Too much chocolate? Get some fresh air this Easter

Have a go at an assault course fit for a Royal Marine this Easter
Have a go at an assault course fit for a Royal Marine this Easter

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With a glorious fortnight off school and the promise of chocolate goodies galore, you might want to find ways to burn off some of that excess energy over Easter.

Getting some exercise doesn’t have to cost a fortune – in fact there are plenty of low-cost things to get stuck into, as well as some free ways to keep fit.

Here are some ideas for activities around the area:

· Commando Fit at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea: Test your stamina and strength during these challenging hour-long sessions.

Primarily aimed at children aged between four and 14, Commando Fit involves completing time trials over a marine-style assault course.

Free with a valid museum ticket, the sessions take place at 11am and 2pm from today until Thursday, and again from Tuesday April 10 until Friday April 13.

‘The idea is to get the kids to do some of the things that a real Royal Marine would do in training,’ says Clare Chapman, from the museum.

‘The session leaves them exhausted after having a really good time.’

Museum entry costs £7.95 for adults and £5.50 for children. A family ticket costs £21.50 for two adults and up to four children.

· Go swimming at the Pyramids Centre, Southsea: Splash around in the fun pools and whizz down all three of the slides.

The pools open early during the Easter holidays – at 10am rather than the usual 3pm – so there’s more time to have fun.

The new banding system means you can stay in the pool for two hours. It costs £5 for adults and £4 for children.

· Run around for free at the AdiZone, at Eastoke, Hayling Island: Everything here is free to use. There’s a large outdoor gym, basketball and football area, climbing wall and freestyle area for aerobics and dance.

Horndean has a similar facility at Jubilee Field in Catherington Lane.

· Learn to swim at the Mountbatten Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth: Always wanted to learn how to swim? Now’s your chance from as little as £5 per session.

The Mountbatten Centre is running swim crash courses this Easter from today until Thursday April 5.

The sessions are for beginners and children taking part must be in school years one and two.

For more information or to book a place contact the centre on (023) 9262 6500.

· Go to football camp at Goals Soccer Centre, Tangier Road, Copnor: Easter coaching sessions will take place from April 11–13 between 10am and 3pm. Available for children aged between five and 12, it costs £15 per day.

General manager Dan Homer says: ‘This is a great opportunity for youngsters to develop their skills over the holiday time.’

To register call 02380 180 200.