The Easter holidays are here! Whether you’re hopping to an Easter egg hunt, getting crafty, or having fun in the sun, you’re bound to have a cracking time in the Tees Valley this Easter.

Being bored won’t be an option during these school holidays, with a variety of egg-citing events, workshops, performances, days out and more to enjoy across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt

Easter and an egg hunt go hand-in-hand, so why not enjoy the Easter Trail at Preston Park Museum? Wander around the grounds, make your way through the Victorian Street, and explore exhibitions to find the hidden eggs.

Have a baa-rilliant time meeting the animals at Newham Grange Farm. Explore the farm, meet the animals and have your little ones let off some steam at the play area, before enjoying the Easter Trail and getting creative with arts and crafts. You may even get the chance to see spring in full swing, with the farm expecting baby lambs and calves to arrive any day now!

RSPB Saltholme is the perfect spot to enjoy nature and Easter all at once, take on the Easter trail and solve clues to discover eggs, meet the local wildlife dotted around the reserve, or pop to the café for a bite to eat.

Hop Over to a Museum

Immerse yourself in the tale of Peter Rabbit at The World of Peter Rabbit™ Storytime Trail, which will be at Kirkleatham Museum for a limited time only. Walk (or hop) in the steps of Peter Rabbit while you’re there, crawl under the garden gate, hide in a watering can and even see your reflection in a mirror pool, just like in the books!

Get your detective hat on and head over to The Dorman Roost at Dorman Museum. Journey round the museum solving puzzles and following clues through the winding corridors with feathered detectives and costumed characters… Can you crack the case? Also, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the giant eggs dotted around Middlesbrough town centre!

Hop over to Preston Park Museum for a variety of fun-filled activities! If you’re an animal lover you’re bound to love the museum’s Farmyard Flyer, which is taking place throughout the Easter Weekend. This pop-up farm provides the perfect day out – meet the alpacas, say hello to ducks and hens and go to see the cutest guinea pigs and rabbits!

While at the museum’s under-fives club let your pre-schooler do what they enjoy the most, getting messy! Get creative and enjoy messy crafts, before winding down for story time every Friday throughout the holidays. Don’t forget to check out its annual Eggshibition during your visit, which features more than one thousand beautifully decorated eggs created by local communities.

Head to Hartlepool to visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s brand-new Horrible Histories exhibition, which starts on 9 April. Follow a bossy pirate parrot and his ratty shipmate on a hilarious journey as you discover wicked weapons, terrible tactics and prisoner punishment used by Blackbeard himself. Lively illustrations, foul facts and gruesome games bring the stories of putrid pirates to life – so fans of the books, stage shows and TV series will know what to expect!

Find the perfect family day out

You don’t have to shell out to enjoy Albert Park’s Easter fun day on 20 April, with plenty of free things to do! See dinosaurs dotted around the park, dance along to music activities, get involved in sports, enjoy a spot of roller skating, pedal your way to your very own smoothie on a Smoothie Bike and get competitive with giant games like Connect 4. Alternatively, have a fun-filled Family day at the Races this Easter Monday thanks to Redcar Racecourse, enjoy bouncy castles, balloon modelling and everything in-between!

If you’d like to explore the great outdoors, why not wind your way through the trees at Guisborough Forest’s superworm trail, or head to Teessaurus Park to dine amongst the dinosaurs with riverside views? RSPB Saltholme’s pond dipping sessions are another excuse to get outdoors, discover the creatures that live beneath the reserve’s Discovery Zone pools during the Easter break. Book your session online here.

If your little ones love theatre, they can have a magical time at Tom Rolfe’s Easter Egg-stravaganza Magic Show on 13 April or enjoy the deliciously dark and funny fairytale of Baby Yaga at Theatre Hullaballoo, the only children’s theatre North of London! Hop on over to Darlington Hippodrome for a jam-packed programme of dance workshops, art and crafts sessions, and even an Easter egg hunt in the theatre itself!

If you’re looking for more inspiration this holiday, take a look at our guide to Enjoy Rainy Days or find Free family days out in the Tees Valley. Don’t forget to tag us in your social posts with all you’re getting up to, by using #EnjoyTeesValley or tagging us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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