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Your complete guide to what’s on this Easter in Cardiff

School’s out for Easter but parents shouldn’t fret, there is plenty going on in the Welsh Capital to keep the children amused, rain or shine. Here is our round up of what’s on this Easter.

For free fun and fresh sea air head to Cardiff Bay: Enjoy panoramic views and a flat 800 metre stretch along the Barrage embankment, ideal for walks or bike rides. Browse free exhibitions, snap a selfie with the Enormous Crocodile or visit the children’s play area, skate plaza and outdoor gym. If you want to get closer to the water tour the Bay in style on a boat ride.

To add to the fun, download the Tiger Bay Trail App for your chance to win a Roald Dahl-themed activity and delicious afternoon tea for the whole family at Octavo’s Book Café in Cardiff Bay!

Go back to nature:Covering an area of around eight hectares, the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve is located on the northern shore between St David’s Hotel and the River Taff. The area supports a rich diversity of plants and animals, including invertebrates, fish and other wildlife. A viewing platform extends out over the water, providing the perfect spot for bird watching. To enhance your visit download the free Wildlife Explorer Trail activity pack and learn about the species inhabiting the reserve as you go.https://cardiffharbour.com/education/

Head to Cardiff International White Water (CIWW)forinstant fun and an adrenaline. During the school holidays, the on-demand white water centre is running Family Rafting sessions, which see the level and speed of the water lowered to accommodate younger members of the family. Kids can also take part in paddle taster sessions, from just £10 per person, or hone their skills by signing up for 5-day Multi Activity or Paddle School, from £150 per person.*
Hire a bike from CIWW and explore the beautiful Bay Trail. Bike hire costs £10 and there’s no need to book in advance – ideal for those impromptu days out. Visitwww.ciww.comfor further details.

Local libraries, Hubs and leisure centres also have a host of activities for children, suitable whatever the weather.

Saturday 31st March- 15th April

Cardiff CastleEaster Trail | 10am – 4pm
Find the answers to the clues around the grounds and win an Easter prize.
Normal admission or a valid Castle Key / Season Ticket plus £1 per trail including a prize.Tel: 029 2087 8100www.cardiffcastle.com

Saturday 31st March – Monday 2nd April 

Cardiff Castle Easter Fun | 10am – 4pm
Join us for a fun-filled weekend of traditional Easter activities including crafts, games and storytelling. Normal admission applies.Free entry to Castle Key holders and Season Ticket holders.Tel:029 2087 8100www.cardiffcastle.com

Ely & Caerau Hub
Easter Family Film Club – Hop! 10.30am (029 2087 3800)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Easter Egg Hunt 10am – 4pm
Children’s Film Club 10-12pm & 2-4pm
Lego Club 11am -12pm.
Easter Craft Club 2.30-3.30pm. (029 2078 5588)

Sunday 1st, April
Bute Park Education Centre1pm – 3pm Easter-themed arts and craft activities
Easter egg hunt – limited places. Please book via www.bute-park.comAll children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Education Centre in Bute Park CF10 3DX, £2.00 perchild.

Tuesday 3rdApril

St David’s HallMonstersaurus is ideal for families.  11.30am & 2.30pm.www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

Ely & Caerau Hub
Story and rhyme time for children aged 0-4, 2-2.30pm

(029 2087 3800)

STAR Hub
Arts & Crafts, 10-11am.
Kids free swim 1.30-3.30pm (029 2078 8505)

Grangetown Hub
Storytime, 10-10.30am
Computer Quiz,   2-3pm (029 2078 0966)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Story/rhyme time and Crafts Session 10.30-11.30am

(029 2078 5588)

Tuesday 3rd– Saturday 7thApril:

Cardiff Harbour Authority:“Under the Bridge”. A series of urban workshops aimed at engaging young people from the local areas will takeplace primarily under the bridge in Hamadryad Park. They will includejunk percussion, free-running and street dance, visual art and spoken word poetry. For more information email[email protected]

Wednesday 4th April

Grangetown Hub
Treasure Hunt 12-1pm
Teddy Bears Picnic 3-4pm (029 2078 0966)

STAR Hub
Lego Club, 10-11am
Health, fitness & wellbeing (girls only) 11am – 1pm, £2 lunch provide (029 2078 8505)

Ely & Caerau Hub
Play Session with Children’s Play Services 2-4pm

(029 2087 3800)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Family Film Club 1-.30am (029 2078 5588)

Thursday 5thApril

Ely & Caerau Hub
Craft Club – Spring craft activities 2-4pm (029 2087 3800)

STAR Hub
Kids Bingo 10-11am
Health, fitness & wellbeing (girls only), 11am – 1pm, £2 lunch provided,
Kids free swim, 1.30-3.30pm (029 2078 8505)

Grangetown Hub
Book Quiz & Bingo 2-3pm
Film Club (Hidden Figures), 3.30 – 5pm (029 2078 0966) 

Llandaff North & Gabalfa HubStory/rhyme time and Crafts Session 10.30-11.30am

(029 2078 5588)

Thursday 5th– Tuesday 10thApril

Bute Park, Spring Stories, freeactivity sessions for families this Easter Holidays. 10.30am and 1.30pm. 3-8 years.www.butepark.com

Friday 6th April

Ely & Caerau Hub
Curling Tournament, Egg prize for the winner!  2-4pm (029 2087 3800)

STAR Hub
Board Games, 10-11am
Health, fitness & wellbeing (girls only) 11am – 1pm, £2, lunch provided,
Kids free swim, 1.30-3.30pm (029 2078 8505)

Grangetown Hub
Lego Club 2-3pm

Junior Storytime,   3-3.30pm

Street Dance, 4-5pm (029 2078 0966)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Sport Cardiff activities for children 10am – 12pm

(029 2078 5588)

 

Saturday 7thApril

Ely & Caerau Hub
Family Film Club  2-4pm (029 2087 3800)

Grangetown Hub
Art & Craft Session, 3.15-4.15pm (029 2078 0966)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Children’s Film Club   10-12pm & 2-4pm

Lego Club 11am -12pm.

