For me, planning is key when it comes to the school holidays. If I don’t have suitable list of activities every day – afternoon and morning, that I can keep the children entertained with, I would literally be found rocking back and forth in the corner of our lounge with an insane amount of mum guilt, a bar of chocolate and my shouty voice on.
Last summer I approached the school holiday situation with make shift calendar and sticky notes. It worked. I didn’t entirely loose my shit and I ended up managing cool playdates like this one. So in my attempt to entertain 3 children under 6 this Easter, we’ve made our ‘Easter Holidays Activity Eggs’ which will be pinned accordingly to my ‘Keeping My Shit Together Board’
The kids have decorated the paper cut out eggs and the eldest has detailed all the Easter holiday activities we’ve got to keep us occupied!
Here are our egg notes…
1) Odds Farm is a 20 minute drive from Bracknell, and basically ticks my ‘treat outing’ box. It’s small enough in size to navigate easily with a buggy and it’s incredibly well thought out for little people. This Easter they have baby lambs and other smelly farm animals that you can actually get rather close too and interact with. They have regular educational chats and shows throughout the day (cow milking etc..) Tractor rides, indoor and outdoor play, ride on’s, Easter crafts, egg hunts and more. They’ve won “Farm Attraction of The Year 2017 so that pretty much tells all.
2) Chocolate Egg Melting . A few days after the kids have received their eggs I get twitchy. Basically I want to eat them all and I also cant stand how much space all the boxes take up! Each year we have a egg melting day where we have great fun smashing up all the eggs in to a bowl and then proceed to dip pineapple, strawberries and grapes into it. Healthy (ish) Win
3) Cadbury’s Easter Hunts at National Trust Properties. We recently purchased a National Trust Family membership which is incredible value for money. This Easter we plan on visiting, Cliveden House, Basildon Park and Greys Court. All are within a 30 minute drive of Bracknell and have gorgeous gardens, tea rooms and Easter Egg hunts for the kids. It ticks my ‘fresh air’ box nicely and as long as the sun is shining we will be there with our wellies on, hot chocolate flask in hand and my camera around my neck. I probably won’t tackle it without another adult as the places are pretty huge.
4) Tipi day. Part of my job means that I have awesome props to play with for the kids! At the end of the month I have a ‘wild things’ styled children’s photo session‘ with Lynsey from ‘2 little birds’ As with all my sessions I try it out on the kids first. So we’ll be heading into the woods to get dirty, play with sticks and shout at the top of our voices. Because that’s what being a kid is all about and I want to give them some awesome memories.
5) Lockey Farm 20 minutes from Bracknell in Aborfield is one of my ‘go to’ places. Their cafe is quaint and the food served is delicious and fresh from their farm shop. Best of all entry is entirely free! They have a huge sandpit, decent outdoor play area and crazy golf, not to mention all the farm animals dotted around the park in their pens! It’s such an easy place to ‘do’ and you can fill a good 3 hours there.
6) Garden centers and gardening. Garden centers are pretty kid friendly places these days and I love the fact the most of them have mini play areas and small soft plays too. Coupled with the fact I get to wander around gorgeous aisles of flowers and a decent (ish) shop they beat the traditional soft play for me everytime. I’m itching to get out in the garden this year finish painting the pallet board playhouse. Fingers crossed the weather is warm enough to do this!
7) The Lexixcon, Bracknell have (Dr) Seusicall themed crafts from 12th-15th April 11am- 4pm. We have been to these type of events before in Bracknell (Princess Square) and I do like them. It’s an easy and free 30 minutes of happiness for the kids and they all get to take something handmade home. It will work as a great half day activity if I combine it with a cake/bread/milk grocery shop and stretch it out by walking there and back into town.
8) Play dates (better known as coffee and cake whilst the kids run wild dates) Thankfully I know a decent amount of like minded mums that need their sanity saving too. Just a few hours scattered across the two week stretch will be a godsend. If they include the witching hour or eating lunch (out of the house) – extra bonus points.
9) Frenchies ice cream shop. I LOVE this place so much. It’s tucked away at the end of Camberley highstreet and is decked out in 1950’s decor normally with GREESE or similar playing on a projector! The portions are really good sizes and great value for money. Being an independant shop you get great service and little touches like the children’s size plastic plates and cups. I rarely go to Camberley without sneaking in!
If we fit in 70% of our Easter activity eggs I’ll be happy. We don’t have fixed days or times for anything as the weather and children regularly throw curve balls at me! I’m glad that the kids have had some input into the planning and are learning to understand that plans are fluid and can change. I’m always looking for new and fun ways to keep them all entertained and I am sure as they get older it will be harder. If you want to keep an eye on my Easter shenanigans subscribe to the blog below and follow me on Instagram. Got to dash now and get the crying one year old (currently on my lap) dressed as we are off to Frenchies! Yumo!