Let's be honest, as a parent it is always stressful to keep children entertained without spending an arm and a leg.
But don't fret, come rain or shine, there are many fun indoor and outdoor activities for children to get stuck into.
Whether you take a family trip to the museum or head outdoors for a run-around, here are our top 10 picks for youngsters during the Easter break.
1. Hold An Easter Egg Hunt
If you're looking for Easter outdoor games for kids, why not opt for a classic Easter egg hunt? Let's face it, it's not Easter without an egg hunt - no matter what your age. This activity can be carried out both inside, if it's raining, and outdoors in a garden or local park.
For an Easter egg hunt, you will need:
- A range of Easter eggs (most important)
- Baskets or buckets to collect the eggs
Remember, bear in mind the age of the children you are hiding the Easter eggs from. Younger children will need the eggs to be hidden in places they can easily reach, and toddlers will likely need the eggs spread across the lawn in their eye-line, for instance.
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2. Head To The Seaside
It might be a bit too cold to take a dip in the sea, but Easter is still a great time to head to the coast. The kids will have hours of fun discovering different creatures in rock pools or hunting for fossils on the seashore. Don't forget to take a kite for the kids, as after all, the beach is the perfect location thanks to the seaside breeze.
To find the perfect beach to take the family, use this handy guide by the National Trust. If you decide to head to Cornwall, be sure to take a trip to the Eden Project to see samples of the Amazon rainforest and the Mediterranean.
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3. Get Baking
Keep the kids busy by baking some tasty treats in the kitchen, from Easter egg baskets, to egg-shaped cookies. Whether you need an indoor activity to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, or want to get the kids involved in Easter Sunday preparations, these are some simple child-friendly Easter treats to try:
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4. Get Them Moving!
Children are always on the go at school, however, when at home, it can be hard to ensure they are getting enough physical activity. According to the NHS, each child should take part in at least 60 minutes of activity each day, whether it be walking, running or getting involved in sports.
If the weather is good enough, get the kids outside to let off some of that pent-up energy by playing ball games. For example, head to your local park to play football or rugby, or even head to a crazy golf course - these are all fun outdoor games for kids of all ages.
However, if the weather isn't ideal for outdoor play, consider taking them to your local swimming pool or even enrol onto a yoga session - some teachers also hold parent and child classes which is a great way to spend quality time with your youngster.
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5. Learn Something New
When your child has some free time from school, it is important to allow them to have a break from studying. Despite this, it is always a good idea to encourage your child to take up something new and be productive with their time.
During the Easter holidays, challenge your child to consider learning an instrument, finish a difficult book or perhaps even undertake a science experiment, such as crystal making. It is always worth checking out any local museums or exhibitions, which may have some fun school holiday activities for children to get involved in.
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6. Go Camping
When the children are on school holidays, it is a great time to spend some quality time with them and get outdoors - the best medicine for all ages. Whether you decide to venture into your back garden or set up tent at a camping park, it will be an enjoyable experience for youngsters and a great way to lure them away from their electronic gadgets and Wi-Fi.
What do you need to go camping? Read our handy checklist here.
You may also want to give fishing a try, but be sure to check signs in the area before you begin. In some areas, fishing is strictly prohibited or only allowed once you have obtained a fishing licence. Children under the age of 13 do not need a licence, but anyone over this must get one from the Gov.uk website. A junior licence is free up until you are 16 years old, and then you will need an adult one, which costs £30. Beware, if you are caught without one, you may face a hefty fine.
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7. Have A "Duvet Day"
The best part of every school holiday for children is having the freedom to play all day every day. Therefore, why don't you ask your children whether they want to stay in and have a "duvet day"? Let them choose the activities and take the reign, whether it be creating a den, playing dress up, or playing board games, such as Monopoly.
You could always get cosy on the sofa and watch some films too - but don't forget the most important ingredient: popcorn! If you're struggling to find a family-friendly film to watch, according to Day Out With The Kids, there are 10 films each child has to watch before the age of 10, including The Wizard of Oz and Night at the Museum.
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8. Go To The Cinema
Alternatively, if there is a film that your children want to watch that has just hit cinema screens, think about treating them to a trip to the cinema. If you are stuck to a tight budget, most large cinema chains offer reduced prices and show family-friendly films during school holidays.
Don't forget to check out the Money Saving Expert website for the best kids' cinema deals during school holidays and weekends too.
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9. Get Their Creative Juices Flowing
A fun, yet inexpensive, way to keep the kids entertained is by having an arts and craft day. Instead of drawing with pens and pencils, aim to do something different to what they do regularly at home and school. For instance, why don't you purchase a canvas for your child to paint on, to be displayed in their room or somewhere else in the house?
Alternatively, you could try Papier-mâché, or even inspire them to build new inventions using oven-bake clay, such as an egg holder for Easter treats. All you have to do is place the creations in the oven and paint them once they are dry to create a pretty ornament.
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10. Check Your Local Council's Website For Free Activities
If you feel like you have exhausted all avenues to keep your children entertained, take a look on your local council's website to find any free school holiday activities for children that they may be holding. Throughout the UK there are a number of different free attractions you can visit with your children, both suitable for sunny and rainy climates.
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