It may be tempting to spend the whole of the long Easter weekend catching up on jobs around your home, but what is more important than spending time with your children or grandchildren? Stuck for ideas? Here are some suggestions to ensure your weekend is filled with family fun.
Take a break
Raid your spring wardrobe and pack a bag to enjoy a short UK city break – the perfect chance for families to reconnect while teaching children about the country they live in. Whatever city you choose, there will always be something to do, no matter what the British weather decides to throw at you.
It does not have to cost a fortune either, as most cities have plenty of free events and green spaces to enjoy a picnic. Check out the local media as many will also have special Easter events such as egg hunts going on.
For an all-out cultural extravaganza, head to London where the only problem you will have is deciding which of the many events and attractions to visit. As well as the usual sights that the capital has to offer, there are also plenty of special things going on over the Easter weekend, such as the Kensington Palace Easter Egg Hunt.
The normal entrance price covers the cost and children will love discovering the trail through the stunning grounds, meeting the Georgian palace staff and cracking the code to win a chocolate prize. There will also be storytelling and live performances, along with daily Easter bonnet-making competitions. The event runs from Friday, April 18, to Monday, April 21.
A trip to Kew Gardens is another great choice for a day out that the whole family will enjoy. The adults can enjoy the stunning spring floral display, while children will be thrilled with the Willy Wonka-inspired events. Kew has teamed up with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre to offer an extravaganza packed with sweet treats and stories.
A huge egg hunt is planned for Easter Sunday, between 9.30am and 12.30pm, but there is also plenty more on offer until Tuesday. Children can create their own chocolate bar, come up with recipes for an everlasting gobstopper in the Inventing Room, or visit the Sweetie Train to learn about the plants that help make their favourite treats. There is also squirrel mask-making, oompaloompa dressing, storytelling, face painting, and the opportunity to have your photograph taken in the famous Glass Elevator.
Enjoy a day out
You don’t have to stay away from home to make the most of the Easter holidays. Easter activities are planned across the country and there is sure to be something to suit all tastes and all budgets going on near you.
If you live near Birmingham, head to Cadbury World for an Easter Eggstravaganza that runs until April 27, or try and spot the bunnies and chicks as you enjoy a trip on the Severn Valley Railway.
In Bolton, the whole town is preparing for an eggstra-special free town centre event on Saturday. Children can take part in a hunt to win a 15kg chocolate egg, meet cuddly creatures such as rabbits, chicks and meerkats, or take a trip on the Easter Eggspress Train. CBeebies favourite Shaun the Sheep will be dropping in too.
Parents and grandparents in Bristol can teach the children that not all eggs are made of chocolate with a visit to At-Bristol’s Live Lab to see real chicks hatch, or how about a visit to Floors Castle, Scotland’s biggest inhabited castle, for a spot of egg and spoon racing and a feast of family fun?
If you do not have the energy or the funds to take part in a planned event, just grab a ball and a blanket and simply head to the nearest park or beach.
It is possible to do some of the jobs you need to do while still having fun with the youngsters. Just hand out the trowels and head into the garden. Children will love getting dirty and looking for mini-beasts, while you can get to grips with essential spring jobs such as mowing the lawn, weeding and checking shrubs and trees that were planted last winter. Young ones will love helping you to plant some asparagus and then watching it grow, while a trip to the garden centre can pass a great couple of hours, especially if it includes cake in the coffee shop.
Easter provides great inspiration for a host of craft and art activities. Get out the glue and go to town, creating Easter baskets, bonnets, masks and nests. Children will love painting faces on hard-boiled eggs and making seasonal cards for all the family.
If that does not create enough mess, get out the flour and icing sugar and bake some cakes to keep everyone’s energy levels up. The children’s imaginations will run wild as they come up with different ways to decorate their creations.