So, we’ve all recovered from the festive season and are in desperate need of the next excuse to eat too much and play too hard. Well then, it’s time to start planning for the next family holiday: Easter weekend!
This year Good Friday falls on the 10th of April, which means Easter Monday falls on the 13th of April. The Easter weekend is an excellent time for a quick family getaway – not just because you only have to commit to four days with your relatives, but because Easter falls within low season for many destinations. And that, of course, usually means cheaper accommodation and travel, and fewer crowds.
If you’re looking for things to do Easter weekend in the US, Canada or Mexico, we’ve rounded up a host of fun and interesting family-friendly activities in these parts of the world to enjoy over the long weekend.
Things to do Easter weekend in Canada
1. Hit the slopes this Easter weekend
Ski-lovers will be glad to hear that ski season is still in full swing in Canada in April – and those who are less fond of the sport will be pleased to hear that there are plenty of other things to do for Easter weekend in this part of North America.
For families who are looking for a combination of winter sport activities and other fun things to do over the Easter weekend, Whistler Village will make a good base thanks to its proximity to the slopes and a massive, awe-inspiring waterfall.
If you and your family would prefer a less active Easter in Canada, don’t sweat it, there are plenty of places to go and things to do that don’t involve strapping on skis.
2. Go back in time and visit Medieval Times Canada
For those who’ve been fantasising about royal banquets and jousting tournaments since the first time they saw A Knight’s Tale, this one’s for you. Medieval Times Canada, located in Toronto, is the ideal opportunity to don your finest tunic (or hurry to the nearest fancy dress store to find one), feast on a medieval-inspired banquet and cheer on your favourite knight as he jousts his way to victory.
But wait, don’t swoon just yet. Just like an actual medieval tournament, the knights will not merely be jousting – they’ll be showing off their other military skills, too. You’ll get to watch them battle it out in a sword fight and show off their skills with the alabarda and the mace. And if all that wasn’t enough for you, the royal falconer and his faithful falcons are also a part of this epic show.
Whether you’re a Toronto local and looking for a way to boost your Easter in Canada staycation or you’re on holiday and on the hunt for things to do for the Easter weekend, this insight into the medieval tournament makes for a fun night out for everyone.
3. Discover Whistler Village and Shannon Falls
Escape the hustle and bustle of Vancouver and get back to nature with a trip to the quaint and quiet Whistler Village and the famous Shannon Falls. Fans of the great outdoors will adore this opportunity to get up close and personal with a thundering waterfall and everyone else will appreciate the cute factor of Whistler Village.
As the highest waterfall in British Columbia, Shannon Falls is one spectacular sight. The falls are 335m high – which is roughly the same height as an 80-storey building! Both kids and adults will delight in the deafening sound of the waterfall and the dizzying heights from which the water falls.
Once you’ve had your fill of Shannon Falls, head to Whistler Village. Although Whistler is predominantly known for its ski resort, it’s also a top spot in the summer months. Make yourself comfortable in one of the many restaurants and cafés that line the pedestrian-only streets or continue your outdoor adventure and explore the hiking trails or the mountain biking routes.
Why visit during the Easter break? For one thing, the holiday falls within the low season which means fewer fellow tourists to jostle past. And for another, during spring the water levels are higher, which results in a louder and more impressive Shannon Falls. What more reason do you need to book a trip?
4. Test your imagination with Niagara Falls’ Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Oddities, fun facts and the downright shocking are all on offer at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. Add in Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks and Ripley’s 4D Moving Theatre and no one will be asking about the Easter egg hunt!
Let’s start with Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum. Featuring all things weird and wonderful, this interactive museum is a goodie for adults and kids alike. Learn a little about a whole lot and have a whole lot of fun while you’re at it. Some top exhibits include a model of the World’s Tallest Man (who you can measure yourself against!) and a Tibetan skull known as a Kapala, which… we’ll let you find out for yourself.
The next Ripley’s attraction on the itinerary is a 4D Moving Theatre. Strap in for back-to-back 3D films and prepare to feel, rather than just see, the effects.
Onto Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks: this attraction has something, or rather someone, for everyone. With over 200 waxwork models to browse through and interact with, you and your fellow viewers are sure to have a good time character-spotting.
Enjoy a pass for all three of these fun and ridiculous attractions or pace yourself with a ticket to just one of ‘em this Easter.
Top tip for Easter in Canada: Temperatures range between 0℃ and 10℃, so leave your swimming attire at home for this trip. Rain is also fairly likely so don’t forget to pack a raincoat for everyone.
