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April 2014
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Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying the milder weather and getting to enjoy some fun outdoor family time. For those of us with school-age children, a large part of April is going to be taken up with the Easter holidays - good job there is so much on! Because of this, the newsletter will be mainly focussing on the fun things there are to do this month. 

As I'm being sent more events all the time, keep an eye on our Easter Holidays page for new updates, but I've been scouring the county to find out what's on, so it's looking pretty full already! If you know of something that is missing, please add it here, and if you are interested in advertising your business on the page, please get in touch!

The normal newsletter will be back next month.
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Barracudas Activity Day Camps offers 80+ exciting activities including sports, crafts and creative arts for children aged 4 ½ to 16 years. 
 
Flexible hours from 8am to 6pm means busy parents can relax knowing their children are well entertained all day! At the kids camps children can try new activities, make new friends and most of all have lots of FUN! With Barracudas camps, holiday childcare is taken care of - activity holidays that are Ofsted registered, giving peace of mind for parents, whilst ensuring maximum FUN for kids.

To book call us now on 0845 123 5299 or visit www.barracudas.co.uk
Alibon Children's Centre Barking Learning Centre Barking Park Beam Parklands The Broadway
  • Dogs Don't Do Ballet: Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He likes moonlight. And music. And walking on his tiptoes.
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm: But Old MacDonald's animals have gone missing! Can you help a friendly scientist and his amazing time machine get them back for him?
Dagenham Library DWD Events Eastbury Manor House Mayesbrook Park Old Dagenham Park Oval Road North
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Join the rangers for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. A great family day out, with chocolate treats for all who attend. 
Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and they are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at Dorothy Barley Junior School.
St Chad's Park Valence House Valence Park William Bellamy Children's Centre
 
