The Easter long weekend is fast approaching, which for many Aussie families means a short holiday away. However, you can still enjoy the break without leaving the comfort of your own home. If you can keep your kids entertained, and maybe even give them a day out or two, then you both can enjoy the chocolate-filled weekend without the hassle of travelling.
Here are some ideas for keeping your energetic kids entertained both at home and on a day out.
How to keep the kids entertained at home
Home is where most of our kids’ memories are made. A little effort from parents into planning an activity over the holidays can go a long way.
- Easter egg hunt. This is an easy that activity that will keep the kids (and even parents) entertained for hours. Easter egg hunts are particularly good because they can be enjoyed rain, hail or shine.
- Easter egg painting. Get the paint set out and let your kids’ creativity run wild. Blow up balloons or hard boil some eggs for them to paint and decorate (they can also eat the boiled eggs for lunch!).
- Egg and spoon race. The beauty of chocolate eggs is that they don’t make a mess when you drop them. Put an Easter egg on a teaspoon and see who can walk the fastest without dropping the egg.
- Movie night. Host a night in for your kids to indulge in their Easter treats while watching their favourite movie. Rise of the Guardians is a great Easter movie that the whole family can enjoy.
- Get cooking. Although parents are typically (and understandably) reluctant to let their kids in the kitchen, this can be a really fun activity. You can do something as simple as melting chocolate to dip fruit in or making a batch of Easter-themed cupcakes.
How to keep the kids entertained on a day out (on a budget!)
You don’t need to travel far to get into the holiday spirit. Take advantage of free entry into these events and give your kids a set amount of money that they can spend on rides and food. Not only will they have a great time, but they can learn some budgeting skills too.
- Festival of Sails. Take the kids to Marine Parade, Redcliffe on 30 March for some free Easter activities. Kids can enjoy workshops, Easter egg hunts and rides, while parents can browse market stalls and enjoy live music.
- North Brisbane Easter Festival. Enjoy free entry into a festival full of great entertainment for the kids on 30 and 31 March at Mitchelton Park.
- Easter Sunday Family Funday. A variety of family activities will be happening at Victoria Park between 10am and 2pm, including a visit from the Easter Bunny!
- The local park or beach. Pack yourself a picnic and head down to the park or the beach to soak up some sun and make the most of the what could be the last warm days till next summer.
- Go for a bushwalk. In Australia, most of us are lucky enough to only have to drive an hour or two to reach beautiful bushland. If this is the case, take advantage of the long weekend and go for a bushwalk with the kids. Who knows? You might get lucky and encounter some wildlife.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the upcoming break and planning a fun-filled family weekend at home.
By Bessie Hassan - the Money Expert at finder.com.au