5 Last-Minute Ways to Enjoy Easter with Kids

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Here comes Peter Cottontail! 

Easter is just around the corner. And while some families may have all their ducks in a row — others may be scrambling at the last minute to get something (anything!) together, and that's ok! We've got your back with these five easy ways to celebrate Easter last minute with kids.

Easter egg pancakes 

The ultimate way to turn any morning into a celebration— pancakes! Use food coloring to make some pastel batter and pour egg-shaped pancakes onto the pan. Kids can have a blast decorating their "eggs" with pancake toppings before digging in! 

Egg decorating 

Speaking of egg decorating, this one is a classic! There is no shortage of egg-decorating ideas online, but if you're in a rush and the shelves of egg-dying kits are bare, you might feel like you're out of options. Never fear! 

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All you really need to decorate Easter eggs is … eggs, of course, some household supplies, and a little imagination. One of our favorite methods is to make "tie dye" eggs using whipped cream and food coloring:

Place pre-hard-boiled eggs (cooled) to soak in a large bowl of vinegar for twenty minutes. While they are soaking, line a shallow baking dish with a thick layer of whipped cream. (About an inch thick.) Drop your desired color combination of food coloring on top of the cream, and use a fork or toothpick to gently swirl the colors together. Carefully roll your hard-boiled egg across the surface of the cream until it is completely covered, then place it on a plate or paper towel to dry completely. After they are dry, you can clean excess cream by dipping the egg in a bowl of water and patting them dry with a paper towel. Store uneaten eggs in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Attend an Easter parade 

Many cities offer parades on or around Easter. Put on your Easter best and join the crowd to celebrate with your community. Even if your city isn't throwing a parade, most towns have groups or local churches hosting free Easter-themed events like egg hunts. The best part is, you don't have to plan a thing! Just show up and enjoy. 

Scavenger hunt

Don't have time to attend or create a full-fledged Easter egg hunt? Try a free printable scavenger hunt like this one from Happiness is Homemade! Hide Easter baskets or another treat at the end to build excitement. You could even make things really simple and play a game of springtime I-spy with a walk around the neighborhood or in a local park! 

Fresh flowers

Getting out into the garden is a perfect way to celebrate Easter! You can spend the day planting flowers or starting a vegetable garden. If you don't have outdoor space, consider a potted plant or a small window-sill herb garden instead. 

If all else fails, go to the store together, pick out a fresh bouquet or two to bring home, and practice flower arranging. There's nothing like a fresh pop of color to remind you of new beginnings and springtime. 

At the end of the day, the time you spend together is what children will remember the most. Whatever you do to celebrate Easter, do it together, and it will be perfect. 

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