The Easter holidays are here meaning the kids get to enjoy two weeks off school, from Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, April 7, and you might be thinking of ways to fill them. There is plenty to enjoy in Wales - from light shows to food festivals to outdoor swimming.

With the nights drawing out and the weather (hopefully) getting better there are plenty of activities you can enjoy outside. If the weather is miserable, we've got some great indoor options too. Want less ads? Download WalesOnline’s Premium app on Apple or Android.

Here are some of the best activities you can enjoy in Wales during the 2024 Easter holidays. You can keep up to date with the latest What's On news by signing up to the newsletter here.

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Evolution Light Show - Cardiff

A new light show is coming to Cardiff for Easter 2024. Evolution is an epic drone light show which promises to take audiences on a mesmerising journey through time and space and is taking to the skies above the Welsh capital.

Evolution is coming to Cardiff for one night only on Friday, March 29 which is Good Friday. You can read more about the light show here.

Mumbles Big Wheel - Mumbles

Ferris wheel at Mumbles Pier
The Mumbles Big Wheel provides great views

A new attraction in Mumbles is the Big Wheel which was built in 2022 and was one of the main attractions at Swansea's Waterfront Winterland last Christmas and the Christmas before, but now has a new long-term home. Located on Mumble Pier you can enjoy great views of Swansea Bay and Bracelet Bay, you can read more here.

Multi-Period Living History Weekend - Bodrhyddan Hall

Bodrhyddan Hall in Rhyl is putting on a great history weekend on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7. This family-friendly event has plenty to offer for everyone.

This event will feature over 600 re-enactors, displaying authentic period uniforms, original equipment, and weaponry as well as a range of demonstrations and exhibits. You can book your tickets here.

Swansea Street Food Festival - Swansea

One of Swansea's most popular foodie events, the Swansea Street Food Festival is returning for Easter 2024. The family-friendly festival will be returning to Museum Park on Easter weekend, Friday, March 29, to Monday, April 1, and will have 30+ street food traders, several bars serving draught beers, cocktails, and soft drinks, a stage with live music and entertainment, and a large seating area which will be bigger than in previous years. You can read more here.

Museums - across Wales

Amgueddfa Cymru is running some great Easter activities across their seven museums in Wales, the National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans Natural History Museum, National Wool Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, National Waterfront Museum, National Slate Museum and National Roman Legion Museum. This includes the The Big Museum Easter Trail, at all seven museums.

At the National Waterfront Museum, you can enjoy an Easter movie, Wonka, and there is the South Wales Makers Market at St Fagans. You can find out more, here.

Lido Ponty - Pontypridd

Two children in a swimming pool
Lido Ponty is back for its summer season

Good news for the swimmers amongst us, Lido Ponty is opening up their main summer season in time for the Easter holidays. All three pools of the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, will be open every day of the two-week-long holidays.

The water temperature will be turned back up to 28 degrees and the pools will be open for lane and casual swimming, splash pool with fountain, inflatable obstacle course, water zorb, and paddle boats. You can find out more, here.

Superheroes and Princesses Family Fun Day - Ffos Las Racecourse

If you love nothing more than dressing up as one of your favourite superheroes then you may want to visit Ffos Las Racecourse in Kidwelly on Easter Sunday (March 31) when they will be holding a family fun day.

Costing £30 for a family of four, admission is 11.40am and the first race is at 1.40pm and there will be plenty of entertainment including an Easter egg hunt. There will also be prizes for the best-dressed superheroes and princesses. For full details, visit the website here.

Dino Takeover - Mermaid Quay, Cardiff

An epic Dino Takeover is about to descend on Mermaid Quay this Easter. From Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, April 14 there will be plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy at the quayside.

Visitors will encounter life-like dinosaurs and have the opportunity to take part in free dino-themed activities, enjoy jam-packed event days, and get involved in the onsite colouring competition and Dino Discovery Trail. On Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 visitors will have the chance to meet and greet Razor the Velociraptor, Nibbles the baby Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Boulder the Baby Ankylosaurus, as they make special appearances throughout the day.

In addition to the meet and greet sessions, on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, from 12pm to 4pm, young aspiring palaeontologists can participate in the Palaeontology School, where they'll dig for fossils and dino bones in a sand pit. Additionally, children can get creative with Roarsome Rocks, crafting realistic fossils using air-drying clay and mini dinosaurs. You can find out more, here.

Forage Farm - Cowbridge

Lots is going on at Forage Farm in Cowbridge this Easter. With tickets costing £6.50, families can enjoy an egg hunt on a tractor-trailer ride, meet the pony and unicorn with Little Trotters, and celebrate all things cute and fluffy with lambs on the lawn, friendly alpacas and pigmy goats (and their newborn kids!)

