This is the the start of a much needed 2 weeks off to recharge our batteries after a distinct lack of vitamin d this long cold Winter. My thoughts turn to a quick plan of what to do with all four of them. Yes I have heard there is more snow forecast for Easter, so with that in mind we have some indoor activities planned as well as being hopeful to get out and enjoy the outdoors here and there. Here is my top 10 activity list and I’m hopeful we will tick most of them off.
- Visit a local Farm- The cutest time of the year to visit a farm, where you get to see all the new life. Florence hasn’t been to a farm since she was a newborn, so for her this will be exciting, as she’s at the age where she loves to make animal noises when looking at them in her picture books. Teddy will also enjoy being able to feed the lambs. I’m going to pick a farm that has some play equipment that will also entertain the biggest tween of the family.
- Museum – Our family are really enjoying living so close to some great interactive family museums. Top on our list to visit this half term is the Yorkshire Museum with their new exciting ‘Yorkshire Jurassic World’ or maybe slightly further afield the very interactive ‘Eureka Museum’. Check out your local museums as they have such affordable tickets and often offer a yearly pass at the same price as a day pass
- Making the Most of our National Trust Membership. If you have any NT sites close by I can’t recommend highly enough getting yearly membership. We pay for ours by monthly direct debit and often go and have an explore at our local sites both indoors and outdoors. So we plan to make more trips over the next few weeks, especially as they have a great list of Easter activities put on for the family. If you don’t have a NT site nearby, then look into stately homes or English Heritage options that you could visit instead.
- Peter Rabbit at the Cinema. We don’t often pay full price for a film, but we may make an exception for this one for Teddy. We may just tag team the Tweens in a kids mini mornings cheaper film such as Early Man.
- Glass painting and sharpie craft- This is one for the older two. We have a cheap set of glass paints that are perfect for decorating an old jam jar for Easter treats. I have also been on the look out for crafts to do with our coloured sharpie pens.
- Easter Nest making and sticker crafting – I have a whole pile of Easter stickers nests all from the pound section from Hobby Craft and the pound shop so the middle two can keep themselves independently busy.
- Easter Sensory Play – A Tuff Tray filled with compost soil, plant pots, rakes, spades and potatoes – makes for a good potting area. Or alternatively Easter plastic eggs with a range of seasonal items. This will keep the little ones busy.
- Tidying up the garden- I bet most people’s gardens, if they’re not covered by snow or frost, will benefit from a real tidy up. We recently got the kids involved in pulling down dead branches, picking up litter and leaves to then have a small bonfire. Win-win as they had plenty of fresh air and we achieved a few jobs by ticking them off our list. You could even get them to wash down the garden toys,bring some forgotten summer toys out of the garage, or air the wendyhouse.
- Trip to the seaside- I love the beach out of season, when it’s cooler and not packed full of tourists. We now have a longer journey to the coast from where we are living, but about an hour should see us finding some much needed bracing air to blast the cobwebs away and grab our first outdoor ice cream of the year!
- Indoor chill days- Family film time, Easter Lego themed creations, some baking – see my previous post, and some time to just chill and read a book or magazine.
I hope that there is something for everyone on this list, as in our case we have several ages to cater for. The holidays tend to focus more on the older ones, as the littles get more time given to them during term time.
The only ones left needing to be catered for is Dougie and I, who I hope will get the chance to have a peaceful bath and a coffee in relative peace!