Barleylands Farm
  • Bottle Feed the Lambs this Easter and More: Easter is a great time to visit the Barleylands Farm Park. This Easter children will be able to join in daily lamb bottle feeding and meet plenty of other cute spring babies.
Billericay Billericay Dance Centre
  • Easter Bunnies Dance Day: Lots of fun to be had at our 2-hour Easter themed session of dance, games, crafts and prizes!
Billericay Library
  • Castles: Blaze a trail to the hidden castle, discover your medieval menu and learn how to become a knight.
  • Down on the Farm: Join in with songs and activities and listen to stories, all about life on a farm. Hunt for animals, and say hello to one of our very own Scarecrows!
Hobbycraft Langdon Hills Country Park Langdon Visitor Centre
  • Caterpillar Club: Indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children and their carers.
  • Children's Beaded Jewellery Drop in: Drop in throughout the morning to make a beaded bracelet or necklace. All materials provided.
  • Deadly Dinosaurs: Dinosaur themed games, activities, and a craft.
  • Drop in Bug Hunting: Drop in throughout the afternoon to hunt for creepy crawlies in the trees and bushes. 
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Annual Easter trail in the woods with chocolate egg prizes, plus Easter crafts.
  • Go Wild!...in the woods: Family Nature Day for accompanied children age 5yrs+. Bug hunting, tree bingo, wildlife detectives and natural play in the woodland.
  • Go Wild!...at the lake: Family Nature Day for accompanied children age 5yrs+. Bird watching, lake dipping and natural play at the lake.
  • Green Bunch: A new conservation group for young people aged 11 to 18 years.
  • Drop in Pond Dipping: Come and see what's lurking in our ponds!
  • Kite Making: Make and decorate your own kite, then try to fly it in the best place in Basildon!
  • Wild Bunch: Our new group for children who like nature and the outdoors. Suitable for those aged 6 to 11 years old.
  • Wonderful Woods: Family nature day for accompanied children aged 5+.
  • Woodland Fairy Folk: Family Nature Day for accompanied children. Hunt in the woods for boggarts, elves and fairies. Games, activities and crafts for all ages
  • Woodland Story Walk: Family nature day for accompanied children aged 5+.
Mad Science Mega Camps
  • Sports and Activity Camps: Mega Camps are dedicated to providing the best children's camps for children aged 4-14 during the half term & School Holidays in the Essex area.
Nevedon Manor
  • Wonka: Come and experience the wonders of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. This is a totally immersive experience, sight, sound and smell believing you have entered the world of Charlie.
P.A.S.S Soccer Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Gymnastics:  Courses at The Billericay School.
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and they are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at The Billericay School.
Wat Tyler Country Park
  • Mod Roc Canvas Painting: Suitable for all ages use mod roc to create a 3d canvas of your favourite characters and scenes
  • Spring Garden Art: Use tissue paper to design a beautiful glass jar garden tea-light and bead garden decoration
  • St George's Day Art: Celebrate St George's day with us at The Laboratory and create your own wooden spoon dragon, knight in armour picture and rose flag
Weald Country Park The Wick Community Centre
  • Easter Market Day: Face Painters, Bouncy Castle, An appearance from Peppa Pig (to be confirmed), Lots of stalls: Avon, Bodyshop, Cakes, Sweets, Jams & Preserves, Clothes, Jewellery, Crafts, Osborne Books plus more.
  • St Georges Day Disco/Karaoke: Come along and have fun celebrating both Easter and St Georges Day
BRAND NEW TUMBLE TOTS CLASSES starting in BASILDON after Easter! 
Help your child develop the vital physical skills and confidence needed for life with Tumble Tots, Britain's leading active physical play programme. Week by week it develops not only agility, balance, climbing and co-ordination skills, but also essential listening and language skills so useful in school and later life. I also have existing classes in Corringham, Chafford Hundred and Upminster. I have spaces in Gymbabes (6 months to walking), Walking to 2s, 2 to 3s and 3 to school age. Please go to www.tumbletots.com/grays for further information and to book your child's place.
Blake House Braintree Arts Centre
  • Just So Stories: In their highly-acclaimed production of The Just So Stories, Red Table Theatre brings four of Rudyard Kipling's best-beloved tales to vivid life.
Braintree Basketball Club Braintree Leisure Centre
  • Easter Craft Sessions
  • Marcel's Magic: Come and take part in music, games, fun and magic and get your face painted too. Complete THREE different Happy Egg Quizzes on three different days for a chance to win a fantastic prize.
  • Meet the Chicks: Come and meet the cutest of furry bundles and handle real live chicks!
  • Sport Activity Camps: Children's Easter activities
Braintree Museum
  • A Vintage Affair: An array of vintage clothing, homeware, jewellery and accessories. A fun time for all the family.
Chelsea Soccer School
  • Soccer School: Learn the skills of the game in a fun and safe environment.
CleverCrafters Colne Valley Railway Cressing Temple
  • Easter Bunny Adventure: The Easter Bunny and his friends are visiting Cressing temple. Can you follow the clues to find the costumed characters and a chocolate Easter egg? Includes an Easter prize.
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Come and join us for an Easter Egg hunt in Essex Country Parks.
  • Pirates and Princesses Treasure Trail: Pick up a treasure map and lead yourselves around the trail. Follow the clues and answer the riddles to collect a prize at the end. 
Great Bardfield
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Race around the village solving clues & every hunter collects an Easter Egg.
Great Notley Country Park
  • Discovery Centre Stargazing: Ever wondered what could be out there! Join the FREE monthly stargazing event with North Essex Astronomy Group and discover the half moon.
Halstead Leisure Centre Hedingham Castle
  • Medieval Siege and Fair: The return of the Medieval Siege Society and there’s more this year than ever before! In amongst the bustle of the camp – a snapshot of life in the high medieval period.
Kiddiewilks Holiday Club
  • Easter Holiday Club: Kiddiewilks is a new and exciting holiday kids club based in Witham Essex and is run by experienced staff who are dedicted to making sure your child enjoys their school holidays!
Little Stars Mad Science Newlands Shopping Centre Papworth Trust Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Multi- Activities: Courses at Great Bradford's Junior School.
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and they are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at White Court School.
P.A.S.S Soccer
  • P.A.S.S Soccer: Football training course at Lyons Hall Primary School.
RSPCA Danaher Animal Home Saracens Rugby Camp
  • Easter Rugby Camp: For boys and girls.Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips creating a fun and enjoyable environment utilising Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches.
Sports Xtra Witham Town Hall
Barnard Miniature Railway
  • Easter Specials: Easter egg hunt, free easter egg for every child and fun and games. 
Barracudas Activity Camps
  • Easter Camps: Exciting activity day camps for children aged 4.5 - 16 during the school summer holidays. Children will take part in a wide variety of activities including; Sports, Arts & Crafts, Mad Science and much much more!
Beautiful Things
  • Animal Cushions: Your child can choose whether to make a rabbit, a cat or a dog cushion
  • Discover Decopatch: Come and enjoy this fabulous decorative paper technique and cover your own tin can pen pot in pretty paper and glue. 
  • Easter Pom Pom Pets: Enjoy a pleasurable session making chicks, rabbits, and all sorts of other animals from pom poms and felt. 
  • Kids' Bunting Basics: This is a parent and child sesion and an ideal introudction to a sewing machine.
  • Kids' Tote Bags: This is a parent and child sesion and an ideal introudction to a sewing machine.
  • Papier Mache Birds:During this session you will work together to make papier mache birds and mushrooms, and decorate them with a variety of techniques including decopatch, painting and decoration with fabric and trim.
  • Parent & Child Glass Fusion: Working with your child you will both learn to cut and position glass to make your own light catchers and a keyring too.
  • Stop Frame Animation: Bring along your favourite jointed toy and we will help them write, film and direct their own movie. 
Brentwood Karting Brentwood Legs Club
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Easter egg hunt, Easter themed crafts, face painting, Easter bonnet competition.
Champions Academy Basketball
Chelsea Soccer Schools
  • Soccer School: Learn the skills of the game in a fun and safe environment.
Chicken and Frog Book Shop
  • Cooking Class: Join Natasha, as we make cheese twists, chocolate crispy cakes and an egg-stra surprise!
  • Easter Biscuits: Join Natasha, as we make Easter biscuits, fruit smoothies and an egg-stra surprise!
  • Lego Challenge: Drop in to create something egg-xtra cool
  • Plants vs. Science: We are being joined by local gardeners, Carron & Barbara. Bring in an interesting plant or leaf to examine under a microscope, plant a seed to take home and discover the world of plants!
  • Writing Workshop: This will be a whole afternoon of superb creativity, so bring a head full of ideas with you!
Jack of Allsports Old MacDonalds Farm
  • Easter Break: Join our Easter Egg Hunt and take part in creative activities during Easter
Mad Science Mega Camps
  • Sports and Activity Camps: Mega Camps are dedicated to providing the best children's camps for children aged 4-14 during the half term & School Holidays in the Essex area.
Papworth Trust Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary Saracens Rugby Camp
  • Easter Rugby Camp: For boys and girls.Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips creating a fun and enjoyable environment utilising Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches.
Thorndon Country Park
  • Bug Hunt: Bug hunting in the woods drop-in session. 
  • Easter Hop-Along: Come and follow the trail, answer the questions, solve the puzzles and collect your reward and gift shop voucher!
  • Knights, Princesses and Dragon Quest: Pick up a secret map and lead yourselves through the woods. Solve the riddles about magical long ago times. Collect a prize at the end.
  • Pond Dipping:Join us for our morning drop-in pond dipping session. See what creatures you can find in our pond. 
  • Rocket Bottles: Have fun making, decorating and firing your rockets.
  • Springy Spring Trail: Pick up a guide from Pavilion Café and lead yourselves around. Have fun exploring and experiencing the woods, enjoying the spring
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Arsenal Soccer School The Canvey Island Transport Museum Hadleigh Country Park
  • Easter Ori-egg-teering: Our chickens have escaped and there won’t be any eggs for breakfast unless they’re found! Can you navigate your way round the Park and find all the eggs and chickens to win yourself a prize?
  • An Explorer's Quest: Follow in the footsteps of history’s great explorers, helping Scott prepare for his expedition to the South Pole and hunting for pyramids with Howard Carter, as you search for a fabled lost treasure – the mystic skull of the Aztecs.
  • Kite Making: Make your very own kite with the help of the rangers, then send it soaring over the downs.
  • Signs of Spring: Come out into the Park to discover what’s happening in nature as spring gets underway, on this gentle 1.5 mile guided walk.
  • A Walk in the Dark: Experience the Country Park in the dark and listen for the creatures of the night. Who knows what we may encounter?
Hadleigh Farm
  • Easter Rabbit Hunt:Can you find all the rabbits hidden around the Rare Breed Centre and win a chocolate prize?
The Paddocks
  • Easter Craft & Fun Day: Join us for this fantastically fun Easter Craft & Fun Day. We have lots of shopping stalls for you to peruse including, jewellery, clothing, accessories, cakes, crystals, plus much much more.
RSPB West Canvey Marsh
  • Easter Eggstravaganza Trail: Join us for some Easter fun, take part in the Eggstravaganza trail and enjoy the outdoors with all the family.
  • Family Fun Day: Drop in for exciting activities, explore the nature photography trail and discover how you can help us look after wildlife in the Thames.        
Allegro Music
  • Learn To Play a Musical Instrument: Music For All - Free instrument “taster” lessons at your local musical instrument store - part of National Learn To Play Day. Wide variety of instruments to try out
All Star Community Academy
  • Football Camp: Football Coaching, Competitions, Games, Medals & Trophies
  • Multi Sport and Activity Club Camp: Netball, Gaelic Football, Hockey, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Dodgeball, Handball and lots more Competitions, Certificates & Trophies.
Arsenal Soccer School
Barracudas Activity Camps
  • Easter Camps: Exciting activity day camps for children aged 4.5 - 16 during the school summer holidays. Children will take part in a wide variety of activities including; Sports, Arts & Crafts, Mad Science and much much more!
Boreham
Central Park, Bell Meadow and Sky Blue Pasture Chelmer Park
  • Sport Madness: Calling all sports enthusiasts! Come along for a fun filled morning of activity where you can try your hand at a wide range of sports from Hockey and Tennis all the way to Dodgeball. 
  • Tennis Fun Week: Start on your path to be a Tennis player with a qualified and experienced club Tennis Coach. A fun four-day introduction to tennis for children who are relatively new to the sport
  • Tennis Taster: Start on your path to be a Tennis player with a qualified and experienced club tennis Coach. This is a fun introduction morning of Tennis for children who are relatively new to the sport.
Chelmsford Equestrian Centre
  • Horse Riding: Horse riding and horse care; you can even try your hand at grooming the horses
Chelmsford Civic and Cramphorn Theatres Chelmsford Library
  • 3D Tudor Chelmsford: Help the Essex Record Office to bring Tudor Chelmsford back to life! In 1591, a very special map was made of the town, showing each individual house and shop. Come along to make a Tudor house and place it on our large map.
Chelmsford Museum Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre Chelmsford Town Centre
  • St George's Easter Hunt: Shoppers will be able to pick up an Easter Hunt form in the Meadows shopping centre leading them on a fun mission around the High Street.
Chelsea Soccer School
  • Soccer School: Learn the skills of the game in a fun and safe environment.

