Easter planning: ten ways to please everyone this Easter

Easter planning: ten ways to please everyone this Easter

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Hands-up those who have to entertain someone small these holidays? Yes, it is school holidays so I’m guessing that plenty of you will be looking out for options on how to keep the kids happy without simply reverting to chocolate and hot cross buns!

It is safe to say, I don’t think you could find a region that has more kid-worthy options. In writing this post, I wanted to give you some alternative options; some quirky ideas beyond the ones that are likely on your list of things to do already. I also wanted to give you some ideas that don’t simply involve the involve beach and/or BluesFest! I figure the beach is a given, and if you’re coming to the area over Easter, chances are you’re already going to Blues!

Here’s ten things to do with the kids these holidays.

  1. Let your kids unleash some energy upside down, hanging from a crazy height or bouncing around. Circus time! Circus Arts is a fantastic option for any active kid and they have a huge range of options running through the school holidays to suit all ages. They even have classes for adults so you can give it a try too. This one comes highly recommended by my nine year old! She loves it.
  2. Experience the water in a different way. You can go out to Julian Rocks on a snorkelling trip with Sun Dive and see the incredible array of marine life. Kids over seven who are able to swim will love this (another one endorsed by my daughter!). If underwater wildlife isn’t your thing, Byron Stand Up Paddle can take you SUPing up the Brunswick River with options to involve kids as young as three.
  3. While we’re talking wildlife, if you want an alternative to the bright lights and loud music of the festival at night, try a Vision Walks night time walk. Seriously, you get to wear night vision goggles! They also run other day time walks, or you could DIY a bushwalk and keep an eye open for all kinds of animals (the little guy pictured was in our front paddock). Try Minyon Falls.
  4. Or you could tie in some walking with a barbecue at Rocky Creek Dam. There’s some great play equipment and plenty of space for kids to run.
  5. Hit the markets. There’s always something quirky to entertain the pickiest kids at a market. A popular one will be the Beachside Market in Byron, but for something different, check out the Lismore Car Boot Market. Great food, lots of music and just all kinds of stalls. Old school and well worth the drive.
  6. If you’re in the mood for a short drive, find your way to Clunes. Any kid who likes reading will love Uncle Peter’s Books and with Clunes Café just next door, there’s always the option for a muffin and a hot chocolate to follow some browsing! Yet another option approved (and in fact nominated by) my daughter.
  7. For younger, more ethereal folk, the Fairy Trail at Brunswick Heads is fun, and you can tie in a swim at Torakina which is one of the most protected beaches in the region. Bruns is heaving with great food options so there’s a whole day sorted.
  8. For an artistically minded munchkin, take a trip to Tweed Regional Gallery. There’s something quite calming about a gallery and this Gallery celebrates one of Australia’s greats, Margaret Olley, who was born is Lismore and spent her early years in the region.
  9. Help your kids find their inner-hippy! Track down a drumming circle or find a family-friendly yoga class. There’s loads of yoga classes on offer in the region, so give one near you a call and see what classes they have on offer that would suit bodies of all ages and abilities. Two good ones to try are Bamboo Yoga and Byron Beachside Yoga.
  10. Get the kids into the Hinterland! Seriously, almost any of the options we floated in one of the earlier Easter planning posts would be great for kids.

And if none of those appeal, you could always come on a Farm Tour with us!

Whatever you decide to do on your holiday this Easter, just make sure you’re supporting real people making real food at real places.