Why not take advantage of your local store activities that run FREE of charge. These activities are held to provide young children with the opportunity to learn and develop.
If you’re between six and 14 (sorry grown-ups, this one isn’t for you, so please let your kids know!), go into your nearest official Lego store (there’s more info on where below) on the first Thursday of every month between 4-6pm to take part in the Lego Mini Build.
Get there as soon as you can, as stock is limited to 200-300 models per store (depending on size and location), and it’s first come, first served. Staff will show your kids how to make the model, which Lego told us is worth around £5 (but it’s not for sale). Once it’s been made – it should take about 10-15 mins – the kids can take it home for free.
The models are different each month, and you don’t know what you’re going to get till you get in there.
Find FREE workshops for you and your children at your local Pets at Home store. Their workshops help teach children how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them. They also offer a fun filled set of activities that include products and pets for a hands on approach to pet care.
Sessions last between 30 minutes and one hour depending on the store.
Children will be able to learn and interact with animals such as guinea pigs and hamsters. All Children do not need to bring anything as all materials will be provided and they’ll also receive a certificate and stickers after completing the workshop. Children of all ages are welcome, but sessions are designed for kids aged 5-11 years old and they will need to be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian.
You need to book ahead for your chosen store, date and time.
Find your nearest workshop
Arts and craft retailer Hobbycraft is running free workshops for kids in some stores.
The activity will differ from store to store and children of all ages are welcome, but they will need to be accompanied by a parent.
You don’t need to book – just turn up. There’s always the small risk it’s full when you get there, but you can’t check ahead or book, so just arrive in good time.
You can book your child a place on Dobbies free workshops for 4-10-year-olds. Little Seedlings, which run on the first Sunday of every month at 34 stores across the UK (excluding only its Bar Hill store).
Workshop times vary per store, so you’ll need to ask the store for the relevant times when you call.
Little Seedlings workshops get children planting and learning about nature and wildlife. Each workshop is on a different topic and lasts around 45-60 minutes. Children can find themselves planting seeds to take home, colouring in activity sheets and making sweet pea tepees.
Call up your local Dobbies Garden Center to book your child’s place today
The National Gallery
If you visit The National Gallery in London any Sunday between 11am and 4pm, kids aged 5-11 can take part in free hands-on workshops and drawing sessions.
Entry to the museum is completely free and there’s no need to book, however, I would make sure that you turn up early as places are allocated an hour before the workshops start. There are usually two workshops each day, most last for two hours and are ongoing throughout the year.
When are the next workshops?
- 2 Apr, 11am-12.30pm or 2-3.30pm – Outrageous outfits
- 9 Apr, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm – Real royal silver
- 16 Apr, 11am-12.30pm or 2-3.30pm – Walking on clouds
Hamleys Free Fun
Pop into larger Hamleys toy stores during the Easter holidays between 12pm-4pm for free sweets for kids, arts and crafts, and character appearances.