Danbury Country Park
  • Wild Wednesdays: A monthly nature club for children aged 7 to 11 years who are interested in outdoor fun with a nature theme.
Danbury Outdoors
  • Archery: Aim for gold on the outdoor archery ranges. With its unique mix of fun and competition, this is a popular activity for all ages and abilities, with powerful benefits for the participants.
  • BMX Dirt Racing: The purpose-built BMX track allows you to experience the thrill of the jumps, twists and turns usually reserved for professional riders.
  • Climbing: The climbing wall provides a purpose built environment in which the instructors can teach you basic climbing techniques and introduce you to essential climbing equipment.
  • Danbury One Day Experience: Offers young people aged 8 and above the chance to enjoy up to four new and exciting activities on one day.
  • Extreme Mountain Biking: This course is all off-road; ride through the dips, keep going through the ditch and maintain speed along the singletrack. Prepare to get worn out and muddy!
  • High Ropes: Up for a challenge? Danbury's High Ropes course may include The Leap of Faith, Jacob’s Ladder, All Aboard, The Vines and The Catwalk. Which one will you conquer?
  • Mountain Bike Monsters and Mayhem: This course is all off-road. Cycling fun, games and racing skills, enough to keep any keen young cyclist entertained for a couple of hours. Prepare to get worn out and muddy!
Danbury Sports and Social Club
  • NCT Easter Party: Come and join us for an afternoon of Easter fun for all your little bunnies! We've got magic from Papalarny the Magic Man and a dedicated baby corner provided by Seymour House Day Nurseries, plus plenty of cakes and a raffle.
Dawson Memorial Field
  • Messy Play in the Park: Lots of fun, free activities and crafts for all families with children under 5
  • Play in the Park: Play in the Park is a series of free two-hour multi-activity sessions for children aged 6-11. Join the Play Workers for sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play.
Dovedale Sports Centre East Hanningfield Village Hall & Hanna's Park
  • Play in the Park: Play in the Park is a series of free two-hour multi-activity sessions for children aged 6-11. Join the Play Workers for sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play.
Essex Kids' Camp
  • Easter Camp: Looking for something for your 4-11 year olds to do this Easter? We provide childcare from 9.15-3pm on most days throught the school holidays with plenty of different actifities on offer every day.
Essex Police Museum Explore Learning
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Here’s your chance to describe and draw your own diary entry to remember all the adventure and excitement of a day in your life!
  • Fun with Phonics: Come to our workshop for a memorable hour of fun which is guaranteed to make you a phonics fiend! 
  • National Young Writers’ Creative Writing: This fantastic workshop will offer tips and techniques to support you with your writing. Inspired by the theme ‘Fairytales& Fables’, submit your entry and you could win a trip to Disneyland Paris .
  • Number Bonds: Do you want to be super speedy with your number bonds to 10 and 20? Come along to our workshop and amaze your teacher after the holidays with your skills! 
  • Tailored Session: One of our excellent tutors will work with your child, and demonstrate how exciting learning can be!
  • Times Tables: In this times table tackling workshop we’ll look at the 6, 7, 8, and 9s.
Fairy School Workshops
  • Fairy School Workshops: Come & spend an afternoon at one of our Fairy Schools & experience the magic of being a Fairy!
Galleywood Heritage Centre Great Leighs Playing Field
  • Play in the Park: Play in the Park is a series of free two-hour multi-activity sessions for children aged 6-11. Join the Play Workers for sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play.
Great Waltham Recreation Ground
  • Play in the Park: Play in the Park is a series of free two-hour multi-activity sessions for children aged 6-11. Join the Play Workers for sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play.
Hanningfield Reservoir
  • Dangerous Event for Boys and Girls: Forgotten what to do in the great outdoors? With a little help from Conn Igullden's 'Dangerous book for boys' we will run riot on the reserve! Catapults, bows and arrows, games and craft activities. Dare you join in?
  • Easter Eggstravaganza: Follow a trail around the reserve and take part in pond dipping and minibeast hunting. Return to the centre to collect your prize and make an Easter themed craft to take away with you.
  • Green Bunch: Join our group of young volunteers, aged 11 – 18, and take part in practical conservation work to help manage our reserve.
  • Hatchlings Club: Fortnightly pre-school group for the under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre.
  • Hawks Club - Den Building and Survival: Come and enjoy a day on the nature reserve building your very own den and learning how to survive in the wild.
  • Hawks Club - Minibeast Madness: Enjoy a day of themed wildlife activities on the nature reserve including pond dipping and minibeast hunting.
  • Hedgehog Club - Orienteering Adventures: Enjoy a morning exploring the nature reserve , learning different ways to navigate around through a variety of activities and games.
  • Hedgehog Club - Spring Surprise: Enjoy a morning full of Spring surprises on the nature reserve! 
Hylands House
  • Dragon Hunt: Hylands House Dragon hunters to report to Hylands House.
  • Guided Tours: Get more out of your visit to Hylands with this fascinating insight into almost three hundred years of history. 
  • Horse and Carriage Rides: Take a ride around Hylands Park in a horse drawn carriage. What better way to experience life as it was back in the 1700s!
  • Scrapbook Safari: Safaris are an opportunity for primary school aged children to enjoy a guided exploration at Hylands along with others of a similar age
Kiddi Caru Day Nursery
  • Free Experience Session: Come and be a child for a few hours or relax while your little one experiences ‘learning through play’, the highly successful philosophy adopted by Kiddi Caru.
Little Baddow History Centre Little Stars London Wasps
  •  Brita Coachclass: The London Wasps Coachclass program is designed to provide a fun and rewarding experience to all levels of rugby player. 
Love Shabby Chic Shop Mad Science Marsh Farm
  • Easter Eggstravaganza: With new life coming to the farm with our newborn lambs, chicks and ducklings, springtime has begun! Our Easter Egg Hunt will have you exploring every area of the farm, with a chocolatey treat for all the children when they have finished.
The Meadows Shopping Centre Melbourne Park
  • Army Boot Camp: Have you got what it takes to conquer the Army Assault Course? Well then buckle up those shoes and put on that camouflage as you battle your way over, under and through obstacles.
  • Baseball and Softball: Do your best to smash the ball out of the park whilst avoiding the famous shouts of Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3 and you're OUT! 
  • Bikeability: Bikeability Levels 1,2 and 3.
Oaklands Park
  • Parkour: Jump, leap and roll your way to success as you learn the basics of this exciting up and coming sport with help from record breaking athletes with over 8 years' experience in Parkour Coaching.
Papworth Trust P.A.S.S Soccer
  • P.A.S.S Soccer: Football training course at Chelmer Valley High School.
Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Multi-Activity: Courses at Great Leighs Primary School.
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at Baddow Hall Junior School, Broomfields Primary School, Galleywoods Infants School, Great Waltham CofE VC Primary School, Moulsham Infant School.
Priory Playing Field
  • Play in the Park: Play in the Park is a series of free two-hour multi-activity sessions for children aged 6-11. Join the Play Workers for sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play.
RHS Hyde Hall
  • Easter Family Activities: Get active this Easter and go scavenging for a range of natural materials to turn into new plants and a woodland collage.
  • Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt: For some magical family moments this Easter, hop through the gardens on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny following clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppiest Easter ever!
Riverside Sport and Leisure Saracens Rugby Camp
  • Easter Rugby Camp: For boys and girls.Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips creating a fun and enjoyable environment utilising Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches.
South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre Springfield Parish Centre & New Bowers Playing Field
  • Easter Party: Following our very successful Halloween party last year, we hope to make this event even bigger and better!
  • Play in the Park: Play in the Park is a series of free two-hour multi-activity sessions for children aged 6-11. Join the Play Workers for sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play.
Super Camps Talking Tots
  • Easter Tots: Come along to Talking Tots, the UK's leading programme for developing pre-school children's communication skills.
West Park Pitch and Putt
  • Play Golf: Golf tuition followed by the chance to play some rounds with PGA Professional David Bugg.
  • Tri-Golf: Find your swing with a 'mini' version of golf designed specifically for young children at infant, primary, and junior schools with PGA Professional David Bugg.
Writtle Sports and Social Club & Paradise Park
  • Play in the Park: Play in the Park is a series of free two-hour multi-activity sessions for children aged 6-11. Join the Play Workers for sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play.
Abberton Reservoir
  • Abberton Adventurers: Our Wednesday holiday club for un accompanied 8-12 year olds. Join in the fun on the reserve, there will be different activities each session.
  • Campfire Crazy: Campfire, marshmallows and more Take up the campfire challenges and earn yourself an afternoon of campfire treats. 
  • Easter Eggers: See if you can match our chicks to their eggs on the Easter eggers trail and decorate your own egg to take home.
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Go on an Easter Egg Hunt around the reserve. Can you find the choccie eggs?
  • Eric the Explorer's Expedition: Join Eric the Explorer for his first expedition of the year.
  • Friday Funday: Every Friday of the holidays there will be a different wildlife trail to follow, art and craft or pond dipping. Followed by an afternoon of woodland craft and marshmallow toasting.
  • Lots of Chocolate: Spend the morning on the chocolate trail and learn about some sweet toothed creatures. Gather around the fire in the afternoon for some chocolate treats.
  • Orienteeting Challenge: An orienteering ramble for all the family. The course has changed, are you up for the new challenge?
  • Photography for Children: Photography event for budding young photographers
