For some, the Easter holidays are a time to kick back and relax for a few days. For others (i.e. parents), it's a time to run around frantically trying to entertain the kids without blowing your entire budget.
That's why Helen has kept her eye out for some deals on activities and things to do over the Easter holidays. From Easter eggs to Easter breaks, there should be something to suit all the family.
All these Easter deals were correct on 22.03.13 - and prices may or may not include postage and packaging or VAT.
Staying at home
If you're staying at home this Easter - whether you want to relax or just save a bit of money - you might want to throw an Easter egg hunt to keep everyone entertained.
Here are few items that could help you put on a great Easter egg hunt:
- 24 paper egg decorations are £6 from Paperchase. You could hang them around the garden on trees, bushes and other stuff for the children to find.
- If you've got a family of little chocoholics, you could replace the paper eggs with chocolate ones. These chocolate egg baking moulds are £1.95 (down from £6.95) at Dot Com Gift Shop, so you could make your own. If you'd rather hand out ready-made Easter treats, three bags of mini Creme Eggs are £1.20 from Tesco.
- If it's a hot day, making and eating bunny ice lollies from these moulds for £4.95 (also from Dot Com Gift Shop) should keep the kids cool and entertained.
- The kids are going to need something to carry their Easter loot in. 12 colourful Easter baskets are £10.99 from littlepartybugs.co.uk.
- To add a bit of decoration to your Easter egg hunt venue, these 4 chicks in cracked eggshells are £2 from John Lewis.
- For an Easter egg hunt in the dark (sounds egg-citing!) this rabbit night light is £4.95 from Dot Com Gift Shop.
- As a prize for the winner (or for you) you can get three Galaxy 'All About Indulgence' large chocolate eggs for £10 from ASDA.
- While you're at ASDA, you can also pick up 24 bottles of Budweiser for £12 (instead of £16) to keep the adults happy throughout the festivities.
If you want to try an 'Easter egg hunt' with a difference, try Geocaching. It's basically a treasure hunt using GPS. It can be done with a sat-nav or just an app on your phone. Start by having a look at the rules.
You could also buy something to keep the kids entertained at home in Amazon's Easter TV and film sale (ends on Sunday 31st March). For example, you can get the first three Ice Age films on DVD for £8 which could entertain everyone for some time!
Easter days out
Here are a few deals on days out - to be found all over the UK.
London city cruises are offering free sightseeing cruises for kids over the Easter period. Have a look at what's on.
At Bucks County Museum you can discover Ancient Egyptian wonders over the holidays. It's £2.50 per person per activity - if you're not making anything, it's free.
There are a couple of interesting things going on at the Brighton Dome:
- 'Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels' is a show for all the family with Wallace & Gromit animations accompanied by orchestral music. It's on Saturday 30th March at 2.30pm and 7pm. A family ticket is £49.
- Dr. Bramwell is hosting an 'April Fool's Weekend Lecture' on Saturday 20th March at 7.30pm. It will go through some historical tricksters and their pranks. Trust him, he's a doctor. Tickets are £5 or £7.
National Trust properties all over the country will be putting on Easter trails. Click here to find your nearest one.
If you'd like something a bit different from your standard Easter trail, there's a 'Beat the egg and chase the rabbit' event on in Stourhead, Wiltshire at 10am on Saturday 30th March. It involves a 'beat the egg' 8k run for the adults, or an under 16s 'chase the rabbit' 1k run. Sounds tiring. Tickets are £10 for adults and £3 for kids. Find out more about it on this page.
In Manchester, you can buy a rubber duck for £1 and enter it into a race on Good Friday, 29th March. It's to support the charity 'Brainwave'. Buy as many ducks as you like - the first five to cross the line will win a prize.
For real Easter egg hunt enthusiasts, the Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt will be taking place in the Lake District on Thursday 4th April. There will be 50 eggs for you to find, placed around bodies of water. All you'll need to give is a minimum donation of £2 for Water Aid.
Take a ride on the Easter Bunny Express from 2nd-4th April in Leicestershire. There'll be sweets, an Easter egg hunt, craft activities and more. A family of 5 can ride all day for £20.
Find an egg-celent deal?
If you've found something great to do with your family this Easter, we want to hear about it. Are you trying one of the deals above - or have you made your own plans?