Six of the best: Spring adventure in Leeds

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The Easter bank holiday weekend is the vanguard of the first of the major school holidays, which means parents need to find something fun for their children to do - we look at six days out around Leeds

LEEDS MUSEUM: TIME TRAVEL TREASURE HUNT

For families with older children aged 13 and over. Tick tock goes the Harrison Clock. Step through the clock, navigate your way around the museum, treasure hunting and solving the challenges to enter a prize draw.

The clock exhibition is now a permanent part of the museum, celebrating the role John Harrison’s Leeds clock had in solving the longitude problem of 1714.

Open 10am-5pm through the week and 7pm on Thursdays, entry is free. There’s plenty to see and do.

Contact 0113 224 3732 or email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk for more details.

STOCKELD PARK SPRINGTIME FUN

Spring has sprung and so has the first of the major school holidays, leaving parents with that perennial question: what to do with the kids.... well, here’s one place that will well and truly fill one day...

Hunt for giant painted eggs in the Enchanted Forest and catch the Little Bo Peep show (April 3-6), with other events until April 19. There’s also a competition to design your own chocolate flavour: stockeldpark.co.uk.

All these family friendly events are in addition to Stockeld Parks’ award winning mix of outdoor activities and indoor play.

THWAITES MILLS SPRING FESTIVAL

The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here - on April 5, from 11am-4pm, there will be a chance to mark the arrival of spring at Thwaite Mills Watermill with a bustling spring market, free boat rides, bouncy castle, face painting, children’s crafts, biscuit decorating and much more.

Nestled on a tiny island surrounded by beautiful wildlife, Thwaite Mills Watermill is one of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain. Follow the bunny trail for the chance to win an Easter egg and who knows, you may just bump into the Easter bunny?

CANNON HALL FARM, BARNSLEY

Cannon Hall is one of the gems of West Yorkshire and despite it’s hefty £7.95-a-head entrance fee, it’s well worth the money, not least because if you take the kids, you’re guaranteed to tire them out with all the outdoor (and now indoor) play areas. Yes, Cannon Hall now has a brand spanking new indoor play area with nine slides and a dedicated under fives area. And let’s not forget the actual farm itself, with the chance to watch sheep and ferret racing and view animals up close. Open 10am-5pm school holidays: cannonhallfarm.co.uk

TROPICAL WORLD REVAMPED

Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of the most well-loved family attractions in Leeds and only three miles from the city centre and it’s just been completely revamped with all new habitat areas and cafe.

At Tropical World you can take a trek through the rainforest, stopping off briefly in the outback of Australia before a quick excursion through the desert and all in the same morning.

There’s a new Amazon themed zone where you can see new residents inlcuding Piranhas and Salamanders.

LEEDS YOUNG FILM FESTIVAL

Running until April 10, there are various events across the city, from the town hall to Chapel FM out in Cross Gates. There will be a special preview of Moomins on the Riviera, a family gala at Hyde Park Picture House and a special 30th anniversary screening of Back to the Future at Leeds Town Hall, with a real-life DeLorean car there just for the occasion.

From April 8-11, Chapel FM will be hosting the Leeds Young Music Video Awards 2015, a screening of the film Into Dust by MediaFish alumni Gage Oxley and an all-night lock-in to watch Christopher Nolan’s entire Dark Knight trilogy: www.elfm.co.uk

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