It can be difficult to continuously keep the grandchildren entertained over the Easter holidays, simply because, in general, they want constant entertainment! This could lead to them watching excessive amount of television or playing too many video games. But never fear, there are plenty of ways to help the little ones overcome boredom and lots of it also involves the great outdoors!
Easter will mean different things to different people; for some it will be a religious time, for others it be just another day, and for many it will be time to eat as much chocolate as possible! For those who fall into the latter category, then a great activity is to have an Easter egg hunt in the garden! It can be as complex or as easy as you like, dependent on how long you want the activity to last. For a bit of added fun you could also print out clues and signposts to plant all over the garden.
Another great outing for the little ones at Easter is a trip to the cinema! Animated and family favourites out can be viewed at your local cinema for as little as £2.50 at a “Kid’s Club Special”! This offer is available every weekend, and often every weekday morning during the holidays, at participating cinemas and will give the kids a fantastic form of escapism for a couple of hours.
If your children or grandchildren love the outdoor, then they will fall head over heels for a junior tree top challenge, such as Go Ape. It may be a bit of a hefty price, but it will provide hours of fun and something to remember! You can also let the kids run riot and try their hand at tree to tree crossing, safe in the knowledge that this activity is specifically for children.
How can you get the little ones out and about, having fun and educate them at the same time? Well, the Steam Railway Day Rover family ticket can tick all of the above boxes for up to four people. People flock from all over the country so that their children or grandchildren can have an interactive history lesson, with a trip on the historic steam train in a beautiful part of the country. If Somerset is a bit too much of a trek, then have a look at areas local to you – there are steam railways up and down the UK.
Museums are as popular now as they have ever been, and one reason for this is because of how interactive they are for the children. Many of them cost absolutely nothing and provide a great deal of education and fun! Some great free museums include: RAF Museums (North London & Cosford, Shropshire), House of Marbles (between Exeter and Plymouth), Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester) and the National Museum (Cardiff).
Walks, picnics, sports and rambling with the children can all be taken advantage of across many of the UK’s National Parks. From Dartmoor, right up to Cairngorms, National Parks are perfect for exploring the UK’s unspoilt beauty. All of them have varied wildlife, endless activities and stunning scenery. The grandchildren will be able to take in some fresh country air and experience the rugged landscape of the UK at the same time.
Keeping the grandkids amused this Easter will be a far more difficult task if there is no prior planning and simply having a few ideas in mind will ensure you have a relatively stress free occasion during the holidays. Let the grandchildren have an Easter to remember and start planning your activities now!