Are you stuck for ways to entertain the kids over the Easter holidays? We asked parents in Aberdeen City and Shire for their top tips to keep the kids entertained over the Easter break.
The Easter holidays have officially begun, and many of you will be taking time off work to make memories with the little ones. To help you come up with ideas and plan your time with them, we asked people across Aberdeen city and shire for their top tips for keeping the kids entertained this Easter!
We’ll also be hosting a range of activities every day in Bon Accord, from an Easter egg hunt to crafts and films in the Easter garden.
1. Plan ahead
“I’ve found that if we plan holidays or days out in advance, then we spend less money as we don’t have to come up with ideas in the spur of the moment, but still have fun. It’s also good for the kids if you write your plans on a family calendar, so they don’t constantly ask what they are doing that day!” – Kayleigh Cormack, Newburgh
2. Find local Easter egg hunts and face painting
“Find an Easter egg hunt to do in your local area. We’ve taken part in many over the years, some at local parks or castles, and we’re going to try the Bon Accord one this year. They’re always really fun – and even better if there’s chocolate involved, as well as face painting!” – Fiona Scott, Cove
3. Hold an Easter egg decorating competition
“Each year we have a family Easter egg decorating competition. We pick a theme and decorate a hard-boiled egg accordingly (last year’s theme was Pokemon!). Then we go and find a hill to roll them down.” – Deborah Kite, Ferryhill
4. Make your own treasure hunt
“Create an Easter treasure hunt complete with clues, activities and small treats along the way, before discovering the jackpot of loot at the end. This is something that keeps all ages entertained. Our eldest likes working out the clues, whilst our youngest likes collecting up the treats. Plus, it also works well indoors, for that unpredictable Scottish weather!” – Pamela Miller, Inverurie
5. Find local events
“See what local events are on that you can plan your day around. I always find it’s better to be out and about than stuck inside when trying to entertain the wee one!” – Michelle Elrick, Aberdeen
6. Get crafty at home
“If the weather isn’t great, we head to Home Bargains and get some things to paint or make at home, and have a craft morning or afternoon. It’s a cheap was to have lots of fun with the little ones. Den building in the garden is always fun too!” – Jennifer Fulton, Kintore
7. Get outside at the first sign of sunshine!
“Our tip is to keep an eye on the weather forecast, get some kiddie friendly treats and head out somewhere fun and do an Easter egg hunt. We like to go on local forest walks or to the beach, we hide heaps of eggs and choccie snacks and give the kids a wee bag to go and find them all. They love the challenge, and obviously, they enjoy eating it all too!” – Daniel Young, Bridge of Don
8. Make your own pizza
“We’re going to make pizzas with our loon. He loves mixing the dough, waiting for the yeast to work and the dough to rise, choosing toppings and grating cheese. Then cooking on the BBQ and eating it of course! Lots of fun.” – Scott Fraser, Peterculter
9. Have a cosy movie day
“Sometimes it’s nice to have a chilled day with the kids during Easter, to have a bit of a break from all the activities you have planned. Get some fun snacks, keep your PJs on and pick a good movie to watch. Our favourite is Harry Potter!” – Michelle Stuart, Aberdeen
10. Visit Hazlehead Park
“I may be biased with this one, but Hazlehead Park offers SO much to all families. From their newly upgraded pets corner, featuring a variety of petting animals, fish and lizards, to the generous ark for the kids to play. Grab a coffee in the café and head for a walk around the rose gardens, and get lost in the maze. For those looking for a bit more wildlife, the surrounding walks are plentiful for all ages and will tire out the fiercest mini adventurer, with many paths suitable for bikes too! If you are lucky, early morning or late afternoon adventurers may even see a deer or two!” – Kevin Mitchell, Hazlehead
11. Explore a different town or city
“We’re heading to Edinburgh for a few days to visit the zoo and museums. We’ll have a trip on the tram and maybe even an open top bus tour!” – Duncan Booth, Airyhall
12. Follow a castle trail
“Aberdeenshire has some amazing castles to go and visit, and our girls love exploring them. We’re heading to Castle Fraser in the holidays, and may venture to Tolquhon Castle and Haddo House too.” – Sarah Bremner, Kingseat
13. Check out local sports camps
“My two boys are football mad, so anything that incorporates that, they love! Aberdeen Sports Village runs a football camp during the holidays, and they really enjoy it.” – Michelle Innes, Mannofield
14. Head outdoors with a picnic
“My children and all my friends’ children love outdoor things. Just pack a picnic and off you go. Even if it’s cold, just grab a cosy jacket and head out. If the weather isn’t great and we need some indoor activities, then my two love arts and crafts, and also family board games. ” – Dionne Henry, Cove
15. Go anywhere with food!
“Adults love food, and so do the kids. Find somewhere that’s kid-friendly, and you’re onto a winner if there is ice cream and chocolate too!” – Ray Addison, Bridge of Don