Easter fun for little ones in Leeds

Chick: A Leeds youngster pictured with a chick.
Chick: A Leeds youngster pictured with a chick.
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Whether your little ones are animal lovers, crafts-crazy or movie-mad, there’s so much more for them to do this Easter than just munch their way through mountains of chocolate.

With just one day to go before gleeful youngsters begin their two-week holidays, anxious parents will be wondering how to keep them entertained.

Thankfully there is no shortage of egg-straordinary activities taking place in and around Leeds over the next couple of weeks.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a market, boat rides, bouncy castle, face painting, biscuit decorating and bunny trail at Thwaite Mills Watermill Spring Festival this Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

Embrace your adventurous side by exploring Kirkstall Abbey and searching for famous bunny rabbits like Peter and Roger on the Bunny Scarecrow Trail from April 3 to April 19.

Or take part in Silly Science Eggsperiments at Abbey House Museum on April 8 from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm.

Young people aged 19 and under will be able to burn off some excess energy at the Mini-Breeze event at Oxton Fields, Torre Road, on April 11 with activities including an obstacle course, inflatable sumo wrestling, laser zone, volleyball and five-a-side football, plus jewellery making and the chance to try DJ-ing and video editing.

There’s also a mad Hatter’s dress up day at Lotherton Hall on April 8.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “With Easter fast approaching it is really great news that once again Leeds Museums and Galleries has put together a brilliant activities programme which both young and old can enjoy.”

And it’s not just council-run sites that are going the egg-stra mile to keep families happy.

The Beehive in Thorner is hosting an Easter Fair this Saturday from noon to 4pm with art and food stalls, including chocolates made by pupils at Thorner Primary, with proceeds going to the school.

On April 10 The Light shopping centre in Leeds will be creating a mini petting zoo, with an indoor farm featuring rabbits, ducklings, lambs, pygmy goats and guinea pigs for little ones to cuddle.

For those happy to head further afield, families can become egg-plorers on the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trails at hundreds of National Trust parks from Friday to Monday. Those nearest to Leeds include Nostell Priory and Park Land in Wakefield and Riddlesden Hall in Keighley.

And although man’s best friend can’t share your chocolate haul, pooches can still share in the egg-citement with a dogs’ treasure hunt at Leodiensian Rugby Club, Alwoodley, on April 12.

The event, from 12.30pm to 4pm and organised by Animal Ark Aid, will see pups hunt for biscuits through the woods, then accompany the humans to afternoon tea.