Get in the Easter Spirit

Easter is fast approaching (Sunday, 1st April) and between the chocolate eggs and cute fluffy animals, the kids will need entertaining. Taking children on days out can work out costing a fair bit but there’s really no need to splash the cash. I thought I’d give you some fun ideas of where you can take your little ones this Easter without breaking the bank. Let’s just hope the sun comes out!

Breathe in the fresh air
You cannot beat the great outdoors. Exploring, smelling the different smells and just enjoying nature is the best way to brush off the cobwebs (and an opportunity to burn off some of that chocolate energy!) If there’s a playground or park nearby, make use of it and if the weather holds, why not take a picnic with you? It may also be worth bearing in mind that the National Trust is hosting over 250 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts in various locations across the country so be sure to check out what’s going on locally.

Get baking
When I was a kid, I used to love baking, especially at Easter. It’s a great way for children to experiment with different textures, follow instructions and who doesn’t enjoy eating the finished product?! You can make Easter egg baskets, Easter biscuits and hot cross buns and you can enjoy them as a family come Easter Sunday. Baking doesn’t cost the earth and is a great way to make memories (and to get them away from the television or iPads!)

Visit a museum 
This may seem like an obvious one, but how many of you have visited your local museum recently? It’s free to enter (although you can make a donation if you choose) and they usually run activities for children to enjoy over the Easter break. Your museum will be filled with history – from the evolution of toys to fine art and galleries so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. I think it’s very easy to sometimes forget what we have on our doorsteps and I’m not sure about you, but I love to support my local attractions.

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Use vouchers for days out 
As I’ve mentioned before, days out can cost you a fair bit – from entrance fees, to food, snacks and finally, the gift shop, you could easily wind up spending over a hundred pounds. Even days out at the local farm can cost a fair bit – we went to a farm last week, and even though Raife was free to enter, it cost £17 for the two of us (quite a lot when we were there for a grand total of an hour!) However, there are ways to make these experiences cheaper. Many theme parks and attractions offer a discount if you book online beforehand (and you’ll get through the queue quicker on the day). Certain cereal boxes offer vouchers for children’s days out and the Tesco Clubcard scheme is also worth looking at. Take some time to do your research beforehand – your wallet will thank you!

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Cinema deals
Over the last few years, I’ve found that the price of going to the cinema is absolutely extortionate. It really doesn’t have to though – as long as you do your research beforehand. During weekend mornings, some cinemas offer two tickets for the price of one (especially useful if you have more than one child) and in some cinemas, accompanying adults can also enjoy discounted tickets. You could also find that the smaller, independent venues offer generally cheaper tickets whilst showing old films so be sure to check out the screenings.

There’s really no need to spend a fortune this Easter. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with staying indoors, watching a film and eating popcorn! To be honest, that sounds like absolute bliss to me. As long as you spend time with your little ones eating all the chocolate, it’ll be an Easter to remember!

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