Schools out. Suns out. Activities in! Here we are again during the beloved Easter holiday period, where families can come together to enjoy some much needed quality time.
If you think about it, the last extended time off was all the way back in Christmas! Now with daylight hours lasting longer and bank holidays giving you that extra time off, why should you take advantage of the Easter holidays? In a world where screen time and social media often take over our attention, it’s time to explore ways of coming together as a family.
Research has shown various benefits of spending meanful time with one another. From improved mental health, better communication skills and lower stress levels, why wouldn’t you want to surround yourself with family members this Easter! If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. This article goes through the top 10 fun activities that will bring you lasting memories this Easter.
- Sky High Easter biscuit decorating workshops
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trail
- Science museum
- Get creative
- Paradise Wildlife Park
- It’s Showtime!
- Chocoholics dream
- Witness The Passion of Jesus
- Story Space
- Ramen Chill
Sky High Easter Biscuit Decorating Workshops
We couldn’t start off the activities without mentioning an Easter event! You might have heard of decorating biscuits before but have you ever done it 52m above the ground? Up at the 02 they have announced a series of climbs that will take place during the Easter holidays. Once at the top of this iconic building, you’ll get the chance to decorate biscuits and customise things of different shapes and sizes!
These include biscuits shaped like Easter eggs and of the famous The O2 itself – all whilst enjoying breathtaking 360-degree views of the London skyline. This is perfect for families looking for a little adventure during the holidays! Not to worry, you’ll be guided by a team of experts who’ll keep you safe and be on hand to dish out fun facts and local knowledge of the surrounding areas.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trail
Fancy a break from all the chocolate? Well why not swap it with juicy fruit and moments from a well known story book! The Very Hungry Caterpillar trail in Kew Gardens is perfect for a nice day out in the gardens. This Easter, embark on a transformational journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly. This exhibition was created to honour Eric Carle’s much-loved book. As you wind through sculptures of juicy fruits and cosy chrysalis along the way, all the worries of the world will start to slowly disappear!
Ready to experience learning in a completely different way? It’s time to head on over to the Science Museum for an interactive learning experience! The science museum has been considered one of the greatest museums of science and technology in the world. Located in South Kensington, London, the excitement around its exhibitions stem all the way back to 1851. This museum is worth visiting for all ages, as its large range of collections teach you about humans, technology and the way of life from a unique perspective.
Wander along the halls and be transported back in time with the Power Up event! This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event features the very best video games and consoles across 5 decades! From Pong to Pacman there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart!
It’s time to get the kids stuck into their creative side this Easter! Hosted by artist, designer and animator Alexandra Ramirez you wouldn’t want to miss the arts and craft workshops at Peckham Rye. These workshops consist of making Bauhaus posters aimed at those between 7-10. That’s not all, there is also the opportunity for teenagers to enjoy this experience with their own separate workshop!
Each person will learn how to experiment with blocks of colour, shapes and typography with inspiration from the early 20th century German Bauhaus art movement. The goal is to unlock creativity and strategic thinking in a playful manner, by coming up with short stories and mini graphic novels. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my afternoons!
Paradise Wildlife Park
Need somewhere to get everyone off of their feet? Look no further than the Paradise Wildlife Park! This unique attraction is bound to keep you gasping with excitement as you explore wildlife in a way you’ve never seen before. For all you animal lovers, this park will fulfil your desires to witness a range of animals in one place. From tigers, zebras, reptiles and farm animals you’ll be spoiled for choice! A great exhibition showing here this Easter is the World of Dinosaurs. Come face to face with prehistoric creatures and walk amongst an epic battle scene between the infamous Indominus Rex and T-Rex.
As much as heading out and exploring cities are fun, taking some time to relax at home is just as rewarding. Gather the family around the TV, fire up some popcorn and snuggle into a series of great movies and shows all day! Survey’s have revealed that 62% of people enjoy watching TV as a family because it helps them bond.
Not only that but it has a range of positive effects, such as supporting early literacy skills, boosting empathy, and even helping to manage aggression. If you’re afraid of becoming a couch potato, a great way to stimulate your mind is by watching your favourite or new shows in another language! Not sure where to start? Check out these articles on the 10 best series and movies to watch in French and German.
Seeing as it is Easter, there‘s nothing wrong with indulging in a little chocolate right? How about visiting the world’s famous chocolate brand site known as Cadbury‘s World!
As it is a self-guided exhibition tour, you can dive deeper into the makings of this sweet treat. From uncovering the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate, to growing your own virtual cocoa tree and adding your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk. Throughout the tour you can also discover the origins of the cocoa bean amidst trees and waterfalls in the Aztec Jungle, before jumping on board the magical Cadabra ride and visiting the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone! This place is truly a chocoholic’s dream.
Witness The Passion of Jesus
Understanding the reasoning behind the Easter holiday is important. Each year we come together to celebrate this period of time but do we really understand why? A great way to bring the family together is to witness The Passion of Jesus performance in Trafalgar Square. This free full-scale re-enactment features 100 performers, commemorating Jesus’ final days from his arrest to his resurrection, the reason for the Easter celebration around the world. Gather around to get a true feeling of the times over 1000 years ago whilst paying respect to the deeper meaning surrounding the Christian holiday.
Time to venture off to a place out of this world. No, really. Take a trip down to the Story Space at Tate. Be transformed into different realities through the joy of reading. Story Space features a library of books by Black, Indigenous and authors of colour from around the world. It celebrates books that centre children of colour so everyone can see themselves reflected in the books they read! They also have storytelling events with special guests every Saturday, so hurry and drop in to be taken to a place beyond your imagination.
Now after all that adventure hunting, animal loving and craft making you’d get hungry right? So why not make sure your whole family has their belly full by eating at Ramen Chill! This restaurant is a British take on the delicious Japanese cuisine, in particular their Ramen noodles. You’ll happily enjoy visiting as they cater for the whole family in mind! From their signature cocktails for adults, to kids under 15 eating entirely free for the whole of April! If this isn’t the most cost effective way to feed your family this Easter, then I don’t know what will be.
There you have it, 10 incredible activities to take part in this Easter. Making sure you keep yourself and children active and entertained is key to bringing the family that much closer. Through taking the time to free up their minds in a fun way, the chances they head back into learning with a fresh perspective! If you’re looking for ways to elevate their learning once they are back in school, why not request a consultation with us here at Learn&Co. Our experienced language tutors will be sure to point them in the right direction and show them how fun learning can be!