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8 fun things to do with the family over the Easter holidays

You told us some of your plans for the Easter weekend.

EASTER IS ALMOST upon us and you know what that means – lots of chances to spend some quality family time together.

Luckily for you there are loads of things to do over the Easter holidays, and we’ve got a list of them right here.

From Easter egg hunts to easy-to-make crafts, you’ll have no problems keeping the little ones, and yourself, occupied over the holidays.

1. Check out the Centenary celebrations

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No matter where you are in the country, there are sure to be 1916 Rising centenary celebrations nearby and while things are ongoing throughout the year.

Check out Ireland.ie for the full programme of events for the whole country and enjoy a little history along with your Easter eggs.

Reader Niamh May is definitely heading along:

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2. Have an Easter egg hunt

Easter Egg Hunt Source: Mr Moss via Flickr/CC

Whether you go along on an organised Easter egg hunt like those on in Ardgillan Castle, Co Dublin, or the Greenan Maze Easter Egg hunt in Wicklow, or you hide a few eggs around the garden yourself, an Easter egg hunt is a great way to have fun with the kids (and help them really earn their chocolate).

3. Make an Easter basket

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In preparation for any Easter egg hunts you may be planning, why not make a basket or two to hold all the loot?

Here’s an easy to make woven paper basket that will be sturdy enough for all the goodies.

4. Go see baby animals

Chick 2013-05-20 Source: JumpV via Flickr/CC

Reader Pat Morrissey has a good idea – taking the grandchildren to see the baby chicks in Bray.

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If you’re nowhere near Bray, there is sure to be a family farm or petting zoo nearby with lots of baby animals to check out. Here’s a list of pet farms around the country.

5. Get out in nature

Killarney National Park - House built in 1834 Source: jmenard48 via Flickr/CC

Spring is well and truly in the air now and it’s a great time to visit your local park or nature area and see the flowers and leaves coming back to the trees.

Whether it’s for a picnic, a long walk, or a kickaround head over to a park near you and take advantage of the weather.

6. Head to a playground

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If you do head to the park, make sure you check out the playground while you’re there and really give the children a work out. You can let them run wild while you take a well-deserved break on a nearby bench, or if you have the energy to, join in the fun.

7. Make some Easter treats

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Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make your own cheesecake-filled, no-bake chocolate eggs. There are a good few steps to the recipe, which will keep you and the children occupied for a little while during the day, but they’re well worth the effort.

The children will be very impressed with the results.

8. Watch a family film

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There is no better time than after a long day running around with the children to cuddle up on the couch and watch a family film. Whether it’s a timeless classic you loved as a child and want to share with yours, or a new film no one has seen before, it’s the perfect end to the day.

Check out some other great ideas for what to get up to with the kids, including heaps of family recipes to try together, in Lidl’s special Easter brochure. There are lots of great value options for feeding the whole family with Lidl – plus some Easter treats for both adults and little ones. Have a very happy Easter.

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