  • Pond Patrol: Spend the morning investigating both our dipping ponds to see who is beginning to wake up after the winter. 
  • Spring Dippers: Take a look into the depths of our dipping ponds and meet some spring creatures that live in them
  • Star Gazing: An evening of looking at stars and planets
  • Stick Day: What can you do with a stick? Come along for a day of sticky games and fun.
Abbotts Hall Farm Allegro Music
  • Learn To Play a Musical Instrument: Music For All - Free instrument “taster” lessons at your local musical instrument store - part of National Learn To Play Day. Wide variety of instruments to try out
The Arena Leisure Centre Arsenal Soccer School The Art Exchange
  • Easter Eggtastic Family Workshop:Decorate eggs, take part in the Easter Trail, plant a seed in your own eco plant pots – and take them home to watch them grow!
Bourne Mill
  • Easter Egg Fun: Join us at Bourne Mill for our fun quiz and chocolate reward
Busy Bees Nursery Children's World Fun Park
  • Children's World: 6 kiddies' rides, 5 bouncy castles suitable for children age 2yrs to 10yrs. Endless rides for one price!
Colchester
  • Faery Market: The fairies have decided it's time they descend on Colchester. 
Colchester Arts Centre
  • Little Bo Peep: Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them. Her friend Little Boy Blue is doing his best to help find the woolly runaways but he keeps falling asleep.
Colchester Gymnastics Club Colchester Leisure World Colchester Town Hall Colchester Zoo
  • All About Bears! This Easter at Colchester zoo, it’s ‘All About Bears’. To celebrate the opening of our amazing new enclosure, ‘Bears of the Rising Sun’, we have a host of bear themed activities for you to enjoy.
Crafty Mums Gift Shop
  • Butterfly Art: Paper Mobile Making: Come along and use beautiful coloured butterflies to make your own mobiles, using sparkles, shimmer and beads to make your eye catching and majestic mobile.
  • Ceramic Painting: Come along any time between 2-4pm at crafty Mums, to paint your own ceramics. We have a selection of coasters, plates, mugs,hanging hearts, heart shaped plates,animals, money boxes and much more to choose from.
  • Children's Decopatch: Come along and enjoy this fun, messy class, to make your favorite animal, pirate, princess or create from one of the many choices of decopatch creations.
  • Decorate a t-shirt Workshop: Come and decorate a T-shirt. This class is going to be creative and fun. Explore different print making techniques which can be used to adorn, personalise and embellish. 
  • Easter Cupcake Decorating Workshop: Easter Cupcake Decorating workshop,this requires no baking, as I provide the cupcakes, and the children learn the sugar craft for decoration. 
East Anglian Railway Museum
  • Day out with Thomas: Thomas the Tank Engine and his Friends will be here over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend offering unlimited rides on at least four character trains.
  • Steam Day
Escape
  • Holiday Club: Cooking, Spring activities, games and dance, scavenger hunt, make and do, movie madness, Theatricool, gardening and more.
Essex Outdoors
  • Mersea One Day Experience: Offers young people aged 8 and above the chance to enjoy up to four new and exciting activities on one day.
Fingringhoe Wick
  • Campfire Cooking: Prepare to be amazed at what you can cook over the fire!
  • Den Building: Test your family's skills as you build a cosy den in the woods
  • Drop in Day: Come and explore using our Family Nature Trail. Also gem stone panning, make and take and more!
  • Easter Egg Trails: Follow the clues, get the password and claim your chocolate treat. The Easter Bunny has also lined up some helpers to make some brilliant Easter crafts with you!
  • Family Orienteering: Come and learn to use a compass and tackle our orienteering routes.
  • Fingringhoe Explorers: Could you survive in the woods? Try your hand at the skills you'd need and have a go at woodland crafts too. Great fun doing all sorts of woodland activities including den building and campfire cooking
  • Mole, Ratty, Badger and the Weasels too: A full day out on the reserve finding out about our favourite animals in The Wind in the Willows.
  • Signs of Spring: Spring is such a busy time for our wildlife, come and find out more!
  • Wildlife Crime Detectives: There's been a murder and we need your help to solve it!
firstsite
  • Creative Family Drop-in Techno Time: Whether you like robots, cars, computers or aircraft then join our artists for a different technologically themed event each day. Each week a different artist will lead a range of activities for families.
  • Easter Art Course - Art Makers: Start off your Easter Holidays with some spark and enjoy loads of terrific new art techniques, creative activities with one of our excellent artists.
  • Limitless Dance: A session to try out the basics of breaking in a cool and relaxed space. With local dancers Limitless, specialising in breaking and basketball skills. Wear suitable clothing: comforatble loose t-shirt or hoodie with tracksuit bottoms and trainers.
  • Mini Easter Art Course: Start off your Easter Holidays with some spark and enjoy loads of terrific new art techniques, creative activities all here at firstsite with one of our excellent artists.
Headgate Theatre
  • Into the Woods: Mad Hatter presents Sondheim’s iconic musical retelling of favourite fairytale characters, through exploring their various journeys in the woods.
  • Matilda Workshop: This four-day workshop will culminate in a free performance for an invited audience on the last day.
High Woods Country Park
  • Compost Making: Join the Community Gardener and learn how to make garden compost and seed compost for sowing.
  • Dig that Den: Join the Ranger for a fun den building activity in the woodland. Wear suitable warm/waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.
  • Easter Egg Rolling Extravaganza: Join our egg hunt and play Easter themed games. Create your own eggstraordinary Easter egg and obstacle course. Race your egg down the hill – whose will go furthest?
  • Easter Self-Guided Fun Trail: Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre and follow our fun Easter trail.
  • Spring Bat Box Build: Join in with our fun trail and games to learn all about bats then make a bat box to take home. Box kits and tools provided.
Hollytrees Museum
  • Accessorise All Areas: The collections of Colchester and Ipswich Museums featured in this exhibition give an insight into the accessories that were used for both fashion and function by men and women to complete their appearance.
  • Chick and Bunny Pop Up Toys: Puppets have existed for thousands of years with children from ancient Rome to the 21st century all playing with them.
  • Egg Cups and Egg Cosies: Decorate a plain wooden egg cup in your own Easter design, then create a fun bunny or chick egg cosy.
  • Spring's Sprung! Spray Paint T-shirts: Step out in style this spring in a designer T-shirt made by you! Working with a Professional Artist, choose from a selection of specially illustrated & hand-cut stencils of stylised birds, rabbits, flowers, hares, trees and woodland animals.
Langham Pre-school
  • Easter Party: Disco, Dancing, Buffet, Face Painting, Colour Competition & much more!
Layer de la Haye Layer Marney Tower
  • Bottle Feeding the Lambs: Come and feed our Spring lambs.
  • It's Easter: Fun for all the family; bottle feeding the lambs, toddler Easter egg hunt, egg & spoon races and Easter trail.
  • Terrific Tudors: Fun family guided tour suitable for children 6-10 years. Plus bottle feed the lambs.
  • Tower Tours: Tower Tours are an informal tour lasting about an hour.
Leisure World Tennis Centre
  • Pay and Play: There’s no need to book, just turn up at the Tennis Centre and pay and play
  • Touch Tennis Competition: Based on mini tennis, with a small court, small racket and sponge ball, this fast sport is the latest sensation in the world of tennis.
Mad Science Mann's Music
  • Learn To Play a Musical Instrument: Music For All - Free instrument “taster” lessons at your local musical instrument store - part of National Learn To Play Day. Wide variety of instruments to try out
Marks Hall Garden and Arboretum
  • Easter Treasure Hunt: The Easter Bunnies have been busy at Marks Hall, can you follow their clues and find the Easter Egg? 
  • Storyteller: Join us as we take a magical journey through the Arboretum with local storyteller Mike Dodsworth, enjoying tales of adventure and exploring the surroundings.
Move to the Music Dance Academy Mercury Theatre
  • Pirate Gran: Meet Gran. She bakes. She knits. You’d never guess she was a pirate!
Natural History Museum
  • Chick and Bunny Hangies: Grab a template of a chicken or bunny, then use tissue paper and glue to create a colourful and scrunchy animal to hang from your ceiling.
  • The Colchester Earthquake: Almost exactly 130 years ago, on the morning of April 22nd 1884, Colchester was at the centre of the most destructive earthquake to hit the UK in the last 400 years. Meet characters who, on the day after, assess the damage and discuss the terrifying events.
  • Make a Simple Basket: Getting ready for Easter and a delivery of chocolate? How about making a simple basket to keep your smaller Easter eggs in?
Northampton Saints Monarch Rugby Academies
  • Easter Academy: The Northampton Saints Monarch Rugby Academies are the perfect place for young and aspiring rugby players to receive expert coaching to hone their talent and develop their understanding of the sport.
Poplar Nurseries Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at High Woods Community Primary School, Monkwick Junior School & Tiptree Heath Primary School.
Scenario Performing Arts Workshops
  • Musical Theatre Workshop: It's time to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, throw your mittens around your kittens and hand-jive the night away!
Signals Workshops
  • Claymation (7+): Create your own story, characters and sets then learn the basics of stop- motion animation using plasticine to create a short animated film.
  • Film in a Day: Fancy a challenge? Try making a film in one day! We’ll kick-start the morning coming up with ideas, a script and storyboard, moving swiftly onto shooting a short film and editing it together.
  • Green Screen (7+): A fun and active workshop that puts you at the heart of the action, using ‘green screen’ special effects to make your own show.
  • Stop Motion Animation (9+): 
Space Kingdom
  • Circus Day: Including juggling, plate spinning and tricks.
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Fun and games and an Easter egg hunt. 
  • Easter Fun Day: Easter activities and party music
  • Mascot Race: Join Buzz at Clacton Pier to raise money for Dream 100 Kids Trust, then back to Space Kingdom.
Wild in Wormingford Community Education Centre
  • Family Nature Club: Fun and educational outdoor activities for all the family, young and “young once”.
What better way to celebrate motherhood than a piece of bespoke handmade designer jewellery? 

