Many parents believe that you need to break the bank to make the most of the Easter holidays. That really doesn’t have to be the case though, as there are loads of cheap and free ideas that you can look at to make the holidays fun.
Here are 9 ideas to get you started!
Go on an Easter egg hunt
An Easter egg hunt is a staple for many families during the Easter holidays. However, you don’t have to create the hunt yourself as there are generally a number of hunts going on around your local area. Finding one of these hunts will offer the kids something fun to do and you won’t have to worry about hiding the eggs yourself.
Rhys is desperate to go on an egg hunt this year, so I’m hoping that Brynmill park will have one on again, we had a great time doing the one there last year.
Of course, you can create the hunt yourself if there are none in your area. All you have to do is wrap up some eggs and place them around the garden or park. Some parents even hide eggs around the house to make the hunt more interesting.
In the UK, Cadbury has teamed up with the National Trust to host Easter egg hunts in 300 locations. You will be able to go on a hunt with your kids and they will get a Cadbury Egghead reward for finishing the trails that have been set up. There is also the chance to win some other prizes, you can read more about it here.
Head to the farm
There are many places that hold country-themed events during the Easter holidays. At these events, your kids will be able to ride a tractor and many of the events will have petting corners and grooming stations. The petting and grooming stations will generally hold a variety of animals including sheep, donkeys, cows, alpacas, rabbits and goats.
At the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire, kids will be able to bottle-feed lambs at the event. There are also a number of cooking workshops and your kids can plant a mushroom log which they can take home. There is an Ask the Farmer theater where anyone can learn about the staples in their food cupboard. A cooking demonstration will also show your kids how to cook with the crops that the farmers talk about.
We have a community farm in Swansea that my two both like to visit, so I’ll be taking a look to see what events they have going on over the holidays.
Watch a movie
Over the Easter holidays, many cinemas will have special viewings for children. Of course, this doesn’t mean that adults can’t watch a film as well. There are a number of ways that you can cut the costs of going to the movies with your family. You could redeem Nectar points or Clubcard points for tickets.
Rhys keeps seeing adverts for the Smurfs movie, so I think we might treat him one day and go and see it. It’ll be the first time my 2 have been to the cinema to watch a film so should be interesting! I think they would really love it though.
Visit a museum
Taking the time to look at your local museums is a great idea because many of them are free. If you live in London, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are great options. You could also look at the Tate Modern or the V&A Museum.
There are also websites which allow you to look at your local area and see what free attractions and museums are on offer. These websites will be able to offer information like the Coventry Transport Museum or the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery which are open for free. The Visit Britain website also has a listing of free museums.
We quite like Swansea museum because, even though it’s not that big, there’s really quite a lot to see. We especially like going to see the mummy, it’s fascinating! The waterfront museum in Swansea is also great, and they often host events for families so we’ll probably pop there one day in the holidays too.
If you have some younger children and you are at a loss for what to do then you should consider the free pop-up cooking classes that Tesco offer. These classes are for children aged 5 to 11 and are part of the Eat Happy Project. All of the ingredients for the classes will be provided on the day so you will not have to provide anything. The children will also be given an apron and recipes which they can take home with them to showcase their new skills to their family.
If you’re not able to make the classes then an ideal backup plan is to simply cook at home. You can find some great child-friendly recipes online to help you keep your children entertained and interested.
Catch a show
Going to the theater doesn’t have to cost a lot. It’s possible to find great deals on certain websites for some of the top West End shows. Of course, you don’t have to choose a show; a comedy club could be just as entertaining. There are a number of voucher websites that allow you to get money off the ticket prices for comedy clubs around the country.
You should also consider looking at your local council’s arts website. These websites will tell you about local shows which could be even cheaper than you imagine.
Make your own entertainment
You don’t need a lot to have fun at home. You could use some of the Easter egg boxes to make a robot or puppet theater. All you need is some scrap paper, glue and other craft bits and pieces.
You could also look at building a blanket fort in the living room. You could then hold a mini housewarming party with music, snacks and a sleepover.
And if the weather is dry, then a trip to the park is always a winner for our family. It doesn’t cost a thing and the kids get to burn off some energy, so everybody wins!
Have a cheap meal out
If you want to go out for a meal then you don’t have to break the bank. There are a number of discount codes and vouchers that will help you. Many of these vouchers and codes will be limited to the Easter holidays.
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What are your plans for Easter? I hope this has given you some inspiration for things to do that don’t cost a fortune.
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.