As a family, we love getting out of the house and enjoying all that the great outdoors has to offer. As such, we’ve loved taking on the Joules Let’s Explore Easter challenge to get families and children outside this Easter holiday.
As part of the challenge, Joules have created a list of 25 activities you can try to tick off this Easter. With ideas for the garden, park and by the coast, these activities are designed for little ones with a wild side. They’ll get you camping, climbing a tree, picking strawberries and going on a bug hunt.
I love that some could be completed in your own garden (such as the water fight or bug hunt), some require a trip to the beach (for shell hunting and paddling in the sea), some require special adventures (for strawberry picking or boat tripping), and some are best completed after dark (watching the sun set and looking up at the stars). It goes to show there’s so much we can do during the holidays and it needn’t cost the Earth.
We don’t break up for Easter until Good Friday, but since we love a challenge, we decided to get in on the action this weekend. Here’s what we managed to get up to.
We hit the park
Jay and JD love running, jumping and climbing, so our local parks are their favourite places to visit.
With lungs full of fresh air, they really come alive, and it’s never long before they start daring Mark and I to give the park equipment a go.
Can we climb like they can? No! And this contraption terrifies me – you have to alternately pull on the chains as you swing to almost horizontal – but who was I to say no?
Yeah, that’s about as high as I went. HAHA! But you’re never too old to go on a zip line, right? Nope, but you can be too tall, it turns out.
My feet hit the ground about a third of the way along but still, it was fun! And the kids loved that we were all so involved. I wholly recommend going out of your comfort zone on your next park visit!
We had a (chilly) picnic
We’d planned to have a picnic on the grass, but the day was a little chilly and damp for that.
Not to be deterred, we huddled up on a bench to enjoy our sandwiches.
Eating in the park always feels like a treat and this weekend we burned off oodles of energy so we were particularly ravenous, with the kids digging through the bag to see what treats we’d brought along.
And you don’t even need to make a huge effort. We just picked up sandwiches and sushi from the supermarket on our walk down and it was still great fun.
We hunted for bugs
We’ve been enjoying bug hunts since JD was a toddler, but now that both kids are at primary school, they bring a whole new level of interest to the challenge.
JD is majorly into science, so as we poked around in the undergrowth, he was full of facts and Latin names for the beetles and worms we found, and Miss J was full of questions about how they move and what they eat.
So, no matter what your children’s ages, do give bug hunting a go – there’s lots of fun to be had.
We built dens
We’re quite lucky that our big local park has a wooded area. It’s perfect for exploring, playing games, and den building!
The kids have built dens a few times on our forest breaks, so they’re pretty good at it and got to work at once, hunting out the longest branches to create a main structure, and thinner branches to fill it out.
We didn’t manage build to a proper den this time, but we had fun trying and we’ve planned to keep popping back over the holidays to see if we can add to it. We’re hoping other children from the area might even join in between visits!
Jay scaled a tree
The kids have climbed most of the trees in both of our local parks, but Miss J has never climbed this one before because there are no low branches!
So how did she get up there? Mark helped her walk up the trunk and clamber along the branch. She was really proud to sit up on such a tricky tree. Is there one in your park you could help the kids conquer for the first time?
We loved our weekend at the park and cannot wait for the Easter holidays to start for us so that we can tick off even more activities from the Let’s Explore Easter challenge.
What we wore
Fittingly, the clothes we wore on our adventures are from Joules and we love them. They’re bright, comfortable and great quality. Here’s a close look at what we wore.
I adore my new Navy Langham Ankle Boots – aren’t they special?
They’re crafted from premium leather, and are soft and strokeable with lovely Joules branding on the zip.
They’ve got a little bit of height to the heel, which is flattering, but not so much that I can’t get involved with playing with the kids. They’re super comfortable and I know they’re going to look great with all sorts of dresses too, so I’ll be wearing these a lot this Easter.
With the weather shaping up to be chilly, rainy and even a little snowy this Easter, I’m really glad to have my new Black Allendale Waterproof Parka.
