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Kathryn Miller

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School's out! The Easter holidays mark the start of spring, and in spite of the recent cold, snowy weather, the days are getting longer and the dark winter months are coming to an end – even the grumpiest cynic can't help but smile at the sight of fluffy lambs, baby bunnies, bright yellow daffodils and blossom. If you're a parent, grandparent, auntie or uncle wondering how to entertain excited children, I've selected my favourite family-friendly attractions – from farms to historic houses to theme parks – where kids can run around outside, maybe learn something new but above all enjoy Easter-themed fun in the shape of a traditional chocolate egg hunt or meeting the Easter bunny.
Leeds Castle

Pretending to be a medieval knight is just part of the fun for youngsters on a trip to 900-year-old Leeds Castle. After looking around the castle, get lost in the maze, ride on the mini train or run about in the woodland. This Easter there's a Treasure Hunt – the top prize, is a gold sovereign that's worth more than £250, though children can play an easier version to win gold chocolate coins. Easter activities from March 29 to April 1 2013.

King Arthur's Labyrinth

An old Welsh slate mine is the location of this fun-filled one-hour tour. Anyone called Arthur goes free. Enjoy mysterious but fun tales of King Arthur at this former Welsh slate mine. The one-hour long tours involve boarding a boat and setting sail on an underground river back in time to the era of King Arthur. It's best suited to families with children aged 5-12, who usually make a day of it and stay to visit the crafts centre to watch designer-makers at work, or take part in drop-in activities such as candle-dipping and pottery painting. For older children (8+) and adults, Corris Mining Explorers is on the same site; tours of this original 18th century mine are led by a miner.

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