If you’re already counting down the hours till bedtime, or despairing about how to keep the kids entertained without blowing your entire summer holiday budget, look no further. Here are our Top 4 handpicked tips to fabulous and free Easter holiday activities for families. Many have been tried and tested personally by the team!
#1 Free Easter Cultural Activities
Tate Modern has a fabulous floor dedicated to kids this Easter, from doing screen painting, learning the story behind the art as well as access to free exhibitions. There are several across the country from London to Liverpool to St Ives here. We checked out the Tate Modern and spent several hours painting masterpieces.
The National Theatre - this hidden gem is well worth a visit. We checked out the Art of Make Believe: Set Design and Costume design as well as discovered floor 1.5 had a mini stage with lights and costumes so the little ones could try their hand at putting on their own performances. Fantastic fun
From popping and locking, to parkour and skateboarding, the kids can test out their Urban skills with workshops, family activities, dance schools and parties at the Southbank Centre. 1-17 Apr
Trafalgar Square is host to over 100 performers, featuring a full-scale performance of The Passion of Jesus, on Good Friday 14 April.
#2 Free Easter Egg Hunts
What’s Easter without an Easter Egg Hunt? This is a brilliant easter family activity to plan at home or on a day out. Grab a bag of supermarket mini eggs and better still a bag of Pound shop polystyrene eggs that the kids can decorate, then hide them in the garden or local park. Let the kids loose with a basket to race around searching . If they’re a bit older then make it even more exciting by drawing them a map or leaving them simple clues on Post-it notes.
If you want to make a day of it then here’s the best of the free Easter egg hunts around the country:
West End – 6 part egg-citing Golden Easter Egg Hunt across Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Piccadilly on Twitter and Instagram. 13, 16, 20, 23 and 27th April
London Bridge, London - Easter Egg trail on 15 April
Horniman Easter Fair, London - Easter Egg hunt on 15 & 16 April
Brewery Square, Dorset - Good Friday to Bank Holiday Monday with free Easter egg hunts for children up to 15 years old. Look out for Cbeebies star Mr Bloom on Good Friday
Harold Park, Bradford - Easter Egg hunt on Easter Monday
Hornsea Freeport, East Yorkshire – A Bunnies and Butterflies Easter bunny
#3 Free Easter Outdoor Activities:
After a winter stuck indoors the good weather is a welcome relief. Why not head out to the countryside with the kids for a day of energy zapping activities to ensure they get a great night’s sleep. Keep costs down by packing a picnic.
Check out our Guide to the Top family friendly spring walks across the UK, including free treasure trails to keep the little ones occupied.
Here’s the Guardian shortlist of some great country and city farms you can visit.
Or head to a local farm for bottle-feeding baby lambs, holding baby chicks. Then onwards to the local park for swings, trampolines and playground fun.
Free Easter Crafting:
Getting the kids engaged in some arts and crafts to get them right in the spirit of Easter and keep them entertained. Bonnets and baskets are a staple part of any Easter Diet (along with chocolate…lots of chocolate).
You can use different bits n bobs lying around the house so they can create their own Easter memories. If you are stuck for time, find an old straw hat at the local charity shop or Pound shop and get sticking. If you have a whole afternoon then you can shoot for a home-made card creation (we recommend you start with a paper plate, some flowers, chicks and eggs at the supermarket). Read the recommendations over on Netmums where they also have some good ideas for boys.