Ideas for Happy Easter Bunnies

Simon At The Riverside

Welcome to Mary Hardie, Editor of, the first of our guest bloggers. Here’s her guide to keeping kids busy over the Easter Holidays – all handily close to Glasgow Subway stations!

Freckleface-Strawberry-(Hang)-WEBFirst off, there’s the Scottish premiere of Freckleface Strawberry at the Scottish Youth Theatre on Brunswick Street (St. Enoch). This show, which starts on 11 April, is a musical adaptation of the best-selling book, Freckleface Strawberry by Hollywood A – Lister Julianne Moore. She even sent a hand-written note with her best wishes and apparently her mother was born in Greenock.

Over at the Mitchell Library (St. George’s Cross), Aye Write Glasgow’s annual book festival is on.  Wee Write took place back in March but there are a couple of events especially for younger audiences – Cbeebies’ Cerrie Burnell will read from her new book Snowflakes on 5 April and fans of Horace the Haggis will get another chance to hear more about his adventures from author Sally Magnusson on 12 April.

During the holidays, you can rely on Glasgow’s museums and libraries for some free fun, particularly when the weather isn’t great. Partick (Kelvinhall) and Hillhead Libraries are holding Commonwealth Games related Family Fun Days on Friday 11 and Thursday 17 April respectively from 11.00-2.00.

Across the river, Scotland Street School Museum (closed Mondays) (Shields Road) has drop-in events exploring light and shade. Tiddler Time returns on Wednesday 10 April with Light of My Life at 11.00 or 1.30 but booking is essential to ensure you have a place.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Kelvinhall) is a hot bed of activity. Throughout the holiday period, there are drop in sessions exploring the museum’s bees – real, buzzing bees.  Kids can also become a Rainforest Explorer – just pick up a backpack containing everything an adventurer needs – binoculars, torch, compass and magnifying glass – from the Information Desk and complete an activity trail.

If you’ve a budding wildlife photographer in your family the RSPB are running a couple of photography workshops (£8.00) in Kelvingrove Park on Monday 7 and Monday 14 April.

The Tall Ship at the Riverside (Partick) is holding a range of craft and storytelling sessions for ages 3+ at 11.30 and 1.30 from Tuesday to Friday (booking essential, £3.00 per child) or free drop in sessions Saturday to Monday between 1.00 and 3.00.

The Riverside Museum’s holiday programme is inspired by their new Adventurers Display and explores music, bicycles and travel.  The drop-in sessions are between 1.30 and 4.00 although there are storytelling sessions for younger children on a couple of mornings.

On Easter Sunday and Monday, there is a celebration of all things bicycle related with the Best Dressed Cycle Parade and Competition, with performance artists Fish and Game.

Finally, how do you fancy a bit of den building? Get yourself to Glasgow Green (St. Enoch) where, as part of Culture 2014 and Glasgow International, you will find Play Summit, a weekend (12-14 April) devoted to child’s play.

baltic streetThe real fun comes courtesy of Baltic Street Adventure Playground a new project nearing completion in Dalmarnock.

Along with friends from PEEK and Playbusters, they will bring the raw materials and expertise for kids to take part in den-building, making camp-fires, trails – whatever takes their fancy – on Glasgow Green. The only advice is dress for mess!