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8 things to do with your family this Easter long weekend

Stuck for ways to entertain the kids these Easter holidays? Want to avoid the crowds, but still do something memorable?

With Easter just around the corner, we’ve put together this list of 8 fun activities the whole family will love.

Stay-at-home activities

1. Decorate your own eggs

Painting your own Easter eggs can be a special and fun activity for any kids beyond toddler age. The easiest option is to simply hard-boil the eggs, and when they’re cool, paint the shells using any type of craft paint. You can also decorate the eggs with glitter, stickers, sequins or ribbon.

For older children, and if you want the eggs to last, it’s possible to remove the white and yolk while keeping the shell intact. You can do this by poking a very small hole in both the top and bottom of the egg using a pin. You’ll then need to blow the white and the yolk out through the hole and into a bowl. Depending on your kids’ ages, they can also help with the process. Keep in mind that the empty shells will also be quite fragile, so this method isn’t particularly suitable for little painters!

2. Bake some hot cross buns

Everyone loves a hot cross bun at Easter. While they will take a few hours to prepare and bake, they’re well worth the effort. There’s also plenty of kneading involved, which is perfect for junior bakers! Here’s a yummy, relatively easy recipe to use.

3. Create Easter presents

Making hand-made Easter gifts can be a great way to keep kids entertained. It’s also a nice, low-cost way for kids to create something special for friends, family or teachers. Gifts could include:

  • Hand-painted eggs or hot cross buns (as above).
  • Little bags of hand-made chocolates (you can buy Easter-egg moulds from most specialty cooking stores).
  • Hand-decorated baskets (buy inexpensive baskets, and get your kids to decorate them with ribbons, stickers or feathers), filled with a few chocolate eggs.
  • Paintings/drawings/cards with an Easter theme.

4. Make rabbit masks

As a fun Easter celebration, why not get your kids to make their own, unique rabbit masks? All you need is some cardboard, a pen, scissors, elastic and some pipe-cleaners.

Simply draw a large rabbit face (complete with ears) on a piece of cardboard, and cut out some eye-holes to match your kids’ face. Poke a hole on each side of the mask, and attach a single piece of elastic to each side.

Get your kids to decorate their own masks. You could even twist some pipe cleaners in the centre, and attach them to the nose using sticky tape to represent the rabbit’s whiskers.

5. Host an Easter hunt/lunch

It’s an age-old tradition, but an Easter hunt is always a fun way to get together with friends, and a great way to keep kids entertained.

However, rather than simply scattering eggs around your house or garden and asking kids to find them (which can be over in a few minutes and result in all sorts of chocolate-scoffing), it can be worth organising a slightly more complex version with a reward at the end (depending on their ages, of course).

To do so, simply grab around 10 sheets of paper, and write a simple clue on each one. Each clue should direct the kids to the location of the next clue in the sequence. At the location of the final clue, hide an Easter present for each child. This could even just be a small book or a toy.

Heading-out activities

6. Head to the Sydney Royal Easter Show

If you live in Sydney, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a sensational day out for the whole family. This year, it’s on from 10–23 April. All ShowLink tickets include return public transport, and all kids under three receive free entry. There are also family tickets available. To save time and avoid the crowds, get there early and pre-buy your tickets online.

If you don’t live in Sydney, other fun shows include the Semaphore Kite Festival in Adelaide and the Bendigo Easter Festival in Victoria.

7. See what’s on at your local library

Around this time of year, plenty of libraries offer Easter-themed story sessions, craft activities, and even Easter egg hunts. As an added bonus, lots of these sessions are also free, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at what your local library has on offer.

Even if there’s nothing specific on, most libraries will have books or DVDs about Easter that you can take home.

8. Investigate local Easter festivals

Every year, local communities across Australia hold all kinds of Easter festivals. Some of these festivals are done on a large-scale, whereas some are simply just Easter egg hunts for kids. Take a look at your local council website to see if there’s anything fun that’s been organised for your area.

However you decide to spend your holidays, the team at Real Insurance wishes you and your family a safe and happy Easter. If you have any other great ideas for how to spend the weekend, don’t forget to share them with us!

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