Indoor Fun for Families
PUBLISHED: 09:52 03 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:35 21 February 2013
The Easter holidays can bring days bathed in sunshine - but April showers are never far away. Shropshire Tourism's Claire Owen has some great rainy day ideas for kids young and old.
My first suggestion for families is the great indoor toy tractor circuit at Park Hall Farm, near Oswestry. Its a great hit with younger visitors, who have a choice of tractors to climb onto. Afterwards budding young farmers can enjoy the indoor play barns and bouncy castles. Theres plenty to keep the kids amused, and a heated viewing area for adults with picnic benches so you can take a break. The attraction also has a new science illusion zone opening at Easter.
At Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms you can meet the Shropshire mammoth - a full size replica of the skeleton found at Condover, near Shrewsbury. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is housed in an extraordinary grass-roofed building designed to echo the hill forts in the surrounding Shropshire countryside. As well as the Secret Hills exhibition there is also a cafe, gallery, gift shop and childrens craft activities available at weekends and throughout the holidays.
RAF Museum Cosford near Shifnal is another day out that everyone from small children upwards can enjoy, whatever the weather - and its still free. This landmark building contains 18 aircraft, military transport, missiles, memorabilia, interactive kiosks and hotspots of information. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by fun n flight; its the easy way to answer questions about how aircraft stay up in the air and the advanced flight simulator is a great way to get an instant flying experience.
Children may not enjoy shopping but Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth also has an indoor Play Barn to keep them amused, while you get to relax in comfy sofas, enjoy delicious coffees, homemade cakes and complimentary papers and magazines while they burn off some energy. Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trusts Enginuity, in Coalbrookdale, is another great indoor option. Highlights during April include Our Sporting Life: The Science of Sport exhibition, with star exhibit the Olympic 8 Rowing Boat that won Gold for GB in the 2000 Olympics.
New, and very exciting for April, isthe new CORE digital art exhibition designed by renowned international artist Kurt Hentschlger. Its an opportunity for all ages to experience a world-class piece of art from the Chicago-based artists generative 3D and audio work.
All the exhibitions are free. Entry to the museum, which features a vast range of interactive exhibits, water and soft play areas, puzzles and much more, costs 8.25/6.95, under 5s free www.ironbridge.org.uk
For more ideas about places to visit andthings to do, visit the new website www.shropshiredaysout.co.uk. The site is coming soon from Shropshire Tourism. On the site you can download special offer vouchers giving money off entry and other great deals at participating attractions throughout the county.