm
  • £1.50 entry per person
  • All ages
  • 114A Badminton Rd, Coalpit Heath, BS36 2SZ
  • More details

City Church Bristol Easter Egg Hunt: St Andrew’s Park

City Church Bristol’s annual Easter egg hunt around the lovely St Andrew’s Park – cracking fun for all the family!

  • Friday 14th April, 10.30am – 12 noon
  • FREE
  • Please sign up via the Facebook event page
  • St Andrew’s Park, BS6

MONDAY 17th APRIL

Easter Egg Extravaganza: Kingsgate Park, Yate

Easter egg fun, plus Easter bonnet judging at 11am.

  • Monday 17th April, 10am – 12 noon
  • FREE
  • All ages
  • Kingsgate Park, Sundridge Pk, Yate
  • More details

TUESDAY 18th APRIL

Pop-Up Tuesday Café – Special Lawrence Weston Farm Fundraiser

A fundraiser for Lawrence Weston Community Farm to help them recover from their recent devastating fire. So please eat cake generously!

  • 10.30am – 2.30pm
  • St. Werburghs City Farm, Watercress Road, BS2 9YN
  • More details

Turtle Tots Underwater Photo Shoot

All babies and toddlers welcome to this underwater photography shoot with Turtle Tots – your child does not need to already have Turtle Tots swimming classes.

The sessions run as a normal class so you will get a fun 30 minutes of swimming with your child, as well as several opportunities to get that perfect shot.

The photo shoot will run in 30 minute sessions throughout the morning so you can book in at a time that suits you and your little one best.

Images available to buy in a whole variety of formats from small digital files to big wall canvases so there are options to suit everyone.

Debutots Easter Holiday Family Story Play Session: Emersons Green Village Hall

An interactive drama and play session hosted by Debutots Bristol ideal little ones aged 6 months – 4 years with their parents/carers.

The session will encourage the development of good communication and cognitive skills, plus will be great fun!

There will be a second session on 18th April. All are welcome to come along for one, or both sessions!

  • 10.45 – 11.40am
  • £4.50 per child
  • Please contact Geri to book your place: geri@debutots.co.uk / 0117 325 7801

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

Nerfageddon  – a full day of all things Nerf.  Fun, strategic + tactical games – Crystal Skull, Bullseye Target Attack, Man Down, Base Invasion

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Sessions include a Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt, Minecraft vs Wildcraft, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicines, Nerfageddon with all things Nerf, a Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game and more!

Easter Egg Hunt & Forest School Session: Oldbury Court

Join Hedgehog and his dedicated group of mini forest explorers for a forest school session and healthy Easter Egg Hunt with Robinson’s Discovery Tree Forest School.

The session will start by children hunting out Hedgehogs friends who are scattered amongst the forest followed by some egg hunting (with a twist – this will be a healthy egg hunt, so no chocolate rewards).

Then there will be a nature based craft activity, free play to allow time to enjoy the swing, digging, bug hunting and more, rounded off with a toasted hot cross bun over the campfire, a snack, drink and song time!

Children’s Theatre Workshop: Bristol Grammar School

A half-day theatre workshop for children aged 8 – 12 years which is being organised by Bristol Academy of Drama.

Children will enjoy drama games, learn about mask work in theatre and devise a 5 minute group performance at the end of the session which parents are very welcome to come and see.

Bristol Academy of Drama is a children’s theatre group offering workshops and holiday clubs for children who want to learn about and engage in theatre and acting.

There is another workshop being held on Wednesday 12th April.

‘Super Skeleton Me’ Family Fun Day: M Shed Bristol

One of two family fun days at M Shed this Easter for all of the family.

Lots of fun activities based around M Shed’s brand new exhibition, Skeletons; Our Buried Bones, bringing alive the stories from the 12 skeletons featured. This event would be ideal for families with children aged 7 years+.

  • 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Pay what you think
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

WEDNESDAY 19th APRIL

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: Oldbury Court, Fishponds

Stream Walk – Scrambling, MEGA Rope Swing, Bridge Building, River paddling, Exploring.

