Celebrating Easter 2017 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.

Celebrating Easter 2017 in Newcastle & the Hunter

Easter Events

In the lead up to Easter, Newcastle Region Library has Easter storytimes at all of their branches from 10 April to 13 April. Hop into your local library to celebrate eggs and bunnies with stories, songs and craft. Storytime is 50 minutes and suitable for ages 3 to 8.

In Lake Macquarie, kids can drop in for Easter craft at Edgeworth Library (Tuesday 11 April) and Wangi Wangi (Thursday 13 April) Library.Kids 2+ can come in and play at the craft table, and decorate their own Easter Bunny bag ready for Easter egg hunting on Easter morning. Just hop-in, no need to book.

Cheer on the Newcastle Knights at a special Family Fun Day Out as they play the Sydney Roosters on Good Friday on April 14, 2017. (The Easter Bunny hops in for a guest appearance to do some free Easter giveaways). Organised by Newcastle Knights match day sponsor, Red Energy, a 110% Australian owned energy supplier, this event promises to be a high-energy event with plenty of match day fun. Bring the whole family and enjoy the free Knights Kids Zone (petting zoo, bungee run, facepainting and a photo booth) before the game. Gates open at 3:30pm at McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow. A Family pass of four starts from $16.55 per person and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

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, April 15 and 16, 2017 around the Lakes Walk with hundred of plastic eggs to find. Every child who participates will receive an Easter chocolate at the completion of the hunt. The Giant Easter Egg Hunt runs every 45 minutes from 10am until 2:30pm.

Photo supplied by Hunter Valley Gardens

In addition to the hunt, there’s tons of activities planned for kids over the weekend including face painting, 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).

If you’re staying at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, take part in their Easter activities over the long weekend. There’s a Family Buffet complete with a movie as well as cupcake decorating. There’s also a massive Easter Egg Hunt and other Easter themed activities such as egg painting, egg and spoon races, a colouring competition, an Easter Egg jar guessing competition and resort rides on the day. Easter Sunday activities are limited to hotel guests only.

Meet the Easter Bunny at Hunter Wetlands Centre

Enjoy a family day out on Easter Saturday 15 April at the Hunter Wetlands Centre in Shortland. The Easter Fun Day runs from 9am to 1pm and includes Easter craft, face painting, jumping castle, children’s playground, dip-netting, reptile encounter. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny at 10:30am or 11:30am. Bring a picnic lunch, enjoy lunch at the Spoonbill 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.

Hop along to the Newcastle Art Gallery for a special Egg-cellent Easter Torchlight Tour on Saturday 8 April from 6pm to 7:30pm. Kids can enjoy an Easter egg hunt and guided tour around the exhibitions before making some Easter craft. It’s $10 per child and includes art materials and refreshments. Adults free entry. Payment required at time of bookings are required on 4974 5100 or email artgallerybookings@ncc.nsw.gov.au.

Megamania in Charlestown Square is hosting a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday 15 April. Open at 9am, the first 50 children get free breakfast including drink or pre-purchase entry ticket to get a free child breakfast.  The event also includes an Easter animal petting zoo where kids can get up close with baby chicks, baby ducklings, rabbits and guinea pigs. They’re also hosting an Evening Easter Bunny Visit and Egg Hunt at 6:30pm that evening.

Murray’s Brewery is holding a special family fundraising event, Murray’s Easter Sunday Kids Funday on 16 April starting at 11am. While kids are happy with family-friendly activities, parents can enjoy a dual line-up of holiday brews – Murray’s Chocolate Easter Egg Beer and its famous Hot Cross Bun Beer! Kids can enjoy a giant Easter egg hunt, Easter-themed arts and crafts, face painting and more, including a VIP visit from the Easter Bunny.Bookings are essential 4982 6411. Parents are asked to make a $5 donation for each child participating in the morning’s activities, with 100% of proceeds donated to the Rural Fire Service.

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

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. (I found  a packet of 12 plastic eggs in Aldi). 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

Easter Crafts

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.

Kids painted easter eggs in the tray

I did happen to spot a few Easter craft sets in Aldi and bought a couple to try over the Easter Long Weekend.

Easter Egg Craft

Easter Books

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!

Happy Easter!

How are you planning to celebrate Easter this year?

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