Let spring inspire your plans during March and April. Stuck for ideas of what to do to keep the children entertained? Use these tips for activities and Easter days out
The Easter school holidays are just a bunny hop away. Make the most of this valuable family time with these themed activities, from easy crafts and baking ideas to days out and quick getaways
1. Simple Easter crafts with kids
We’ve got our fingers crossed for sunshine over the Easter break but, just in case, a perfect wet weather activity is crafting with your kids. Brighten up your home by making and decorating an Easter tree. (Find a ‘how to’ here.) Or why not craft your own bunny masks using a paper plate, paint and straws? (You can use this step-by-step guide.)
2. Plan an indoor/outdoor Easter egg hunt
Add a bit of extra egg-citement to Easter Sunday and send your children off on an egg hunt. You can hide the treats randomly around your house and garden, or be super organised and plan some clues in advance. (Find ideas of how to plan an Easter egg hunt here.)
If you’re inviting family and friends along for the hunt, don’t forget to lay down a few ground rules to make sure everyone gets their fair share of the chocolate bootie…
3. Go on a fun day out over the Easter holidays
Treat your family to a day at a theme park. Many of them will have special events happening over the holidays with chances to meet your kids’ favourite characters and win chocolate treats, as well as experiencing thrill rides. If you’re wondering which UK theme park is most suitable for your family, we’ve got that covered with this guide to picking the best one.
4. Meet the Easter arrivals down on the farm
A farm visit is a must at Easter. You’ll find plenty of fluffy new arrivals and could even have the chance to feed kid goats, lambs and chicks. If you don’t have a farm attraction close to you, check out your nearest wildlife park or zoo; they often have petting farms as part of their attractions.
5. Plan an Easter break
Spring is a great time to plan a UK staycation. The weather is on the up, there’s no need to board a plane and you get to explore some of the brilliant but often overlooked holiday destinations right on your doorstep. It might also be cheaper than you think with lots of late deals still around.
Whether you fancy hooking up your own caravan, glamping, hiring a boat or staying in a luxury lodge there are plenty of self-catering holiday options around the country. Haven specialises in family-focussed holiday parks in 36 coastal locations, while Hoseasons has forest lodges and river boats dotted all over the country, from the Scottish Isles to the Isle of Wight. (Boundless members can make savings on holidays all year round with discounts on these breaks.)
6. Ideas for Easter baking with the kids
If you haven’t had enough chocolate already, head to the kitchen to whip up some Easter treats with the kids. Have a go making your own chocolate and peanut butter eggs or if you’re feeling really creative, decorate a traditional cake with mini eggs. An easy but pleasingly messy recipe to try with young children is chocolate nests.
If you’re looking for ways to use up your Easter egg mountain, think hot chocolate, melted for dipping strawberries and chopped up as chips for cookies.
7. Find Easter events happening near you
English Heritage has family activities happening at more than 20 of its historic sites over Easter. Young visitors will be challenged to go on a quest to find lost dragon eggs with the help of some historical characters. Dover Castle in Kent and Osborne House on the Isle of Wight have extra activities happening over the Easter weekend, including medieval jousting and drama in the gardens. Boundless members can save on English Heritage membership.
With 250 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts taking place at National Trust and National Trust for Scotland properties around the UK, there’s bound to be one happening near you. Solve the riddles left by the Easter bunny to win a special treat. You’re sure to have plenty of fun exploring woodland activity trails, historic houses and sculptured gardens along the way.
Another great way to entice the kids outdoors this Easter is on a hunt for The Highway Rat at one of over 20 Forestry Commission forests around England. Download an activity pack full of craft ideas before your visit.