Celebrating Easter 2018 in Newcastle & the Hunter
The best things in life are sweet! Whether you believe that the Easter Bunny or the Easter Bilby delivers eggs to Australian children, have fun celebrating Easter with your family. As well as Easter events around the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter region, there’s lots of fun crafts, books and activities to enjoy at home to celebrate Easter.
In Lake Macquarie, kids can drop in for Easter storytime craft at Morisset Library (Thursday 29 March).Suitable for ages 2-5 years. Bookings are essential. You can also share the joy and fun of Easter with your baby. Join Morisset Library for a special Books & Babies session on Tueday 27 March with interactive stories and rhymes for babies under 2 years. Bookings are essential.
Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries will be hosting Easter craft sessions in the week before Easter. Familes can make their own Easter chook. They are also hosting an Easter colouring in competition. Here’s the link to the entry or you can pick one up at at a library.
Sydney Junction Hotel
Hop into the Sydney Junction Hotel Easter Sunday Family Day on Sunday 1 April. Located right in the heart of Hamilton, Sydney Junction Hotel is renowned for its family friendly beer garden. It features an undercover playground that makes for the perfect day out for the whole family. The Family Fun Day will transform the beer garden and carpark into a kids’ paradise. From 11am, the action will kick off with a petting zoo (starts at 12pm), supervised pony rides, face painting, a giant jumping castle and Easter eggs for the kids. There’s even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Bookings are recommended for the Easter Sunday Family Day. Call Sydney Junction Hotel on 4961 2537.
Hunter Valley Gardens
Take part in the Hunter Valley’s largest Easter Egg Hunt at Hunter Valley Gardens during the Easter Weekend. The Giant Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and 1 April, 2018 with hundred of plastic eggs to find. In past years, every child who participates will receive an Easter chocolate at the completion of the hunt.
In addition to the hunt, there’s tons of activities planned for kids over the weekend including rides, gingerbread workshop, hatching chicks and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny. If you need a rest, jump on the Hunter Valley Garden train for a 45 minute tour around the Gardens (charges apply). Admission to the Hunter Valley Gardens is $29 for adults (local entry) and $18 for children (ages 4-15).
Hunter Wetlands Centre
Enjoy a family day out on Easter Saturday 31 March at the Hunter Wetlands Centre in Shortland. The Easter Fun Day runs from 9:30am to 1pm and includes Easter craft, face painting, jumping castle, dip-netting, and interactive reptile encounters. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny at 10am, 11am or noon. Bring a picnic lunch, enjoy lunch at the Cafe or enjoy a BBQ sausage sizzle on the day. Entry is $5 for adults, $2 for children 3 to 12 and free for under 3s. Note: The Hunter Wetlands Centre will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
Hunter Valley Horse Riding
Enjoy an alcohol free family day in the country as Hunter Valley Horse Riding hosts a Teddy Bears Picnic on Easter Sunday. Bring a picnic, blanket and your teddy bear. There will be an Easter egg hunt, jumping castle and games as well as pony rides and tractor hay rides. Rain, hail or shine. Bookings: 49307111 or 0417233008
Megamania in Charlestown Square is hosting a petting zoo on Easter Saturday 31 March from 10am to 1pm. Come and see baby Easter animals like baby chicks, ducklings, rabbits and guinea pigs. The Easter Bunny arrives about 11am.
Churches will be offering Easter services over the Easter weekend. Some like Christ City Cathedral offer a family service for adults and their children on Good Friday. Check your local church for more information.
DIY Easter Egg Hunt
This year, organise your own Easter Egg Hunt in your house or backyard. Buy lots of different size eggs either chocolate or plastic if you would prefer keeping the chocolate consumption to a minimum. My favourite chocolates to hide are Kinder Surprise eggs, Cadbury Mini Eggs and Lindt chocolate bunnies. If you choose plastic eggs, fill them with stickers, gold chocolate coins, small toys, stuffed animals or lollies. I even found an Easter Egg Hunt kit with path marker signs and a hanging sign so you can set markers and hints for participants.