This is a big day, for the most intrepid. Bring a change of clothes and boots/shoes that can get wet and a rucksack for carrying everything – you will need your hands free to pull on ropes, climb over rocks and navigate down miniature waterfalls.

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Sessions include a Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt, Minecraft vs Wildcraft, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicines, Nerfageddon with all things Nerf, a Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game and more!

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

An entertaining, energetic and active Ofsted-approved holiday camp which combines sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

Crafty Cathedral at Bristol Cathedral

Free drop in art and craft session for children and families. Make eggs, bunnies and spring delights. The new cathedral ‘Robin Route’ trail is also available!

Suitable for all ages.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • Free, donations welcome
  • Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1 5TJ
  • More details

‘Spring Fun’ Family Fun Day: Blaise, Henbury

A drop-in family fun day for children aged 3 – 10 to explore the museum’s fabulous collections an exhibitions through hands-on, creative activities.

Today children will be making Spring bunnies and jumping frog puppets, plus Spring flower garlands and tissue paper flowers.

  • 11am – 3pm
  • Pay what you think
  • Blaise House Museum, Henbury Rd, BS10 7Q8
  • More details

Nature Flag Sessions: Windmill Hill City Farm

Join the farm to create a nature flag using natural materials.

  • Two sessions: 10am – 12 noon & 1 – 3pm (drop-in)
  • £2 per person
  • Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, BS3 4EA
  • More details

THURSDAY 20th APRIL

LDUB Art Club Family Session: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Come along to create some wonderful art with your kids in this session with Alan May.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • FREE (donations welcome)
  • Saltmarsh Dr, BS11 0NJ
  • More details

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: Eastville Park Woods

Stone Age Tool Making  – Learn some old and new skills.

Children will be making a selection of bows plus arrow heads and mini axes based on Stone Age designs in a beautiful bluebell woodland. Climb though the tunnel of doom and build a miniature raft to float down the River Frome.

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

During the school holidays UWE Bristol’s Centre for Sport offers children an entertaining, energetic and active environment.

The Ofsted-approved Hotshots Holiday Camps combine sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

LEGOMANIA! Pill Memorial Hall, Pill

A HUGE collection of LEGO and loads of LEGO related fun with Gincandescence and Karen Blake Arts. There will be plenty of LEGO for everyone to build whatever they choose, plus lots of LEGO-related craft ideas, so that children can make something to take home.

Drop Dead Delicious will be running the kitchen with lots of refreshments and some amazing home-made cakes.

There will be two LEGOMANIA! sessions at 10.30am – 1pm and at 2 – 4.30pm. Tickets cost £6 – £14.

All children aged 4-11 are invited to come and join in. Younger children are also welcome to come along as observers, but as there are some 3 year olds who also love Lego and if you do have a younger child who would like to take an active part you are welcome to buy them a ticket too, you are asked to supervise them very closely during the event.

Children will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. The LEGO is for use during the event and only the craft creations can be taken home.

LEGOMANIA! will also be in Clevedon on Friday 21st April!

‘Sew Good’ Family Fun Day: Bristol Museum

One of two free family fun days at the museum this Easter offering great creative and hands-on activities for all of the family.

The Embroiderers’ Guild will be at the museum to help children to make their own Easter Bonnets, hair clips, bands, needle cases or brooches.

  • 11am – 3pm
  • Pay what you think
  • Bristol Museum, Queens Road, BS1 1RL
  • More details

FRIDAY 21st APRIL

Have a Go Day Wind Turbines: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Drop-in to build your own wind turbine to take home! Work with a scientist to test what electricity your turbine will generate and discover how electricity is generated.

  • 10.30am – 3pm
  • FREE (donations welcome)
  • Saltmarsh Dr, BS11 0NJ
  • More details

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game
Nerf Battles – Hunt for the Crystal Skull, Swords, Shields and Base Invasion games

One of 8 high-energy, all-weather holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 taking place throughout the Easter holidays with The Outdoors Project.

Sessions include a Big Wild Easter Egg Hunt, Minecraft vs Wildcraft, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicines, Nerfageddon with all things Nerf, a Giant Dodge Ball Catapult Assault Game and more!

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

An entertaining, energetic and active Ofsted-approved holiday camp which combines sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details
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