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Easter School Holiday Guide 2019

Looking for awesome Easter events near you? We’ve done a state-by-state round up of all the best events and activities going down these Easter school holidays. 

New South Wales

School holidays: 13 April – 28 April

Royal Easter Show
12-23 April at Sydney Olympic Park
Carnival rides, food stalls, live shows, cute animals and showbags! Welcoming 850,000 people every year, Sydney’s ultimate Easter event is back in 2019. Check out our top showbag picks here.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show. Photo: Shutterstock

Autumn Colours
23 March-18 May in Bathurst
In the historic town of Bathurst, enjoy guided walks, behind the scenes tours of heritage buildings and expert talks, all set against a backdrop of beautiful Autumn foliage.

Easter in the Garden
22 April at the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan
Hang out with the Easter Bunny st the beautiful botanic gardens and enjoy a day of activities, sports, food stalls, live music and easter hat parades.

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Easter in the Garden. Photo: Australian Botanic Gardens

Griffith Easter Party
19-22 April
Celebrate the easter long weekend in the heart of the Riverina. Check out sheep shearing, vintage cars, horse and carriage rides, wine tasting and an epic Easter egg hunt.

Easter Holidays Adventure Festival
13-27 April in Thredbo
Find the golden bunny in Thredbo’s annual Easter egg hunt – you could be hopping home with a cool $5,000! Take home the major prize if you find the Golden Bunny, or get your hands one one of five $1,000 bunnies. Enjoy mountain biking, hiking, face painting, tree planting and the Amazing Race.

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On the hunt for Easter eggs. Photo: Supplied

Giant Easter Egg Hunt
20-21 April at the Hunter Valley Gardens
Search for brightly-coloured eggs amongst the beautifully landscaped Hunter Valley Gardens, with a special appearance form the Easter Bunny himself.

Lightning Ridge Easter Festival
19-21 April in Lightning Ridge
The Easter Bunny hits the Outback with rodeos, horse races, carnival rides, markets and a float parade.

Lightning Ridge is a gorgeous outback destination year-round. Photo: Destination NSW

Hunter Valley Steamfest
13-14 April in Maitland
Mini rev heads and train lovers won’t want to miss the Hunter Valley’s annual Steamfest. Get involved in the Great Train Race or ride a traditional steam train. Check out the antique machinery or head over to Maitland Park to see a 400-strong collection of classic cars. You’ll also catch live music, market stalls and gourmet food trucks.

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Hunter Valley Steamfest is full swing. Photo: Supplied

Sculpture at Scenic World
12 April-12 May at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains
In the heart of the Blue Mountains, see the ancient rainforest transformed into outdoor gallery. Wander along the boardwalk and discover 25 epic art installations created by local artists.

Star Wars Identities Exhibition Workshops
March/April at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
16 April – Star Wars Special Effects
Create your own signature sound effects and learn about the special effects that bring the Star Wars films to life. Suitable for ages 11-13.
17 April – Cosplay Design Principles
Design your very own signature prop from the Star Wars universe from lightsabers to accessories. Suitable for ages 10-12.
18 April – Cardboard Engineer
Build your own Star Wars identity with a whole workshop of tools at your disposal. Suitable for ages 8-10.
24 April – littleBits Droid Inventor
Build your own R2-D2 or C-3PO with switches, buzzers and lights. Suitable for ages 7-8.

