Spring has sprung and it’s a great time to get out with the kids and try something new. We’ve rounded up some of the top family-friendly events in Belfast and beyond.

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LEGO Big Build

13-28 April
W5

Calling all budding builders! Are you ready to unleash your creativity? This Easter join W5 for their brick-tastic LEGO® Big Build event!

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Spring into Rowallane this Easter

13-28 April
Rowallane Garden

It’s the perfect time to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and see the garden bursting into life at Rowallane. Hop along for some fun in the garden and make egg box creatures, natural crafts or an Easter card.

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Teddy Bear Bible Festival

18-27 April
Museum of Orange Heritage

This Easter at the Museum of Orange Heritage, kids can enjoy popular Bible stories illustrated through teddy bears! There will also be two days of arts and crafts hosted for children.

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Jungle NI
Jungle NI

Family Fun Days at Jungle NI

Selected dates, April to September
The Jungle NI

Similar to a funfair, The Jungle’s Family Fun Day is an open-park day and offers a range of outdoor activities by token. Simply buy as many tokens you wish, exhange them for activities and enjoy a fun family experience day unlike any other.

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Easter Weekend

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Easter in Bangor

20-22 April
Various Locations

Bangor's Big Easter will feature lots of fun for all the family.  The highlight of the weekend is the Milkshake Live! Monkey's Milkshake Musical on Saturday 20 April at the McKee Clock Arena.

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Jungle NI
Jungle NI

Easter Egg Hunt

20-23 April
Jungle NI

Join the Jungle NI Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday in a daring quest against time. You will be given a number of clues and must make haste to answer riddles and find the missing eggs at the end of the trail.

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The Greatest Show for Families

20 April
SSE Arena

‘Roll up’ and see songs from the hit musical, amongst other hit shows, brought to life by a talented troop of singers, dancers and aerialists.

 

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Easter Eggstravaganza

21-23 April
Exploris Aquarium

Hip hop your way to Exploris Aquarium to take part in all Easter egg-titives alongside their native and tropical fishy friends.

 

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Easter Petting Zoo

22-23 April
MAC

Back by popular demand, the MAC Petting Zoo returns this Easter Monday and Tuesday. With lambs, chicks, bunnies and lots more - cuddle some farmyard favourites until your heart's content.

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Enchanted Garden

22-23 April
MAC

Join the MAC for some spring-time fun as you create your very own miniature enchanted garden. Use your imagination to design a magical mini world.

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Easter Sunday Lunch at Titanic Hotel

21 April
Titanic Hotel Belfast

Indulge in an Easter Sunday lunch buffet selection. Entertainment will be provided that both adults and children can enjoy.  

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Easter Eggspress Train

20-22 April
Lanyon Place Station

All aboard the Easter Steam Eggspress to Whitehead. Easter Bunny will be on board and all ticket holding children will receive an Easter egg.

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Spring Nests

22-23 April
MAC

Spring into action and explore the senses of spring in this craft workshop perfect for 1-3yrs. Little buds will build cosy textured nests and create fluffy chicks with colourful eggs.

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Bubble Show: Milkshake and the Bubble Flower

22-23 April
MAC

Milkshake’s bubble flower cannot survive a cold winter without bubbles so she must get help from Dr Bubble – and quick! A family show, perfect for all ages.

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Ark Open Farm
Ark Open Farm

Easter Extravaganza at The Ark Open Farm

19-23 April
Ark Open Farm

Take part in their brand new for 2019 bunny trail and enjoy all the fun in the new fairy tale forest full of nursery rhyme themed scenes.

 

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Milkshake Live!

20 April
McKee Clock, Bangor

Children’s favourites Fireman Sam, Noddy and Milkshake Monkey will be singing and dancing their way to Bangor, the only Northern Ireland location on their tour, to put on the most dazzling musical performance families will ever see.

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Belfast Cathedral
Belfast Cathedral

Belfast’s Biggest Indoor Easter Egg Hunt

23 April
Belfast Cathedral

Everyone is invited to call in on Easter Tuesday between 11am - 3pm so children (and grown-ups!) can explore all the Cathedral’s nooks and crannies in the search for those hidden eggs.

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CastleCourt's Easter Eggstravaganza

19-20 April
CastleCourt

CastleCourt brings back ‘unboxing’ phenomenon to Belfast with live YouTube heroes and a monster-sized inflatable Easter egg as part of a cracking Easter eggstravaganza.

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Easter at HMS Caroline

19-28 April
HMS Caroline

Explore the ship through the exciting Easter Trail inspired by Blücher the Bunny, a naughty rabbit who lived on board during the First World War.