Milly Moore Jewellery has been helping mums to celebrate the extra special people in their world for fourteen years. She makes contemporary jewellery in silver, pearls and vibrant gemstones, all personalised with your choice of names, words and dates.

Milly now launches her Spring/Summer collection with some exciting new designs, including beautiful jewellery for mums, dads, weddings and Christenings. You can take a look at her fantastic creations at www.millymoore.co.uk .
 
Jewellery to mark life's special moments and to treasure forever!
Barracudas Activity Camps
  • Easter Camps: Exciting activity day camps for children aged 4.5 - 16 during the school summer holidays. Children will take part in a wide variety of activities including; Sports, Arts & Crafts, Mad Science and much much more!
Creative Monkeys DNA Dance Studios
  • Willy Wonka's Dance Workshop: We need your help!!! The Oompa-Loompas have hidden all our easter eggs and we need you to come and help us find them.
The Elms Holiday Scheme
  • Easter Holiday Club: Superb tuition delivered by professional sports coaches. Tennis, football, cricket, basketball, hockey, athletics etc.
Epping Forest Epping Forest Gymnastics Club
  • Holiday Gymnastics Club:Colouring competition, gymnastics activities, trampoline activities, team activities, obstacle games, foam filled pits.
Epping Forest Inclusion Project
  • Own a Pony Morning: Enjoy a morning of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony. Learn how to groom, tack up and feed ‘your’ pony. Limited spaces, must book in advance. This session is only for children or young people with disabilities/SEN. 
  • Suntrap Activity Days: Two fun packed days for disabled children and their siblings. Packed with various forest activities (inside & out) come rain or shine.
Grange Farm Centre GreenAcres Woodlands Burials
  • Orienteering for Children: An introduction to map reading for children aged seven and over. There will be a chance for the children to collect clues along the route, while learning about the park and the woodland itself.
Lambourne End Lee Valley Park Farms
  • Easter Eggstravaganza: Join us to celebrate Easter weekend with some eggscellent fun. Take part in our annual Easter egg hunt and see what animals you find around the farm. Say hello to all of the new spring arrivals in the farmyard and you may also catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny!
Mayhem Paintball & Laser Tag North Weald Papworth Trust Rascals Roughtalley's Wood Local Nature Reserve
  • Easter Scavenger Hunt: Come try your hand at our wildlife riddles and quiz questions hidden in the wood and win some Easter treats!
Royal Gunpowder Mills
  • Easter Good Friday and Saturday: Special Easter activities designed for younger children, with a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, crafts and face painting and a chance to meet the Easter bunny ensuring a delightful day out.
  • Easter Sunday and Monday: A spectacular arena event with some exciting explosions where we will demonstrate how gunpowder and other pyrotechnic explosives work, two shows each day. In the Mad Lab Professor Nitrate has his own big bang theories and some special things to try with Easter Eggs, could be messy!
  • Explosive Easter: Professor Nitrate has been busy at work over the winter and is now ready to share even more experiments with you in his extended Mad Lab; hands on interactives and new exhibits like his ‘Anti-Grav Machine’ and ‘Ejector Seat Demonstration’ are ready to blast off.
Saracens Rugby Camp
  • Easter Rugby Camp: For boys and girls.Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips creating a fun and enjoyable environment utilising Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches.
Theydon Oak
Arsenal Soccer School Essex Outdoors
  • Harlow One Day Experience: Offers young people aged 8 and above the chance to enjoy up to four new and exciting activities on one day.
Gibberd Gallery
  • Dreams and Fantasies Exhibition: An exhibition of Harlow schools work which has been organised and curated by young local people as part of our young curators programme. Themed around dreams this show promises to be full of the imagination of Harlow's children.
Harlow Playhouse
  • The Wizard of Oz: This brand new, laugh a minute Easter Pantomime will star Harlow favourite and hilarious Tom Swift as the Scarecrow.
The Harvey Centre Jolly Pods
  • Easter Club: A holiday club run by teachers who are passionate about encouraging children to use their imagination to learn, have fun and make new friends.
Papworth Trust Parndon Wood Nature Reserve
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Complete all the Easter challenges in the Nature Reserve and take home a chocolate egg.
  • Spring Family Day: Bring the family and enjoy all what Parndon Wood has to offer.
Pets Corner Science Alive
  • Science Cafe: Monthly shows by scientists, professors and science experts looking at some of the amazing and wonderful areas of science you might not have though about before!
The Water Gardens Wild n Wacky
  • Spring Fling: Fancy dress or fancy hats, activities, treasure hunt.


The Kids Activity Expo
is a one day event where you can come along and visit a range of activity clubs, such as dance, drama, tuition, fitness and adventure. Watch performances, and take part in taster sessions! A great way to encourage your kids to be active and healthy. 

