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Easter holiday fun in Ipswich

Special events at the museums, sports centres, swimming pools and parks will make the Easter holidays an egg-citing time for Ipswich youngsters.

Here is a flavour …

Soft play, roller-skating, football, archery, trampolining, racquet sports, dance and drama workshops are all on offer at the town’s Gainsborough, Northgate and Whitton sports centres.

Family float sessions with beach balls and non-stop fun and swim clinics are on at Crown Pools, while Fore Street Pool host swimming lessons.

There is also a comprehensive free community sports programme – Jumpers for Goalposts is coming to you! Activities include girls’ football, basketball, tennis for all the family and an exciting range of park activities.

This spring there is an arty theme at Ipswich Museums and here is a selection of what you can enjoy from 3-12 April.

Butterfly Printing, 3 April – Explore the Museum’s butterfly collection and create your own patterns with press prints and mono printing.

Fashion Forward, 10 April – Discover the wonderful world of African design through our World Culture collections and try your hand at block pattern printing.

Stencil Your Street, 4 April – Inspired by the You Are Here! The Making of Ipswich exhibition, create street scenes by stencilling your favourite buildings from Ipswich.

Arty Selfies, 11 April – Take inspiration from the character portraits in the You Are Here! The Making of Ipswich exhibition to create your own Ipswich selfie using drawing and printing techniques.

Totally Toys, 5 April – Explore your creative side using our vintage toy collection at the Mansion to sketch, design and create monoprints of your own fantastic toys.

Ghost Prints, 12 April – Create a printed portrait inspired by Christchurch Mansion’s paintings and find out what mono ghost printing is.

There are two sessions per day and all Arty Easter events can be booked through the Regent website, www.ipswichregent.com

Also during the holiday is the popular and FREE Ask the Expert day on 11 April 10am-3pm at Ipswich Museum. Have you ever found something interesting and wondered what it might be? Bring in your own treasured items, share your stories about them and ask questions to a variety of specialists. Collect your fossils, rocks, bones, teeth and small bugs (if well-contained). Just drop in – no need to book.

Science comes to Holywells Park for two events this Easter, thanks to Kinetic Science. The first, Kitchen Chemistry, will show you how to make chocolate slime, traffic lights in a tube and a volcano in an egg cup. It’s for ages five-plus and is on Friday 6th April between 10am and 3pm. Cost: £3.50 per child (includes all making materials). No need to book – just drop in (Stable Block).

Kinetic Science are returning to Holywells Park on Friday 13th April with a Science Experiments event between 10am and 3pm. Discover if leaves are really green, investigate floating flowers and make a mini-tornado in a jar. Cost: £3 (includes materials). No need to book – just drop in (Stable Block).

Suffolk Wildlife Trust, along with the Urban Buzz project, is organising a Create a Wildlife Meadow session in Chantry Park on Sunday 8th April, 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is a free event but please book at www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org

The Ipswich Wildlife Watch Group invite youngsters aged six to 12 to a Just Bee Cause morning in Holywells Park on Saturday 14th April between 10am and noon. The group need help maintaining and extending its wildflower plots. Free but book at www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Holywells Park is the venue for a Young Wardens event on Saturday 14th April, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. This is practical conservation in action for 11 to 16 year olds. Cost: £3. Book at www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org

All the information on Easter fun can be found at www.ipswich.gov.uk/schoolholidays

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