6 Free Or Inexpensive Things To Do On Easter Sunday
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With Easter weekend fast approaching, most parents are scrambling for ideas on what to do for/with the kids. Myself included.
While most will just settle on buying one of those ready made baskets from the store, there are many other things to do that involve very little to no money spending at all. Holidays can be special treats. Even without buying into the marketing propaganda that comes at us at every single turn.
If you think that it is impossible to make Easter Sunday special on a budget, take a look at this list of ideas I’ve put together for you.
Check it out!
1. Special breakfast
Making a special, big breakfast every Sunday is something my family does all the time. Every single Sunday, my husband gets up very early (he just doesn’t know how to sleep in haha) and makes eggs, toasts or English muffins, cuts up and seasons some potatoes, and our choice of meat for the day, which could be either bacon or sausages. Of course, this means that in order to make it extra special, my husband and I would have to up our game.
To do that, we would have to make both bacon AND sausages, hash browns, mix in some ham and green and red peppers into the scrambled eggs, toast, English muffins, and our girls’ all-time favourite: pancakes!
If your family is used to a much simpler breakfast set up, just adding a bit of everything you can put together should do the trick. Try making tons of different foods to please everyone. But only make a bit of each so there is no food waste. Then serve it on different plates on the kitchen counter, buffet style. Wake up the munchkins and invite them to fill their plates with whatever they feel like eating.
Once everyone’s plate is ready, sit around the dinning room table. Enjoy a nice, fun meal, while you decide what to do the rest of the day. This is also an excellent opportunity for a relaxed conversation.
2. Egg hunt
This is by far, one of my favourites! An egg hunt is an excellent chance to get outside and entertain the kids for hours at a time. Most towns/cities have a ton of activities put together for the community. The only thing you have to do is do some research.
Some of the local egg hunts I normally see advertised in my town are held by churches. Even if you are not religious or just don’t attend/frequent any church, Easter egg hunts are usually open for the public. And in the majority of the cases you won’t even have to deal with any religious propaganda thrown at you, if that is what is holding you back.
You could also check your local mall’s website. We do not go to the mall frequently but I have found that they offer a ton of activities geared towards kids and families for those special holidays, like Halloween, Easter, Christmas, etc. Some of the fun activities offered include face painting, coloring, free Easter bunny picture and other small, easy crafts.
If you prefer to avoid the mall, church or any of your local public parks, then you can totally have an egg hunt at home! Dollar Tree sells the plastic eggs, which you can then fill with candy and/or clues to find the next one and so on.
If you choose to only include clues, then maybe buy a small chocolate bunny and make it the prize for finding all the clues leading up to it. I have done something similar myself and it is always a hit. Kids do love running around looking for clues 😉
Note that you do not need a huge backyard or even any backyard to do this. You can hide those plastic eggs anywhere, from drawers, to the fridge, behind books or even under the pillows. The kicker is to get creative and make sure you hide the clues scattered all over the place.
This is also another favourite of mine. If you are artistic or creative at all, then you know that pretty much anything can be used for crafts. The beauty of it is, if you look hard enough around your home, you are sure to find tons of materials for your crafts. Some examples of things you can use are:
- empty egg cartons
- plain paper
- construction paper
- colouring pencils, crayons or markers
- empty plastic jars or containers
- old clothes or bed sheets to use as fabric scraps
And so much more! Really, anything can be used for crafts. If like me, you always need a tad of inspiration, then go ahead and do a search on Pinterest. Being the visual platform extraordinaire that it is, Pinterest is your best bet when searching for simple, inexpensive ideas for a craft day with the kids. I have put together an All Things Easter board on Exceptionally-Ordinary’s Pinterest’s account, in case you want to check it out!
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If you find any great ideas but do not have everything you need, then Dollar Tree is an excellent option for materials. As the name of the store suggests, everything there is $1 (Yes, they are the real deal when it comes to dollar stores!) Dollar Tree has a huge variety of products, from food to school supplies, toys, party favors, cleaning products and more. They even sell books for $1!
I don’t know about yours, but my kids love to bake. Well, they love homemade baked goods haha.
If your kids like cake, cupcakes, cookies or any other sweet treat, then Easter is an excellent chance to spend the day in the kitchen whipping up some yummy stuff. And it doesn’t have to be anything difficult or expensive.
If you feel like homemade stuff is just too much work, then try going for one of those ready mix packages. All you have to do to make it “Easter-themed” is use pastel coloured frosting and Voila! You have made an amazing Easter treat.
