Family Fun In Essex And Herts This May Holiday...

May 24th 2013
By: Melanie
Family Fun In Essex And Herts This May Holiday...

According to the media there is expected to be a mass exit from the UK this weekend, as many families will be looking for a bit of sun after one of the most terrible springs in history. However if you are staying in the UK this half term we have found some great things for the kids to do across Herts and Essex:

Family things to do in Essex:

Saffron Walden Museum

This little museum is family friendly, and children will have fun exploring ancient history, natural history, local history and world cultures. Prices: children under 18 entry is free, and it costs £1.50 for an adult. It's open everyday, including weekends from 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Saturday, March to October) and 2:00 to 5:00 pm Sundays and Bank Holidays, March to October). They have a Help! Our Mummy is missing event where children will be encouraged to become a private eye to solve the mystery of the missing Mummy, to find out more visit their website @

Southend-on-Sea, Sealife Adventure

If you fancy something a bit tropical this half term then why not visit the sealife adventure in Southend-on-Sea, where you will be able to see sharks, seahorse, starfish and stingrays, as well as plenty of other tropical fish. Families will have the opportunity to find out more about the sea environment from Talks and presentations throughout the day. Prices for children start at £5.20 if you book on-line and for adults prices start from £7.60 if pre-booked, to find out more information and opening times visit their website @

Harlow Town Park

The weather is going to be a hit and miss this half term, but if there is a small pocket of sun, then why not visit the large paddling pool at Harlow town park, and if it isn't warm enough there is always a Pet's corner with a variety of animals including fish, sheep, llamas and reindeer, this is free but they do welcome donations. For more information why not visit their website @

Creepy Crawlies Play Centre, in South Woodham Ferrers

If you have small children this is a great place to spend the day. There is a soft play area for toddlers all on one level, and another soft play section on two levels for toddlers and youngsters, and a baby section with mats, baby gyms and toys. Prices: Adults are free when accompanying a child, then children 6-11 months are £1, 12-23 months £1 and 2-12 years £4. For more information visit their site @

Audley End Park

This is a great place to visit during the half term, as they always have an activity packed time table including Audley End through The Ages, Time Travellers Go - to find out more about these and to see the full list of events, please visit their website @

Things to do with the kids in Herts:

Shepreth Wildlife Park

This is a great way for kids to explore and learn about all different types of animals, from tigers to creepy crawlies. There is a discovery Centre, two indoor soft play areas, an outdoor adventure play with a pirate ship and fort. The prices are listed quite extensively so it's probably best to visit their website to find out more @

Church Farm, Stevenage

This is a great way for children to become acquainted with farm animals. There are a variety of animals, plus a woodland play area with castles and slides, and they're free. There is also the possibility to feed the lambs daily  at 4:30pm & Weekends 10:30am & 4pm.  Our Lambs still need feeding! Join our livestock team and help them take on the task of bottle feeding the lambs. £5.95 (Free for adults supervising children) Limited Availability. Pre-booking only. CONTACT: Alex to book on  <mailto:%3Ca%20href=><> or call 01438 861 447. Booking is essential.

Royston museum

The Royston museum has a significant and varied collection of exhibits, mainly in glass and ceramic. At the moment there is an exhibition by the Meldreth Monday artists. Children are welcome, but due the nature of the exhibits it would probably be more suitable for older children, for more information please visit their website @

Logans Den, in Baldock

This is based in Baldock and offers an indoor fun filled soft play kids play area. It is aimed at children between the ages of 0-9. Prices are £3 per session for 6 months to 9 years, and £2 for siblings. Free for under 6 months, and there is no charge for adults. To find out more information about opening times, please visit their website @

Royston Cave

Is a fascinating way to spend a few hours with the children (as featured in the photo), well worth visiting if you want to come up with a Da Vinci Code-like conspiracy theory. The cave was built in the 13 Century in the shape of a beehive, and has an extensive range of wall carvings. Prices are Adults, 16 and over £4, Children under 16 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult, for more information please visit their website @

Hallingbury Hall Equestrian Centre

This equestrian centre is BHS approved and offers lessons to children of all ages, there is a cross country course, jumping paddock, post and rail grazing park land setting. Nervous beginners are also very welcome. For more information please go to their website @