Ideas for things to do with the kids at home in the Easter holidays 2021

The Easter holidays may be looking a bit different again this year, and I’m sure a year ago we weren’t expecting to be back in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun!

We’ve brought together some of our favourite virtual events, egg hunts and activities to make sure you and your family still have an amazing Easter holiday at home.

Celebrating the Big Little Tent Festival in 2020 - bunting included!
Celebrating the Big Little Tent Festival in 2020 – bunting included!

Please note, some of these brands and events we are collaborating with, however I’ve highlighted these where necessary – we were also involved with many of these last year without collaborations, so are excited to collaborate this year and would genuinely recommend them 🙂

Learning Resources UK (collab)

I don’t think we could have got through this past year without Learning Resources UK, through their virtual events, downloadable resources and fun learning activities too.

Lily enjoying the Learning Resources UK Discovery Eggs (gifted) in our garden tent 2020

This Easter, the team have plenty up their sleeves including an Alternative Easter Gift Guide, Easter crafts, a Virtual Easter Egg Hunt and more! Keep an eye on their Facebook or Instagram pages for their latest updates when they release them or head over to their Alternative Easter Gift Guide here for some amazing chocolate-free Easter gifts.

There’s also a great giveaway coming soon, so keep an eye on our Instagram too.

Until then, we recommend checking out their Easy Easter activities page on their website for all kinds of fun as well as our Kidnoculars review with craft activity here. If it is simple Easter craft ideas you’re after, click here

We’re also very excited to be involved with the Learning Resources UK Digital Easter Egg Hunt – find out more here!

Big Little Tent Festival 2021 – Caravan Club (collab)

Words cannot describe how excited we are for the Big Little Tent Festival to be back for 2021 over Easter weekend thanks to the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

Lily had a fantastic time last year with the lovely downloadable activities and resources keeping her busy at home while our normal camping adventures are on hold.

Can you spot Lily in last year’s video? Twice 🙂

This year, the Big Little Tent Festival will take place on April 3rd and 4th including a Zoom party to meet The Mermaid Princess and The Friendly Neighbourhood Hero for games, superhero training, and a campfire song!

Once again, they’re providing an awesome free downloadable festival pack too, packed with puzzles, games, bunting, festival wristbands and more – and if you download it, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win two children’s Raleigh bikes worth £350 each!

We are super excited, so keep an eye on the Caravan and Motorhome Club Facebook event here or find out more about the 2021 Big Little Tent Festival here.

Big Little Tent Festival 2020 - tent not essential - why not make your own den?
Big Little Tent Festival 2020 – tent not essential – why not make your own den?

Little Trekkers spring downloads (collab)

We are huge fans of Little Trekkers, and having been an ambassador for over a year now, we are proud to have tried and tested some amazing outdoor clothing which we now can’t adventure without!

The Little Trekkers team have put together some amazing free spring printables including a spring scavenger hunt and spring bucket list.

You can also check out their Nature Trail – a simple and easy scavenger hunt that you can do anywhere, and it is free to download, or save to your phone for a fun way to explore your local area.

Exploring nature with the Little Trekkers free downloadable nature trail
Exploring nature with the Little Trekkers free downloadable nature trail

Find out more and download here.

Don’t forget to follow Little Trekkers on Instagram and tag your adventures with #Mylocaltrek for your chance to win a £10 store voucher!

For all your outdoor clothing for kids, check out the Little Trekkers website and drop me a message for a little discount, or check out our blog post on outdoor clothing essentials for kids!

Gloworm Festival

We are super excited to head to Gloworm Festival this year – the countdown is on! Despite massively missing the festival in 2020, the amazing team at Gloworm have done an amazing job of keeping us celebrating at home with their Gloworm at Home festival, Bookworm festival and more!

Gloworm at Home in 2020
Gloworm at Home in 2020

We’ve loved getting involved in their scavenger hunts, World Book Day fun, Thoresby Park Gloworm trail and more, so we know whatever they decide for Easter, it’ll be fantastic!

Details have yet to be announced for their Easter fun, but I’d keep an eye on their Facebook page where you can also replay some of their amazing DJ sets, Gloworm at Home events, Bookworm readings and more.

You can also check out our full review of Gloworm Festival to find out why you need to be in Thoresby Park this August too!

Enjoying the Gloworm Festival Summer Trail at Thoresby Park
Enjoying the Gloworm Festival Summer Trail at Thoresby Park

Let’s Go See… Stories Inspired from Life at 40,000 ft! (collab)

While we can’t go on real adventures, Let’s Go See has been a fantastic way to still help us visit some of the most incredible locations around the world with Pilot Polly and Pilot Ollie, from the comfort of our own home.

Lily cannot get enough of her amazing Let's Go See books (gifted)
Lily cannot get enough of her amazing Let’s Go See books (gifted)

Let’s Go See is a great TV programme, App and children’s books from author and commercial pilot Robert Johnson, helping kids learn about other cultures and cities around the world.