Hide the eggs in different places. Suggested outdoor places include hiding eggs on branches, behind trees and flowerpots, in garden beds and in the mailbox. Inside, hide them under chairs, tables, toys or on bookshelves and toy boxes or behind stuffed animals. Where you hide Easter eggs will depend on the age of the children. Make it easy for little ones by hiding them in open places while using your imagination to make it more challenging for older kids. Tip: count how many eggs you’ve hidden before the hunt to make sure you find them all!
Personalised Letter from the Easter Bunny
Print off a personalised letter for your child from the Easter Bunny at the Huggies website. It’s so cute and I just love how the Easter Bunny encourages the child to keep being good.
Letter from the Easter Bunny
There are some fantastic ideas for Easter crafts on Pinterest if you’re craft-inclined. Whether you’re a craft diva or craft-challenged like myself, there’s something for everyone.
If the Easter Bunny brings books to your house as well as Easter eggs, here’s some Easter-themed books for kids.
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt (with CD) by Laine Mitchell & Louis Shea
Join all the animal friends on their very adventurous egg hunt! Will they find lots of chocolate to share? But look out—these curious hunters might also find an uneggspected surprise! RRP $19.99. Ages 3+
Spot’s First Easter by Eric Hill
Spot’s First Easter is a seasonal lift-the-flap board book perfect for babies and toddlers who are just learning to count featuring Eric Hill’s classic childhood character Spot. The Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs for Spot to find. Spot’s friend Helen joins in and the search becomes a counting game. RRP $14.99. Ages 0 – 3
Little Mates: Easter Egg Express by Susannah McFarlane & Caroline Keys
Ellie and Eric are expert Easter bilbies in charge of all the Easter egg deliveries. Join them and their friends as they energetically hide eggs for everyone to find! RRP $4.99. Ages 3+
Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt by Ladybird
It’s Easter time and Grandpa Pig has organized a special Easter Egg hunt. But Peppa Pig and her friends find more than chocolate eggs at the end of the garden. This brand new board storybook featuring Peppa and George is perfect for sharing with little Peppa Pig fans and makes the ideal gift this Easter. RRP $9.99. Ages 3+
My Easter Egg Hunt by Rosie Smith
Hunting for eggs is fun… when you share with everyone. Beautifully illustrated with delightful animals, My Easter Egg Hunt captures the fun of looking for eggs at Easter time. RRP $16.99. 0 – 5 years.
The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale by Nette Hilton
It’s the night before Easter and for the first time Billy and his band of little bilbies must deliver the eggs. ‘This is fun,’ they sing as they hide eggs here and there and up and down. But when one of the bilbies gets into trouble, only Billy knows what to do. RRP $14.99. Ages 3+
The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games by Nette Hilton
When the rabbits decide to stop delivering Easter eggs, all the bush animals want to be the new Easter Bunny. After all, Easter wouldn’t be the same without eggs! But how can the rabbits choose the best animal for the job? The lop-eared rabbit has an idea – and that’s when the Easter games begin. RRP $14.99. Ages 3+
Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood & Claudia Rueda
A cat with flair to spare, an Easter Bunny with a job to do, and a hilarious break from sticky-sweet Easter fare. Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five–no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even–yes–kind. RRP $19.99. Ages 3+
The Easter Book by Rita Storey
Have a great Easter with this bumper book, containing all you need to have an egg-stra special time! In here you will find the Easter story, hot cross buns, Easter bonnets, eggs galore and much, much more! Impress everyone with your Easter knowledge and entertain them with your Easter jokes. This book is packed with craft activities and recipes, so that you can make Easter gifts for all your friends and family. RRP $19.99. Ages 3+
However you and your family decide to celebrate Easter, enjoy yourselves and remember DO put all your eggs in one basket!
How are you planning to celebrate Easter this year?