Fun for teens this Easter
Awesome suggestions in Berkshire to excite, inspire and get teens out of bed while it's daylight (*thud*).
Teens can (and do) drive you up the wall. The moodiness, general disdain for your lack of cool. In fact, when they’re not WhatsApping their mates, they’re plugged into their X Box or watching YouTube. So the struggle is real when it comes to getting them to unplug and engage with the world.
But we’re not so easily beaten at Muddy Stilettos! If you have a teen yourself, know a put upon parent of one, or a grandparent jittery at the prospect of entertaining a knuckle-dusting relative, we’ve rounded up a clutch of teen-friendly events over Easter holidays.
CAMP GRAFITTI, The Jelly Lounge Windsor, Fri 6 Apr
Ooh, we love a bit off urban art at Muddy – and the kids are down with it too. Let them rip on a boards rather rather than your walls at The Jelly Lounge Windsor – the coolest family club in Berkshire. If you can lift their gaze from a screen, book your Banksy wannabes in on Fri 6 Apr 4-30pm-6,30pm and they can create something awesome for their bedroom walls. It can sit alongside their Tracey Emin inspired unmade bed. thejellylounge.co.uk
MINDFULNESS FOR TEENS, Swan at Streatley, Thu 5 Apr
Exams are looming large, but before the entire family adopts the brace position, perhaps a wellbeing tune up could help keep a lid on their stress. The Swan at Streatley is running a Mindfulness and Meditation workshop on Thu 5 Apr (2pm-4pm) specifically aimed at 15-18 years olds. Escape the revision, deadlines and cramming, to truly relax in a riverside setting and learn some easy tricks and tips to switch off and keep calm. £20pp. swanatstreatley.com
RELOAD LAZER CLAY SHOOTING, Reading
Mention laser tag or fairground target shooting and cue much eye rolling – they’re waaaaay to old for that. Reload is funky shooting range where you practice hitting targets without using live ammunition – good for hand eye co-ordination and gets them away from Fortnight for a few hours. The laser clay guns used fire harmless infra-red beams. No loud bangs, no recoil bruising, eco-friendly and and cheaper than traditional shooting. £50 for 1.5 hrs for up to 5 people. reload-reading.co.uk
PLAY IN A WEEK, The Watermill Theatre Newbury, Mon 9 – Fri 13 Apr
I love The Watermill Theatre (the arts programming is fantastic) and it has an awesome educational offering. The Play In A Week, is incredibly popular, immersive 5 day workshop led by The Watermill pros. Aimed at 12-16 year olds, the kids will write, direct and perform the play they create. No experience necessary just lots of enthusiasm. 1pm-4pm daily, £95 for 5 days. watermill.org.uk
NEW STEVEN SPIELBERG FILM, Various cinemas
The hugely anticipated Ready Player One by Steven Spielberg has finally landed and we’ve heard it’s amazeballs. Your techy teens will love the premise – when the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to locate an Easter Egg that will give the finder his fortune. Check it out at mainstream cinemas – it’s on general release from Weds 28 Mar.
GO APE, Swinley Forest
Daylight and fresh air will not turn your vampire-esque teens to dust. Despite what they say. Go Ape in Swinley Forest Bracknell or Black Park Country Uxbridge will send your kids into the trees for a high wire adventure of speedy zip wires, free fall Tarzan swings and scream prevoking crossings. It’s fun for all the family but it might be a step too far to do this together – best send them off with a couple of mates. Book by midnight 27 Mar and get 20% off, use code EASTERGO. goape.co.uk
JUNKYARD GOLF CLUB, Westgate Centre, Oxford
Teen catnip right here. Under 18s need to be accompanied by one paying adult and can enter Sunday to Wednesday before 7pm (last entry is 6pm) where you can give them a whipping at crazy golf like you’ve never seen it before. There are 3 tongue-in-cheek courses (Bozo, a creepy clowny one; Pablo for junglists; and Gary, for shellsuit wideboys/girls), a restaurant serving nachos, burgers, hot dogs and all the things that Jamie Oliver has night sweats about, and a bar if you need anaesthetising against all the teen excitement. junkyardgolfclub.co.uk/oxford
Music Production, Berkshire Maestros Thatcham, 11 – 13 Apr.
If there’s one way to guarantee an early start, it’s going to a 5 day commitment to cool. If you’re teen has a passion for music and wants to learn about music tech or recording, then they’ll love this. From recording live instruments to mixing, this could be the first step to becoming the next Mark Ronson or Jay Z. Cost £95. berkshiremaestros.org.uk
THORPE PARK, Surrey, throughout Easter
You have to travel to make it to the best fun park resort in the UK, but your teens will tell you it’s worth it. There’s a new scary ride The Walking Dead (er, nice!) that’s only for 13+, and last year’s hit, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. There’s also a new resort hotel, shaped nattily like a shark, where you can stay over (adults, your stay is free, teens – bring your wallet).
FILM-MAKING COURSE, London Film Academy, 9-13 April
Lights, camera, action… the Insta Stories, YouTube generation are all over instant gratification moving images on their mobiles. Embrace the creativity and book them in for a Film Making Course. The London Film Academy (based in Fulham) is running a 5 day course for 13-17 year olds where they’ll learn screenwriting and directing to cinematography, sound and editing in order to create short films on their iPhone. Price £495 londonfilmacademy.com