Planning an Easter celebration for children under the age of 12 is a piece of cake. Planning one that involves tweens and teens, on the other hand, can be slightly more challenging. When Easter baskets, colouring pages, and chocolate rabbits are no longer doing the trick, parents need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to keeping young adults entertained at this year’s family Easter festivities.
Thankfully, we’re here to help! Here are 6 alternatives to Easter egg hunts for hard-to-please teenagers!
- Choose Age-Appropriate Gifts
Buying gifts is a hard task in itself, let alone when it involves choosing something for picky tweens and teenagers. So, what exactly does one pick for a young adult who is past the point of being impressed by a stuffed animal or colouring book? Well, we’ve put our “cool” hats on and have done a little research.
Some of the best Easter gift ideas for teens include bath bombs, scented soaps/candles, Easter themed make-up palettes, Lego sets and sweet treats like chocolate or dessert gift boxes. One thing to definitely avoid when shopping for teens is clothing – you probably have no idea about current fashion trends in the world of teenagers, and the last thing you want is for your teen to feel embarrassed at mum and dad’s uncool fashion picks.
- Involve Them In The Process
Now that your children are a little older, why not involve them in the party planning process? The best way to keep teens and tweens interested in the festivities is to ensure that they feel heard and involved. Putting the young adults in charge of sourcing and putting up decorations is a great way to make them feel like they are contributing to the festivities in their own way.
Let them lead the home and table decorating activities – coming up with fun ideas and games, researching costs, conferring with you and then making the decorations happen on the event day. Not only will your teens feel included, but they’ll also get to learn some valuable planning and organisational skills that they’ll be able to retain and develop throughout their young adulthood.
- Plan Teen-Friendly Activities
Although they want to be recognised as mature and independent, teens and tweens are still kids at heart, so don’t forget to plan some activities that are especially catering to them. A great idea is to plan a slightly more grown-up version of a scavenger hunt – make it a little more interesting by writing tricky riddles, including fun prizes, and setting a time limit on the hunt for an added challenge. You could even really ramp things up by getting their beloved smartphones involved. Give kids a series of GPS coordinates and allow them to use their phones to search for their prizes.
Tip: To acquire GPS coordinates, type the name or address of a location into Google Maps, right-click on the pin, select ‘What’s here?’ and the coordinates will be provided.
- Extend The Invite To Friends
It comes as no surprise that teenagers have a stronger desire to spend the majority of their time around other teens. If you’re going to be spending an entire day trying to get your teenagers involved, you need to figure out a way to hack the teenage brain. One of the best ways to ensure that your teenager enjoys your planned Easter celebrations is to get their friends involved.
Adolescents are highly social creatures, and giving your tween or teen the chance to spend time with peers is always a good idea. This is also a fantastic way of creating a stronger bond and trust between you and your child, which will prove to be incredibly beneficial as they grow into mature young adults of their own.
- Get Them Cooking
If you don’t already have your teens helping out in the kitchen, now is the time to get the ball rolling! Preparing big holiday meals on your own can be an incredibly stressful task, so why not put those extra hands to use? Getting the kids involved in making holiday meals and treats is also a great way of helping them to recognise themselves as a part of a family that works together. We recommend allowing your teen to exercise their independence by letting them choose a few dishes or desserts of their own. They’re bound to love the end product and they’ll also feel incredibly proud of their achievements – a win-win situation for all!
- Give Them Space
Last but not least, remember to give your kids some space. While young children love being smothered in kisses and cuddles all day long, the same cannot be said when it comes to teens and tweens. Always ensure that your kids and their friends are supervised, but don’t go overboard with it. Allow your kids the freedom to express themselves, and give them the gift of space and independence this coming Easter.
Navigating Easter celebrations can be slightly complicated when there are teens and tweens involved, but we hope that this article has given you a few new ideas on how you can successfully celebrate the upcoming holidays with adolescents. We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Easter in 2022.