Art Workshops at Casula Powerhouse
16-24 April at Casula Powerhouse Museum
16, 18 & 23 April – Holiday KinderCraften
Get crafty with the kids in this investigative art playgroup. Workshops run 10-11am and are suitable for kids aged 2-5 years.
18 & 23 April – Junior Clay School Holiday School
Squash, shape, roll and break clay to create your own masterpiece. Aimed at 6-9 year olds, running between 11:30am-3:30pm.
23 April – Drawing on a Younger Mind
Older kids get to put their modern art minds to the test, creating their own magnificent take-home projects. Suitable for kids over 10 years, running 11:30am-3:30pm.
23-24 April – Dance Beats Holiday School
Pop, lock, twist, twirl and shake it at the first ever school holiday dance workshop at Casula Powerhouse. Running from 12-4pm both days, calling dancers aged 10-12 years old.
24 April – Drama Camp
Aspiring actors and actresses can get together to put on a spectacular show for friends and family. Suitable for drama fans aged 10-12. Workshop runs 11:30am-3:30pm

Easter Activities at Featherdale Wildlife Park
13-28 April – Doonside, West of Sydney CBD
Meet Suli, the new tree kangaroo arriving from Perth Zoo. Say hi to Archer the Koala and hang out with Bilbies and Black Breasted Buzzards.

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Making furry friends at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Photo: Supplied

Blue Mountains Adventures with YHA
All school holidays at YHA Katoomba
Stay at YHA’s historic property in Katoomba and choose from four epic adventure packages. Explore Jenolan Caves, see the Sculptures at Scenic World, discover the region on the hop-on-hop-off bus or take on a day of canyoning.

Canyoning in the Blue Mountains. Photo: Supplied

Canowindra International Balloon Challenge
19-18 April in Canowindra, Regional NSW
The historic township of Canowindra in outback NSW will host their annual hot air ballooning festival this April, where hundreds of balloons take to the skies. Don’t miss Balloon Glow, a night time spectacular with markets, food stalls and entertainment.

Canowindra at sunrise during the International Balloon Challenge. Photo: Canowindra Balloon Challenge

DinoSnore – Sleepover at the Australian Museum
12 April 6pm-8am at the Australian Museum in Sydney
Live your own Night at the Museum adventure, sleeping at the foot of a fierce Stegosaurus or ferocious T-rex. The evening includes a buffet dinner, breakfast at the rooftop cafe, Oz Wildlife show, torchlight-tour of the museum, movie screening and a goody bag to take home. Suitable for kids aged 6-12 and there must be one adult for every three children.

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Sleep with the dinosaurs these school holidays. Photo: Supplied

Discovery Parks School Holiday Program
5-29 April at Discovery Parks Ballina
Your school holiday just got even better. Guests of the Discovery Park in Ballina can try shrink art, face painting, plaster painting, biscuit decorating and loads more throughout April. Catch movies under the stars and fill your tummy at the variety Sausage Sizzles.

Easter High Tea at InterContinental Sydney 
19-23 April at Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay
Fill your plate with ‘eggstraordinary’ desserts and get creative decorating your own Easter eggs at InterContinental. White chocolate bunnies, caramel tarts and hot cross scones are just some of the delicious treats to look forward to. From 11am onwards, the children’s high tea costs just $25. 
Want to turn it into a staycation? The Family getaway Package includes one night’s accommodation, luxurious buffet breakfast and Opal Cards for the whole family so you can explore the city by ferry, bus and train. From $310 per room.

Easter High Tea at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. Photo: IHG

Easter getaway in Old Sydney
All school holidays at Holiday Inn Old Sydney
Unlock the best of Sydney with the Easter Family Package. Enjoy one night’s accommodation for two adults and two kids, full buffet brekky valet parking and family passes to one of four epic Sydney attractions. Choose from SEA LIFE Sydney, WIL LIDE Sydney, Madame Tussauds or Sydney Tower Eye. Prices from $250 per night and kids under 12 stay and eat free.

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Rooftop pool at Holiday Inn Old Sydney. Photo: IHG

Peppa Pig’s Marine Adventure
1-28 April at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Help Peppa celebrate 15 years of Muddy Puddles at SEA LIFe. Embark on an underwater journey to find Peppa’s friends amongst the coral reef. Open daily from 10am-6pm.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
1-30 April at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
The Peppa Pig action continues at WILD LIFE Sydney. Meet all kinds of fuzzy, feathered and furry animals as you search for Peppa’s friends. Open from 10am daily, last entry at 4:30pm. 

