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Things to do in the Easter holidays

Things to do in the Easter holidays

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It seems like no time since the kids went back to school after the Christmas holidays and yet the Easter break is looming already. If you’re wondering how to keep the kids entertained without spending a fortune then read on.

Go out to play

By now the weather is (hopefully) becoming warmer and drier, which makes outdoor play a bit more pleasant. Kick a football round the garden, take a picnic to the park or spend a day trip rock pooling at the seaside. Lots of country parks offer sessions during school holidays where children can go along and take part in nature trails and bug hunts or learn more about wildlife. When the weather is good, make the most of it – in this country you never know when it’s going to break!


Taking the whole family swimming can be expensive, many local authorities offer free swim sessions for kids during the school holidays. Unless your children are old enough to go on their own you may still need to pay to go in the pool with them but it still works out cheaper than paying for everyone. Check your local council’s website for details.

Get cultured

National museums make a great day out and free entry makes them easy on your wallet. Most are child-friendly and kids will be enthralled with items on display, which depending on the museum might range from dinosaur skeletons to Formula 1 racing cars.

Things to do in the Easter holidaysGo to the cinema

While a family cinema trip can generally be prohibitively expensive, during the school holidays cinemas target the children’s market by showing films at more affordable prices. The only catch is you’ll have to be up and out early as most screenings start around 9.30-10am. Cineworld and Vue cinemas both run special kids screenings during school holidays, with prices starting from around £1 per ticket. Kids and adults get in for the same price, although the films won’t be the latest releases, they’re usually new enough that you won’t have seen them already.

Car boot sale

As the better weather comes in, minds traditionally turn to the spring clean. Get the kids involved in digging out clothes and toys that they’ve grown out of and take them all to a car boot sale. It can be a fun day out, you can spend the proceeds on another activity later in the holidays.

Make Easter bonnets

What kid doesn’t love dressing up? Get out the crafts box and make some Easter bonnets to show off in a little parade. You can get basic straw hats to decorate from the pound shop or you could go the whole hog and make them from scratch. Old baseball caps make good bases for boys’ bonnets while a cheap summer hat can be a nice starting point for girls.

Easter egg hunt

Of course, no guide to things to do during the Easter holidays would be complete without mentioning an Easter egg hunt! Set up your own with family and friends or take part in an organised hunt at a local park or stately home.







About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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