Easter Monday – be lazy and hang around the house all day thinking about the impending doom of work the next day OR go out for the day, doing something fun and helping you forget about said responsibilities that follow? Looking for things to do with kids at Easter? Check out Piglets Adventure Farm, near York, to review their Easter Egg-Stravaganza like we did!
Piglets had been popping up on my Facebook newsfeed a lot last summer! Unfortunately, we never got chance to visit. Luckily, we had more free time and decent weather in the Easter holidays! It was a perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.
After a short 40 minute drive from our home in Wakefield, we arrived at Piglets. As a result, our 2 (nearly 3!) year old was bouncing around with excitement. Immediately, he spotted a digger and, straight away, his day was made.
Whilst Lucas pretended to dig (we didn’t put any money in, he just pretended) we could watch the most adorable little piglets chasing each other around in a big muddy field. It was so lovely to see them out in the open, running around and playing in the fresh air.
Once we’d handed over our voucher (thank you Piglets!), one of staff gave us a map. She pointed us in the direction of the different features and activities. It’s fair to say, the staff were great and really helpful and friendly.
Baa the Playbarn (ha ha see what I did there? (Baa – sheep – farm 😂) we could pretty much see everything on offer from the entrance. With this in mind, Piglet’s easy to navigate around. Our son was on the run straight away, his little legs pelting down the hill towards the Kidbine and Tractor.
Obstacle Course for the all ages!
Mr Roversi got very excited by the Olympigs Obstacle Course and immediately dragged us all over there.
Most of Piglets Adventure Farm is aimed at younger toddlers. It’s a great place for my son to get involved in most things. The obstacle course had a few tricky bits that were a little too old for him. However, it didn’t stop him enjoying himself! I’m sure those older siblings that have come with younger ones particularly enjoyed this section, like my husband – the big kid.
As my husband said, towards the end of our visit,
“It’s a good place to let them have a bit of independence”
With all the play areas and sandpits, you can take a step back and let them explore and play. It’s nice to not have to hover over them all the time. By loitering a few metres behind, they can explore the variety of play areas for themselves. Lucas loves sand so he was completely engrossed in the Farmhouse and giant sandpit. He did his favourite things: climbing, sliding, digging, building and wrecking sand castles.
Lots to do!
My immediate impression was that there were lots of little activities to do. Better than other places that have big ones that take a lot of time. This meant you could tailor your day to what your kids like and there is no need to rush. Lucas was able to spend as long as he liked on the different areas, meaning no tantrums and a relaxed atmosphere.
Our little man has been on bouncing pillows before but he REALLY loved them at Piglets. I think it was because there were two separate ones: for over 5’s and one for under 5’s. He wasn’t battling the older ones knocking him over. Everyone was his age and he giggled away with a little girl, bouncing on his bottom and falling over.
From the bouncing pillows we headed to the first special Easter activity which was an egg hunt! We watched a video where the Mad Hatter told us about the chicken’s around the farm who were hiding their eggs. The cheeky fox and rabbit who might get in our way! We were given a basket and a sheet and our hunt began!
Lucas really loved running ahead and finding the eggs. Obviously Mummy and Daddy (plus an anagram solver) had to work out the word at the end. The eggs were planted around the farm too, meaning we could combine seeing the animals with our egg hunt.
On the finish line, L declared “CHAMPION!” and went in to claim his prize, a malteaser bunny! The ladies running the Easter egg hunt were really lovely, asking the kids lots of questions about their Easter. This made the whole experience enjoyable and easy.
The farm was super cute. It’s not huge but it doesn’t need to be. There are plenty of places for interactivity and, following that, hand washing!
Magic Hatter’s Magic Show
All the kids watching were giggling and laughing. Lucas had his slack look on as usual then decided he was “a little bit scared”. God knows why because he wasn’t scary at all. Actually reminded me of Mr Tumble a little but he doesn’t like him much either! Personally, I thought he was really good (from a kids point of view)!
I have a couple of favourite moments from the day:
1) The Barrel Train Pick Up
Much like any stereotypical little boy, Lucas is obsessed with trains, diggers, trucks, and tractors. This little ride made his day. “Make sure you drive it!” M=my husband told our son. Of course, he took this very seriously! The little smile on his face he was pulled around and appeared back at the start was a picture. Be aware though, it does go quite a way from the start! Clingy children may not like that. It makes a great game – taking bets on which child in which barrel will come back crying! Ha ha!
2) The Bale Play Baaarn
A new addition to Piglets Adventure Farm! Incorporating ride on tractors, a wave slide and a drop slide, rope swings swings and a giant corn box! It was lots of fun for us all.
To get there we travelled by tractor, a short journey past some pigs. There is a heated seating area where there is a coffee shop and ‘Piggy Pizza Parlour’. We sample a couple of pizzas for lunch and they were really tasty and homemade in pizza ovens.
Lucas was in his element in here: fueling up tractors, sliding, climbing up hay and digging in the corn.
My husband and I looked at the Rope Swings but I think we both thought L was too young, but then I thought “Let’s try him”
The picture may be blurry but you can see the utter delight on his face! He was so brave! In all honesty, I thought he’d let go and fall into the hay below but he didn’t!
Obviously, with the sand, hay, mud and corn, I wouldn’t recommend your children wear their best clothes! Piglets is a place to let your little piglets get mucky and enjoy it!
We really enjoyed our day at Piglet’s Adventure Farm. It’s a place where you can spend a couple of hours or all day however at £9/10 per person, I would say spend as much time as you can because it makes it more worthwhile. Under 1’s are free and it’s slightly cheaper if you book online. In addition, they also do family annual passes. If you live nearer would probably be a great idea!
We will definitely be returning to Piglets Adventure Farm, probably for some summer fun, as we had a lovely day out. Next time, we’d be tempted to take a picnic. There are lots of nice places to sit and eat. I can imagine that there is a lot planned for Piglet’s to expand, as they seem to have a lot of land, and I look forward to seeing how it develops.
Have you visited Piglet’s Adventure Farm or do you have something similar near you? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – don’t forget to click like/follow! 🙂 You can also follow other days out that we have!
This post is in collaboration with Piglet’s Adventure Farm however all opinions are my own.
If you’re looking for other things to do with kids at Easter , check out these posts for inspiration:
- Day Out at Birchfield ice Cream Farm – Adventure Brown
- Stockeld Park – An Easter Adventure
- Diggerland Yorkshire