Easter holiday ideas for the family

The Easter holidays are coming up and that means two glorious weeks with your little angels at home - so we don't blame you for wanting to find some days out to occupy them.

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Fortunately there are loads of options and the weather is getting (a bit) better, so there are loads of good ideas...

Amusement parks
Britain may not have a Disneyland, but it has dozens of great fun theme parks of its own - from Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Legoland and Peppa Pig World.

They will all have opened up for business again after their winter breaks and many combine their rides (gentle or white-knuckle) with other attractions such as animals or huge soft-play areas.

Do your research first and find out which age range each are best for, because some theme parks are targeted especially at younger kids while others might leave them frustrated that they can't go on some of the best rides.

Zoos, safari parks and sea centres
Whether you want to peer at a panda or have your windscreen wipers stolen by monkeys (joke), there's bound to be an animal-based attraction within day-trip distance of you.

Many modern zoos and safari parks feature ancilliary attractions such as treetop walks and adventure playgrounds to help fill a long day out.

Sealife centres have also grown in popularity over the last 10 years and can become the focus of a great day out, especially if the weather's not too bad and you can brave the beach as well.

A walk in the woods
Of course you don't have to travel miles and spend a fortune to have a great day out with the family. If the weather is good - or even if it's not - you can have a marvellous time out in the woods.

You can either buy an OS map and head off exploring or get a book of walks and follow the directions. Or many woodland areas have walking routes marked out so that you don't even need to read anything.

Take a picnic and your kids will probably have just as much fun spotting bluebells and finding interesting sticks as they would riding on a rollercoaster.

But if walking is too "boring" for them, you could head somewhere with marked bike routes instead.

City breaks
No, city breaks are not just for romantic young couples. Cities can be a great place to head with the family too - even if just for a day.

The kids will love going on the trains/trams/buses and looking at the big buildings, there are museums to cover everyone's interests and you'll find plenty of food options - or take a packed lunch for a more budget option.

London is the obvious choice for many, but a lot of provincial cities are more manageable in both their own size and the scale of their attractions.

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