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Spring into action with the family this Easter

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Easter with the Family

The Easter bunny is getting ready to spring into action - and you can join him by organising some fun activities to keep your grandchildren happy if you’re getting together during the school break.

It’s not just about floral bonnets and chocolate eggs - although they are nice to have - the Spring weather gives you the opportunity to get out and about to enjoy local attractions, take a day trip further afield or just to stay at home and get creative.

It’s all about sharing some Easter-inspired quality time together and here are a few ideas that may inspire you:

An Egg Hunt

Go on an Easter egg hunt - fresh air and the thrill of finding a hidden chocolate prize is guaranteed to make everyone of all ages happy. Look for organised Easter egg hunts in your neighbourhood or visit one of the wonderful National Trust properties to follow the bunny’s trail of clues and uncover a Cadbury chocolate treat! Find out more at Cadbury Easter Egg hunt The National Trust is celebrating Easter with a programme of egg-cellent activities - see what’s on at National Trust Easter Alternatively, organise your own Easter Egg hunt in your garden or local park by hiding small foil wrapped chocolate eggs for your grandchildren to find!

Take a Short Break

If you fancy a day out, or even a short Easter break, with your youngsters there’s plenty of choice - check out your local area’s tourism websites for Easter events; plan a trip to London; go to a sports event or take them for an egg-citing time at an amusement park. Alton Towers and Chessington offer special Easter deals and for younger children, Paultons Park at Ower, near the New Forest, has some cracking Easter fun lined up! Visit their websites to find out more. Alternatively, go on your own Springwatch adventure - visit a local zoo, safari park or children’s farm to see the lambs, chicks and other baby animals up close!

Make and bake

Easter make and bake

If the grandchildren are coming to stay, get creative - stock up on coloured card, glue, poster paints, feathers, ribbons, glitter and tissue paper to design colourful Easter bonnets, floral baskets for your eggs and chick-shaped cards - get arty and let their imagination run wild! Take up the challenge of hand painting and decorating blown eggs to hang on a pretty Easter tree. You’ll need to first empty the eggs – the classic blow technique is still simplest and best – then rinse and allow to dry. Then get decorating - here’s a Youtube video for inspiration DecorateblowneggsforEaster - and hang the decorated eggs on tree twigs planted in the soil or in a vase. If cooking together is more appealing, bake some Easter inspired goodies, such as cute Easter bunny cookies - here’s a Sainsbury’s recipe Bunny cookies and scrummy crispy chocolate nests filled with mini eggs - try Chocolateeggnests from BBC Food.

Have a Picnic

With your Easter treats all prepared if the sun is shining why not pack a picnic and head for the coast for some invigorating sea air, visit a countryside beauty spot or even take the children to your local park. Alfresco food and fun activities, such as hide and seek, pooh sticks and ball games, are a fantastic way to bring the family together for fun times outdoors.

Family Fun & Games

If it’s raining, make your own indoors fun with an Easter themed get together. Whether you’re having the family over for an Easter Day meal or looking after the grandchildren, you could organise their favourite board games into a family challenge with mini eggs as prizes for the winners; play Easter charades or card games - or simply cuddle up on the sofa to watch a cute film. Alternatively, take a trip to the cinema for the latest Easter films - Dumbo is flying high this Easter!

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