It is taking place on Sunday 18th May at Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL

To find out more or to book your FREE on-line ticket (limited availability) go to www.KidsActivityExpo.com 

If you would like to exhibit, please email info@kidsactivityexpo.com


 
Advance Music
  • Learn To Play a Musical Instrument: Music For All - Free instrument “taster” lessons at your local musical instrument store - part of National Learn To Play Day. Wide variety of instruments to try out
Barracudas Activity Camps
  • Easter Camps: Exciting activity day camps for children aged 4.5 - 16 during the school summer holidays. Children will take part in a wide variety of activities including; Sports, Arts & Crafts, Mad Science and much much more!
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
  • Bat Evening: Join us at Bedfords Park for an informative talk, and then a walk in the park to look for bats in their natural habitat.
  • Bedfords Nature Rangers: Do you enjoy being outdoors and want to learn more about nature? Explore the outdoors at night with different activities each session.
  • Caterpillar Club: Activity morning for pre-schoolers
  • Den Building: Learn survival skills and have a go at building an amazing den in the woods!
  • Dinosaur Adventure: Go on a dinosaur hunt in the park. Can you find your very own fossil? Also make yourself a dinosaur craft to take home with you.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza: Come and have some Easter fun in Bedfords Park. There will be craft stalls in the visitor centre plus childrens craft activities and Easter Trail.
  • Easter in the Park: Join us for some Easter fun with Easter themed games, activities and crafts.
  • Kite Making: Make yourself a colourful kite then head out in the park to test it out! All materials and equipment is provided.
  • Magical Creatures Monday Funday: Explore Bedfords Park with a nature and wildlife themed activity and craft afternoon.
  • Monster Monday Funday: Search for mini monsters in the park and take part in monster themed games and activities.
  • Pond Life: Have a go at pond dipping to see what underwater creatures you can find plus make a pond creature themed craft to take home with you.
  • Wildlife Discovery Club - Dens and Survival: Build a den and learn survival skills such as orienteering and how to use a flint and steel. 
  • Wildlife Discovery Club - Pond Life: Get a chance to have a go at pond dipping to find the underwater life. We will also spend some time playing pond themed games and making crafts.
Broxhill Centre
  • Archery: Learn and improve your technique  in Archery.
Buddies Play and Sensory
  • Easter Special: Soft play, a bouncy castle, face painter, usbourne books, cakes , balloons and Easter themed sensory and craft activities 
Campion School
  • Sport and Activity Camp: A daily programme with a variety of sports and arts including sports hall athletics, football, tag rugby, kwik cricket, tennis, dance, sketchingand much more.
Central Park Leisure Centre Chelsea Soccer School
  • Soccer School: Learn the skills of the game in a fun and safe environment.
East Coast Wind
  • Learn To Play a Musical Instrument: Music For All - Free instrument “taster” lessons at your local musical instrument store - part of National Learn To Play Day. Wide variety of instruments to try out
The Elms Holiday Scheme
  • Easter Holiday Club: Superb tuition delivered by professional sports coaches. Tennis, football, cricket, basketball, hockey, athletics etc.
Fairkytes Arts Centre
Harold Hill Community Centre
  • Easter Egg-stravaganza Toy & Craft Fayre: A fun packed day with all the fun for the family including activity corner with sand art, face painting, colouring, Easter grotto PLUS shopping and craft stalls and a visit from the Mad Hatter himself!
Havering Museum
  • African Drumming: Have great family fun learning about the African culture and playing the drums.
  • Easter Egg Hunt With Pirate Pete: Become a pirate, enjoy the treasure hunt and take home part of the bounty. Come dressed as a pirate. Best dressed pirate wins a prize.
  • Hands On Archaeology: Become one of Havering's young archaeologists, learn about amazing finds and get involved with an indoor dig.
Hornchurch Stadium
  • Athletics: A variety of athletic events to learn and take part in.
Mad Science Mardyke Community Centre Mega Camps
  • Sports and Activity Camps: Mega Camps are dedicated to providing the best children's camps for children aged 4-14 during the half term & School Holidays in the Essex area.
MyPlace Centre Newtons School Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and they are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at The Coopers Company and Coburn School & Sacred Heart of Mary School.
Queens Theatre
  • Dinosaur Zoo: Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen them before, up close and personal!
  • Easter Holiday Workshop: Create a play in a week.
  • Milly and the Minotaur: Milly is 9 and ill in hospital but she is lucky because she has the ‘best Gran in the world’ (who secretly fancies the doctor!) But ssh! Don’t tell anyone!
  • Nicholi the Clown: Here's Nicholi the clown with a fun filled show for Easter. With comedy, magic and lots of audience participation!
  • Story Play- The Jolly Postman: Fun storytelling workshops for kids ages 5-7.
Robert Beard Centre Romford YMCA Stretch UK Sports & Activity Club
  • Easter Holiday Club: Stretch UK Sports and Activity Camps facilitate every child 5-12 years old. Whether they are into sports, dance, arts&crafts and even music.
Stubbers Adventure Centre
  • SMASH Holiday Club: With activity options to suit everyone, and a flexible programme to ensure that everyone will enjoy themselves!
Thames Chase Forest Centre
  • Face of the Forest Festival: Join us for the second annual Face of the Forest Festival, celebrating all things relating to woodland craft and activities. Confirmed activities include traditional horse logging demonstrations and rock climbing wall.
  • Fencing: A taster session to teach you the basics of this Olympic Sport.
Tracy's T-Cakes Cupcake Classes Upminster Library Vue Cinema
  • Austism Friendly Film Screenings: This will include adjustments such as eliminating adverts, lighting left on low and sound turned down to accommodate film goers.
  • Kids AM: Keep the kids amused from only £1.75 (3D £3.00) every weekend and school holiday weekdays
Wellgate Community Farm
Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Burnham Easter Fayre/Market: A lovely variety of specially selected stalls, Homemade cakes & refreshments, tombola, Junior striker (ring the bell), face painting, Decorate a bunny, sand art stall plus more.
Dengie Hundred Sports Centre Essex Kids' Camp
  • Easter Camp: Looking for something for your 4-11 year olds to do this Easter? We provide childcare from 9.15-3pm on most days throught the school holidays with plenty of different actifities on offer every day.
Essex Outdoors
  • Bradwell One Day Experience: Offers young people aged 8 and above the chance to enjoy up to four new and exciting activities on one day.
Friary Walled Garden Great Totham Nursery The Jolly Sailor
  • Easter Events: Easter Egg Hunt and carvery from 12-3pm. Easter Monday - Entertainment from Claire Wyatt on guitar and vocals and outside bar food all day.
Little Totham Madison Heights Mad Science Mangapps Railway Museum
  • Mangapps Easter Steam Up: Easter fun for all the family. Steam train rides, museum with railway memorabilia, stalls and rural walks.
Mega Camps
  • Sports and Activity Camps: Mega Camps are dedicated to providing the best children's camps for children aged 4-14 during the half term & School Holidays in the Essex area.
Museum of Power Papworth Trust P.A.S.S Soccer Promenade Park Sports Xtra Talking Tots
  • Easter Tots: Come along to Talking Tots, the UK's leading programme for developing pre-school children's communication skills.

Father and son Keith and Morgan Williams have now combined their skills to create Williams Family Photographers, as well as Keith and Morgan, wife and mother Ann is involved in the business as are daughters Catherine and Jennifer whilst the grandchildren, are often asked to pose and model.
               
They have converted a squash courts complex into a state of the art photography studio with a seamless infinity wall, cinematic viewing room , changing rooms and offices and with a spacious car park outside the door it’s very easy for mums to bring babies and young children. The studio is fully CRB certified.
                               
