1. Create an Easter egg hunt
If you don't have any chocolate eggs, you could use individually wrapped chocolates/biscuits/chocolate coins or anything similar you have lying around in the cupboard. This Easter adventure is a great way to keep children busy, although I’d suggest keeping the hiding places relatively easy, or your house may be tipped upside down!
2. Create your own Easter eggs
You can make your own Easter chocolate bunny at Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory in Belfast. There will also be the opportunity for children to meet the Easter bunny. A fun and affordable day out.
3. Do some baking
What better time to become an expert baker than the Easter bank holiday weekend? If you have children, baking is a great way to keep them occupied. A chocolate cornflake cake is a two-ingredient wonder loved by everyone.
You could go classic and make some hot crossed buns or create your own cream tea with some fruit scones, which are surprisingly easy to make with minimal ingredients. Why stick to the traditional Easter cakes? The Easter weekend is a great time to create a show-stopping Victoria sponge, chocolate banana bread or carrot cake. If baking isn’t really your thing you can make it even easier on yourself and buy a ready-made packet mix.
4. Have a traditional roast dinner
Everybody loves roast dinner, and this Irish classic is especially loved around the Easter holidays. There are a lot of excellent pubs and restaurants that make delicious roast dinners, no matter where you are in Ireland. If you’re watching the pennies, you could always just make your own roast dinner at home (or hope that you get invited to someone’s house for dinner, so you don’t have to do all the cooking!).
5. Visit a theme park
Theme parks are another family-friendly activity that’s great for Easter. Tayto Park is just a 30 minute drive from Dublin and has a whole range of fantastic rides, a climbing wall and even a zoo. A great one for all the family.
6. Do some arts and crafts
You don’t have to be the world’s greatest artist to enjoy art. Most of us have some crayons, felt tips or pencils around the house. If you can’t get hold of some eggs to paint, grab one of your many unused notebooks and draw something instead.
Art therapy books are another brilliant way to explore your creative side with less of the intimidation that can come with starting from scratch. All you have to do is colour within the lines and watch as your masterpiece comes to life. There’s something very therapeutic about drawing and painting; it takes a little concentration and a load of creativity, a great combination.
7. Go for afternoon tea
Afternoon tea is one of life’s great treats. With so many cafes and restaurants doing their own version at varying price points, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Adare Manor is one of the more luxurious options in Limerick, with stunning interiors and delicious looking, unique little cakes and sandwiches on offer. Kilronan Castle is another fantastic setting that does a brilliant afternoon tea. The Sheen Falls Lodge in Kerry is a brilliant affordable option.
8. Go to the zoo
The zoo is always a good idea; what better way to spend time with your loved ones than looking at cute animals? Dublin Zoo is enormous, and there’s lots to see. There are various activities aimed at children, such as the dinosaur discovery event, where kids can dust off dinosaur bones like a real archaeologist. They also have a 1-day Easter workshop designed to teach children more about the animals, a fun and interactive way to visit the zoo. This would be a great activity any day of the week, but especially during the school holidays or on Good Friday/Easter Monday.