Craft Club 2.30-3.30pm (029 2078 5588)

Monday 9thApril

Ely & Caerau Hub
Spring Prize Hunt, Solve the mystery by following the clues around the Hub, 2-4pm (029 2087 3800)

STAR Hub
Arts & Crafts, 10-11am.
Kids free swim, 1.30-3.30pm (029 2078 8505) 

Grangetown Hub Film Club(The Incredibles) 1-2.30pm (029 2078 0966)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Story/rhyme time and Crafts Session, 10.30-11.30am

(029 2078 5588)

Tuesday 10thApril

Cathays Branch and Heritage Library
Retro Childhoods, 2.30-4pm. Hands on History,crafts, games and classic stories (029 2078 5580)

Ely & Caerau Hub
Cardiff Dance Stars, 2-4pm
Story and rhyme time for children aged 0-4 2-2.30pm (029 2087 3800)

Grangetown Hub
Story time 10 – 10.30am
Egg Decorating 2-3pm (029 2078 0966)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa
Hub Puzzle Club 3.30-5pm (029 2078 5588)

STAR Hub
Lego Club 10-11am
Kids free swim 1.30-3.30pm (029 2078 8505)

Wednesday 11th April

Llanover HallCall 029 20872030 to book.

10am – 3pm Batik Flags 7 years +

10am – 12 Fun with Clay 4-8 years

1pm – 3pm Spring Wildlife in Clay 8 years +

Ely & Caerau Hub
Play Session with Children’s Play Services 2-4pm (029 2087 3800)

Grangetown Hub
Art & Craft Session 12-1pm.
Rhyme time  3 – 3.30pm (029 2078 0966)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Family Film Club 10.30am
Free Dance Workshop 11am -1pm (029 2078 5588)

STAR Hub
Kids Bingo, 10-11am
BMX cycling £2, lunch provide 12 – 2pm
Kids free swim, 1.30-3.30pm (029 2078 8505)

Thursday 12thApril

Llanover HallCall 029 20872030 to book.

10am – 3pm Batik – It’s a book Theme 7 years +

10am – 2pm Paper Crafts 4-8 years

1pm – 3pm Paper Sculpture 8 years +

Thursday 12th & Friday 13th April

Llanover Hall
Let’s Act -Two Day Workshop, 7-14 years.

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Story/rhyme time and Crafts Session 10.30-11.30am

(029 2078 5588)

Grangetown Hub
Junior Storytime 3.30-4.30pm (029 2078 0966)

Cathays Branch and Heritage Library
Retro Childhoods, 10-11.30am

Hands on History, crafts, games and classic stories, (029 2078 5580)

Ely & Caerau HubCraft Club – Spring craft activities 2-4pm (029 2087 3800)

STAR Hub
Board Games 10-11am
BMX cycling, £2, lunch provided 12 – 2pm
Kids free swim 1.30-3.30pm. (029 2078 8505)

Friday 13thApril

Llanover HallCall 029 20872030 to book.

10am – 12 Willow Weaving 7 years +

10am – 12 Pottery Easter Chicks and Bunnies 4-8 years

1pm- 3pm Pottery Easter Chicks and Bunnies 8 years +

1pm – 3pm Drawing to Music Activities 7 years +

Grangetown Hub
Lego Club 1-2pm.
Street Dance 4-5pm
Across the Generations party 2-3.30pm (029 2078 0966)

STAR Hub
Football coaching with Cardiff City £2 lunch provided 12-2pm
Kids free swim, 1.30-3.30pm (029 2078 8505)

Ely & Caerau Hub
Homework Club 9am – 1pm
Pool tournament 2 – 4pm (029 2087 3800)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Sport Cardiff activities for children, 10am – 12pm(029 2078 5588)

 

Friday 13th– Sunday 15thApril

RHS Show – Bute Park.
Fri & Sat 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Saturday 14thApril

Ely & Caerau Hub
Family Film Club, 10.30am (029 2087 3800)

Llandaff North & Gabalfa Hub
Children’s Film Club 10-12pm & 2-4pm
Lego Club 11am -12pm.
Craft Club 2.30-3.30pm (029 2078 5588)

Grangetown Hub
Art & Craft Session, 3.15-4.15pm (029 2078 0966)

*If you fancy extending the adventure a 2-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express, Cardiff Bay, and a family white water rafting session at CIWW is available for just £199, subject to availability*. Book now by calling 029 2044 9000 or emailing [email protected] For more information about the hotel, please visitwww.exhicardiff.co.uk.

For more information about getting out and about in Cardiff Bay, go to: www.cardiffharbour.com