Wondering how you’re going to keep everyone entertained over the Easter Bank Holidays? Here are some ideas to have a fun digital Easter with family and friends and still get a chance to explore the world outside.
This year’s Easter egg hunt can still be a community event, even if we’re all socially distancing. Children can decorate windows and doorways or hang pictures around the local area for their friends and neighbours to spot while taking daily exercise. Let your community know through your local social media groups to encourage families to participate. Maybe even have an award for the best-decorated house and get everyone to vote!
You can still visit one of our wonderful free museums this Easter with the bonus of avoiding the queues. The National History Museum and the British Museum both have amazing virtual tours and other innovative ways to get you closer to their exhibits. Or go international and visit a huge range of museums and heritage sites around the world with Google Arts & Culture.
Camp Bestival has just announced that they’re hosting a Stay at Home Easter Sleepover across their social channels this weekend to bring the magic of a festival to your home. So get your tent in the living room, pack a picnic and join in! There’ll have DJs, live acts, comedy, crafting and family workshops. With voluntary donations to The Trussell Trust and the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust.
You can find lots of fun Easter games and craft ideas online to keep young children occupied. There are lots of great ideas at TopMarks and Twinkl, part of their free resources for parents to help entertain and educate children during the lockdown.
For teens and older families, EA games are hosting Stay and Play game tournaments that you can watch and take part in online. There are lots happening this Easter weekend. If your older teens are using the Houseparty app it’s also a great way for them to play games with their friends.
Spring is here, so even though lots of children’s farms and zoos may be closed, there can still see what the animals are up to by making a virtual visit. Chester Zoo recently opened their gates for a virtual zoo day and all the videos they created are still available for view. San Diego Zoo has a great kids area on their website with information, videos and live cams.
Why not organise a virtual Easter Sunday lunch and party for the kids? Use video calling like Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts to get everyone together. Nominate a DJ to get the children dancing and follow up with a quiz night for the adults, each taking a turn to be quiz master.
Pick a movie and invite your friends and family to a Netflix party. It’s easy to install and you can synchronise playback and add group chat to talk about your favourite moments. Don’t forget the popcorn!
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