After indulging in more roast dinners than I thought humanly possible and plenty of chocolate nibbling all round, by the time Easter Sunday came we were well and truly stuffed! Stuffed as in “don’t even let me breathe in another roast potato” in my case, and for Little Button, well, she just wanted to get her wellies on and get out in the fresh air to play. If I’m honest, it’s been pretty tough to find interesting outdoorsey activities to get involved in, especially in this weather. So, when we found ourselves hopping off for an outdoor adventure across to West London for A Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit at Kew Gardens, we were more thrilled!
We decided to drive to Kew Gardens and park in their own car park, which is £7 for the full days stay. Top tip: If you are an early bird, there is limited free parking around the Elizabeth Gate entrance from 10am.
The car park leads directly into Kew Gardens and from there, we took a slow-paced 15 minute walk through the gardens and in search of the Peter Rabbit event, following our map and activities guide that was given to us at the entrance gate. There was plenty to see along the way, and lots of different types of tree species to spot too.
It’s very well paved, so it didn’t particularly matter that it was a wet day at all, which was something that I had been worried about before we arrived.
We found the Peter Rabbit festival close to the Victoria Gate and Plaza. And once we got closer we noticed that all the Peter Rabbit venues were highlighted by these huge flags! In fact, wherever a Peter Rabbit themed activity was taking place, the flags were flying. We thought these really added to the whole feel of the day, and also acted as good meeting points.
When we visited on Easter Sunday, all the hands-on activities took place indoors here. There was plenty of seating for the grown ups, and the littles were able to busy themselves with a whole host of fun Peter Rabbit themed bits and bobs. It was very busy, but we got to participate in everything here, and the super friendly staff really added to the whole atmosphere in getting everyone excited and raring to go. Here’s what we got up to.
My funny bunny leapt at the chance to make her own bunny ears. Which turned out to be a really popular craft with everyone, including the grown ups. The tables were well stocked with materials, and whilst we were in the conservatory, I saw staff replenishing tables as soon as supplies started to run a bit low. Top tip: Bring your own headband to secure your bunny ears to and you’ll be able to wear them all day!
A table was set up with vegetable stampers so everyone could stamp their own patch in their ‘My Garden Notes’ booklet (given out at the entrance gate and included in the ticket price).
We loved the tops and tails area, where little ones got to guess what type of veggies were growing by just their leaves. The activity was sensory based, with little ones able to get their hands dirty in the soil filled boxes.
A big highlight for Little Button was getting involved in the grow your own activity. Where little gardeners were able to create an origami Peter Rabbit planter, fill it with soil and plant their very own sunflower seed to take home with them.
After spending the morning with busy fingers, we all enjoyed stretching our legs and exploring the Peter Rabbit Trail. Little Button hopped along, excitedly pointing out well known Beatrix Potter characters along the way and finding out more about what was growing in the Kitchen Gardens. It also gives you the chance to find the the Foody Towers interactive game show, giant rabbit warren building activity, Kitchen Garden talks and Storytelling area.
There was so much to do, that we didn’t quite get through everything!
I would say that you need a good day to really enjoy the whole event, and of course the rest of Kew Gardens too. Little Button was completely shattered, even after all the Easter Choccy! We would definitely recommend a visit, for all ages, and especially if you have little ones off for the Easter holidays and you’re looking for something that will keep them entertained, as well as burning off all that energy! The one thing that really stands out for me for A Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit is that it’s hugely child friendly, in a safe environment where they can get up-close and hands-on with nature.
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Hurry though! As the event is open from Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April 2018. All tickets include entrance into Kew Gardens as well as the Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit event.
What are your plans for the Easter Holidays with the Littles?
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to LittleBird. If you choose to make purchases through these links, I may receive a few pennies, which will be at no cost to you at all 🙂 We were invited to spend the day at kew Gardens for this event, and we were really impressed! All views are my own.