Out and About: Easter Holiday Fun
Like most parents we have tried our best to try to keep their spirits up by keeping them busy, but a whole year of coming up with new ideas can be a little draining for even the most inventive individuals. Here are a few ideas that we will be trying over the Easter break!
1. Take a virtual trip – a number of museums, zoos and other organisations are offering virtual tours, one of our favourites is the Johnson Space Center – Boeing leads the tour through the Houston, Texas facility, covering the history and future of aerospace innovation. Have a search online for some interesting tours, most of which are free of charge.
2. Play come dine with me – ideal with teens, firstly decide on your teams and a prize for the winner(s), each team can then decide on a theme for their evening and create menus. You may want to record the preparation, the meals, and any entertainment, to show to friends or grandparents. At the end of each teams meal the guests score the chef out of 10, the scoring is kept secret – put score cards into labelled envelopes until the big reveal at the end.
3. Plan an Easter egg hunt – look online for inspiration for cryptic clues or novel suggestions for your hunt, you could also set up some fun activities such as a hula hoop competition, egg and spoon race, bunny hop sack race, pin the tail on the rabbit or egg toss.
4. Build a fairy house – gather materials from hedgerows, parks, and flowerbeds to create a tiny home for imaginary creatures in your garden. Get creative by adding touches like a carpet (moss) and a washbasin (an upturned shell).
5. Get crafty – Easter gives us a whole host of new craft projects that can be undertaken, pompom chicks, egg cress men, egg decorating, easter bunnies, easter bonnets and cards. The list is almost endless and will provide hours of fun to both little and older children. If you can’t face the mess, then wait for a dry day and take the activities out into the garden.
6. Build a den – all you need is a large blanket, some sheets, and cushions. This is a fun activity for little ones to play indoors or outdoors and should keep
them occupied for a little while.
7. Play board games online with family or friends – play Monopoly online (available on iOS and Android – for a small fee) it has an online multiplayer mode that lets you play private games with another household. Get the app to play Uno or The Risk: Global Domination, free on both iOS and Android.
8. Host a pamper day – we all love a pamper day in our house, put your dressing gowns on and indulge. Light some candles, put soothing music on, make homemade face packs and scrubs, soak your feet in warm scented water and treat each other to a hand massage, manicure or pedicure for a real treat!
9. Make a time capsule – include things that you have done during lockdown, such as crafts, letters, pictures, thoughts etc. You could collate a scrapbook together with pictures and memories from what you’ve got up to and how you felt throughout the past 12 months.