5 Fun and Easy Easter Activities
Easter is only a few weeks away. In America we celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. However, like Christmas, Easter is also an important and fun secular holiday for people who do not celebrate the religious aspect of it, but enjoy the fun activities that it brings.
Whether you’re attached to the meaning behind the day or you just enjoy the activities that go along with it, there are many affordable ways to celebrate this fun holiday. Many activities are geared towards children and families, so if you have children of your own or relatives or friends with children who you enjoy, you will have many choices. However, Easter isn’t just for children; there are many ways to celebrate Easter as adults, too. From going to a Church service to just getting outside and enjoying Spring, the opportunities are abundant. Read on to learn five ways you can celebrate Easter this year.
1. Do traditional Easter activities
Many of us grew up painting searching through our backyards for candy-filled eggs that our parents hid for us. For many people, simply hiding eggs and watching their kids look for them is a fun way to celebrate Easter and to give kids a special treat. Some people do a variation of this activity and hide money or other snacks instead of candy.
Families also enjoy dyeing eggs together. Some kids have fun painting silly faces on the eggs as well; still other families hide these actual eggs outside (or inside the house to keep them clean and edible) instead of candy-filled plastic eggs. You can also choose to make egg salad sandwiches or another dish together after you are done with the eggs. If you enjoy this traditional Easter activity, but you are looking for a new spin on an old favorite, consider changing it up just a little with different decorating techniques.
2. Do something free
Many churches put on free Easter egg hunts where kids can race against each other to collect as many eggs as possible; some churches even give out prizes for the most eggs. Sometimes cities or towns will also offer egg hunts. You can also let encourage your children to enjoy free Easter games or puzzles, or even print coloring pages. If you are able to come up with your own games to play during the day, you can choose to make them educational (for example, create a treasure hunt where your children find clues about the history of Easter), or just for fun. Although giant Easter baskets filled with candy and toys are popular with kids, many children enjoy games and family time just as much.
3. Celebrate with a meal
Whether you celebrate the actual resurrection of Jesus with a religious-themed educational cooking activity like making resurrection rolls, or you simply want to enjoy a nice meal with your family, food brings everyone together. Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, Easter is a popular holiday to organize a big family meal. Traditional Easter foods include Ham or Lamb, and of course the sides, but you can make whatever you like best. Southern Living has some great recipes to choose from. The meal doesn’t even have to be a big production if you don’t want it to be, but for many people, sharing a big meal is an essential part of the Easter celebration.
4. Get together with friends
If you have no interest in Easter itself, or at least, not in the traditional family activities, it can be a great chance to get together with friends who feel the same way you do. You can go out for a cheap meal at a restaurant (several restaurants offer Easter brunch, if you do want to celebrate a little but want to eat out.) You can also look for fun local activities like free music shows. You can even do something completely unrelated to Easter like go to a movie. Many places are closed on Easter, so getting together with people you don’t get to see often can be a great way to spend your Sunday. You don’t have to hide eggs or eat candy to celebrate Easter; many people find importance in the holiday by going to Church or just spending time with people.
5. Do something unconventional
Since Easter Sunday is often a quiet day, it can be a great chance to actually get work done. If you are not attached to the traditional Easter activities, you can consider getting your Spring cleaning started. If not much else is going on, why not use your day to accomplish something you have been wanting to get done?
You could also go on a mini-trip with your family if you want to avoid the consumerist part of Easter (the candy and baskets) and just have fun as a family. April can still be cold, but if the weather is nice, you could take a trip to a national park or other outside location. Easter is also a great chance to talk about how people all around the world celebrate this holiday; this can be a fun and educational way to teach your children about people who are different from them.
However you choose to celebrate Easter, make sure you spend time with people you care about, and enjoy some good food!