Hatch a plan for the Easter holidays

April 11, 2017

With the Easter holidays upon us, you may be wondering how to keep your kids entertained over the school break without being too eggstravagant. The good news is that there are lots of ways you can have fun without breaking the bank.

Work out a budget

Work out how much you can afford to spend on activities over the break. Our holiday at home budget planner can help you work this out.

Check out local activities and events

There are plenty of Easter events that your family can enjoy, many of which are free, or low-cost. Lots of public attractions such as museums, heritage sites and pet farms run Easter egg hunts and other activities for children. Ask around to see if any of these are planned in your area and sign your kids up.

Visit your local library and encourage your children to take home some books. The library may also be running events such as spring story time sessions and Easter crafts days; just ask the staff if they have anything coming up.

A trip to the cinema is always a treat for the whole family – especially if the weather isn’t good. Many cinemas run kids clubs with tickets at reduced prices.

Museums and galleries are great, as lots of them are free. They have exhibitions and events running over the holidays, and some have special Easter events catering for children and families.

Stay at home

Some days, you may decide to stay at home, but that doesn’t mean your family has to be bored. You could spend some time playing a favourite game or reading a story with your children.

Have an Easter arts and crafts day. Help the kids decorate eggs, or make Easter bonnets or bunny masks. You could buy a few packets of seeds, hollow out some eggs and let the kids plant the seeds in the egg shells and watch them grow. You could even organise your own egg hunt – buy a few chocolate or toy eggs and hide them around the house or garden. The kids will have lots of fun searching for them and you might be able to have a well-earned cup of coffee while they’re occupied!

Have a duvet day; let your children choose a couple of favourite films, make some popcorn and settle down to relax together.

Have an Easter baking day. Pick a simple, low-cost recipe, go shopping for ingredients and bake something together that you can all enjoy eating afterwards.

Enjoy the outdoors

Stick to the Easter theme and go egg-rolling, or hold egg-and-spoon races! Head for your local park or woods and let the kids race each other.

Kites are great for a windy day and they can be bought very cheaply. If you’re feeling very creative, you and the kids can even have a go at making one yourselves!

If the weather allows, take a trip to the beach. Most Irish people are lucky enough to live within driving distance of the Irish coastline. There are lots of blue flag beaches which are clean and safe for your children to play and swim in.

For something a bit closer to home, bring the kids to your local playground. It’s a free and easy way to keep them entertained, get a bit of exercise and fresh air and let them meet other children.  There are lots of free Easter events taking place in parks around the country too; you can check out what’s happening on your local authority website or take a look at parenting/family websites to see what’s on near you.

Don’t crack up

Still worrying about how much the holidays will cost? Check out our other money saving tips to see if there are any other ways you can cut back.

Published Date: 11/04/2017

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