Cracking ideas for Easter Fun
This months blog is packed full of cracking ideas of things to do with the family over the Easter break
Spring into Easter with plenty of cracking ideas to keep the kids entertained over the holidays
Wondering how to entertain the kids over the Easter holidays? Fear not, check out our cracking ideas for treats, no-cost fun, adventures and trips out over the Easter break.
But make some time to chill, relax and recharge the batteries too, yours and the kids! For those children who are at school, it’s been an intensive term and a pyjama day could be just what everyone needs!
Get out in the garden!
Now the weather has picked up (well, the sun was shining when we wrote this!), get outside!
Den building and treasure hunts. How about a building a den in the garden? And who doesn’t love a search of some kind? Easy to set up, and fun guaranteed with treasure hunts, bug hunts, scavenger hunts and don’t forget the traditional Easter egg hunt!
Outside is a safe play to release your budding Picassos without getting paint, glue and glitter (always glitter!) all over the house. Use natural materials like sticks and fallen leaves to create works of art.
Get your hands dirty and get planting. It’s the right time of year to start planting seeds, all you need it some pots, seeds and compost. If the weather puts a spanner in the works, how about planting some cress heads, which can be grown on a windowsill inside.
Obstacle courses. You can use anything to construct a small obstacle course in the garden; plant pots, skipping ropes, hula hoops - anything! See who can get round it fastest!
Jumpers for goalposts. Ball games are always a winner and a good way to run off some energy.
Get active and explore the great outdoors
On yer bike!
Dig out the bikes, scooters, roller skates and other wheeled devices that have lain forgotten in sheds and under the stairs over the winter months. Remember to check they still work, and do a safety check on brakes and tyres before heading out though (and don’t forget your helmet!). Here’s a quick bike maintenance checklist and Halfords offer a free bike check service if you aren’t confident to do it yourself.
Become a nature detective!
The Woodland Trust offer free activities which can be downloaded from their website (there’s rainy day stuck inside activities too, just in case!).
If you've got a GPS device, try geocaching! Find out more about your local area and search for treasures in hidden capsules (remember to add your own treasure to the cache too). To get started, sign up for a free membership on the Geocaching website, but please observe the rules of the game.
Coventry Sports Trust has a fun packed children’s activity programme for the school holidays. With activities taking place over three sites, there’s sure to be something your kids will love!
Aside from the local small play parks, there are plenty of larger parks nearby to visit. Most will have Easter activities running, please check their websites to see what is on, times and cost, if there is one.
Here’s some of our favourites:
- Allesley Park - can you find the fairy village?
- Brandon Marsh - lovely place to explore and really wild activities for children aged 4-11.
- Caludon Castle Park - did you know Coventry used to have a castle, and part of it, albeit a very small part, can be seen in Caludon Castle Park?
- Coombe Country Park - Easter egg trail and lots of other activities
- Ryton Pools - the miniature railway re-opened on 2 April, check out the sensory trail and garden, Easter fun trails (8 -23 April), plus lots of daily activities for children
- War Memorial Park - try the new outdoor fitness trail, play some tennis and try the activities in the visitor centre
Stuck inside? Get creative!
Don’t let a rainy day spoil the fun. Even if the weather isn’t very spring-like, there are plenty of indoor options to keep everyone busy.
Easter crafts - there are loads of ideas for Easter related art and craft activities on the activity village website:
Decorate some eggs for Easter. Not sure how? Have a look here for inspiration.
Create a play or a show. Maybe you could have your own X-Factor? Have a go at making your own comic. Feeling competitive? Have a board game-a-thon day.
Or you could head to the kitchen and get baking. Everyone loves cake!
Embrace the lazy days! And it’s good to be bored sometimes, it can get those creative juices flowing!
Share the housework! Depending on the age of the children, make chores into a game or maybe to earn some pocket money. More people helping the quicker it gets done and you can move onto something else.
Don’t forget the library!
Head to the library and lose yourself in a good book. And there’s lots on too, from rhyme times to chatterbooks to code clubs. Have a look!
Other places to go in Coventry
Please check websites to see what is on, times, cost (if any) and whether booking is required.
- Belgrade Theatre: Got an actor in your family? Check out the Belgrade’s holiday camps for ages 8 – 13. There’s also the Easter Bunny's Eggs-ellent Adventure show suitable for ages 2-7!
- Coventry Transport Museum: Lots of experimenting to do over the Easter holidays with science activities, plus an Easter Motor Maths trail. The current Hot Rods and Kool Kustoms exhibition is well worth checking out for any young (and old) vehicle enthusiast.
- Electric Railway Museum: open day on 9 April with an Easter Bunny hunt (any real rabbits spotted don’t count!), craft event, textile exhibition and demonstrations.
- Fargo Village: There’s usually something interesting going on at Fargo Village. There’s a special Easter market, plus check out Fargo tenants Pop Bang Colour (art using cars), Bubble Boba and Spangles with the kids.
- Herbert Art Gallery & Museum: Experiment with a different activity every day inspired by artworks from the portraits exhibition; including clay sculptures, royal crowns, dancing dolls and print-making! For older children there’s also an introduction to animation.
- Lower Precinct Coventry: 15 April 10am-4pm sees the Lower Precinct hosting an Eggstravaganza, including an egg hunt, face painting and animal petting. They are also expecting a special guest - the Easter Bunny!
- Lunt Roman Fort: The Lunt Fort is open to the public during school holidays from 10 - 21 April, and the make and take activity will be Roman coins.
- National Trust Properties: most sites are running Easter Egg trails.
- Pets at Home small animal workshops: learn how to care for small animals, free during school holidays. Booking required.
- The Weaver’s House: 8 April 11am-4pm - free open day Find out about games the Tudors played, try our Easter trail and learn about egg dyeing. Explore the house and garden, learn about the life and times of a medieval weaver and his family, and enjoy a slice of homemade cake! Free entry. Suitable for all ages.
- Warwick Arts Centre: some of the shows on offer this Easter include Peppa Pig and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Beyond the Arts Centre, investigate the sculpture trail.
And a little bit further afield
- Kenilworth Castle 14-17 April - young adventurers are wanted for the Easter Adventure Quest. If you’re already an English Heritage member, you can get free entry for up to six children (up to 18 years and within the family group) accompanied by an adult. See English Heritage for the full details.
- MAD museum This is in Stratford Upon Avon, but is well worth a visit.
- Warwickshire Museum lots of Easter related activities on throughout the holidays. Have a look on their Facebook page for details of everything that is going on!
Spring into fostering and give children a fresh start!
Spring, a time for new beginnings?
We love this time of year.
Spring is definitely springing. The days get that bit longer, it feels warmer, the sky seems bluer, the flowers are becoming more abundant. It feels like a season of change, of transition, of possibilities… it is no coincidence that we feel enlivened during this time of year.
Everything seems possible in spring. The season is traditionally seen as a time for new beginnings, regeneration, hope and embracing things anew.
What are your favourite childhood memories of spring? For us, it’s daffodils and playing in the park. It is often the little things that make big impressions on us.
It’s never too late to make a difference. So why not take this opportunity to look at fostering as an option?
Did you know that there is a shortage of foster carers in the Coventry area? We need your help we can ensure there are sufficient foster carers to support and care for local children.
Fostering for Coventry City Council means you are giving children a stable, loving home and also allowing them the best chance of staying close to their family, friends and schools whilst support and decisions regarding their long term future are made. It is often used for temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems or when family relationships have broken down and can also help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives.
You can make the most amazing difference to a child’s life by providing them with positive experiences and a safe and nurturing foster home.
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