Photo: Merlin Entertainment

Lights, camera, Bollywood!
From 4 April at Madame Tussauds Darling Harbour, Sydney
An all-new permanent exhibition is opening at Madame Tussauds. Bollywood is coming to Darling Harbour! Step onto the set of a Bollywood production and take a starring role in full-costume, equipped with stellar dance routine. This experience is included int he cost of admission. Open daily from 10am-6pm.

Endless Lights
From 1 March at Sydney Tower Eye
Endless Lights is a new light installation, featuring incredible illusions using mirrors, lights and lasers. The highlight: a perspex floor that looks as if you’re floating above and endless floor. More photo opportunities will be found on the Observation Deck, 250-metres above the streets of Sydney. Open daily from 9am-9pm.

Photo: Merlin Entertainment

Fairy Magic at Illawarra Fly
7-21 April at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
A sprinkling of fairy dust has landed at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. Set off on a. trail to discover the homes of enchanted creatures and discover the Treetop Walk high above the forest floor. Open daily from 9am-5pm.

Photo: Merlin Entertainment


School holidays: 6-22 April

Kuranda’s Easter in the Park
20 April in Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland
The Easter Bunny has been busy hiding chocolate in Kuranda, and it’s your job to find it. Join the Easter egg hunt at Kuranda Heritage Markets, meet the Easter Bunny in Centenary Park and satisfy your sweet tooth with a demonstration at the Kuranda Candy Kitchen.

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Easter at Kuranda. Photo: Supplied

Junior Eco Rangers Holiday Program
5-27 April at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island
Fraser Island’s action-packed school holiday program features plenty of fun, Easter-themed activities for kids aged 5-12. Enjoy everything from marshmallow roasting and campfire stories to beach games and scavenger hunts.

Nights by the campfire at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Photo: Supplied

Dinosaur Time Machine
9-12 April at Brisbane Powerhouse
Love science, circus acts and puppetry? See it all come together in the Dinosaur Time Machine show at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Follow two scientists on their prehistoric adventure to learn about what life was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

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Want to see a dinosaur egg hatching? Photo: Supplied

Curiocity Brisbane
15 March – 3 April around Brisbane CBD
This three-week events brings the city of Brisbane together in a series of immersive, interactive and multi-sensory experiences. Check out the galleries, augmented reality spaces and musical pop-ups around the city.

Curiosity Brisbane is well underway. Photo: Instagram | @curiocitybrisbane

Discovery Parks School Holiday Program
13-22 April at Discovery Parks Byron Bay
Crazy crafts, movie nights, discos and drumming workshops – the free Kidsklub at Discovery Byron will keep your kids entertained all school holidays. Haven’t booked your stay yet? Stay 5 nights and get one free at any of the Discovery Parks in Queensland.

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Jumping Pillow at Discovery Byron Bay. Photo: Supplied

Easter escape at Sanctuary Cove
All school holidays at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on Hope Island. 
Families staying at the resort over Easter have free access to a range of fun activities, including beach soccer, jewellery making, giant Jenga, cupcake making and an Easter egg hunt on Sunday. 

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. Photo: IHG

Peppa Pig’s Underwater Adventure
6-21 April at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
Help Peppa celebrate 15 years of Muddy Puddles at SEA LIFe. Embark on an underwater journey to find Peppa’s friends amongst the coral reef. Open daily from 9am-5pm.

Northern Territory

School holidays: 13-22 April

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light
5-14 April in Alice Springs
Parrtjima is a free festival taking place across two locations; Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall in the CBD. Created in partnership with local First Nations artists and art centres, this one-of-a-kind event features light installations with art, music, talks and ideas that shine a light on Central Australia.

