LEARN and DO Trail Mix
The weather is beautiful, and the holidays mean that we have plenty of time to spend outdoors. Why not make that time even more fun (and sneakily educational) by setting a scavenger hunt. If you’re headed to the woods, try the Woodland Trust’s spring trail, or Wildlife Watch’s Signs of Spring list. If you’re spending a day by the sea, try Sparklebox’s Rockpool Life Spotter or this cute treasure hunt. Alternatively, tailor-make your own, which might include experiences, things to listen for, or textures to feel. There are some great starter ideas here
EVENT Dream Warriors
Beguiling, magical and inventive, the House of Fairy Tales pitch up at Hauser & Wirth Somerset this weekend, creating an interactive adventure the whole family will fall in love with. Help the Swevenaughts – dream recyclers – to find leftover bits of dreams so that they can feed them into their amazing machine, and use them to build their faraway, underground Dreaming City. Expect colourful investigation, live character, puppetry, game-playing, story-seeking and music at this free event. No booking required. More here
COOK SImnel Cake
This traditional, marzipan-topped treat was traditionally baked at Easter (the 11 balls on top represent Jesus’ disciples, minus Judas). It’s spicy, sweet, and pretty. Try silvery smoothie baker Paul Hollywood’s take on the recipe or here’s Doves Farm’s gluten-and-casein-free, vegan version
MAKE Easter Crafts
These cute little octopus eggs make sweet Easter decorations, and are easy for young kids to help put together. Tenta-cool! Emoji-mad tweens will love giving the gift of laughter, sadness or utter indifference with these kawaii eggs Alternatively, felt spring bunnies help put an Easter bounce in your step. They’re dead easy to make, and actually look even cuter with a few wonky stitches and uneven eyes.
EVENT Alice Spring
The wonderfully quirky Horniman Museum and Gardens in London is worth a visit any time of the year, but this weekend is really special. There’s an Easter fair, with an arts and crafts market, an Easter Egg trail, and a chance to go down a rabbit hole, plus a playful telling of Alice In Wonderland (ticketed, book in advance). Plus don’t miss their regular, goodie-packed Farmers’ Market on the Saturday – it’s one of the best in the city.