Celebrating Easter at Your Home Away From Home

(Photo c/o RealSimple.com)

(Photo c/o RealSimple.com)

Easter is a lovely time of year, signifying renewal, rebirth, and the onset of spring and warmer weather. So if you find yourself away from home this year, worry not – there are plenty of ways to celebrate and the staff at InTown Suites have a few ideas on how to do just that.

Make Easter at your InTown Suite just like any other with the help of these activities and things to do!

Enjoy Easter Egg Fun.

Eggs have long been part of many Easter traditions, and we’re not just talking about the chocolate ones! This year, embrace the tradition and try:

  • Egg Painting – pick up an Easter egg coloring kit at the local grocery store and enjoy hours of fun with the kids, dyeing, colouring and decorating eggs! Get even more adventurous with glitter, stickers, and other decorations. (Be sure to hard boil your eggs and let them cool before dyeing; see full instructions here).
  • An Easter egg hunt - using some of the decorated eggs (and/or some chocolate ones too!), hide the eggs around your InTown Suite or at a safe, outdoor location nearby. Be sure to include a range of hiding spots suitable for the children – some up high, down low, easily visible, and some a little bit more camouflaged.
  • Egg Tapping – the perfect Easter competition! To play, get in teams of two; one person holds their hard-boiled egg and taps the egg of their opponent, trying to crack the opponent’s egg without damaging their own!

Make A Festive Easter Treat.

For many of us, Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without at least one chocolatey treat! There are plenty of great (and simple) recipes out there, but we’ve found one that we especially like, and it requires few ingredients and little prep!

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

At the grocery store, pick up:

  • 1 c peanut butter
  • ¼ unsalted butter
  • 8 oz dark cocoa melting chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ c powdered sugar

Directions

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and 1c powdered sugar over medium heat until completely melted and starting to bubble – stir constantly.

Remove from heat.

Add the remaining sugar in small increments, stirring after each new addition. Set aside and let cool.

Chill dough in the fridge before rolling into eggs.

Using your hands, shape dough into flat ovals. Place the eggs on lined baking sheet, and then put them in the freezer for about an hour until hardened.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating for about 30 seconds and then stirring, repeating the process until smooth.

Using 2 forks, roll each egg into the chocolate and return them to the baking sheet. Once all eggs are coated, return the baking sheet to the freezer for another hour or 2 until completely set.

Store in the freezer until ready to eat. Enjoy!

(Recipe recommended by InTown Suites, courtesy of cakescottage.com).

Try Simple Springtime Activities.

The latest post on the InTown Suites blog was all about things to do this spring, including crafts, activities, and games. For more ideas on how to celebrate Easter this year, check out our ideas for low-cost, simple spring activities for kids!

From everyone here at InTown Suites: Happy Easter!

Simple Spring Activities for Kids

(Photo c/o Crayola.com)

(Photo c/o Crayola.com)

Spring is a great time to break out of the mould and try something new. With better weather upon us, coupled with a sense rebirth and renewal, there’s no better time to get creative.

This week, InTown Suites brings you a few ideas on ways to entertain children this spring. So whether you’re on the road, or staying at one of our many InTown Suites properties, you’ll have just the thing to occupy the kids’ time.

Low-Cost Spring Crafts, Activities & Things to Do

Make a birdfeeder!

This is a great springtime activity the kids will love. Afterward, they’ll be just as excited as they watch the birds come and eat from their feeders! This is a very basic craft that can be done indoors or out, and enjoyed outside or from the window of your suite.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed
  • Knife (butter or plastic)
  • Bowl

Steps:
Using the butter or plastic knife, spread an even layer of peanut butter over each toilet paper roll.

Once coated in peanut butter, roll in a bowl of bird seed until completely covered in seed.

Attach a string to the toilet paper roll and hang it from a tree or patio, or, forget the string and simply stick a tree branch through the roll!

Grow Chia Pets.

(Photo c/o Pinterest.com)

(Photo c/o Pinterest.com)

Chia pets are simple, fun spring crafts that can teach your child a lot about how to nurture and care for something. With a little set-up and TLC, the kids will enjoy taking care of their own project and seeing how it grows!

Supplies:

  • Tights
  • Soil/dirt
  • Grass seeds
  • Googly eyes, felt & pom-poms (to make a face!)
  • Plastic cup or empty yogurt container

Steps:

First, add 2 or 3 generous tablespoons of grass seeds to the bottom of the foot in the tights.

Now add enough soil/dirt to form a ball about the size of a tennis ball or two. Tie the tights close and re-shape into ball form as necessary.

Glue on any facial features you want the chia pet to have, like googly eyes, a pom-pom nose, and a red piece of felt for a mouth.

Place chia pets on top of an empty yogurt container, plastic cup, or planter. Add water (the tights and soil will gradually soak it up). Keep adding water every so often, ensuring that the grass head is moist, but not soaked. Keep in a sunny location.

Within 1 to 2 weeks, your chia pet will have grown a full head of ‘hair’! Let the kids trim the hair and keep watching it grow for the season to come.

Play hopscotch!

A springtime favorite for most children, hopscotch is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy hours of competition and entertainment!

So grab some sidewalk chalk, head outside to the parking lot or a cul-de-sac nearby, and let the games begin! Find out how to play hopscotch.

Make coffee filter butterflies.

(Photo c/o Parenting.com)

(Photo c/o Parenting.com)

On the next rainy day, cozy up in your InTown Suite and take out a few craft supplies to make these simple, beautiful coffee filter butterflies!

Supplies:

  • Coffee filters
  • Watercolor paints
  • Pipe cleaners

Steps:

Open coffee filter on top of newspapers or other painting surface that won’t be damaged by any paint that seeps through the filter.

Begin painting the coffee filter as desired, covering the whole surface or using any design that you like.

Let the filters dry completely (roughly 20 – 30 minutes).

Gather the filter in the middle and pinch the back side to form a small mound in the middle and large tufts of filter on either side (the butterfly’s wings!).

Take the pipe cleaner and fold it in half, sliding it upwards and positioning it so that it is in the center of the coffee filter. Twist a few times to secure, and then curl the tops of the pipe cleaner to form the antennas.

Hang the butterflies up around your suite for you and the family to enjoy!

What are your favorite springtime activities?

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