Local eggcellent easter egg hunts for kids

I love Easter. Daffodils are some of my favourite flowers and once they start appearing everywhere, and the nights get lighter, I can’t help but get excited that Spring is finally here. Easter is a great excuse to decorate the house, make the most of the long weekend off work and get lots of yummy food in. And it seems like it is becoming even more popular every year, with more and more decorations and Easter themed food in the shops than ever before.

Easter fluffy chickens

Like stockings at Christmas, a visit from the Easter bunny and a chocolate egg hunt was a tradition that my parents continued for us long after we had ‘grown up’. And now I can’t wait to pass on the fun of the great Easter egg hunt to the Little One. Although he is barely old enough, I’m organising a hunt in the garden for all his friends and I am stupidly  excited. (If, like me, you’re hoping to avoid a chocolate overload this Easter, have a look at my Healthy Easter party food ideas for kids post.) If you want to get out to a public family event (that way you can join in the egg hunting fun too) here are some local Easter egg hunts for children.

Woodland Trust Family Easter Egg Hunt, Hainault Forest Country Park

Hainault Country Park

When: Saturday 4th April 2015, midday – 3pm

Follow the trail, find the clues, solve the Woodland puzzle and earn your Easter egg. Booking essential. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads welcome but please mention while booking. While the activity is free, a donation towards the costs is appreciated. Book via foresthainault@btinternet.com

Hainault Forest Country Park website

Egg-cellent Easter at Valentines Mansion & Gardens

During the school holidays Valentines Mansion will have a special Easter trail to follow when you can pick up your special treat when you complete it. They will also have Easter arts and crafts activities for kids to enjoy in the house. Free entry.

When: Sunday 5th April – Wednesday 8th April 2015

Valentines Mansion & Gardens website 

Easter Bunny Trail, Chigwell Meadows

When: Thursday 9th April 2015, 10am-3pm booking essential.

Join in for a hop, skip or just a walk along the nature themed Easter Bunny Trail on Chigwell Meadows. Follow the giant bunny footprints to various stopping off points to gather items along the way. If all items are found correctly – these will be exchanged for a chocolate Easter egg. This activity is suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years. Start at the Grange Farm Centre. Please note this is a self-led activity – because there is a prize, booking is essential. A £4 donation to Essex Wildlife Trust is required. Please call Claire on 0208 500 3094 or email clairer@essexwt.org.uk.

Chigwell Meadows website

Easter Egg hunt, The Owl High Beech

The Owl High Beech

When: Easter Sunday 5th April 2015

This family-friendly pub in High Beech is hosting lots of Easter activities for children, there will be Easter bonnet making with a visit to the Easter bunny in his burrow with an Easter egg present. £6 per child.

The Owl High Beech website

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