This is a list of cheap Easter activities for kids who live in Milton Keynes and nearby areas taking place during the Easter holidays in 2017. With the exception of a couple, many of them cost under a fiver so you may be able to do a few. It’s NOT an extensive list of everything that all attractions in the area are doing – they can advertise themselves. Instead I’ve focused on community events, charity events and fun days out at country parks. If you know of a local event taking place, do email me the details to email@example.com and I may include it. A massive thank you to MK and Bedfordshire photographer Hayley from Shutterflies for the gorgeous featured image above. A few things to bear in mind… This blog is not my job. I’m one mum and I do it in my evenings for free. So if you find it useful please follow me on Facebook and leave me a review; do email me any pictures of the places you visit; and do share this blog post with your friends. I’m not going to be able to keep an eye on all of the events mentioned – they’re just ideas – so do check with each place before travelling if you’re in any doubt it’s still running due to bad weather etc. And lastly, I will continue to keep it updated over the next few weeks so please keep checking back to see what’s new. Laura
1 -18 April – Sywell Country Park – Easter quiz trail
Follow the trail map and answer the questions to win a prize. Available from the café, £2 per trail sheet. We’ve been to this Northamptonshire country park a few times. It has a fun sand and water area, sculpture trail, lovely lake and small soft play for babies. £3 to park. There’s also an event there called ‘Stick-tas-tic’ on 6th April – free event on the picnic meadow and choose from making mini creature dens, playing games, magic wands or weaving. Drop in any time between 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. There’s more information about these events on their website. You can read all about our previous visit to Sywell Country Park here and don’t forget to look at our collection of country parks visits for similar places to take the kids to.
3rd April – Troll Disco
11.45am – 1.30pm. Troll disco party at Monkston park community Centre, Monkston park in Milton Keynes. Emily’s Star tombola as well as stalls. Kitchen serving drinks and snacks with profits going to the Henry Allen Trust. £7 a child, £2 an adult, under 1s free. Booking info on Corina’s mascot and costume facebook page.
8th April – Lambing day at Thrift Farm.
More than 100 sheep are ready to give birth throughout April. There will be talks from the farmer, hog roast & BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, colournig corner, storytime and the chance to meet Thrifty the Mascot. £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (2-16), FREE for children under 2 years and £12.50 for a family (2 adults & 2 children). Thrift Farm, Buckingham Road, Whaddon, MK17 0EQ. More info and opening times on their website. If you’ve not been there before, do read my Thrift Farm blog post. And if you can’t make this lambing day, this is a list of lambing days you may find useful.
10th April – Harry’s Rainbow Coffee Morning and Easter egg hunt
11am – 2pm – Easter Egg Hunt – Each child will take home an egg and a certificate, craft area to design an Easter card and other fun activities, colouring competition. There may even be a visit from the Easter Bunny. Raffle. Adults – £3, Children – £3. Willen Pavillion, 28 Portland Drive, MK15 9JP Milton Keynes. Link to tickets here.
11 April – Forest of Marston Vale – Spring Surprise
Follow the woodland trail to discover a Spring surprise. There will be riddles to solve and animal facts. Sessions last 1hr 15 mins and start at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm. £4 per child. Book by calling 01234 767037. MK43 0PS. Marston Vale is a great place to visit. It’s only a short drive up the A421 from Milton Keynes and there is free parking. There’s a good play area and café there. Want to know more about this place? Have a read of our Forest of Marston Vale review here.
12th April – Astral Park Easter Egg Hunt, Leighton Buzzard
12pm – 3pm, do the trail to collect the clues which get you an Easter surprise. Easter crafts as well. £1 per person. No booking required. Astral Park and Community Centre, Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4AY. More info on their facebook page. If you live in or near Leighton Buzzard do follow Buzzing Leighton – it’s a fab blog not specifically about activities to do with kids, but it’s an absolute wealth of information about the town.
13th April – Mini Lush Gardener
10am – 12pm – plant sunflower seeds in a pot. £3.50 charity donation. Includes some kind of product sample to soften your hands. First come first served. Lush shop, Intu MK.
14th April – Mummies Meetings MK Egg-Cellent Easter Party
If you’re looking to make friends in MK then there are several facebook groups which have been set up to help. The biggest is called Mummies Meetings MK and is run by two lovely ladies Anne-Marie and Louise. They organise meet-ups specifically with the aim of bringing parents together. They’re uber nice. I couldn’t do what they do. Do check them out. Anyway they’ve put together what looks like an awesome event for Easter. 11.30am-1.30pm, Oxley Park Community Centre, Redgrave Dr, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes MK4 4TA. £5 for first child. £2.50 for each additional child. Price includes small buffet, gift, games, mini disco. Suitable for 0-7 years but all ages welcome. All money raised goes towards a new Volunteer Community First Aid Responder. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance as numbers are limited. You can’t turn up on the day. All the info is in this facebook event.
