Nine thrifty ways to entertain the kids this Easter

It only feels like yesterday that we were at the beach enjoying the summer holidays...and now the Easter school break is almost here!

If you’re planning to get away somewhere hot with the kids, that’s great. But not everyone can be lucky enough to be jetting off to Fiji or Hawaii.

School holidays can be stressful for parents—particularly if you’re trying to juggle kids and work. Here are nine tips to keep your children entertained over the Easter break without breaking the bank.

  1. Have a fun day out—The kids will love visiting the local zoo, museum, art gallery or theme park. But school holiday prices can be expensive so this is a good time to use any discounted tickets or special deals. And don’t forget to pack a lunch to save money while you’re there.
  2. Have a fun day at home—Try breaking up the boredom with free activities like:
    - a treasure hunt in your backyard
    - an outdoor cinema with picnic blankets, homemade popcorn and the kids’ favourite movie
    - a special family cooking session with seasonal ingredients.
  3. Check out free events—Local events like Art Express Sydney often have some interesting and interactive outdoor exhibitions and installations. Check your state government site to find out what’s on.
  4. Go camping—This Easter could be a good time to shake out the tent. The weather is usually still pleasant at this time of year and the campsites can be less crowded than summer. 
  5. Book an intensive class—Why not use the holidays to help the kids hone their backstroke, develop their brushwork or practice their kicking? Intensive sport, art and drama lessons can be an exciting way to improve skills and take the pressure off at home. 
  6. Go back to school early!—If your kids are primary school age, check out your school or local council for all-day holiday care programs. It’s a great way for the kids to play with old friends and make new friends while you’re at work—and you may be eligible for the Child Care Rebate on 50% of the costs.
  7. Have a picnic—Whether it’s at the bush, the beach or just round the corner at the local park, a picnic can help while away a few hours. And the kids will love to get involved in packing lunch and preparing the food.
  8. Get out in the garden—If you need to paint the fence, weed the garden or plant a veggie patch, why not turn it from a solo chore into an enjoyable family activity?
  9. Go online for help—There are some useful resources online to help plan your day. Here are some rainy day activities and some games for quiet times if the kids are younger.

If all else fails, remember it takes a village to raise a child. So try swapping days with other parents or get the grandparents to help if it suits them.

And don’t forget, whatever you end up doing with the kids this Easter, have fun!

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