For more information please call  01621 782500.
 
www.williamsfamily.photos
photos@williamsfamily.photos
 
Aldersbrook Library
  • Easter Craft: Make your own Easter daffodils to display at home.
Barracudas Activity Camps
  • Easter Camps: Exciting activity day camps for children aged 4.5 - 16 during the school summer holidays. Children will take part in a wide variety of activities including; Sports, Arts & Crafts, Mad Science and much much more!
Claybury Park
  • Family Woodland Stomp! Come and join the Nature Conservation Ranger for a stomp around the woods in Claybury Park and learn about the wildlife that lives there. Please note that the paths are not suitable for buggies/pushchairs.
Clayhall Library
  • Easter Craft: Come along and enjoy this terrific Easter Craft
Fulwell Cross Library
  • Facepainting with Story and Rhyme Time: Come and listen to some stories and sing rhymes and then have your face painted as an Easter bunny.
  • Katie's Picture Show: Join us for a drama workshop as Splats Entertainment brings to life James Mayhew's classic Katie's books. Practise your acting skills and get creative with making some props.
  • Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet: Create your own Easter finger puppet using pipe cleaners and mini pom poms.
Gants Hill Library
  • Wii: Come, have fun playing Wii with friends
Goodmayes Library Hainault Library Ilford Town Hall
  • Redbridge Easter Parade: An Easter Parade organised by local churches will start at Cranbrook Baptist Church and terminate in the Town Centre. There will also be music drama and other performances on the town hall steps. 
Keith Axon Library Lingotots
  • Easter break: Join us this Easter for an interactive fun packed week of songs, stories, games and craft to enjoy with your little ones whilst being introduced to a new language!
Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Get Active Club:  Courses at Gearies Junior School.
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at Roding Primary School & St Anthony's Catholic Primary School.
Ray Park
  • Pond Dipping: Come and learn about the animals which call our pond in Ray Park home! Can you find a frog, a tadpole or a water beetle?
Redbridge Cycling Centre Saracens Rugby Camp
  • Easter Rugby Camp: For boys and girls.Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips creating a fun and enjoyable environment utilising Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches.
Snowdon Photography
  • Easter Themed Photoshoots: Let's create fun photographs of your children with our Easter themed photoshoots! Included is your 30 min session in our photographic studio, your digital proof images and a 5x7" print! 
Theatre Bugs
  • Spring Holiday Workshops: Let us take the little ones off your hands for three fun filled days of acting, singing, dancing, arts and crafts and dressing up; and of course a truck load of good old-fashioned fun!
Valentines Mansion & Gardens
  • Best of Music Fest: Enjoy a delightful selection of acoustic music performances in a beautiful setting, each month showcasing different musicians & music styles.
  • Eggstra Special Easter Cards!: Make a gorgeous Easter card with collage, glitter, and stained glass effects.
  • Eggstravagant Easter Basket: Create and decorate your own Easter flowers basket and fill it with paper flowers.
Belchamps Scout Centre The Clay and Craft Cottage
  • Clay Workshop: Create your own bird feeder step by step instructions given then create your own master pieces using a variety of tools and modelling ideas. 
  • Easter Parade: Lots of bunnies, chicks and all things Easter in this fab workshop. Painting glueing and sticking many crafts all to take on the day. 
  • Easter Workshop: Make a selection of Easter goodies there will be painting glueing and decorating a number of EGGciting things.
  • Family Fun Day: Bring the whole family and join in some Easter fun. Chocolate fountain and refreshments will be flowing!
  • Fabric Painting: Design and paint using great colours your own t shirt and fab friend please give your childs size on booking thank you.
  • Pop in and Paint
  • Jewellery Making: Beading and creating your own beautiful items of jewellery. Tuition tools and equipment all supplied great for mums and young girls to do together help at hand for older children.
Clements Hall LC Cookywooky Workshops The Fun Factory
  • Easter Party: Join us for Easter fun and games, prizes to be won.
  • Reptile Day: Snakes Alive will be visiting for an interactive reptile experience.
Hockley Woods
  • Fun Day: Easter egg hunt, face painting and arts and crafts.
King Edmund School Monkey Bizzness Mushroom Theatre Company Number One
  • Craft Event: Crafts for children up to age 11. Lots of fun things to make and take home and all free.
Papworth Trust Premier Sport Holiday Courses Rayleigh Golf Club Rayleigh LC Rayleigh View Nursery & Craft Centre Shopland Hall Equestrian Centre Sweyne Park School Swimming Tales
Bonjour! NEW French classes for pre-schoolers to Year 2 pupils in Leigh-On-Sea.

Give your child a head start and a skill for life. La Petite Ecole classes follow the award winning La Jolie Ronde programme which is taught in some of the top schools in the UK and around the world.  
 
La Petite Ecole offers:
  • Small class sizes
  • Learn through fun songs, puppets, activities & games
  • Chance to make new friends
  • La Jolie Ronde quality activity book and CD
Want to know more? Please email sophie@petite-ecole.co.uk 

Timetable: http://www.petite-ecole.co.uk/Classes.html
Testimonials: http://www.petite-ecole.co.uk/Testimonials.html 


A bientôt!
3Lions Soccer School
  • Easter Soccer School: For boys and girls aged 2 to 11 years old at all levels. Learn soccer skills and techniques in a safe, relaxed, fun environment.
Allegro Music
  • Learn To Play a Musical Instrument: Music For All - Free instrument “taster” lessons at your local musical instrument store - part of National Learn To Play Day. Wide variety of instruments to try out
Belfairs Park
  • Family Sunday: Session for families to come and enjoy the woodland
Belle Vue Church
  • Easter Fun Day: Face painting, cake decorating, colouring competition, raffle, tombola and we have a large selection of gifts and toys for sale.
Blenheim Primary School & Children's Centre Circus Zyair
  • Circus Zyair: Bringing together performers from around the world, the show sees a ragtag band of clowns, acrobats and jugglers ply their distinctive talents before fearless daredevils brave the high wire and wheel of death.
Cliffs Pavilion
  • The Chuckle Brothers: Paul and Barry visit a toy shop to buy some water pistols. Whilst trying them out they notice a toy space ship which they get in.Don’t touch anything the shop keeper shouts out! Especially that button!
Explore Learning
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Here’s your chance to describe and draw your own diary entry to remember all the adventure and excitement of a day in your life!
  • Fun with Phonics: Come to our workshop for a memorable hour of fun which is guaranteed to make you a phonics fiend! 
  • National Young Writers’ Creative Writing: This fantastic workshop will offer tips and techniques to support you with your writing. Inspired by the theme ‘Fairytales& Fables’, submit your entry and you could win a trip to Disneyland Paris .
  • Number Bonds: Do you want to be super speedy with your number bonds to 10 and 20? Come along to our workshop and amaze your teacher after the holidays with your skills! 
  • Tailored Session: One of our excellent tutors will work with your child, and demonstrate how exciting learning can be!
  • Times Tables: In this times table tackling workshop we’ll look at the 6, 7, 8, and 9s.
Funky Monkeys The Greenhouse Bar & Restaurant
  • Easter Fun Day: Easter bunny leading egg hunts, music, children's characters making appearances throughout the day, face painting, bouncy castle, kids games, shopping stalls and much more.
Gunners Park
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Help the Shoebury Ranger to reunite the mother birds with their eggs. Use a map to help locate the egg sites and draw what you see.
Jacqson Diego Story Emporium
Leigh Library Gardens
  • Free Family Easter Fun Event: Following on from the great success of previous Easter Events, Leigh-on-Sea Town Council is once again holding its Family Easter Fun event in the Leigh Library Gardens.

Leigh North Street Swim School
Little Muskeeteers
  • Battle Age Adventures: Your child will once again be able to experience the excitement of being a Medieval Knight, a Swashbuckling Pirate, a King’s Musketeer, a Roman Gladiator and a Jedi Knight. 

Mad Science
Mega Camps
  • Sports and Activity Camps: Mega Camps are dedicated to providing the best children's camps for children aged 4-14 during the half term & School Holidays in the Essex area.

The Oakwood
 
Palace Theatre
  • Aliens Love Underpants Workshop: Come and join us at this fun workshop full of drama games, storytelling and arts and crafts based around this fantastic fun show!
  • The Just So Stories: In their highly-acclaimed production of The Just So Stories, Red Table Theatre brings four of Rudyard Kipling’s best-beloved tales to vivid life.

Prittlewell Priory
  • Easter Crafts: A fun family event where children can make their own chocolate egg holding Easter basket, create a daffodil windmill and make an Easter finger puppet.