14th April – Emily’s Star Easter egg hunt
10am – 2pm. £3 per child. Follow the clues around the secret garden, meet the easter bunny & enjoy a fun filled family event. Pay on the day. Organisers say it was really busy last year so arrive throughout the event to avoid queuing. Stratford Rd, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK13 0DY.
14-17th April – Easter bunny hunt, Rushmere Country Park
Find eight wooden rabbits hidden in the park, answer the questions and win an Easter egg. £3.50 per child. It also costs £2 to park. Limited tickets – details on this website. We always have a fun day out searching for fairy doors and wooden sculptures. If you’ve not been before do read our previous review of Rushmere Country Park.
14 – 17th April Easter Egg Trail at Stanwick Lakes
10am – 4pm – Easter trail around the visitor centre lake. £1.50, win a Malteser bunny by taking part. We love Stanwick Lakes because of its brilliant climbing frames and sand and water area for kids. Parking charges apply. You can read all about our previous visit here.
14 – 17 April – Dunstable Downs Cadbury Egg Hunt
11am to 3pm. Discover the signs of spring at Dunstable Downs on this special new hunt through the trees. The egg hunt will take you on a journey through Chute Wood to find nest boxes and learn about important nature conservation work. Tasty reward at the end of the trail. £2.50 each. Parking charges apply. Chiltern Gateway Centre, LU6 2GY. EDIT…! We did the egg hunt on Sun 16th April. It was so much fun! There’s lovely natural play equipment in the wood. We did take a buggy for our youngest, but used the bigger front wheels to get over the bumpy ground. Well worth going. £2.50 to park. Put it on your list for next year if you missed it this time around. Watch our video below to see what it was like.
14 – 17 April Easter Egg Hunt at Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre
Find the hidden Easter bunnies hidden around the farm. £1 each. Every child gets a prize. A tea-room, art gallery and several independent shops are all available on site. Upper Stowe, NN7 4SH
15th April – Roald Dahl Family Fun Day at Westbury Arts Centre
11am – 4pm, Family fun day, free for children, £2 suggested donation for adults. See picture for all of the details.
15th April – Easter family event, Alban Hill Nurseries
9.30am – 11.30am, Alban Hill Nurseries, Sherington, MK16 9QP. Easter Egg Hunt £2 (includes sheet and goodie bag), craft activities, toy tombola, face painting. We went to the Christmas event there, it was good fun, take some cash for extra activities. There’s a café. When we visited they did free good sized babyccinos for children. It’s a short drive from Emberton Country Park if you wanted somewhere else to take the kids in that area.
16 / 17 April – Forest of Marston Vale – Easter trail
Follow the Easter Trail to win a chocolate treat. £2 per child. No booking required. 11am – 3pm. Go to reception for trail sheet. MK43 0PR
16th April Castle Ashby Easter Egg Hunt
10am – 2pm. £2 per child. Normal adult admission applies which is £7. Chocolate treats at the end of the hunt. Castle Ashby is fab – beautiful gardens, menagerie and lovely play area. We did the Halloween hunt and it was such good fun, BUT it was incredibly busy. So if you’re worried about the crowds then do take a picnic as the café had huge queues last time. You can read all about one of our visits to Castle Ashby here. NN7 1LQ. More info about this event on their website.
16 / 17 April – Stockwood Country Fair
11am – 4.30pm – family friendly fair includes archery, animals, stalls and food. £4.50 per person. Under 5s free. We went a few years ago, it was a good fun event. Stockwood Discovery Centre has some lovely gardens, a fun play area and a good transport museum. It’s worth visiting at some point if you can’t make this event as it’s completely free. You can read all about our visit to Stockwood Discovery Centre here. Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX
What else is free?
There are a number of free play sessions taking place between 3rd April and 13th April across Milton Keynes. They may include sports, games, bouncy castles and messy crafts. They’re organised by MK Play and are funded by the parish councils. See picture for details. do keep an eye on the MK Play facebook page for details or last minute changes.
You could take the kids to the Natural History Museum at Tring or Stockwood Discovery Centre if the weather isn’t great or take a trip to Wendover Woods or Salcey Forest to do the Gruffalo Spotters Trail. You could easily spend a couple of hours at a really good park in Milton Keynes or further afield. We particularly like the Wind in the Willows Park in Great Holm in MK, Russell Park in Bedford, Stanton Low Park in Oakridge park, MK and the Wixams parks in Bedfordshire.
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