Easter Activities on a Budget

Save money this Easter with a range of activities on a budget from crafting to days out, there is something for everyone.

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With Easter fast approaching you may be thinking about what you can do with the kids that won’t break the bank. From savvy days out to free activities we have some ideas for you to explore. Whatever your budget read on to find out ways to make the most of this egg-citing time! 

Easter Egg Hunt

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Kids of all ages love hunting for sweet treats! A traditional Easter egg hunt will add to the celebrations. Younger children will love finding eggs and popping them into a basket or bowl. Older kids might enjoy following a series of clues that lead to a prized egg.

If the weather is fine, why not head into the garden? Well-wrapped eggs and treats can be hidden in a variety of places. Or boil some eggs and decorate them so you can hide them in advance. The one with the most eggs gets the prize! 

You can find more affordable easter eggs ideal for a scavenger hunt at your local supermarket, and inexpensive re-usable Easter Egg hunt decorations at the likes of The Works and Hobbycraft.   

Easter Breakfast

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Have a go at making an Easter-themed breakfast using ingredients in your fridge. Have some fun with it, make pancakes shaped like the Easter Bunny using some chocolate chips or blueberries for the eyes, a raspberry for the nose, and some squirty cream for the tail. 

Attend a Church Service

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During Easter, churches tend to hold an Easter Vigil. If you’re looking for an activity to bring the whole family together, head to your local church and take some time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and look towards new beginnings. 

Egg Decorating

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Get all of your affordable art materials out and get creative with the kids or your friends. For inspiration, check out Pinterest and even print out some mood boards so everyone can see a variety of ways they can decorate their eggs this Easter. If you need to stock up on your art supplies, check out the likes of Hobbycraft, The Works, WH Smith, Baker Ross, and the Craft Company for affordable art essentials.  

Go to a Museum

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Why not keep the kids entertained while soaking up some history and culture? A visit to one of the UK’s national museums and galleries is free and an excellent way to spend a rainy day. There are 14 free museums across the country but here are some favourites to consider. 

  • The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
  • St.Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff.
  • The National Railway Museum, York.
  • The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shropshire. 
  • Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, Country Durham. 

Easter Scavenger Walk

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Take the kids outside for a little adventure and make it even more fun with a list of things in nature that the kids need to spot. Some wildflowers that are in bloom during April include Bluebells, Cowslips, Dandelions, Daffodils, Tulips, and Daises. Print off a few photos so they know what to look for. 

Write some Affirmations

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Easter is all about celebrating new beginnings, new intentions, and growth which means it’s a great time to think about writing some new affirmations. So, get your journal and take some time to think about where you are in your life right now, and where you’d like to be in a few year's time. What are you currently grateful for, and what aspect(s) of your life would you like to dedicate more time to in the future? 

These are personal to you so they can be about anything you like. Whether that’s affirming self-love, your connection with God, or your ability to grow and change over the years, take some time for yourself.

Enjoy the Fresh Air

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The whole family will benefit from some time in the great outdoors. We have some excellent ideas for getting out and about and some don’t have to cost a penny. 

  • Visit your local park - the chances are, wherever you live there is a park close to you. Why not arrange an outdoor play date? Make it egg-citing with some Easter-themed treats as rewards for the best climber, the fastest down the slide, or just for being a kind playmate!
  • Plan a family walk - pop on the walking boots or wellies and plan a walk with the family. There are some beautiful walks across the UK that are free. Take a flask of hot chocolate and some biscuits, take a moment, and enjoy the view. If you need some inspiration look at the National Trust website for details of the UK’s 100 favourite walks, as well as our article on the Best UK Walking Spots
  • Geocaching - if you would like to add an extra layer of adventure to your walks, why not explore Geocaching? Track coordinates with a GPS device or smartphone and find hidden treats in hidden boxes (caches). Get more information, including what are the best apps to use on the Geocaching website.  

Make an Easter Wreath

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Brighten your front door with a homemade easter wreath. This is a great seasonal activity that can be enjoyed with the little ones or with a few friends. At Hobby Craft, they have a fantastic range of affordable Spring wreath crafting essentials that are sure to help you achieve your desired look and have a lot of fun. 

Take a Trip to the Movies

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It’s fair to say that the weather might not always be on our side during Spring in the UK. A bargain trip to the cinema will keep kids and adults happy. With some fantastic films showing over Easter like Combat Wombat, Soul, The Inventor, Luca, The Butterfly Tale, and Kung Fu Panda 4. Some cinemas are offering great deals, here are a few suggestions. 

