Things To Do At Easter

This is part of Calderdale Council’s latest e-newsletter

Things to do at Easter

We’ve been searching for some ideas for things for you to do this Easter – thank you to everyone who has sent their contributions. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for you – but remember to only do the ones you can do safely whilst practising social isolation. We’ve also chosen a few of our favourite Yorkshire days In from the Visit Yorkshire website, for more ideas visit:
https://www.yorkshire.com/inspiration/yorkshire-days-in

Staying local

Eureka’s expert staff have come up with a series of experiments that can be done at home, all designed to inspire children to get hands-on, have fun, and learn about themselves and the world around them. Find out more here.

Halifax bars The Grayston Unity and Meandering Bear have started doing a virtual pub called The Grayston Bear, featuring live music performances, poetry, yoga and DJ nights.

You can enter to win theatre tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk at the Victoria Theatre next Christmas. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

You’ll find lots of examples of Easter craft activities on the Bankfield Museum and Shibden Hall Facebook pages. Keep checking back as new activities will be posted next week, including:

  • Tuesday – Making a costume for your own fashion model (Bankfield)
  • Wednesday – Creating a moving picture (Bankfield)

Families

Why not have a virtual Easter egg competition with your friends. Paint, dye, decorate an egg or a scene however you like, share through WhatsApp or another digital site and get everyone to vote for their favourite!

The Educators’ Spin on it website has lots of last minute ideas for Easter. They have chosen their top 40 activities for kids including crafts, printables and recipes inspired by Easter. Activities include egg art, STEM activities and maths activities, so they can learn whilst having fun.

If you’re looking for something for toddlers, Easter activities do not need to be complicated. The Busy Toddler website has a range of fun ideas, including an Easter egg rolling ramp, DIY Easter memory game and an Easter Egg Rainbow.

English Heritage have some excellent ideas for children, including making a sword and decorating Easter Pace Eggs.

There are also some good ideas on the Tree Tools for Schools website. Whilst for some of the activities you’ll have to wait til your children return to school, there are loads of fun things you can do now.

Why not take a look at the Make Time to Play website, which has lots of fun activities, some Easter themed, to help your children learn through play.

Pretend to be a postie! get your kids to make some Easter cards and take it down to a post box to send to a relative over the Easter period.

Finally, you could ask children to draw pictures and to talk about why we celebrate Easter. With what we have experienced lately “why” is a question that we are all asking. There are resources available on YouTube and once the children (and you adults) have finished the activity traditionally you get to enjoy the chocolate Easter egg you have been waiting for.

Find more things to do with the kids over Easter with the 50 things app here.

Get cooking

There has never been a better time to teach your children to cook or just to learn some new recipes yourself. We liked this hot cross buns recipe – if you’re giving it a go, don’t forget to send us some photographs ecall@calderdale.gov.uk. Or why not try an Easter Simnel cake. There are lots more delicious Easter recipes here.

We loved the idea of date night with Betty’s! Now that staying in is the new going out, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have Date Night. Enjoy creating these dishes in person or online.

Explore the National Science and Media Museum

The Science Museum Group collection – and the inspirational stories it contains – remains open to everyone online. You can virtually visit their galleries and exhibitions and find out some of the fascinating stories behind their objects here.

Stream Jesus Christ Superstar for free

As theatres and other entertainment outlets keep their doors closed amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Lloyd Webber is giving fans the chance to experience the West End in the comfort of their living rooms. At 7pm on Friday you can watch Jesus Christ Superstar on The Show Must Go On YouTube channel.

Chill out in front of the television

Thanks to the Welcome to Yorkshire website for some great ideas for films and programmes filmed in Yorkshire, including Gentleman Jack and Last Tango in Halifax! Or if you fancy something a bit different, Northern Ballet is bringing world class ballet to your doorstep on a pay as you feel basis.

Read a book

If you are a Calderdale Libraries member you can take advantage of our eAudio & eBook service, RB Digital. You are entitled to download a maximum of five titles at a time – and you can choose from over 3,000 free eAudio titles and nearly 4,500 eBook titles. In addition, we now offer a good range of eMagazines and over 1,500 eComics as well!

Search Calderdale Libraries on Facebook or @cmbclibraries on Twitter for lots of ideas for activities, stories and crafts.

You can also visit these websites which have loads of great activities plus authors and illustrators reading their stories – lots to keep everyone entertained:

We had lots of ideas in last Friday’s ecall if you run out of things to do!