April school holidays: Easter activities

The big bunny's on his way, and Melbourne's putting on festivals, feasts and egg hunts to celebrate

Rye Kids Festival

There's nowhere better than the sunny Rye foreshore to spend a weekend of Easter family fun. The Rye Easter Carnival is open for the majority of the school holidays, but from Good Friday through to Easter Monday, it will team up with the newly-opened nearby Boneo Maze for some extra-special kids activities. Spend Easter Sunday morning watching a performance of the whimsical Pocketful of Joy, then get stuck into an Easter egg hunt. Rye.

Peter Rabbit Easter event at Dymocks

In the sugary haze of Easter chocolate feasts, it's refreshing that some literary-minded folk still pay homage to the original famous rabbit – Peter. Children will have the chance to meet Peter Rabbit and participate in a morning of storytelling, craft activities and games. And yes, there will be an Easter egg hunt. Melbourne.

Peninsula Family Easter Picnic

Joining celebrated children's performer Jimmy Giggle will be live shows from Cat in the Hat, Bananas in Pyjamas and Spot. No Easter picnic would be complete without an egg hunt, and rest assured that this hunt for Cadbury eggs will be suitably epic. Once you and the little ones are full of sugar, unleash your energy on free activities including egg and spoon races and rides. Mornington.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Easter activites

Just one hour from Melbourne is a wonderland of artisan chocolate and sweeping pastoral views. From Good Friday to Easter Monday, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is celebrating chocolate's biggest weekend by inviting kids to participate in egg hunts and chocolate tastings. Hunts will take place at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm and will be supervised Easter Bunny himself. Yarra Glen.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic

Epic egg hunts, pony rides, face painting and the Easter Bunny himself await you at this well-loved yearly picnic, supporting the Good Friday Appeal. Last year, 7,500 families came along, so book early to guarantee your spot. Werribee South.

Luna Park Easter egg hunt

Kids will be grinning wider than the Luna Park gateway at this free day of Easter good times. The fourth annual egg hunt will take place on Easter Sunday at 11am, and the Easter Bunny and his stilt-walker friends will be there to help little ones. Our tip: don't eat all your eggs immediately. You'll thank us when you jump onto the fast-spinning Sizzler ride, making its debut at the park. St Kilda.

Caulfield Racecourse Easter egg hunt

In this king-size Easter egg hunt, thousands of eggs will be waiting in secret places all over the racecourse for children to collect in little red buckets. Entry costs $5, which will be donated to Zaidee Rainbow Foundation – a charity dedicated to raising awareness of organ and tissue donation. Hunts are staggered throughout the day according to age. Caulfield East.

Easter Sunday breakfast at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Admit it: breakfast on Easter morning consists of several blocks of chocolate, a couple of giant eggs and the ears bitten off a chocolate bunny. If you're hoping to break the cycle this Easter, then head over to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium for breakfast. Don't worry, you won't be eating the fish: they’'ll be offering a full seasonal breakfast spread (including pancakes for the kids) as well as art activities, a full day's entry to the Aquarium and of course, plenty of chocolate. Melbourne

First published on 3 Apr 2014. Updated on 28 Apr 2014.

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