If you have a lot of kids in your homeowners association, consider planning some activities for them this Easter. Don’t know where to start? Here are the best HOA Easter activities for kids.
Fun HOA Easter Activities for Kids to Enjoy
When planning social events for any HOA community, it is important to consider the demographic. Communities with a mostly young adult membership, for instance, may see a higher turnout at events that emphasize the social aspect, such as parties and brunches. On the other hand, communities with a largely older membership will find that senior-friendly activities work better.
For communities consisting mostly of families with kids, kid-friendly activities are best utilized. And when better to utilize them than on Easter, a day commonly associated with family fun? This April 17, plan a memorable afternoon with these kid Easter activities in a community.
1. Hunt for Easter Eggs
When it comes to community Easter activities for kids, an Easter egg hunt is an unrivaled classic. Host a community-wide Easter egg hunt by turning your neighborhood into an egg-hunting ground.
Before the Event
To organize the best Easter egg hunt, make preparations ahead of time. Advertise the event weeks before the event so that parents can mark their calendars. This will also give you a chance to estimate how many kids will be participating. From that number, you can get an idea of how many eggs you have to prepare. Allow about 10 to 15 eggs per kid. You can purchase plastic eggs or ask each household to donate a few.
You will need a large enough venue to accommodate everyone, so your community clubhouse or any outdoor space will work. If you don’t have private streets, you may need to request permission from your local government to close the streets for a few hours.
While a lot of people use real eggs for their hunts, it is a good idea to opt for plastic eggs instead. Plastic eggs are reusable and aren’t susceptible to spoilage. They are also less messy to handle. Prepare your plastic eggs by stuffing them with candies and toys. This way, everyone gets a prize even if they don’t collect the most eggs. Just be wary of small toys that can become choking hazards.
During the Event
Then, on the day itself, hide the eggs before everyone shows up. If you have kids with wide age gaps participating, consider sectioning off areas for bigger kids and other areas for smaller kids. This way, the bigger kids don’t unintentionally hurt the smaller ones while searching for eggs. It is also wise to post adults at every part of the venue to keep an eye on the children. While parents are encouraged to watch over their kids, they should not help them look for eggs (unless they are under 3 years old or have special needs).
For an activity that encourages kids to tap into their creative side, set up a decorating booth. Here, kids can decorate cookies with icing and paint Easter eggs. When painting Easter eggs, though, make sure to use a food-grade dye. It is also best to hardboil the eggs before painting them for a cleaner and safer experience.
If cookies and eggs aren’t enough, try decorating the clubhouse. Hand out pieces of colorful paper to everyone and lay out coloring materials on a table. Then, ask kids to draw what Easter means to them or anything Easter-related. After each kid finishes drawing, hang their work of art around the clubhouse. Take pictures and let the decorations stay there for a while before you remove them.
3. Dress Up for Easter
Dressing kids up for Easter gives parents a chance to see their little ones in cute costumes. For this, ask kids to put on Easter-themed costumes like Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, and carrots. Then, they can parade around the neighborhood for everyone to adore. At the end of the parade, you can pick a winner and give them a prize.
4. Play Lots of Games
Why settle for one when you can plan lots of HOA Easter activities for kids? Planning a game day is the perfect way to celebrate Easter and bring families (and neighbors) together.
To pull this off, you will need a large venue, preferably somewhere outdoors. Consider setting up a snack bar, too, where attendees can munch on some snacks and refresh themselves with cold drinks. You can break the kids into teams, with the winning team enjoying a nice prize at the end. Alternatively, if you don’t want to create competition, everyone can just play games for the fun of it.
Aside from an Easter egg hunt, popular Easter games include:
- Egg-and-spoon race
- Egg relay race
- Bunny hop sack race
As with any activity with kids, adult supervision is paramount.
5. Take a Whack at a Piñata
For a little something more conventional, plan a piñata party. You can order Easter-themed piñatas online or make one on your own. Fill the piñata with candies, toys, and stickers. For toys, make sure they are age-appropriate and not too small to become choking hazards.
At the party, serve Easter-themed snacks, such as egg dishes and peeps. Then, for the main event, each kid can take a shot at hitting the piñata until it breaks and releases all the goodies. Some pushing and scratching may occur, so make sure to have adults always on standby.
6. Watch Some Movies
Not everything needs active participation. For a budget-friendly activity, organize a community movie marathon at your clubhouse. Show kid-friendly movies and have a snack bar nearby. Some good movies (that also fit the theme) include “Rise of the Guardians,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “Zootopia,” “Peter Rabbit,” and “The Prince of Egypt.”
7. Go on a Nature Walk
If you want something that brings the kids outdoors without all the prep work, try planning a nature walk. This works best if your community is located near hiking trails or has walking paths inside. While touring the great outdoors, teach kids about nature and animals. You can also make the event extra special by asking parents to pack a picnic lunch.
Pick of the Litter
As you can see, there are several HOA Easter activities for kids you can plan. And while some of them take quite a bit of preparation, others only require a few things. Make sure to choose the one that best suits your community’s budget and age range.
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