There’s also the Let’s Go See app with a collection of activities for children with games, activities, puzzles and intuitive AR to help kids continue their journey around the world – Lily loves collecting the rewards on the App too!

Check out their YouTube channel here or find the App on the Apple Store here or the Google Play Store here.

My Busy Bots – activity packs & free Easter downloads

We are huge fans of the beautiful My Busy Bots – we’ve bought several activity packs, activity books and their fantastic fun folder too.

They’re such high quality fun, brightly-coloured activities, tailored to different ages, and all stored in beautiful zip pouches to be kept tidy and handy for any adventure.

Sign up to the My Busy Bots newsletter for free spring activities

This Easter, sign up to their newsletter and you’ll also get some beautiful free Easter downloads to enjoy with the family too.

You can also head over to the website and check out the range of activities for children of all ages, including Kindness Booklet, packs for starting school, and their fun folders too. Find out more here.

SuperLily with the Kindness & Positivity Booklet and Fun Folder from My Busy Bots
SuperLily with the Kindness & Positivity Booklet and Fun Folder from My Busy Bots

Small business Easter gifts and nature activity packs

Do your kids love nature and the outdoors? Look no further – spring is a beautiful time of year to get out and explore nature, and some of our favourite small businesses have some lovely craft and activity ideas to help you do just that at home, including eco-friendly activities from the Nurture Collective, Wild Things Forest School and more.

We have been trying out the Eco-friendly Easter Activity Booklet and plantable wildflower seed paper for children from the Nurture Collective, and already know they’ll be great activities to do with the kids over Easter.

Check out our full blog post of ideas here.

Eco-friendly Easter Activity Book and plantable Wildflower Seed Paper for children from Nurture Collective (gifted)
Eco-friendly Easter Activity Book and plantable Wildflower Seed Paper for children from Nurture Collective (gifted)

Have your adventures at home

Last year we put together a post with 10 ways to still have your adventures at home, and with the weather brightening up, well definitely be doing some of these ideas again over Easter.

From obstacle courses to your own forest school at home, click here to check out our ideas!

Lily loved forest school activities to keep her busy at home (or tent!) in lockdown
Lily loved forest school activities to keep her busy at home (or tent!) in lockdown

Good Play Guide – Play at Home Fest catchup

We loved the Play at Home Fest virtual festivals, both 1 and 2, with so many crafts, activities, virtual music and more from the Good Play Guide. If you’re looking for at-home fun with the family, you can catch up on all the fun on their YouTube channel here or find out more about the free festival here.

National Space Centre

If you’re looking for something different to do at home, fun space crafts and downloadable resources from the National Space Centre can be found here. They’re a great way to keep the family busy at home without them realising they’re learning too!

Lily loves the National Space Centre, and the CBeebies series brought back that excitement!
Lily loves the National Space Centre

Camp Bestival Sunday Club

The Camp Bestival Sunday Club is a place for families to enjoy some fun together each weekend from the awesome Camp Bestival crew.

The Camp Bestival Sunday Club
The Camp Bestival Sunday Club

Join the team on Facebook every Sunday for live talks, comedy, entertainment, shows, workshops & activities. If you miss out on Sunday, you can catch up any time of the week (or school holidays!) that suits you too!

This week, there’s even an Easter craft special, so don’t miss out!

For more on the festival, you can also check out our top UK family-friendly festivals not to be missed this year!

National Trust Easter Adventures

Many National Trust gardens are still open for locals to walk around, however the National Trust have also put together downloadable packs for Easter Adventures in Nature, with nature-themed ideas, crafts and activities to do over Easter.

Easter adventures with National Trust
Easter adventures with National Trust

They also have plenty of ideas for family adventures, so whether or not you are able to get to a National Trust property, they’re still on hand to help you have a beautiful Easter outdoors.

For visits to properties, the National Trust website states: “In England and Northern Ireland, gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local exercise. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local.

Please always check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Cafés are currently takeaway only and we’re planning to offer outdoor seating from 12 April, with inside seating available from 17 May. Shops are currently closed with some due to reopen from 12 April.”

Cadbury Worldwide Easter Egg Hunt

For something really different this year, Cadbury’s have launched the Cadbury Worldwide Hide – a virtual Easter egg hiding experience where you can hide an Easter egg anywhere in the world for someone you love.

Using Google Maps Street View, you can hide an Easter egg anywhere in the world and then share a personalised clue to help them find their egg. You can either buy one of four Cadbury Easter Eggs that the recipient will physically receive once they’ve found the egg online or you can choose to simply hide a virtual Easter egg for free for them to find.

Find out more here

Spotty Dawdlers nature spotting cards – find out more in our Spring Nature blog here

Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our spring and nature-themed activities and Easter gift ideas from small businesses and more here

Check out our 20 ideas for making lockdown walks more interesting with the family

Find out more about the Digital Easter Egg Hunt from Learning Resources UK here

Check out our indoor and outdoor downloadable activities with the family

Click here for 10 ways to still have your adventures at home

If you’re near the East Midlands, there are some great days out near you this Easter – find out more here

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  1. O says:

    Thank you for sharing!

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