Purple Goat Theatre
  • Acting For Film: Our Acting For Film project gives you the chance to star in your own film. Not only will you perform in that film but you will create it as well. All in one week!

Sealife Centre
The Soccer Hub
Southend Seafront
Southend West Sports Partnership
Southend Youth Arts
Sportacular
  • Easter Holiday Fun: Variety of multi activities, basket ball, tennis, unihoc, cricket, football, dodge ball, volleyball, art and craft plus many more games.

Summercourt Children's Centre
Talking Tots
  • Easter Sessions: Fun, educational and interactive Easter-themed sessions for pre-schoolers (12mths to 5yrs) with activities designed to develop listening & attention, communication and language skills....and chocolate!
Love Lammie is a Devon based business located in the picturesque seaside town of Salcombe. They design and produce a range of oilcloth bags & all beautifully made in the UK.

They pride themselves on great British design and outstanding quality products. Inspired by vintage seaside living and all things floral their collection is practical yet very pretty. You’ll find Weekend Bags great for days out. Stylish cosmetic bags in various sizes, wash bags , handy little coin purses, Ipad cases, baby bibs & changing mats that fit neatly in to your bag whilst looking attractive and the most sought after item in their range the Signature Bags! 

Essex Mums receive a 20% discount on their first purchase with code ESSEX.
www.lovelammie.co.uk


 
The Beth Chatto Gardens Clacton Factory Outlet
  • Free entertainment and activities: Don't miss out on lots of fun FREE Easter entertainment including balloon modelling and magic, free giveaways, face painting plus fun and games.
  • More Easter Fun and Games: Balloon modelling and magic, free giveaways and entertainment for all the family.
Clacton Pier Clacton Town Square
  • Easter Animals Roadshow
Jaywick Martello Tower
  • Easter Egg Hunt at the Tower: Hunt all the eggs to claim your yummy chocolate prize. Take time out from your hunt to enjoy egg-tastic creative activities and other seasonal games.
Munchkins
  • Easter Eggstravaganza: Come and join in the fun at our fantastic holiday club. Activities include Easter egg hunts, beach combing den building and a dance day hosted by Francesca who has appeared in the West end!
Papworth Trust Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and they are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at Burrsfield Community Infant School & Ravenscroft Primary School.
Princes Theatre Venture Centre 2000
  • Mother, Baby,Toddler & Kids Big Easter Fair: Get creative with the children and make your own Easter Gift, kids will enjoy meeting with our surprise character guest and have their faces painted or have glitter tattoos.Take part in the Easter Egg Charity Raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK.
West Cliff Theatre
  • Chris and Pui Roadshow: CBeebies’ favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for the family. Poor Old MacDonald has recklessly lost his animals!
  • The Sooty Show: Direct from Citv, Sooty heads into town in a fabulous new show to delight the whole family.
Chadwell Children's Centre
  • Garden Fun: Come and join in our free gardening activities.
Chafford Gorges Nature Park
  • Bug Hotels: Come and make your very own bug hotel to take home and encourage insects to your garden.
  • Creative Tissue Craft: Come and make your very own tissue flower pom pom, loveheart, and lollipop flower bouquet.
  • Easter Craft Day:  Family Fishing: Come along and learn the art of fishing. All equipment is provided but if you have your own feel free to bring it along and we can show you how to set up.
  • Fools Gold Panning: Come and pan for your very own Fools Gold and fill a bag to take home.
  • Garden In A Box: Come and make your very own Wildlife garden in a box. Take home to attract insects to your garden.
  • Pixies and Fairies: Make a willow wand, face painting and decorate your very own pixie house to take home. Search for the pixie village in the Gorge
  • Sand Art: Come and make a brightly coloured sand art picture, then fill a sand bottle of your choice to take home.
  • Science Experiment Day: Conduct fun experiments with Chafford Gorges very own professors. Make an erupting volcano, lava lamp, rocket and bouncy ball.
  • Wild West at the Gorge: Make an Indian head dress, play a game of archery and face painting.
Chelsea Soccer School
  • Soccer School: Learn the skills of the game in a fun and safe environment.
The Entertainer
  • Easter Events: Join The Entertainer, in store, at intu Lakeside for lots of exciting activites throughout the Easter Holidays, including Easter egg hunts, Nerf demos, activity sheets, competitions and more.
intu Lakeside
  • Easter Holiday Event: Come and play your part with our intu Lakeside Kids’ Club as we delve deep into the magic and wonder of some of the greatest stories ever told.
Linford
  • Easter Fun Day: Easter egg hunt, prize for best hat competition, raffles, hook a duck, spoon decoration, card making, cake stall refreshments available, and lots more.
Orsett Hall
  • Tiny Toes Show: The Tiny Toes Show is a baby & Toddler Event located in Essex at Orsett Hall, with lots of free parking, fantastic exhibitor offers, competitions and much much more this is an event not to be missed.
Palmers Sports Centre RSPB Rainham Marshes
  • Easter Eggstravaganza: Fun for all the family! Can you crack our brand new Easter treasure hunt? Pick up a trail sheet from reception and head out onto the reserve – can you find the clues and solve the puzzle?
Thameside Theatre
  • The Jungle Book: Come to the Indian Jungle with Riverbank Productions and meet the man cub Mowlgi who is brought up by a family of wolves.
  • Partyman Live: A fabadousa family theatre show! A Magic Show full of laughs and crazy songs that will leaving your bottoms wiggling with laughter!
  • Peter Pan - The Musical: Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning!
  • Pirate Gran: Meet Gran. She bakes. She knits. You'd never guess she was a Pirate!
  • Pop Factor - The Concert: It’s party time, featuring hits by One Direction, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Little Mix and many many more...
Vue Cinema
  • Austism Friendly Film Screenings: This will include adjustments such as eliminating adverts, lighting left on low and sound turned down to accommodate film goers.
  • Kids AM: Keep the kids amused from only £1.75 (3D £3.00) every weekend and school holiday weekdays
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The Arts Centre
  • Easter Workshops: Arts & Crafts, Star in your own Movie, Cooking, Street Dance & Be a Pop Star.
Audley End House and Gardens
  • Easter Adventure Quest: Young adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Audley End. Rise to the challenge and you’ll win a yummy chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.
Audley End Miniature Railway Fab Science
  • Easter Holiday Club: Learn all about electricity, magnetism and all kinds of electrical trickery! Investigate electromagnets, make your own switches and try your hand at the buzz-wire.
Foakes Hall
  • Dunmow Spring Fair: Spring Fair with over 30 stalls including fashion, food, beauty, home and gifts...
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
  • Open Day and Easter Egg Hunt: There will be a fun Easter Egg Trail as well as craft & nature activities available for our younger visitors.
Goulds Pet Shop
  • Record Breaking Easter Fun: Rabbit-themed day. Gould’s Pet Shop is asking customers “how big are your bunny’s ears” as they attempt to break The Guinness World Record for ‘Rabbit with the Longest Ears’.
Hatfield Forest Little Learners with Creative Minds Papworth Trust Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Holiday Football & Multisports: A huge variety of sports for them to play and they are a fantastic, healthy way for them to get out of the house. Courses at The Flitch Green Academy.
Saffron Hall
  • Mr Big Family Concert: Discover the story of Mr Big, the lonely gorilla whose scary appearance puts off potential friends, until he discovers a musical talent.
Saffron Walden Museum
  • Back to the Stone Age: Come and meet a 'real' caveman, handle real Stone Age tools and learn the unique skill of flint-knapping.
  • Secrets from the Stores: An exhibition that brings to light some of the many fascinating objects from our Museum stores that are not on display.
Sports Xtra Thaxted
Everything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at louise@essexmums.org. I love hearing how people use the site and ways I can improve it. The normal newsletter will be back next month - I hope you've enjoyed this overview of the website!

I hope you have a lovely month and that I'll get to see you at a meet-up soon.

Kind regards
Louise
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