Things to do Easter weekend in the US
5. Keep things traditional with an Easter egg hunt or an Easter parade
Whether you’re hanging out in New York, San Francisco or Orlando, there are plenty of things to do for Easter weekend in the US. Create the perfect family Easter weekend itinerary by including both traditional Easter activities, like Easter egg hunts and parades, and interesting things to do.
Easter is widely celebrated in the US so you’ll have your pick of Easter parades to see and Easter egg hunts to join. Some of the best Easter parades include the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade in New York City, Easter on Parade in Richmond and the Easter Parade in Atlantic City.
And if you’re worried about finding an Easter egg hunt to join, no need; almost every state in the US hosts an Easter egg hunt. Some of the best Easter egg hunts include: the Miami Egg Safari, the Big Easy Egg Scramble (Louisiana) and the Hidden Hollow’s Hidden Eggs (Tennessee).
6. Have a whale of a time at SeaWorld Orlando
It may be too early in the year to hit the beach for Easter in the US, but it’s never too early to hit the aquarium. A trip to SeaWorld Orlando is one of the best things to do for Easter weekend in Florida.
This world-renowned attraction is a children’s favourite thanks to its combination of rollercoasters and animal interactions. Hop on a few rides, see a few seals, hit up another rollercoaster, learn about eels.
SeaWorld Orlando is a good pick for parents seeking Easter Break activities that are both fun and educational. So if you’re keen to combine a lesson about the sea with some rip-roaring roller coaster fun, I think we’ve found your family’s Easter Break activity.
7. Ride out the Easter Break at Coney Island’s Luna Park in New York
You could hang around New York this Easter, you’ll certainly find something to do. But will that something be an amusement park with 28 different rides, one of which has been called ‘The Mother of American rollercoaster culture’?
If you’re spending this Easter in New York and that’s caught your attention, you’ll be pleased to know that the amusement park in question is Coney Island’s Luna Park. Just a 30-minute drive from Lower Manhattan, Luna Park is a capital way to soup up your 2020 Easter Break. And if you were on the hunt for Easter ideas for kids, consider the search done!
Both New York locals and visitors to the city will have a grand old time tumbling on rides and relaxing on carousels. The only question you’ll be left with is: when can you go again?
8. Geek out at the Exploratorium in San Francisco
If you’re desperately trying to show your 10-year-old that science can be fun, here is your proof. The Exploratorium in San Francisco is an interactive kids’ paradise and the antidote for anyone who thinks museums are boring.
Featuring more than 650 exhibits that span topics like art, science and human perception, the Exploratorium is an awesome Easter activity for families. From learning about what the inside of a storm looks like to peering at eggs through a microscope, there’s no shortage of knowledge and fun ways to absorb it here.
So, enjoy the usual Easter egg hunt and a good dose of chocolate, but add a visit to this fascinating museum too, this Easter weekend.
Things to do Easter weekend in Mexico
9. Live out your tropical dreams at Xplor Park in Cancun
Shake things up a bit with a trip to the all-entertaining Xplor Park in Playa del Carmen.
With ziplining, cave exploring, swimming and river rafting on the agenda, Xplor Park is the perfect Easter idea for kids. Outdoor, adventure-loving adults will also delight in the many different zipline options and the abundant opportunities to relax in the sun.
Worried about the weather? Fear not. In April, Mexico’s temperatures average out at a pleasant 26° Celsius. So you can work on your tan while you’re mastering river rafting and conquering ziplines without getting chilly.
10. Aqua-int yourself with the Museum Punta Nizuc in Cancun
If you’re looking for something a little different to do while you’re spending Easter in Mexico, this is just the thing: Cancun’s jaw-dropping underwater Museum Punta Nizuc.
Quietly existing just 4m beneath the ocean’s surface is a beautiful collection of sculptures. The project was established by English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor in 2009. Each sculpture is made of specialised minerals which are designed to help coral life.
You can enjoy this one-of-a-kind attraction by snorkel tour or boat tour.
11. Monkey around in Akumal
If you’re spending your Easter weekend in picturesque Akumal, add this jungle tour to your agenda.
The Akumal Monkey Sanctuary is a special and interactive way to teach kids and adults alike about Mexico’s animals. Engage with spider monkeys and other animals native to Mexico and then head off to the breath-taking Río Sagrado cenote.
Once you arrive, have a dunk in the natural pool and appreciate your beautiful surroundings, including epic rock formations, and thank yourself for choosing this as your Easter weekend activity!
Top tip for Easter in Mexico: Prepare for balmy temperatures and a longer Easter if you’re going to be in Mexico for the April long weekend. Easter in Mexico is celebrated slightly differently than the usual long weekend, with two weeks being devoted to the celebration of this holiday. Most schools and businesses will close over this two-week period and it’s one of the country’s busiest holiday periods of the year.