- To visit the Gardens, Gallery and House, you no longer need to pre-book a timed admission slot online (simply purchase gardens admission on arrival).
- Our opening hours for our restaurant and cafè have now changed for the autumn season. The Stables restaurant will be open Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm and Caffè + Gelato will be open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5:30pm.
10 Amazing Easter Activities for Kids in 2019
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt, but let’s face it – nobody can eat that much chocolate, right? We’ve put together a list of do-it-yourself Easter activities for kids that don’t necessarily end in chocolate-covered faces, and that the whole family can enjoy.
Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new Easter family tradition from this list!
Egg and spoon race
We’re not talking about the school sports day, but a fun Easter game to be enjoyed by all ages. Boil a batch of eggs (best to hard boil!) and then test your mettle against your rival friends and family members as you try to carry your egg in a spoon to the finish post as quickly as possible.
Try a good old fashioned egg and spoon race this Easter - period costume optional!
Have some fun with colour and create some artistic and bright boiled eggs, as pictured above. Just add a drop of food colouring to a pan of water, and prick a hole in the shell of your eggs before you boil them in the colouring. When you remove the shell, the eggs will be marbled and you’ll be guaranteed an Easter breakfast that will really impress the kids.
Easter Egg Hunt
Well we did say Easter wouldn’t be complete without one! Head on down to Hestercombe for Dotty Duckling’s Easter Egg Hunt from 6th - 22nd April, help Dotty find her eggs and make your way back to the Pear Pond. Don’t forget to collect your chocolate prize! A great activity for all the family, as it promotes exercise and fresh air - and takes place across Hestercombe's 50 acres of beautiful heritage gardens.
Easter bonnet parade
Easter activities for kids can be a lot of fun, and creating an Easter bonnet is no exception. Gather as much ribbon, feathers, sequins and glitter as you can get your hands on and see who claims the prize for the best bonnet in your own family contest.
Egg rolling - yes, it's an actual thing!
In Preston, egg rolling really is a big deal. As hundreds of people gather together at the top of a hill, Easter is marked in a rather remarkable way. Why not gather your own troops and find a hill to roll some eggs down? Boiled or otherwise, see what makes for the most interesting game.
Nothing says Easter quite like fluffy bunnies, and a great crafting activity with children is to make a whole bunch of colourful origami bunnies. We like this easy way to fold bunnies by Red Ted Art.
Making an Easter Origami bunny may prove challenging
Bake a simnel cake
A traditional cake for the Easter season, simnel cake has the tell-tale marzipan on top, and can be decorated with chicks and any number of other ways. Get your little bakers kitted out in their chefs’ outfits and get baking. You can find recipes galore online.
Try baking a delicious simnel cake this Easter and decorating it with lots of chocolatey goodness.
Why not decorate your home with some of the kids’ creations? With this easy bunny bunting from Easy Kids Craft on Youtube, you can festoon the house and create an Easter wonderland.
We’ve mentioned the egg hunt, but you can always set up your own Easter hunt with fluffy chicks, bunnies, and any other non-chocolate and Easter-inspired creature. The joy of this is you can create your hunt indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather!
With spring all around, nothing says Easter like daffodils, and kids will enjoy creating pretty bunches of daffodils for mum and dad, or as gifts for other family members.
Creating simple daffodil posies is an easy, fun activity with children of all ages
We hope you like our list of Easter activities for kids that you can get cracking with this Easter holiday!