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Ulster American Folk Park
Ulster American Folk Park

Easter Celebrations at Ulster American Folk Park

21-23 April
Ulster American Folk Park

Try your hand at traditional crafts, meet the spring lambs and enjoy storytelling sessions. Taste seasonal treats, giggle at Punch and Judy and have a go at egg and spoon races.

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Kids Cupcake Decorating Workshop

22 April
Black Box

Step by step, decorate cupcakes that are almost too good to eat. Come along to the Black Box and join Makes & Bakes for this Easter-themed cupcake decorating workshop.

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Easter at The Lost City Adventure Golf

20-22 April
The Lost City Adventure Golf

Explorers will have the opportunity to search the indoor jungle for special golden eggs hidden around both of the 18-hole adventure golf courses, The Sunken Skull Ridge and Explorer Falls. Find the eggs to win Inca gold, which you can exchange for chocolate eggs!

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Easter Extravagan-Zoo

20-28 April
Belfast Zoo

On Easter Monday and Tuesday visitors have the chance to win some eggcellent prizes! The zoo's coin treasure hunt returns with a range of prizes to be won including animal adoptions, memberships and animal experiences.

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Kids' Chocolate Making Workshop

23 April
Black Box

Come along and create some wonderful tasty designs with melted chocolate! Choose from three half-hour sessions taking place throughout the day at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm. The chocolate used is gluten free and nut free.

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Late April & May

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Easter Eggstravaganza at IKEA

24-26 April
Ikea

Join IKEA Belfast for fun activities for all the family including craft for kids, Easter egg hunts, Easter petting zoo, food demonstrations and more.

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Ards Puppet Festival

26-27 April
Ards Arts Centre

For two days Ards Arts Centre and Conway Square will be buzzing with puppets in all shapes and sizes. Expect scheduled performances, street theatre, walkabouts, workshops and lots of quirky characters to meet.

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Rockstars

Tuesdays, 30 April- 4 June
Clip ‘n’ Climb, Dundonald

Rock Stars is an six-week fitness program aimed at 6-10 year olds who want to test their skills on the Clip ‘n’ Climb elements whilst learning more about the techniques and skills that will help them become stronger climbers.

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Mini Moon

27 April, 25 May
Black Box

This sensory disco for childnren up to seven-years-old is designed for kids with any kind of disability. The music will be low, there are coloured lights and moving visuals, soft cushions, sensory toys, bubble machines, and lots of dancing. 

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Release Your Inner Cartoonist

27-28 April
MAC

Learn how to transform a flat piece of paper into a riot of laughs, an explosion of adventure, a cacophony of sound and a gobsmack of disbelief, at this exclusive cartoonist workshop.

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Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

Easter Arts and Crafts Workshops

23-26 April
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

Join the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum for free Easter craft workshops. Running from 23-26 April workshops will change daily and run from 10-11am and 2-3pm.

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Kids Mini Beast Nature Trail at Portaferry

6 May
Portaferry Information Centre

Join local naturalist Woody for a creative exploration of Nugent’s Wood, Portaferry. Look out for the mini-beasts that make the park their home and find out about the flora and fauna on this guided exploration especially for children.

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Festival of Fools

5-6 May
Various Locations
FREE

This May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the Festival of Fools brings a jam-packed programme of circus, acrobatics, comedy and juggling to the streets. Established in 2004, Festival of Fools has put Belfast firmly on the world map as a capital of street theatre and circus excellence.

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The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

3-5 May
SSE Arena

Audiences will relive the magic and memories of their favorite Disney animated films when The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice skates into Belfast. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they venture through a treasure-filled journey bound for heartwarming adventure. 

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Spring Fair at The Ballance House

11 May
Ballance House

A host of activities at the Spring Fair family-friendly event, including plant and book sale house tours, craft market, free kids’ crafting and face-painting and much more.

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Tim Peake Spacecraft and VR Experience

Until 12 May
Ulster Transport Museum

Tim Peake’s Spacecraft, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, is touring the UK and has landed at Ulster Transport Museum! The display of the iconic craft will be accompanied by Space Descent VR supported, a unique virtual reality adventure narrated by Tim Peake himself.

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Balmoral Show

15-18 May
The Eikon Centre

Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank is Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, promising a fun-filled day out for all the family.

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Brainiac Live

24-25 May
Waterfront Hall

Strap on your safety goggles because due to popular demand, science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance. Based on the multi-award winning TV show, Brainiac Live! Returns loads of live daredevil stunts.

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Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

25-27 May
Titanic Quarter

The magnificent masts of Tall Ships return to Belfast’s quaysides, signalling the start of one of the city’s most popular family events, the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

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