Parrtjima festival in Alice Springs. Photo: James Horan

Bilby Buddies Weekend
20-21 April at Alice Springs Desert Park
Head to the base of the West MacDonnell Ranges to meet the Easter Bilby and his desert friends. Kids can get involved in the arts, crafts, storytelling and easter egg hunt activities.

Desert Explorers
16-17 April at Alice Springs Desert Park
Be a mini-zookeeper for the day, learning how to care for and feed the animals that call the desert home.

Getting close up with the dingoes at Alice Springs Desert Park. Photo: Shaana McNaught

Croc Encounters at Crocosaurus Cove
Open all school holidays in Darwin
Pay a visit to the world’s largest display of reptiles. Head to a croc-feeding, swim with baby crocs and get up close with snakes, lizards and turtles. Dare devils can even spend 15 minutes in the cage of death, underwater with one of the big saltwater crocs.

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Feeding time at Crocosaurus Cove. Photo: Shaana McNaught

School holiday savings at Discovery Parks in Darwin
Discovery Darwin Holiday Park
Head to Discovery Darwin for an easy Easter getaway. Stay 5 nights and get your 6th night free. Splash around in the swimming pool, cook up a storm at the camp kitchen and explore Darwin’s awesome attractions. National parks, museums and local markets are just a stone’s throw away.

Scooting around Discovery Darwin. Photo: Supplied

South Australia

School holidays: 14-29 April

Discovery Parks School Holiday Activities
13-27 April at Discovery Parks Barossa Valley
Get ready for movie nights, food trucks, treasure hunts and the crowd-favourite Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Staying at Discovery Barossa Valley these school holidays means hours of fun for the whole family. Discovery Holiday Parks have partnered with children’s charity, Variety, this April so your holiday could help change the lives of children in need in South Australia.

Waterpark at Discovery Barossa. Photo: Supplied

Try a new sport with the Charles Sturt Holiday Program
13-28 April at various locations around the City of Charles Sturt
All school holidays, kids can get out and try a brand new sport for free. Registrations are now open for fun, unique sports such as lacrosse, dragon boating, fencing, lawn bowls and roller skating.

Stirling Laneways
28 April off Mt Barker Road in Stirling, Adelaide Hills
Check out the market stalls, food pop-ups and live entertainment in the pedestrian laneways of Stirling. The season finale of the Stirling Laneways season has a theme; #ColourParty, so don’t forget to wear something bright.

Easter fun at the Botanic Gardens
15-26 April at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens
Get hands-on these school holidays, learning about plants, people and the environment. Meet snakes, frogs and sugar gliders at Wilbur’s Wildlife talk, have a crack automobile photography and get crafty at the Garden Critters workshop. Bookings are essential and prices range from $8-$30.

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Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Photo: Shutterstock


School holidays: 13-28 April

3-in-fun Canberra City Escape
All school holidays in Canberra
During the school holidays, YHA has a great family package where you’ll save $50 on the 3-in-Fun Pass. This includes entry to Questacon, AID and Cockington Green Gardens.

The Great Easter Egg Trail
21 April at the Museum of Australian Democracy
Hop along to MoAD this Easter for an egg-citing adventure through iconic Old Parliament House. Choose one of four new trails and explore the exhibitions and heritage spaces as you follow the clues and solve the riddle. A yummy chocolate prize will be waiting for you at the end. Bookings are essential and tickets cost $5.00 for adults, under 18s are free.

Sweet rewards at the end of the hunt. Photo: Supplied

A Wild Night Out
12-27 April at Tidbinbilla
Experience Canberra’s iconic wildlife sanctuary like never before. A Wild Night Out is the ultimate family sleepover. You’ll stay in a pop-up clamping tent, enjoy 5 day and night Ranger activities, tuck into a yummy dinner, have a campfire under the stars and wake up to break in the Nature Reserve. Suitable for kids aged between 5 – 12 years. 

