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Rainy-day activities to keep the kids entertained

by Fred Latty

Rainy-day activities to keep the kids entertained

The ‘beast from the east’ may have passed, but it’s still looking pretty dreary outside – luckily, there’s plenty to occupy your young ones, come rain or shine!

Tread the boards at Trinity Youth Theatre
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Encompassing storytelling, script work, improvisation and puppetry, Trinity Youth Theatre hosts weekly workshops onstage. Upcoming events include Musical Day Workshops from April 4 for seven to 13-year-olds, or Stop Motion Animation on April 9 for nine to 15-year-olds, so whatever their age, there will be something that piques their interests. If they’re not into performing, why not catch the latest kids’ movies and productions?

Make chocolate at Temper Temper
Southborough, Tunbridge Wells
What could be better than spending a rainy day whipping up some mouth-watering chocolate in a fun-filled workshop? Great for parties and school trips alike, Temper Temper runs deliciously sweet masterclasses just a stone’s throw from Tunbridge Wells town centre. Children’s parties are £25 per child (minimum of 10), while upcoming Easter events are tailored specially for kids on March 30, April 5 and April 9.

Explore the Toy Museum at Penshurst Place
Penshurst, Kent
Discover a wonderful toy collection at Penshurst Place. Opened in 1970 by William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L’Isle, the stately home’s Toy Museum was created out of an old carpenters’ workshop. Today, many of the bygone toys on display are from the collection of stage designer, artist and royal toymaker Yootha Rose, alongside generations of the Sidney family, including new ones from the present-day owners.

Stay and Play at Groombridge Place
Groombridge, Kent
New for mums and little ones every Wednesday, Stay and Play are weekly soft play sessions for babies. There are two timeslots available, from 10am to 12pm, and 2pm to 4.30pm. Priced at £4 for one adult and one baby, then £2 per extra person, you can drop in at any point during a session, plus the coffee and tea shop is open for refreshments too.

Make yourself at home in a family-friendly café
Various locations, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
From board games and kids’ menus at Daily Bread in Rusthall, to the irresistible hot chocolates of Chocolatl in The Pantiles, there’s no shortage of warm and welcoming cafés for your youngsters to enjoy and indulge in. Langton Pavilion Café hosts kids’ crafts and mums’ beauty evenings, or The Little Play Café in Southborough officially opens its doors on Monday April 9.

Soft Play at Bewl Water
Lamberhurst, Kent
Keep the kids entertained whatever the weather’s doing at Bewl, where the soft play area is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 3.30pm. It’s free of charge for children to play to their heart’s content, and if they get hungry, there are kids’ lunchboxes available from just £5, including a Fruit Shoot, kids’ sandwich and jelly, as well as crisps, raisins and a piece of fruit.