Hurrah! It’s going to be a white Easter! Erm yeah, seems it could be, heavy sarcasm on the ‘hurrah’ bit. I thought the Beast From The East was finally gone, but it seems I was wrong. I’ve washed The Childe’s Frozen gloves (Anna on the left hand, Elsa on the right) so many times now they are beginning to look like snowballs. Still, it is Spring – officially – now and Easter is almost upon us. So here’s my round up of ideas for the Bank Holiday weekend – some are specific Easter activities, others are just fun things to do…
First off, here are a couple you can manage while dashing around buying last minute eggs and so forth. Ealing Broadway Centre has a ‘crack the clues’ Easter trail over Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Follow the hunt and get a chocolate treat at the end! A number of local libraries have Easter craft sessions over the week before Easter: Northolt even has eggs if you bring your own decorated Easter baskets, 10.30am-2.30pm, for 4-10 year olds on Easter Saturday.
If you fancy the fresh air, hop on the 65 down to Kew. The Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit runs at Kew Gardens (included free with entry) until 15th April. Loads of learning and activities inspired by everyone’s favourite delinquent, badger-bothering bunny. (Seriously, it’s quite good fun watching the CBeebies series with Childe. She gets properly outraged, as if she is a paragon of childhood virtue: “Mummeh! He’s snatching!”, “Mummeh! He’s tellin’ stories to his grown ups!” etc.) I feel sorry for Tommy Brock: all he wants is a bloody nap in peace and quiet.
Another offering towards Brentford is Watermans. The theatre and cinema have special Easter family screenings of the movie Coco – ideal if the temperatures do plummet!
Closer to home we have plenty of out door fun, both old and new. On the new, Gunnersbury Park Cafe is now open! With an open kitchen, free kids’ meals with adults’ and play sculptures, it makes the park an inviting destination for a refreshing spring stroll. In the future there will be refurbished play areas, an updated museum, various historic buildings and even boats on the lake, but the current improvements are exciting in themselves. Because coffee.
Other beautiful parks to try include Brent Lodge Park (which includes Hanwell Zoo – previous Easter weekends have involved a super bouncy castle but who knows with the weather this year!), Pitshanger Park (with Pitshanger Playcentre, a hit with younger kids) and of course Horsenden Hill with its famous Gruffalo Trail.
What are you planning to do over Easter? Let me know in the comments below!