Enjoy a unique experience in Canberra’s gorgeous Nature Reserve. Photo: Supplied

National Folk Festival
18-22 April at Exhibition Park, Canberra
Get a glimpse of traditional and contemporary folk life at the National Folk Festival. Catch more than 200 live performances representing acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country. 

The Folk Festival is fun for the whole family. Photo: Supplies

AIS School Holiday Program
15-26 April at the Australian Institute of Sports, Canberra
If you’re wanting to keep your kids active and entertained over the school holidays, head to Australian Institute of Sport for their holiday program. Participation and having a good time are the aims of the game, and perfect for primary school aged children who want to have a go at learning new skills and working with a team. Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Swim Intensive, Soccer and general Sports Vacation Program. 

Western Australia

School holidays: 13-28 April 

Discovery Parks School Holiday Activities
13-28 April at Discovery Parks Woodman Point
The team at Woodman Point are gearing up for a whole lot of Easter fun for families. Enjoy movies under the stars, magic shows, pitch-a-tent races and the epic Great Race event.

Fingers crossed for sunny days in April. Photo: Supplied

Easter Bunny fun at Holiday Inn Perth
Easter long weekend at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre
Meet the Easter bunny, score some sweet treats and go crazy pancake-decorating all Easter long weekend. Plus, kids eat free all school holidays and families can save up 35% off their stay.

Goldfields KidsFest
13-14 April in Kalgoorlie
Enjoy entertainment, activities and sports galore at Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex in Kalgoorlie. The first weekend of the school holidays promises loads of free fun for families. Check out the stalls while you’re there and support the  local community.

Goldfields KidsFest is fun for the whole family. Photo: Tourism Western Australia

Swan Valley Mini Animal Farm
14 April at Whistler’s Chocolate Co. Swan Valley
As if you need any more reason to visit a chocolate factory. On the first Sunday of the school holidays, kids can have a cuddle with some of the fluffy and feathered members of the Swan Valley Animal Farm. Get ready for a cuteness overload between 10am-1pm. Plus, don’t forget to stock up on Easter chocolates from the store.

Swan Valley Mini Animal Farm. Photo: Destination Perth

School holiday fun at the Maritime Museum
5 April-5 May at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle
Check out a whole range of fun workshops and activities available these school holidays. Build your own LEGO CITY with Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, dance around at the Silent Disco, and be inspired by the dazzling Kylie on Stage exhibition at the Costume Craft workshop. 

Brickman Cities at WA Maritime Museum. Photo: Destination Perth


School holidays: 6-22 April

Nature Treasure Hunts
8-18 April at National Parks throughout Victoria
Calling all Junior Rangers. Parks Victoria is hosting more than 150 free events for kids these school holidays. Children aged 6-12 can take on an epic Nature Treasure Hunt, exploring national parks all over Victoria. The Junior Ranger program is totally free but bookings are recommended.

Learn about Aussie wildlife from the experts. Photo: Supplied

Holiday fun at Holiday Inn on Flinders
This inner city hotel is shaking things up these school holidays. Adults can enjoy the  newly refurbished rooms while kids take on the glamp-in experience. They’ll sleep in a tee-pee for the night and wake up to a full buffet breakfast. They’ll also get a $20 Temple & Webster voucher. Don’t forget, kids under 12 stay and eat free at Holiday Inn.

Temple & Webster Glamp-In experience at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders. Photo: IHG

Hatter’s Tea Party
6-28 April at Kryal Castle
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and discover a world of magic at Kryal castle. An hour from Melbourne, kids can bounce on the jumping castle, explore the grounds and join their favourite characters for a tea party. 

Kryal Castle in Leigh Creek, Victoria. Photo: Visit Melbourne

Brown Brothers Easter Family Festival
20-21 April at Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard
Spend a day at the wineries, checking out food stalls, pop-up bars, markets and kids activities. Enjoy a picnic on the grass and soak up the Easter vibes.