  • Odeon - Take the kids to a special Odeon Kids screening this Easter and adults will pay kid's ticket prices. Kids screenings are shown every day during the school holidays and every Saturday and Sunday during the year. Check your local Odeon for showing information before you visit.  
  • Picture House - The Kids Club at this cinema means that both kids and adults can enjoy a film together for just £3.  
  • Vue - Mini Mornings offers tickets from £2.49 if you book online and £3.49 if you buy at the venue for both adults and children. Showings are from 10 am during the school holidays.  

There are other ways you can save on a trip to the cinema including Meerkat Movies, O2 Priority, Three Mobile, and Dining Cards such as Tastecard and Gourmet Society.

Easter Card Making

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This can be a fun one if you’ve got little ones who need entertainment for a few hours. All you need is some card, paint, and inspiration. If you don’t already have affordable art supplies, your best bet is retailers such as HobbyCraft, WH Smith, and The Works

Cut up old sponges into egg shapes, or paint your little one’s hands to make fun easter cards with that added personal touch. 

Read some Easter Bible Stories

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Whether you’re looking to connect spiritually with your family during Easter time or would like to teach your children about the true meaning of Easter, cosy up together and read some Easter bible stories. 

Family Meal - Kids Eat Free Offers

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During the Easter school holidays, several restaurants offer free or great value meals when kids are dining out with their families. It’s always with checking online before you visit your most loved restaurants and cafes to see if they have an offer on kid's meals. But here are some of the great offers that are currently available: 

  • Morrisons Cafe - Treat the little ones to a free lunch while shipping for groceries. Kids under 16 years of age can eat free when an adult spends £4.50 or more on a meal.  
  • Pausa Cafes (inside Dunelm) - Planning a shopping trip to your local Dunelm? Why not take a break and visit the in-store cafe? Kids can eat free from Monday to Friday after 3 pm with every £4 spent. 
  • Yo Sushi! - Great for Sushi and Japanese lovers, one child can eat free for every £10 spent by the accompanying adult. The free meal also includes a side and a drink. 
  • Dobbies Garden Centre Cafe - A trip to the garden centre would only be complete with a treat. And the kids won’t complain when they have full tummies! Kids can enjoy a complimentary meal in the cafe when an adult purchases one. Meals are available from noon every day.  
  • OK Diners - Fancy a classic 50’s American diner experience this Easter? OK Diners are offering their younger customers a free meal with every adult meal from the a la carte menu. This offer is available every day.  
  • Bella Italia - The kids can enjoy a hearty Italian meal for just £1 with every adult main from 4 pm every Sunday to Wednesday, and Thursday free of charge. Outside of these times, the kid's menu offers 3 courses and a drink for just £6.49.  
  • Sizzling Pub and Grill Restaurants - A trip to the pub over Easter is a great way to spend some family time. For every adult meal you purchase, kids can enjoy a meal for just £1. This offer is available from Monday to Friday, from noon. 
  • Asda Cafe - This is a superb offer for those on a tight budget this Easter. Kids can eat for £1 at any time in Asda Cafe and there is no minimum spend required.  

Bake Some Easter Goodies

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Whether you’re using up leftover chocolate (although who ever heard of leftover chocolate?!), or you’d like to bake something festive to celebrate Easter, it’s a fun activity to do by yourself, with the kids, or with some friends. From simple cornflake nest cakes and hot cross loaves to easter brownies, and more, check out the likes of Jane’s Patisserie and BBC Good Food for some egg-tra delicious goodies. 

Take Little Bookworms to the Library

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Your local library is a great place to take book lovers all year long. As well as borrowing physical books you can often borrow e-books and audiobooks too.

During the holidays your local library may be running special Easter events such as storytelling sessions and arts and crafts. Most activities are free and it’s an excellent way to keep the little ones social and entertained. Check with your local council about what events are running this Easter. 

Layla Al-Ani
Home & Garden Writer

I’m Layla, the home and garden editor, and I started working at MyVoucherCodes in November 2022. I have always loved to write, especially after getting my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and since getting my own place, I’ve gotten stuck into all things home and garden.

When I’m not writing about saving money on homely purchases, I’m either sitting with my head in a new book, painting a piece of art for my walls, or binge-watching an interior design programme on Netflix. I love to get inspiration and transform my space, usually with the help of a few Pinterest boards and a couple of tins of paint.

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