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Easter 2018: Top places to take the kids in the Midlands and Shropshire

By Rebecca Stanley | Best of | Published:

From science museums to skate parks, adventure centres, animal attractions and even a chocolate factory - there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained this Easter break.

Top places to take the kids this Easter

In no particular order, here are our top picks of the best places to take this kids during the holidays in the Midlands and Shropshire:

Cadbury World, Birmingham

Learn more about the treat that we all love to enjoy at Easter - chocolate.

At Cadbury World you can discover where the legendary chocolate was founded, watch in awe as the expert chocolatiers do wonders with the chocolate, and maybe even get a few free samples along the way.

West Midlands Safari Park - Bewdley

Get up-close and personal with some of your favourite creatures at West Midlands Safari Park

Offering not only the safari drive-through but also a an interactive discovery trail, brand new Lorikeet Landing, shows and talks through the day and rides galore – West Midlands Safari Park is the perfect summer outing.

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Drive through the African Plains and feast your eyes on the hulking white rhino and dainty giraffes, explore Wild Asia and feed sambar and Philippine spotted deer, Behold the Carnivore section and the beauty of the African lion, and end your journey with an exhilarating journey through the attraction's amusement park.

Onsite you can get up-close and personal with even more animals by feeding nectar to the chirpy birds in the Lorikeet Landing, attend their infamous sealion show and learn everything there is to know about their wildlife in talks held throughout the day.

You can also explore their exclusive Land of the Living Dinosaur and step right into your very own terrifying, exhilarating and breath-taking Jurassic Park set.

Cannock Chase Forest

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Cannock Chase Forest is an area of outstanding natural beauty, comprised of a mixture of woodland, open heath land and the remains of early industry.

The area has much to offer in the way of outdoor adventure with amazing bike and hiking trails for those of all fitness and experience levels to observe the splendour of nature.

Go Ape offers an above-ground experience with zip-wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles. For those less-inclined towards heights, Go Ape also offers all-terrain Segways for hire to explore the area off-road.

To boot, Cannock Chase has an adventure play area, camping, caravanning, barbecue areas, orienteering and horse riding on offer for all the family.

Unit3Sixty - Stourbridge

Love skateboarding, skating, scooters and BMX bikes? Then Unit3Sixty is the place for you!

Open seven days a week, this not-for-profit venue covers an area of 22,000sq ft encompassing halfpipes and ramps-a-plenty and an indoor bowl.

Dudley Zoo

Dudley Zoological Gardens - Dudley

If you want to see more than rabbits and chicks this Easter, take a trip to Dudley Zoo.

The historical site offers everything from their Lemur Walkthrough, interactive talks and feeds throughout the day, and a range of beautiful exotic animals such as the Asiatic black bear, Bornean orang-utan, giraffes, the majestic Asiatic lion and many more.

The zoo also offers a number of meets and greets along with animal experiences with many of their resident creatures, along with eerie ghost events and arachnophobia workshops.

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom - Telford

Home to Shropshire’s big cats, there’s always something going on at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom where you can get up-close and personal to some of your favourite animals.

You can get up close and personal with various farmyard critters, meerkats, and one of the UKs only giant flying squirrels on display to the public with daily events and programmes available for all the family such as feeding lambs, goats, deers and the famous sheep steeple chase.

Owl and Falconry Centre - Shipley

After opening its doors once more the Owl & Falconry Centre offers a range of bird of prey displays, meet and greets and other farmyard critters.

The centre has a wide array of owls, eagles, falcons and hawks that you can learn to handle and fly starting from just £25, along with keeper for the day experiences for the whole site.

Their pets corner gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with a range of domestic animals such as donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chickens, geese and ducks.

Black Country Living Museum - Dudley

You can join in with 300 years of history at the Black Country Living Museum, where you can step right back in time to Victorian England, complete with period costumes and authentic props.

Rain or shine there is something to do. Step into the re-built shops and homes and peruse their wares, go underground to their spooky mine, ride around in vintage transport, taste the best fish & chips (they reckon!) and go back to school with a lesson in their schoolhouse.

You will be greeted by traditional characters in period costumes that bring the experience to life and supervise regular events and talks held throughout the day.

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Escape Live, Birmingham

If rain is threatening to dampen your Easter plans, enjoy a day of exhilarating fun at Escape Live.

Escape Live is a team building exercise, perfect for families or groups. Discover skills you never knew you had as you and your group work together to crack the clues hidden and around the room and eventually escape.

The rules – you have 60 minutes, and you can bring up to four friends. What happens after the 60 minutes? That you’ll have to find out for yourself.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre - Craven Arms

The award-winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is perfect for the whole family.

Fly over the Shropshire hills in a panoramic film, learn all about the wonders of the landscape, as well as standing next to the centre's larger-than-life woolly mammoth.

The attraction is free to enter.

Park Hall Farm - Oswestry

While this is a superb place to take the kids to see the animals in the sun, Park Hall Farm also offers a range of indoor play areas - perfect for rainy days.

Its Warren Playbarn boasts nets, slides and ropes, while the Main Arena Playbarn offers bouncy castles and toy tractors. There is also a Monkey Business Adventure Playground, a Water Blaster Game and a Demon Drop Slide - plenty to keep the youngsters entertained.

RAF Museum - Cosford

In the mood for a dose of history? With fully preserved aircrafts in the museum as well as plenty of interactive things to do, this is a way to feel exhilarated without having to go outside.

RAF Museum

Thinktank - Birmingham

Birmingham's ThinkTank is an award-winning science museum, perfect for the family this Easter if the weather starts to become damp.

From steam engines and talking robots, through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has more than 200 hands-on displays on science and technology.

Visitors can also take a walk around the Science Garden, or marvel at the wonders of the universe in the Planetarium.

During weekends and school holidays hot and cold food is available in the Thinktank cafe, including a children’s menu and a range of healthy main meals.

There is also a coffee cart, Secret Garden kiosk, and a gift shop filled with scientific goodies.

Erasmus Darwin House - Lichfield

Nestled in Lichfield’s Cathedral Close, Darwin House is an independent, accredited museum that was once the family home of doctor, inventor and published poet Erasmus Darwin.

Erasmus Darwin was the grandfather of celebrated naturalist Charles Darwin.

You can learn all about the medicinal qualities of plants with which Erasmus treated his patients, uncover his theories and inventions, as well as enjoy numerous interactive exhibits.

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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