For kids, Easter means one thing: chocolate! And with chocolate comes sugar-fuelled kids to keep entertained for two weeks!
We’ve put together 10 ‘egg-cellent ideas’ from our favourite bloggers to keep your whole family entertained over the holidays.
Mother of three Elyse, at Sweet Elyse Blog, provided us with our first three tips:
1. Spend time in the garden
“Your garden will be starting to flower in Easter and all of the beautiful daffodils, tulips and crocuses will be filling your outdoor area with colour and interest. Spending plenty of time in the garden is a great way to keep your kids occupied over the holidays. You could encourage them to join you in gardening or just spend some time investigating the different plants and looking out for signs of wildlife.”
2. Take advantage of Easter TV
“The Easter holidays usually mean there are plenty of children’s films and television shows on. If you need to get on with household or work tasks, plonk your kids down in front of a great Disney classic or new film, and that will certainly keep them entertained for a while. It’s also handy to look ahead to see if there is anything good on and record it. This is just in case there’s nothing suitable on when you really need to rely on the TV to provide entertainment!”
3. Take part in local activities
“At Easter time, there will often be children’s activities arranged in your local community. This could be a big Easter egg hunt or a village egg and spoon race. Have a look at community notice boards and online for any events that might be taking place in your local area.”
The next two tips come from Sarah, at Boo, Roo and Tiger Too:
4. Easter at Kew Gardens
“Whilst a day looking at the flowers and plants at London’s Kew Gardens might not ordinarily be enough to entice children, there is plenty going on this Easter to encourage them to take a tour. This year, Shaun the Sheep and friends will be celebrating Easter at Kew Gardens, so there will be a range of family activities.”
5. Visit Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park
“Drayton Manor Theme Park has a range of Easter-themed activities on, but it’s set to be bigger and better than ever in 2015 with a £2.5 million expansion that will see Europe’s only Thomas Land™, increasing its size by 40%. With three brand new rides plus a stunning new Sodor Airport terminal, Thomas Land™ will help to create a magical day out for Thomas fans. Opening over Easter, the new rides include Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Captain’s Sea Adventure and Toby’s Tram Express.”
Tip six and seven come from Natalie Clemin, the mummy blogger behind MYBABA:
6. Play dress-up
“Start off the Easter holidays by dressing up the kids. This will help to get both of you in the mood for Easter holiday fun! This couldn’t get any easier with these bunny dress-up kits, which include a set of ears, bunny tail and a felt bow tie.”
7. Egg decorating!
“Crafts like egg decorating are a great way to keep the kids entertained. It’s easy to create fun little egg animals that your kids will love! These characters not only make great Easter decorations, but your little ones can also play with them as toys. Just don’t forget to boil them first, or get some polystyrene ones to avoid any mess.”
Our final three tips are from Charlotte, the first-time mum from The Crumby Mummy:
8. Do something educational
“Of course, not all activities need to be centred around Easter. We are planning a trip to Eureka Children’s Museum with my friend and her children, as it’s a great place for a family day out. We used to pass it regularly on our travels from Nottinghamshire to Burnley and I have always wanted to take my little boy. It looks amazing!”
9. Visit Blackpool
“If you live in the North West, or would like a trip this way to Blackpool, we are also going to an Easter Extravaganza at Blackpool Tower, which provides entertainment for all the family. Jungle Jim (a giant orangutan) will be running the event, so no doubt he’ll be a firm favourite with the kids.”
10. Create some games
“Plan a fun day of games with the kids and get some friends and family round to join in. We’ll be using our egg and spoon sets in the garden which we will have lots of fun with! Last year we used real eggs too – which was quite risky!”
Do you have any Easter activity suggestions that will get the kids excited? Drop us a line below with any ideas!