Dollar Tree carries cake mixes, frosting and even the baking pans you need. That’s where I usually go get mine. For a $1 a piece, you really can’t go wrong. Oh the fun you’ll have! I love keeping my kids entertained AND get some sweet yumminess out of it.
And the best part is, you don’t even have to leave the house at all! (Other than to buy the ingredients you don’t already have, that is)
5. Movie day/night
Does your family enjoy watching movies together? Is the weather less than ideal for outdoor activities? Easter Sunday can be a great opportunity to sit down as a family and enjoy some of everyone’s favourites. Or maybe get out of your comfort zone and go for that one movie you have been meaning to watch. Just remember to keep it family-friendly if you have little ones.
Make some popcorn and hop onto Netflix, Hulu or even Redbox. Redbox would actually require you to leave the comfort of your home, though.
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OK, moving on.
If you have more than one kid, then make them select one more than one child, then let each one select one movie. If you want to ensure that everyone hangs out together, make it clear from the start that everybody has to stay to watch other’s pick. To pick who’s movie gets watched first, you can go by age, raffle the spots or maybe even make it a game where whomever finishes their part of kitchen clean up first, gets dibs.
6. Board game marathon
Most families own a wide variety of board games but sadly, those games do nothing but collect dust in a closet . In an era where technology has taken over our lives, most resort to playing on their video games consoles, or worse, playing by themselves on their phones or tablets.
This Easter, take those games out of the closet and dust them a bit for some simple, family friendly entertaining. There are many games that can be played by 4+ people but if the games you want to play are for 2 players, then make it a tournament, where those who win the first and second game play against each other. Or better yet, play in pairs/teams for some added fun.
If your kids are at least of toddler age, there are some really fun games that the whole family can play. Here is a list of some of our favourites:
- Chutes n Ladders
- Memory Card Game
- Hungry Hungry Hippos
- Don’t Spill the Beans
- Princess Sofia Royal Prep Academy Board Game (We all sort of hate it, but the 7 yr old loves it so we suck it up haha)
Now that our youngest is 7, we have a wider range of options to choose from. The all time family favourites are:
- Standard Playing Cards (We play a game called Mistake, which my kids love.)
- UNO Card Game (We love what is commonly known as the Puerto Rican version, called Discharge.)
- Chess (Yes, we own AND play a Harry Potter chess set. If you’re not into HP, then check out this Glass Chess Set. My boy has it and it’s beautiful AND sturdy)
- Harry Potter Sorcerer’s Stone Trivia Game
- Harry Potter Scene It! (We also own and play Harry Potter Scene It! 2nd Edition)
- The Game of Life
- Connect 4
- Yahtzee (My husband’s all-time favourite!)
Board games provide an amazing chance for some much needed bonding time. While it is obviously not a requirement, maybe you could make it a rule for all family members to turn off their phones and keep the TV off while you play. You’d be amazed at how much fun you have with those who matter the most.
Make sure you visit your local Target the Monday after Easter. And maybe even for the following few days. I have made it a habit to do this for many years now and it has paid off.
What happens is, stores start to slowly but surely offering some % off those seasonal items they have left. I use this opportunity to re-stock our candy drawer. But also to purchase nonperishable items for later use.
Most stores have this kind of clearance event after every holiday. However, I have found Target to have the best, biggest selection and better discounts than anyone around.
Some of the items I have found at a deep discount are egg coloring kits, egg decoration kits, plushies, small basket fillers, and even Barbies, puzzles and other toys. The beauty of it is, some items don’t even look like they are Easter-themed, so I use the opportunity to get some Christmas stocking fillers and even some toys for my gift closet
There you have it!
All these ideas come from personal experience. I know that money can be pretty tight sometimes, and when you have multiple kids, holidays can become a financial nightmare. Plus, after a certain age, they truly don’t care about a basket. Well, mine don’t care about the basket, but they certainly love their candy, which is why I will have a little something for each, as a small treat.
In the spirit of staying within the small budget I have set up, I’ll be stopping by my Dollar Tree to grab a bag of Kisses or something similar for each kid. I am getting some extras to put inside the eggs (along with some clues) for the egg hunt we are having at their Grandparent’s house. Nothing fancy, really, but I am sure they’ll have lots of fun.
Then we’ll travel back home and relax while watching movies together. Because spending time together is what truly matters.