It feels light-weight without any bulk and fits to my shape with the help of a drawstring waist, so I don’t feel swamped in it. The fleece-lined hood is a real treat, and I love that it’s such a great size – it’s my bugbear when hoods are too small to do much good.
The pockets are popper-closing and really generous like you need them to be as a parent. For me, I’d love the sleeves to be a tiny bit longer, but it’s always the case with me and coats – I have really long arms.
Underneath my parka, I’m wearing a Navy Yellow Rose Quinn Jersey Long Sleeve Tunic.
I’m quite long in the body, so I wasn’t sure if this tunic would fit me right, but I’m finding that Joules clothes seem to have a magical ability to look great on everyone!
The rounded neck on this tunic is really flattering, the cut follows my waistline, and the pattern is bright without being overstated – perfect for my taste!
And finally, I paired the tunic with Dark Indigo Monroe Skinny Jeans.
I live in skinny jeans and if you do too, you’ll know that finding a great pair isn’t easy.
Some look great but feel like they’re cutting off the blood supply to your feet. Some give too much at the waist. Some are too short, some form bands across your inner knee and make you look like a sausage. But when you find a good pair, it’s a game-changer.
Joules jeans only come in one length, and as I’m 5ft 8, I was worried they’d be too short on me, but no, again Joules seem to have made magic jeans that fit a variety of leg lengths.
And they are soft and gorgeous to wear. They hold you in, but they don’t squash you in. They fit all your curves, but they’re super stretchy so you don’t have to fight to get them on.
I love them in this dark blue as it means I’ll be able to pair them with casual looks and dress them up. They’re an absolute winner and I’m going to be ordering more pairs in different colours and pretty much throwing my other jeans out.
Miss J and I have a very similar taste in clothes and we both love a Joules stripe, so I was delighted to spot this Margate Floral Loralie Long Sleeved Dress in the kids collection.
It’s a soft-washed, wide-flaring, trapeze shape summer dress that is going to be a staple in her wardrobe this spring-summer. It’s long sleeved – great for the unpredictable weather, with a wide dark blue and white stripe and a delicate floral print. She loves it.
Since J’s outfit is mostly blue, we thought we’d go for a pop of pink with some Parisian Pink Emilia Jersey Leggings.
Leggings are Jay’s trouser of choice since they’re flexible, comfy and lightweight. We went for a slightly larger size on her as she grows like crazy over the warmer months and this should ensure they’re still a good fit by the end of the summer.
Now, Jay is a girl who likes to get muddy, but also loves to climb, so these French Navy Wellibob Ankle Wellies are perfect for days at the park, as they protect her feet from the elements, but don’t restrict her from getting involved on the park equipment.
They have plenty of grip, are easy for her to slip on and off, feel surprisingly light despite being made from hard wearing rubber, and don’t you love the blue/pink contrast detail?
And finally, she’s wearing a French Navy Coast Waterproof Jacket, with striped lines in the hood and with plenty of gorgeous detail.
The coat does up with poppers and zips, so no fiddly buttons or toggles for little hands, it’s waterproof, jersey-lined for warmth and frankly makes her look like a mini me!
JD is a tweenager and has starter to lean towards darker clothing, so it was great to see him embrace some spring colour with this Blue Stripe Buckley Jersey Top.
The broad stripes make for a great look that isn’t too ‘young’ for him, and I really like the subtle strip of yellow at the hems. JD is really starting to broaden out at the shoulders and I think the jersey looks great on him.
It’s paired with Ted Denim Jeans, which are slim-fitting with turned up hems.
They’re washed for a vintage look with contrast stitching and fit well. JD is really pleased with them.
And finally, with a chill in the air, JD looked super cool in this Black Barnham Wax Style Jacket.
It’s a well-fitting, warm and waterproof jacket that feels as good quality as it looks. We also like the extra details such as the metal poppers, stitched shoulders and stand collar.
All in all, we’re well kitted out to enjoy an unforgettable Easter.
I hope you have a brilliant time too. Don’t forget to download the Joules Let’s Explore Easter guide and take on the challenge for lots of outdoor fun.
This is a commissioned post for Joules.