7 Easter activities to keep the kids entertained
Last updated Mar 20, 2024

There’s plenty going on in and around Harrogate over the two-week Easter break – take the movie-themed mini crazy golf course and Springtime Live from our ‘5 things to do at the weekend’, for example.

But if you’re specifically looking for activities to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays, here’s a few fun family-friendly ideas to get you started.

An Easter trail and children’s theatre performance at Newby Hall

Newby Hall reopens to the public on 28 March, just in time for Easter. Explore the Easter trail – where fairies will help guide you on a theatrical adventure through the woods while meeting a few cheeky creatures such as Mr Fox along the way –  before enjoying a live children’s theatre performance.

Performed by members of Story Craft Theatre, The Case of the Missing Bunny is an interactive show that will bring puppetry and problem-solving together.

Various prices, the trail runs from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Easter Sunday March 31 and bank holiday Monday April 1 and is included free of charge with a Gardens Admission ticket, Season Ticket & Historic Houses Membership.

The live children’s theatre performances start at midday, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Easter Sunday March 31 and bank holiday Monday April 1. Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE.

Fun for all the family at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr has a whole host of goings-on this Easter; think a giant Easter egg hunt, adventure walks, forest school, clay modelling, Lego workshops, recycling workshops, orienteering and crafts – there’s sure to be an activity to suit everyone.

Various prices, times and dates, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, HG3 1QB. 

Lamb feeding at Yolk Farm

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Nothing says Easter more than little lambs, and if you’ve not yet fed one, it makes for a memorable experience as lambs enthusiastically suckle from the bottle. Before or after lamb feeding, pay a visit to the other animals on the farm and little ones will love the Yard at Yolk play barn too.

Lamb feeding £7, supervising adults do not need a ticket. Entry to the play barn is £2.50 per child, adults and under 1s are free. Various time and dates, Yolk Farm, Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9HY.

Try a wellbeing, musical theatre or creative dance workshop for free

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This Easter, Enchantica’s is running free 30- to 45-minute taster sessions of some of the after-school courses that it puts on throughout the year, including Rising Stars – a combination of drama, yoga and mindfulness – Musical Theatre and Creative Dance classes, all of which are sure to inspire and get your kids’ creative juices flowing.

Be quick though – some of the sessions are already fully booked. 

Free, various times, April 3, Enchantica’s Workshop, Unit 9, Beech Avenue Business Park, Harrogate, HG2 8DS.

Go to a Wonka-themed tea party or Easter bunny bop party

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As a parent or caregiver, if you’ve not yet been to a Rascals Entertainment party, you’ve not yet lived. And this Easter it’s running both a Wonka and Friends Pure Imagination Tea Party and an Easter Bunny Bop Disco Party at The Crown Hotel on 29 March.

For the former think an Oompa Loompa dance show, Easter crafts and a Wonka’s chocolate fountain for the kids. For the latter there will be an Easter bunnies meet and greet, dancing and games, to name but a few of the activities on offer. Not forgetting bubbles… and more bubbles – a sure-fire winner for every age. 

Wonka and Friends Pure Imagination Tea Party, from £22 per child with food, £10 per adult (no food), 12-2pm. Easter Bunny Bop Disco Party, £14 per child, adults £6. Both on 29 March at The Crown Hotel, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RZ.

Go to one of three shows at Harrogate Theatre

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Harrogate Theatre has a trio of family shows this Easter holidays. Take your pick from Dear Zoo, a classic story with a cheeky monkey, a jumpy frog and a perfect puppy; channel your childhood nostalgia at Sooty: The 75th Birthday Spectacular! where beloved characters Sooty, Sweep and Soo are brought to the next generation; or enjoy a live action retelling of The Tortoise and the Hare by Northern Ballet, which recounts the renowned story about a cheeky hare who won’t boasting about how fast he can run, though the tortoise might just give him a run for his money.

Dear Zoo, from £17, 1.30pm, March 27, 10.30am March 28. Sooty: The 75th Birthday Spectacular!, from £21, 11am and 2.30pm, March 30. The Tortoise and the Hare by Northern Ballet, from £13, 11am, 2pm and 4pm April 6. Harrogate Theatre, 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF.

Get crafty at Ripley Castle

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As well as a Children’s Easter Trail where kids go in hunt of the bunnies in the gardens and grounds of Ripley Castle, there will also be a Children’s Easter Crafts workshop held by Rhythm Camp Events at the Castle’s Stables. Kids can forage for their supplies in the gardens and grounds and turn their findings into a unique artwork or memorable memento to take home with them.

Children’s Easter Trail, £3.50 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult, entrance to the grounds are £9.50 per adult, free for children 12 and under), March 23 to April 8. Children’s Easter Crafts, £12.50 per child, one-hour slots from 10am-pm, March 31, Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, HG3 3AY.

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