Beginning to run out of things to do when the whole family is off?

Rather than tearing each other’s hair out, we’ve got a host of things to do to put a smile on everyone’s face – and get you all out of the house without having to travel too far.

1. Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory

60 Castlereagh Rd

In 1953 the now legendary Aunt Sandra began making and selling candy in this very spot in Castlereagh Road…and it’s still going today! The whole shop has been refurbished to its original 1950s style and you can book a family tour round the factory and watch candy being handmade in traditional ways by rather colourful characters.

They put a nice amount of showmanship into things that younger kids particularly will find delightful, plus there’s an opportunity to get hands on and dip either marshmallows or candy floss into chocolate to eat…

Check out auntsandras.com for more info including how to book.

2. Belfast Zoo

Antrim Rd

A fantastic option for a day out with all the family, particularly as Belfast Zoo is open every day throughout Easter. Giving you a day out to follow the Easter egg trail and visit your favourite animals at feeding time.

Read more about Belfast Zoo’s Easter extravaganza, and check the feeding times for your favourite animal at belfastzoo.co.uk.

3. Laser Zone at Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex

Ormeau Embankment

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Laser Zone is a multi level space age labyrinth full of hidden corners and elevated attack areas, ready and waiting in semi darkness for you to stalk your prey through! Cool looking infra red laser beams and a pumping soundtrack create an exciting atmosphere for this zero contact close quarter combat game!

You must be over 4ft tall to play and parents should be aware that the environment is immersive and atmospheric so nervous types may appreciate your going in with them! It’s just as much fun for grown ups however and you needn’t concern yourself about having an advantage through being older: you’re just a bigger target!

Check out better.org.uk/indoor-tennis-centre-and-ozone-complex/facilities for more info.

4. Easter at The MAC

St Anne’s Sq

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There’s an animal theme this Easter at the MAC. On Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2.30pm you can get up close to all your favourite farm animals at The MAC’s Petting Zoo or you can get crafty designing your own fluffy lambs or feathery chicks and spring them into action in this cute and crafty workshop entitled Spring Sprung Animals which runs from 10.30am to 11.30am. The Petting Zoo is free, Spring Sprung Animals costs £7 per child, accompanying adult goes free.

Also on Easter Monday and Tuesday at the MAC is How does your Garden Grow? Get creative in this natural crafts workshop. The MAC will be potting and painting as they decorate flower pots before planting seeds which will burst into flower this spring. It runs from 12noon to 1pm both days. The cost is £7 per child, accompanying adult goes free.

For more information visit www.themaclive.com

5. The Titanic Experience

Queens Rd

Titanic Belfast extends over nine interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way.

Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.

Check out titanicbelfast.com for more info!

6. W5

The Odyssey, 2 Queens Quay

W5With over 250 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events.

The Big Bang Theatre is our top pick. Running on selected dates from 5 March – 10 April, this is exciting, experimental and somewhat explosive family theatre.

Free with admission to W5, these time travelling explorers have crash landed in a strange laboratory. Here they must find a way of producing enough energy, and the biggest bang they possibly can, to jump-start their malfunctioning time machine. Searching the lab for chemicals, gases and equipment, our explorers must attempt to create a series of energy releasing flashes, bangs and explosions!

7. Easter Kid’s Classics at QFT

20 University Sq

Enjoy some classic kids’ films at QFT including Toy Story and the original Jungle Book – the highly anticipated remake of which is due in cinemas this year.

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