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April Adventures: 15 things to do in April

Lisa O'Keeffe

28 March 2018

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April showers, Easter holidays and a whole load of adventures, that’s what we’ve got in store for you this month! Back with 15 exciting events, exhibitions and more taking place all over the UK, there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy. 

Featuring brilliant books, penguins, dragons and even a marathon, get ready to lace up your trainers and jump right into family fun in April.

Know of something exciting happening near you in May? Send us a message on Facebook, and your suggestion could feature in next month’s guide!

  1. Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt at Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

    We all know the Queen is a big fan of corgis, but did you know you can find some cute and cuddly ones on board the Royal Yacht Britannia? Search high and low around the ship for Clarence and his corgi pals, taking in lots of history and heritage along the way. Don’t forget to snap a #CorgiSelfie - you could win a prize!

    A cuddly corgi looking through a window on Royal Yacht Britannia

  2. Clangers, Bagpuss & Co at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton

    Step back into childhood, as the Clangers, Bagpuss and a whole host of iconic characters are at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 29th April. The exhibition, created by V&A Museum of Childhood, allows you to see behind the scenes of the impressive puppetry, stop-motion, sets and filming equipment, allowing you to look behind the box and see just how the magic was made. With other characters including Pogles’ Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine, this event is perfect for all ages.

    Bagpuss on display at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

  3. A World Inside a Book at Discover Children’s Story Centre, London

    Step into the magical books of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, with this interactive exhibition at Discover Children’s Story Centre. Creep into a magical world of forests, miniature houses, dragons and other creatures, spotting all your favourite characters along the way. Keep an eye out for The Gruffalo, Squash and Squeeze around a life-sized cow and enjoy the ride of your life with The Room on the Broom.  Bringing all your bedtime favourites to life, this is the first time you can enter the incredibly immersive world of these childhood legends.

    A little girl looking into a miniature book store at Discover Children's Story Centre

  4. Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk, nationwide

    From 23rd - 29th April, take part in your very own Muddy Puddle Walk as part of the latest Save the Children campaign. Fronted by everyone’s favourite pig, sign up for your fundraising pack and then get planning - you can choose to jump in puddles at your local park, go on a forest adventure or see what puddles you can find in your own garden! Why not get your friends and family involved too? Your fundraising pack is full of ideas, and it’s a great cause for the whole family to get behind.

  5. World Penguin Day, various locations

    What’s black, white and utterly adorable? World Penguin Day on 25th April is the perfect excuse to celebrate our favourite flightless birds, with lots of zoos and wildlife parks set to mark the occasion! We've heard about events at Living Coasts in Torquay, but we'll be able to share more information soon!

    A penguin at Twycross Zoo

  6. Bulbs & Blossoms Spring Garden Tour at Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

    There’s something pretty special about seeing those first signs of spring, especially as it seems like we’ve been waiting ages for it this year! Head to Dyrham Park for the Bulbs & Blossoms spring garden tour, where you’ll be guided by an expert to see all the signs of the new season. From snowdrops to daffodils and tulips too, it’s set to be an explosion of colour within the grounds.

    Spring bulbs at Dyrham Park

  7. Cardiff Children’s Literature Fest at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

    Calling all little bookworms, this children’s literature fest is a great way to bring the magic of storytelling to life, with a series of events and free craft sessions across Cardiff. Aimed at kids aged 3-11, Cardiff Castle is one of the main locations for the 2018 festival, with events taking place on 21st, 22nd and 28th April. From the Big Book of the Blue and Bad Mermaids, to When the Mountain Roared, it’s a great way to encourage and inspire lifelong readers.

    Banner for the Cardiff Children's Lit Fest

  8. Dinosaurs in the Wild, Greenwich Peninsula, London

    Who said time travel wasn’t real? Step back in time to roam alongside Jurassic giants, with Dinosaurs in the Wild at Greenwich Peninsula. Come face to face with dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, visit the research station TimeBase67 to find out more about the science behind the species and witness Triceratops and T-Rex in their natural environment. Available until the end of July, book your tickets for Dinosaurs in the Wild now.

    Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibition

  9. PAW Patrol at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire

    PAW Patrol is on a roll… all the way to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for special appearances on 14th & 15th April. Meet police pup Chase and his fearless friend, Skye, at various intervals throughout the day, where your little superheroes will have the chance to say hello and show off their best poses for a photo. It’s all part of Superheroes at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, which is a whole two weeks of themed events during the Easter holidays - perfect family fun!

    PAW Patrol characters at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

  10. Peppa Pig Live, Leicester, Wolverhampton & Merseyside

    A second appearance for every kid’s favourite pig on our list this month, as her live show continues its UK & Ireland tour. This April, Peppa Pig’s Adventure comes to Leicester, Wolverhampton & Merseyside, for an all-singing adventure based on a camping trip. With Peppa, George and all their friends, it’s an absolute treat for little eyes and ears, and a must for any Peppa Pig fans. Book your tickets now.

    Peppa Pig's Adventure live show banner

  11. London Marathon 2018, London

    One of the most iconic road races in the world, the 2018 London Marathon takes to the city streets on Sunday 22nd April. You don’t need to run the 26.2 miles course to be a part of the action - grab whistles, banners and more to help cheer on from the sidelines, it’s one place the kids can make as much noise as they like! Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge can be really busy, so head to the 17-mile mark around the Isle of Dogs for a more family-friendly viewing spot. Plus, with Mudchute Farm just around the corner, you can enjoy a full day out with the kids!

    Starting line of the Virgin Money London Marathon

  12. Here Be Dragons at Kew Gardens, London

    Plan a visit to Kew Gardens and go off in search of dragons, with a unique Here Be Dragons trail in partnership with Blue Peter. Back in 2017, the trail began with a competition for kids to design their own dragon sculpture, and thanks to help from Wild in Art, the five top designs have all been transformed into full dragon sculptures. Follow the trail between now and 30th September and see if you can spot them all, plus there’s also a sixth design by a local community group. Inspired? Head home and let the kids have a go at designing their own!

    Dragons exhibition at Kew Gardens

  13. Things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Hardcastle Craggs, West Yorkshire

    Explore the great outdoors this month, with a little help from the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ campaign! At Hardcastle Craggs, kids are invited to get stuck during the school holidays, with a series of must-do activities all with nature at the helm. The events are all free (parking charges may apply), and don’t need to be booked in advance - it’s the perfect excuse to grab the wellies!
    • Den Building - 3rd & 13th April
    • Build a mini raft - 4th April
    • Map & Compass - 5th April
    • Make a Bug Hotel - 6th April
    • Wild Art - 9th April
    • Pond Dipping - 10th April
    • Cook on a campfire - 12th April

Stunning scenery at Hardcastle Craggs

  1. St George and the Dragon at Beeston Castle, Cheshire

    Celebrate St George’s Day on 21st and 22nd April (St George’s Day is on 23rd April!), with St George and the Dragon at Beeston Castle. Little dragon slayers will love the hands-on fun and cheering on a champion as he battles to beat the dragon, all whilst discovering the legend of the patron saint of England and soldiers.

    Two boys dressed as knights for St George's Day

  2. Discover our #SomethingsHatching campaign

    This Easter, we’re hatching a plan to share with you the best news and latest goings-on at some of our favourite attractions across the UK. Featuring new roller coasters, adorable baby animals and things getting bigger and better for 2018, we’ve found the new things you just can’t miss this year! Follow the #SomethingsHatching hashtag on social media, or get a sneak peek of the stories here.

    Somethings Hatching Easter campaign banner

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Lisa O'Keeffe

28 March 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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