Easter is fast approaching and although it means the kids get to have a relaxing break from school, it can mean a stressful two weeks for you if you don’t have some activities in place to keep them entertained.
With the weather as unpredictable as it is in the UK now, your best bet is to have a number of possible activities – cover yourself for good weather, and also have a few back-up plans for wetter days.
Let’s look at some places that you could take the kids for the day. One of the most fun activities that the kids can do over the Easter break is taking part in an Easter egg hunt. Not only is it exciting and adventurous, it encourages team work and has a chocolate-based pay-off at the end! Cadbury has joined forced with National Trust to run a variety of egg hunts, games and sports across the UK; find your nearest one here.
There are also some Easter Festivals around the country, for example the Children’s Food Festival as part of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival falls over the Easter weekend this year. There are children’s cookery clubs, an Easter egg hunt and even an ice cream competition! Meanwhile in Bristol, a Chocolate Festival is being held on the harbourside which will invite the world’s finest chocolatiers to do their stuff and there will be plenty of tasty treats to try! In Kew Gardens, from 29th March to 14th April, the Chocolate Quest lets you learn about the history of chocolate. The interactive family trail includes hands on sessions, chocolate-making workshops and games. Kids even go free!
If the weather does its worst, don’t let it dampen your spirits. There’s plenty of Easter fun to be had through indoor activities.
Sticking to the chocolate theme, why not encourage your children to get messy in the kitchen by baking chocolate iced fairy cakes with them? Try getting different toppings to play with, icing pens to write their names, edible Easter pictures and hundreds and thousands. If you’re not the most experienced in the kitchen, fear not, just buy a cake mix! Follow the instructions, stick it in the oven and voila! The cake baking will be just as fun for the little ones.
Or how about you turn your front room into a big screen with an 84 inch TV? That’s right, 84 inch! The children will love this home from home cinema, available from LG. With this smart TV you can stream films on demand; new releases over the Easter break include Rise Of The Guardians, Room On The Broom and Adventures In Zambezia. Make the kids popcorn, turn the lights out and imagine you’re at the flicks!
Just before Christmas, you can help your children to make Easter cards for friends and family members. This costs very little and encourages creativity! All you need is a few sheets of coloured card, child-safe scissors, paints and pens. Help them to draw eggs, chicks, bunnies and other fun Easter-themed scenes.
For the Easter finale, create your own Easter egg hunt in the garden. This activity is suitable for all the family, and allows for children to work alone or in teams. Give them hints and clues to guide them in the right direction or provide them with a treasure map to lead to the eggs. Share the chocolate eggs out at the end so everyone gets an equal amount – and give yourself one as a little treat too!