Brown Brothers Easter Family Festival. Photo: Visit Melbourne

Falls Creek Easter Festival
19-22 April at Falls Creek Resort
Celebrate Easter in falls creek with an epic Easter egg hunt, chairlift rides, free kids club activities and loads more. Try your luck at the egg toss and say hi to the Easter Bunny as he stalls around the markets. 

Falls Creek easter Festival. Photo: Visit Melbourne

A Day on the Hill
21 April at Flagstaff Hill maritime Village
Treat yourself to warm hot cross buns, yummy Easter eggs and plenty of local food and wine at the Easter Sunday event in Warrnambool. Visit the animal farm, have your face painted and join the hunt for more than 10,000 chocolate eggs hidden around the grounds.

A Day on the Hill at Flagstaff Hill. Photo: Visit Melbourne

Aquarium Adventures with Peppa Pig
7-21 April at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Help Peppa celebrate 15 years of Muddy Puddles at SEA LIFe. Embark on an underwater journey to find Peppa’s friends amongst the coral reef. Open daily from 10am-5:30pm.

Photo: Merlin Entertainment

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
6-22 April at The Fashion Capital, Chadstone
The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is celebrating the release of The LEGO Movie 2 with loads of fun activities for kids over the school holidays. Make your own Stop Motion video, build a vehicle to escape the aliens, embark on a scavenger hunt and bring the recent movie to life with LEGO figurines and sets. 

Magic in the Treetops
6-28 April at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Weeaproniah
Discover ten enchanting fairy houses scattered amongst the forest at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Handcrafted by the volunteers at Men’s Shed Colac, the houses create a magical trail through the wilderness. Open from9am-5pm daily. 


School holidays: 13-28 April

Easter Comes to Hillwood Berries
22 April in Hillwood
The Easter Bunny is making a guest appearance at Hillwood Berries these Easter holidays. Send the kids off on a chocolate egg hunt, have their faces painted, get creative at the arts and crafts station and dress up in your best Easter outfit for the chance to win a prize. 

Berry picking or chocolate egg hunting? Photo: Hillwood Berries Tasmania

Kids in the Park
21 April at Burnie Park
This Easter Sunday is bound to be the best one yet for families heading to Burnie Park. Fill your basket with treats from the egg hunt and meet the Easter Bunny. Tuck into a jam tart at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Kids can come dressed in their favourite fairy outfit and join in on the fairy dance lessons and make a wand with the Fairy Queen. This free event promises fun for the whole family. 

Kids in the Park. Photo: Burnie City Council

Ghost Rock Easter egg Hunt & Family Picnic
20 April at Ghost Rock Cellar Door in Northdown
Head along the the annual Easter Saturday event at Ghost Rock. Pack a picnic, sample quality wines at the cellar door and, of course, join in on a bunch of Easter activities. Enjoy the Easter egg hunt, jumping castles, balloon artists and live entertainment. 

Getting ready for the Easter egg Hunt. Photo: Ghost Rock Tasmania

International Mural Fest
21-27 April in Mural Park, Sheffield
Watch the public ‘paint-off’ go down in the Town of Murals. International Mural fest kicks off in Sheffield every year on Easter Sunday. The local artists will inspire you with their creativity and downright endurance, often battling unpredictable weather and time constraints. While you’re there, take a ride on the Redwater Creek Railway steam train. 

Sheffield – the ‘Town of Murals’, in Tasmania. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Supplied Courtesy of Kentish Council

The Great Easter Egg Hunt
21 April at the Tailrace Centre, Riverside, Launceston
Swing by Kids Paradise on Easter Sunday for an epic Easter egg hunt and a chance to meet the easter Bunny. Fill your basket with goodies, try your skills at lawn bowls, croquet, bean bag toss and plenty of other Easter-themed activities. Tuck into a gourmet easter BBQ and finish it all off with a scoop of ice-cream. 


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