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How to celebrate Easter in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

It’s the (extra) long Easter weekend and while the idea of curling up at home for four days of relaxation and chocolate indulgence sounds ideal, sometimes it’s even better to get out and about—and immerse yourself in the spirit of Easter.

Here are some ways to celebrate Easter this weekend…

Get egg-cited at Old Parliament House

Four exciting Easter egg trails will take you on a journey around Old Parliament House on Easter Sunday (5 April) between 9am and 12pm. Find the clues, collect the tokens and be rewarded at the end of the Great Easter Egg Trail with yummy chocolate. Hang around for some family fun in the House of Representatives courtyard with The Gecko Gang. There’ll be tug-of-war, parachute games, novelty races, face painting and balloon modelling…something for everyone!

Feast on a sausage sizzle for lunch plus a variety of other treats in the Courtyard Cafe. You could also win one of three $250 Toys’R’Us vouchers. The Easter Bunny is taking over the MOADAOPH Facebook page on Easter Sunday! Like MOADOPH on Facebook and watch out for photos of what the bunny is up to for your chance to win. Get all the details on the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House website.

Get set for an ‘Easter Feaster’ at the Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets is the place to go on Easter Sunday to fill your basket with locally-produced Easter goodies, from award-winning hot cross buns to Easter themed cake pops. Hop over to Dream Cuisine while at the markets and pick up some of their sticky, sweet hot cross buns made from organic naturally dried fruit.

For some other truly yummy Easter treats, be sure to visit Crafted³. Owner Natalie Hare has been baking a range of amazing Easter themed goodies including chocolates, rocky road half eggs, Easter themed cupcakes, Easter cake pops, marshmallow peeps and more.

Enjoy the hunt for these and other Easter treats, as well as the small antiques and quirky collectables on offer as part of the Portobello Road open from 10am to 4pm Easter Sunday.

Hunting for fun this Easter?

Join Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts at Westfield Belconnen, as you find your way through the enchanted hedge maze at Westfield Belconnen this Easter. Running until Easter Sunday, it’s free for the kids to participate and is ideal for kids aged 10 and under (any older and they will likely be too tall!). At 10am on Easter Saturday the hunt will be on to see how many eggs your kiddies can find. Count them all to win a prize. This event is free but bookings are required, just email [email protected] with your name and the number of participants.

Easter afterDARK Scavenger Hunt

Gather your family, bring a torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Australian National Botanic Gardens at night. With Easter treasures and treats to be found along the way, be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted  ‘super-sleuth’ prize. Finish your evening with supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire. Children $25, adults $30. Phone (02) 6250 9588. On Friday 3 April at 7pm.

Hop into Hotel Realm

Make your way to Barton for Hotel Realm’s Easter happenings this weekend. With three days of Easter fun there’s plenty to keep the kiddies busy.

There’s a colouring competition from 2pm to 5pm with prizes for the top three entries on Good Friday; a free Noah’s Ark Petting Zoo from 9am to 3pm on Easter Saturday with miniature piglets, kid goats, baby lamb, ducklings, chickens, rabbits, llama and a baby mice circus and more colouring competitions; followed by the Annual Realm Precinct Easter egg hunt with a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny, bunny mask making, egg decorating and more on Easter Sunday.

Plus if you’re a guest of the Burbury Hotel during the Easter period, you’ll receive a 20% discount on entry to the National Dinosaur Museum and a free gemstone gift. For more information visit Hotel Realm website.

A Trove of Easter Fun!

Gold Creek Village is Nicholls is the place for some good old-fashioned Easter fun this Saturday 4 April. For $5 per child, they can join in and Easter egg hunt, Easter cupcake decorating, egg and spoon race, Easter craft and more!

From 10.30am to noon at Trove, 7 O’Hanlon Place, Gold Creek. Tickets available at Trove on the day.

Hop and Shop

Join Alice and The Queen of Hearts for Easter High Tea at Jazz Apple Cafe, Westfield Belconnen. From 11am on Easter Saturday enjoy sandwiches, milkshakes and of course a fantastic range of delicious cupcakes. Simply call 6247 0342 to reserve your place. Only $10 per person – all payments made to Jazz Apple Cafe.

Or hop along to Westfield Woden this Easter Saturday for a Mad Hatter Tea Party & Alice in Wonderland live show at 8am Easter Saturday (4 April), featuring the Easter Bunny! Numbers are limited so bookings are essential by phoning (02) 6283 6000. There’ll also be an Easter Bunny meet and greet throughout the Centre from 9am and ceramic egg decorating from 11am to 2pm in the Kids’ Activity area.

This year, Canberra Outlet Centre will be running a variety of Easter activities for Canberra children!  The Gecko Gang will run Balloon Modelling from Saturday April 4, Sunday April 5 and Monday April 6 from 12pm – 3pm.  The easter Bunny will also be visiting shoppers on the same days at the same times. Donut King will be getting into the Easter spirit too with their very own Easter Face Painting stall near their store in the food court.

Heading into the city? Gather the children, nieces, nephews, even your friend’s kids and drop by the Canberra Centre for their free Easter cookie decorating workshop. Children can decorate a gingerbread cookie in pastel, Easter-themed colours and then take it home to eat! Find it at the base of the escalators in the Food Court near City Walk between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 4 April.

Indulge in Easter treats whilst also making a difference

The Oxfam shop has some delicious fair trade Easter chocolates.

Sick of all the chocolate? Then give a charity Easter gift instead of chocolate. 

For example, you can buy a duck or a chicken for a poor family or community around the world. Oxfam Unwrapped has some great charity gifts starting from just $10.

Celebrate Easter with the family in your own home, backyard or local park

Organise an Easter egg hunt for the kids, hold a classic egg and spoon race, or follow the Orthodox tradition of boiling eggs, dyeing them, then cracking them.

Keep the kids busy with Easter crafts!

Go to KidspotKinderartDLTKPinterest and Activity Village for some great Easter art and craft ideas.

Attend an Easter church service

Here’s a comprehensive list of churches in the Canberra region.

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