The Easter holidays are almost upon us…but what are you going to do to keep those little minds busy?
From egg hunts and spring stories to science and safaris, there are plenty of awesome activities going on across the country.
So sign up for an Easter adventure. There’s one for everyone!
The fun is happening around the country with National Trust for Scotland Easter Egg Trails taking place at 32 venues from April 7-10. Budding sleuths can use their chocolate-detecting skills to find clues in the trust’s gardens, castles, houses, towers and hills, from Brodie Castle in Moray to Threave Garden near Castle Douglas (visit nts.org.uk). Follow the trails, solve the puzzle and children will win a reward while learning more about each property.
The National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride hosts Spring Explorers from April 3-6, with activities centred around folklore and wildlife. Children can enjoy storytelling, songs and crafts (nms.ac.uk).
Dalkeith Country Park stages a range of Easter events from April 1-16 including spring storytelling, a golden egg hunt, cookie decorating and craft workshops and an Easter bunny fun run (dalkeithcountrypark.co.uk).
Edinburgh Science Festival embraces the concepts of experimentation, innovation, creativity, curiosity and invention with a living laboratory (sciencefestival.co.uk). The exciting event takes place from April 1-16.
Watching the cheeky monkeys clamber all over your car is all part of the fun experience at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.
Home to more than 350 rare and exotic animals, Blair Drummond is a family favourite day out (blairdrummond.com).
More animal magic can be found at Highland Wildlife Park, which is home to every kind of creature from wildcats to wolves (highlandwildlifepark.org.uk), and at the famous Edinburgh Zoo, from paddling penguins to a new herd of giraffes (edinburghzoo.org.uk).
A new event takes place in East Lothian – Kilduff Farm’s Spring Market. An evening market for over-16s will take place on Friday while a daytime, family-friendly market will be staged on Saturday.
Building on the family owners’ commitment to educating about food and farming, there will be activities on the Saturday to keep little ones busy, such as decorating plant pots and sowing their own flower seeds to tend to at home, along with a visit from The Great British Bake Off finalist James Morton (kilduff.co.uk).
The Lawn at Marine North Berwick is hosting a day full of fun for the whole family to celebrate Easter on April 7.
An egg-citing Easter egg hunt around the hotel and grounds will keep the little ones busy, along with face painting, afternoon tea and more fun with magician Alexander the Great (sevenrooms.com).
The Great Easter Egg Hunt returns to Inverness city centre. Search for the eggs in shop windows and enjoy free Easter crafts, face painting, street entertainers and balloon sculptures, and meet the giant cuddly bunnies and bears (invernessbid.co.uk).
Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre is showing Beauty and the Beast as its Easter family pantomime from April 7-9. (thetivolitheatre.com)
Opening on Saturday, Faerie Tale Farm is a new attraction in the picturesque village of Luss, by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
Home to adorable alpacas, cheeky goats, friendly donkeys, gorgeous Highland Coos, fluffy sheep, a sweet Highland Pony…it’s a great day out (faerietalefarm.com).
Hop along to the restaurant for a tasty breakfast for the whole family before the little ones take part in some egg-cellent fun with the Easter bunny at Dobbies Braehead, April 6-10, 8.30am (dobbies.com).
Camera Obscura hosts holiday events from Saturday, with Easter trails across five floors. And discover Edinburgh as you’ve never seen it before from the rooftop terrace.
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