It’s time for the school holidays, the weather is warming up (fingers crossed) and the days are lighter for longer. What’s not to like?!
But if the kids are already starting to drive you mad then these tips for places to go and things to see in Thanet might help.
Great Eggcase and Scavenger Hunt
This Easter break why not bring your children down to the beach to have some fun looking for shark egg cases, helping to create a marine masterpiece.
Three events aimed at the 4 -11-year-old age group have been organised by the Thanet Coast Project with a mix of activity and creativity.
The seaside hunts for families to search for clues of our marine and coastal wildlife last for 45 minutes, followed by another 45 minutes of ‘art-time’.
Events will take place on:
- Tuesday 4 April, 11am – Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)
Meet: Coastal Community Beach Hut (opp. Arlington House)
- Wednesday 5 April, 11am – Viking Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1EU)
Meet: outside old Broadstairs Harbour Master Office (opp. Tartar Frigate pub)
- Thursday 6 April, 11am – Ramsgate Main Sands (CT11 8LP)
Meet: By the ‘Needle’ or Obelisk (opp. The Belgian Cafe)
Bookings Open – Please click on link here to reserve your Great Eggcase/Scavenger Hunt place.
Activities are run by Thanet Coast Project volunteers with a suggested donation of £1 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Further information on this and other beach related events, is available at: http://nekmpa.org.uk/whats-on/2017-events-and-activities/.
- To make an online booking, go to: https://secure.thanet.gov.uk/officeforms/booking-coursebook.ofml?ResourceID=34&sc=c7bf3b16
- Alternatively, contact the Thanet Visitor Information Centre on 01843 577577 to book.
Easy Sunday: No Worries/Wrap And Weave
Inspired by the bright colours and culture of South American artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca learn about the Smaman Legend of the Worry Dolls and create your own wrapped up Worry-Person or animal using fabric, threads and recycled materials.
Tickets available from the shop on the day
£3.50 per child
Free for adults, under 3s and CT9 residents (proof of address required)
Runs 1pm – 4pm… drop-in session
Turner Contemporary, Margate, go to https://www.turnercontemporary.org/
Inter-Thanetary: Comic, Gaming & Fantasy Event
The comic and gaming event will be held at the Grumpy Goblin games shop in Ramsgate High Street on Sunday, April 2nd between 10 am – 4 pm. Free entry with any voluntary donations going to Ramsgate Arts.
A range of sci-fi and horror film posters on the day, including some rarities, will be on sale.
Grow Your Own Quex Mystery
4 April – 7 April
Grow your own Quex Mystery! Quex grows lots of fruit and vegetables in its Walled Gardens? Find out about them and decorate your own plant pot, sow your mystery seed and see what mystery Quex goody you grow. Please wear appropriate clothing for outdoors.
Suitable for children aged 7 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Sessions 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm
Adults £8.95 & Concessions £6.50 (includes admission to the Museum and Gardens). Adult Member Free; Children Member £3.
Go to www.quexpark.co.uk/
Big Fish Little Fish X Camp Bestival Family Rave
Back once again for a family rave is Big Fish Little Fish crew, but this time it’s bigger and better as part of Camp Bestival’s ‘Pop Stars & Rock Stars’ tour!
The multi-sensory dancefloor experience has glowsticks, bubbles, a glitter cannon, huge balloons and a giant parachute dance finale. Daft, social, quirky, but always a shedload of fun, you can expect upfront tunes spanning all dance genres. Techno, hip hop, house, disco, garage, rave, drum ‘n’ bass and some definition-defying curveballs make this the party that starts hard and never stops – well, not until teatime anyway!
Integral to the rave is Captain Cookie and her kids’ craft activities. The baby chillout and toddler play space provides breakaway areas with tents and tunnels and ball pool (for babies).
As well as all the usual BFLF fun, there will be a Camp Bestival Photobooth with Pop Stars props. Post your photo on social media to be in with a chance of winning a Family Pass to Camp Bestival this summer!
All ages welcome but aimed at families with 0-8 year olds. No unaccompanied children or adults. Max 3 children per adult and 4 adults per child. Under 18 months free. These events are busy, standing events (limited seating available) with club lighting so please allow your eyes a few minutes to adjust when first entering. There will be a licensed bar and alcohol is permitted in all areas of the events.
Runs from 2pm to 4pm.
Easter Egg Trail
Broadstairs and St Peter’s Chamber of Commerce present a trail for children up to 11 years and wearing an Easter bonnet or Easter costume.
The trail will be around the shops/businesses in the town from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. A list will be published of participating businesses nearer the time.
Children taking part will be required to pre-purchase a token.
Tokens on sale at Expressions and Malcolms in the High Street, and the Bottleneck in Charlotte Street.
More details http://www.broadstairschamber.org.uk/
Thanet Gang Show
13 April – 17 April
Thursday 13th, Saturday 15th and Monday 17th at 7:30pm plus Monday 17th at 2.30pm
Thanet Scouts and Guides present their annual Gang Show.
Filled with song, dance and sketches, the Gang Show gives an entirely different view of Scouting and Guiding. No camp fires, no tents and no “Ging Gang Goolie”, just young people showing their talent on stage.
Tickets* In advance – Evening shows £9, Matinee £8, Friends of Margate Theatres 2 free tickets for any performance.
On the door – Evening shows £10, Matinee £9
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Book here http://theatreroyalmargate.com/
Star Wars Games
14 April – 17 April
1pm-4pm on all days
For the Easter long weekend, enjoy four afternoons of themed games play as The Micro Museum in Church Hill, Ramsgate bring back the popular early Star Wars games on the classic consoles.
Kids (14 years or younger) – come along dressed as a Star Wars character for one-third off the cost of entrance For everyone else – no additional charge for the event…all included in the standard admission. price.
No need to book in advance.
Adult £4, Child £3, Family ticket £8*
- *1 or 2 adults and 1 or 2 children
- Adult – over 14 years old (children 14 years or younger, must be accompanied by an adult)
Tudor House Easter Event
14 April – 17 April
Lots of activities for you to enjoy, including egg decorating and bulb planting.
On Easter Sunday, bring in your Easter Bonnets – a prize will be given for the best one.
There will be both indoor and outdoor games, as well as music and refreshments.
There will be lots of fun for all ages. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Broadstairs Spring Fair
15 April- 17 April
Taking place in Pierremont Park, Broadstairs
Three day fair with over 50 stalls, promoting the best of Kent’s food and drink producers.
Children’s activities include
*Easter Bonnet Competition.
Plenty of hot and cold food; ales, wines, spirits and juice.
10am – 5pm http://www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk/