04 April 2017

Easter family fun that doesn't cost a fortune

Easter is a wonderful time, and all too often the kids can spend most of it plugged into a TV or the tablet. According to our Great British Family report, 35% of parents admitted to using gadgets to occupy the kids, especially when the weather isn't great and funds are tight.

We asked our members for ideas for keeping the kids (and you) entertained over Easter that work indoors and out and won't break the bank.

The Egg Hunt

Egg Hunt

It's a classic, simple to do and relatively cheap. You can create your own just by hiding eggs around the house and garden, giving searchers a list of clues to help seek them out. 

Alternatively, you could join a Cadbury's Easter egg hunt, taking place at National Trust properties nationwide.

Take the train for a 2 for 1

If the ticket price has always put you off from major tourist attractions like the Tower of London, Sea Life Manchester or Cadbury World in Birmingham, the train could open up many new doors for you. 

By arriving by rail you can take advantage of two for one Days Out offers at dozens of places across the country.

Set out on a nature trail

Nature Trail

"I love making a checklist of 'treasures' to find such as snowdrops and lambs and then when we get home spend time crafting, drawing or painting in the spring theme together, it's fun, physical and educational” (Tracey).

The Woodland Trust also has a host of downloadable activities for nature detectives.

Get on your bikes

Children love the independence that a bike gives them. A family bike ride gives them the rare opportunity to feel a complete equal with you – or even go faster than you. Britain's National Parks have some fantastic family cycle trails. If you don't all own bikes, some also have reasonably priced cycle-hire facilities.

Give it some bounce

Bouncing

It's rare that the Easter school holidays go without a drop of rain. Trampoline parks are springing up all over the UK and are the perfect place for kids to release some energy even when the weather's not on your side. 

As they are so new, they are very popular so you will be hard pushed to find any offers available, but this special treat will reward you with ecstatic little faces.

Be crafty

With a little preparation, you can spend a whole day making something out of nothing. 

“Lots of arts and crafts allows them to express themselves, get down and get messy and be creative” (Beverley).

 Use fabric paint to personalise t-shirts or make Easter bunny baskets from paper plates. It's also worth checking what's on at your local Hobbycraft, the craft stores run free craft activities every weekend.

Consider joining Kids Pass

Theme Park

Kids Pass is a private members' club that gets families discounts on tickets to the cinema, theatre, various theme parks and attractions. Plus, it has 'kids eat free' offers at major restaurant chains and deals on nights away. 

One pass covers the whole family and you can get 14 days' membership for just £1. After that time you're automatically charged the annual subscription free, currently £39.99, but you can cancel before that.

Hold a family bake off

Pull out the cookbooks or surf the web for recipes that make everyone's mouth water, you could even stick to bakes with an Easter theme. Once the menu is decided, shop for the ingredients and get cooking. 

“We do loads of baking, it's a perfect opportunity to learn about weighing and measuring, time and reading the recipes!! Plus you end up with goodies!!” (Paula).

Just remember to invite a few friends or family members around for tea to tuck into the cakes, muffins, crumpets and biscuits and judge who wins the bake off crown.

Anyone for tennis?

Tennis

Community sports charity Tennis for Free works with local councils, tennis clubs and coaches to provide free weekly, coach-led family oriented tennis lessons in public parks across the UK. Check their website to find out about sessions in your area. You can also find out about tennis courts you can practice on for free close by.

Whatever you do, have fun!

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