Easter holiday fun begins at venues across the area

Scott Schillemore encourages Oscar Jenkins. Easter Activities at The Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.
Scott Schillemore encourages Oscar Jenkins. Easter Activities at The Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.

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Baby jellyfish, a commando assault course and making decorations for the upcoming Royal wedding. The Easter holidays are here and venues across the area are marking them with some unusual fare.

But, for a traditional children’s favourite, the City Museum is holding a free Easter egg trail. It promises a fun day of searching the venue inside and out. To take part, download the trail sheet from portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk, search for the eggs and win a prize when you write down where they are. The museum is open from 10am until 5.30pm and the trail runs from tomorrow until April 24.

There may well be some real eggs over at Port Solent when the farmyard comes to visit. Animal lovers get their chance to come face to face with the objects of their affections with donkey rides on April 22, a petting farm on April 24 and birds of prey on April 25.

All these events are part of the free Port Solent Kidz Club, which starts back up on Wednesday with circus workshops, and runs from 11am until 4pm.

From fluffy farmyard animals to creatures of the deep, Blue Reef Aquarium also has something new and exciting to offer this Easter.

In the spirit of spring, a new exhibit called Jelly Babies was revealed at the Aquarium yesterday. Visitors can now marvel at dozens of new Moon jellyfish daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission costs £9.40 for adults and £7.40 for children three to 14.

Meanwhile, there are dry land marine adventures to be had at the Royal Marines Museum where youngsters can take on a commando assault course from Monday to Thursday and again from April 18 to 21.

Commando Fit runs twice daily at 11am and 2pm for children between four and 14. Admission costs £7.50 for adults and £4.95 for children.

For those more interested in the Royal wedding than the Royal marines, there’s a chance to get involved in the celebrations for William and Kate’s forthcoming nuptials with Creative Kings and Queens workshops at Gunwharf Quays.

Make Royal wedding decorations, tiaras and crowns, or design swords and shields and sign up for the Royal Wedding Tea Party from Monday until Sunday 17 between noon and 4pm. Aside form the tea party on the big day, which costs £4 per person, everything is free.