1. Virtual Lambing
Visiting a local farm in the hope of seeing some new arrivals is a regular fixture of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. With an actual visit out of the question this time round, you can still get your cuteness fix online with daily videos and live streams from Animal Farm Adventure Park, or watch the animal feeding and other farm activities at Wroxham Barns.
2. No egg hunt, no problem
You don’t need a local event, or even an Easter Egg, to have fun. Whether it’s around the house or in the garden, there’s plenty of places to hide sweets and chocolate for enthusiastic little searchers to discover.
As an alternative, why not get each member of the family to write down a series of jokes and hide them instead. Once a joke is found, if it’s funny it goes in the pot and if it’s not it goes back where it was. The person with the most jokes that make the grade is the winner - they can then eat some of the chocolate you were going to hide.
It's also traditional in many countries to paint boiled eggs in all sorts of creative designs as a symbol to the origins of Easter, check out some fun designed on Pinterest and see how creative you can get!
3. Have fun in the kitchen
Easter is synonymous with baking but, with flour in short supply, you might need to get a bit creative in the kitchen. The BBC Good Food website has put together a great list of kids baking recipes without flour, including Crispy Chocolate Fridge Cake and Peanut Butter Cookies. And, if you do have a little bit of flour to spare, how about making your own Playdough?
4. Get creative
There’s no popping to the shops for cards or gifts, so why not try out Hobbycraft’s daily Kids Craft Club every day at 11:00am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You’ll find all sorts of creative activities and downloads for you to enjoy and you also can share your creations with the world using #KidsCraftClub.
5. Make a TikTok video
Originally launched in 2016, TikTok is now one of the biggest social media platforms in the world, with around 1 billion users in over 150 countries. If this is all new to you then just think of it as a bite-size version of YouTube, with each video typically up to 15 seconds long. There’s a huge music library to mix with your own footage and some wild and wacky effects to play with – just remember to adjust the content settings if you are sharing it with any younger ones.
6. Enjoy a night at the theatre
Just because you can’t take your seat in the stalls, there’s no need to miss out on an evening of theatrical delights. The National Theatre are providing free access to their vault of full length productions, with Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night all coming up in the next few weeks. And if you prefer to tap your feet to a blockbusting musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ is releasing a new show every week.
7. Raid the games cupboard
We’ve all got games and toys gathering dust at the back of the cupboard. There’s all-time classics like Monopoly, Scrabble or Cluedo and, if you prefer something a little more light-hearted, there’s Articulate, Pictionary or Jenga. For a bit of mental stimulation how about Trivial Pursuit, Rummikub, Chess or Othello. Alternatively, why not try and make up your own board game, you never know, it could be the next big thing.
8. Put on a School Disco
We all remember the school disco (with varying degrees of embarrassment), so how about turning your tie round the wrong way, putting on your makeup on badly and dancing to the classics of your youth. Whether it’s The Beatles or Slade, Madness or The Spice Girls, you’ll be amazed at how many lyrics and dance moves you remember. You can even get the kids involved by letting them set up a tuckshop in the living room for you to buy sweets from.
9. Enjoy a free audio book
For as long as the schools are closed, Audible are offering a wide selection of free audio books to stream online. Younger children are sure to enjoy classics such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Rabbit or The Jungle Book. For older children and grownups there’s literary greats like Moby Dick, Les Misérables and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
10. Set up a circus!
It may be a bit late to run off to the circus, but how about making your own juggling balls using lentils and socks (yes really) and learning to juggle with free online classes at Kinetic Circus Workshops. And, once you’ve knocked over one vase to many, you can always try your hand at plate spinning, balancing or diabolos.
However you choose to spend this weekend, remember to follow Government guidelines no matter how tempting it may be to go out to local green spaces and beaches. Please stay safe and stay home. 💕