Additionally, children and adults will enjoy viewing the tractor display, and for those seeking a thrill why not climb the 7.5m climbing wall (age four plus). Everyone will love seeking out the Easter bunny and Forage’s golden egg for a memorable photo.

There is also the popular Penllyn Estate hog roast on Sunday, March 31, and Monday, April 1. You can find out more, here.

Cadw - across Wales

Cadw locations, such as Plas Mawr, Kidwelly Castle, and Caerphilly Castle are running some great Easter events. You can solve the Easter puzzle in the sacred confines of St Davids Bishop’s Palace, in St Davids, searching through the majestic Great Hall, enchanting courtyard, and the hallowed chapel for hidden clues.

This egg-hunting experience doesn’t stop there, with the final task being to unscramble the letters collected along the quest and solve this Easter mystery. The activities are running on Saturday, March 30, Sunday, March 31, and Monday, April 1.

A day of laughter awaits at the Conwy Jester’s spectacular Easter event at Plas Mawr. Let him weave his magical charm as he dazzles and delights with his foolish fun. Don’t miss the face painting station for an added splash of colour to your day and you can join in the annual Easter Egg Hunt, a tradition that promises joy to all involved. This event is running on Monday, April 1 and you can find out more about all Cadw events here.

Dinomania - Plantasia, Swansea

Plantasia Swansea
There is lots going on at Plantasia

Plantasia Tropical Zoo transports back to the prehistoric age when Dinosaurs ruled the jungle. Along with exploring the zoo you can meet baby dinosaurs, meet large Dino, and complete the dino trail on Monday, March 25.

Other Easter activities at Plantasia include the Easter bunny trial, grow your own sunflowers, and meeting the Easter bunny. You can find out more, here.

Folly Farm - Kilgetty

Popular day out Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire is also running some great Easter activities. There is the Easter card hunt, animal eggs-themed trial, photo opportunity in the barn, and meet-and-greet sessions with the farmyard animals. These activities are running from Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, April 7.

During the Easter weekend, from Friday, March 19 to Monday, April 1 there will be arts and crafts sessions and tractor displays. You can find out more, here.

National Trust - across Wales

There are lots of National Trust properties in Wales also running some great Easter events. At Dyffryn Gardens there is an Easter trail from Saturday, March 23 to Tuesday, April 2, at Erddig there is an active trail finishing with a giant garden tea party from Monday, March 25 to Sunday, March 31 and you can discover what it takes to be a knight at Chirk Castle from Monday, March 25 to Sunday, March 31. You can find out more, here.

Bunny Burrow - Mumbles Pier

You can meet the Easter bunny and enjoy a Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea Party, where you will indulge in a tasty Easter-themed afternoon tea while The Mad Hatter and Alice take to the stage to entertain with a magical interactive show like no other, at Mumbles Pier this Easter. These events are running from Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31 and you can find out more, here.

Great Orme Tramway - Llandudno

Tram going up a hill
The Great Orme Tramway is opening back up in time for Easter

Opening on Saturday, March 23, just in time for Easter, is the Great Orme Tramway. The Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno is Britain’s only cable-hauled road tram.

A journey on the historic attraction takes you on a picturesque, mile-long trip from the edge of Llandudno to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park & Nature Reserve. On a clear day, views stretch as far as the Isle of Man and the Lake District and you can find out more, here.

Into the Wild - St David's Shopping Centre, Cardiff

This Easter, let little ones go wild at the free brick model animal trail at St David’s. The impressive trail will feature wild animals built out of over half a million toy bricks and will explore different habitats, including wildlands, snow and ice, ocean, and jungle.

The trail is set to be a showstopper with a giant panda, gorilla, African lion, and Bengal tiger, plus a mammoth made from 81,350 toy bricks! The trail is free for all guests and you can find out more, here.

Watch Mr Jones - Aberystwyth

A brand new play about the tragic Aberfan disaster is coming to Canolfan Arad Goch in Aberystwyth on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. Forged from stories that have rarely slipped through the cracks of the south Wales valleys, Mr. Jones is a brand-new piece of theatre from Welsh playwright and actor Liam Holmes.

Set around the 1966 spoil tip collapse in the small Welsh village Aberfan, this one-act play utilises poetry, verbatim and first-hand accounts of the disaster to memorialise the individuals whose lives were transformed by this harrowing event. Speaking about the play, Liam said: "It wasn't dwelt upon. I couldn't quite grasp the magnitude of it. But when revisiting these conversations, it dawned on me that every single family in that community would have experienced a significant loss that day, yet there remained an expectation to seamlessly adapt to normal life and carry those wounds in silence." You can find out more, here.