13 Family-Friendly Easter Traditions to Start This Year


The Everymom’s product selections are curated by the editorial team. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. We only recommend products we genuinely love.

family easter traditions"
family easter traditions
Source: @occasions.byshakira
Source: @occasions.byshakira

Like so many holidays, Easter becomes even more fun to celebrate once you have kids. It’s a special day to get the family together, wear springtime outfits, and engage in even cuter activities. Some families celebrate with their local church community, attend their local Easter day parade, or enjoy an egg-filled brunch. No matter what’s on your agenda, there’s opportunity to make Easter a magical day for you and your kiddos too.

From dyeing eggs and receiving Easter baskets, to fun out-of-the-box ideas, we wanted to gather a list of some fun ways to celebrate this year. If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate Easter as a family, here are 13 ideas to try. 

13 Fun Easter Family Traditions

1. Plant an Easter Garden

Easter and spring go hand in hand, so why not combine the two this holiday by planting a garden full of beautiful and colorful flowers—or seed starting if you live in cooler climates? This could be a great activity for your little ones to get their hands dirty but also learn how to care for another living thing—with the added bonus of fresh flowers you can bring inside.

2. Host an Easter Picnic

Speaking of flower bouquets for tables, hosting an Easter lunch would be the perfect way to celebrate the day and spend some time with extended friends and family. It’s like Friendsgiving in spring! The best part is that it could be done indoors or outdoors and be made into a picnic or sit-down dinner. Anything goes when the weather is awesome!

3. Bake an Easter Treat

If your family has fun in the kitchen, try whipping a up a festive treat to enjoy together. Try your hand at a traditional carrot cake, or get extra creative by making a bunny shape out of cake or cupcakes that you can decorate together. Have too many leftovers? Distribute the goodies throughout your neighborhood or to family members who could use some Easter cheer.

4. Decorate Easter Eggs

We had to include this quintessential Easter activity on our list! Either pick up a kit from Target, or try a simple at-home mix of water, vinegar, and food coloring and dye Easter eggs for a simple, affordable spring tradition. You can even make it more fun by decorating the colored eggs with stickers, markers, or paint.

easter traditions
Source: @tinygirlgang

5. Have a Springtime Photo Shoot

Fall may be dubbed one of the best times of the year for a family photoshoot, but spring shouldn’t be left in dust! Even if you don’t want to book a professional photographer because of a risky weather forecast, you can have a DIY photoshoot that’s as simple as using the timer on your smart phone. Get everyone dressed up, or throw on some festive PJs and snap some memories you’ll look back on year after year.

6. Enjoy an Easter Spa Day

Children of all ages enjoy getting their nails painted. What’s not to like, right? Choose pretty springtime pastels, buy a pack of bunny nail stickers, and enjoy some yummy snacks. You can invite your kiddos’ closest friends and have them all get their desired spa treatment. Just don’t forget those snacks!

7. Have an Easter Movie Night 

Movie nights are always a hit, so after enjoying a full day of fun Easter activities, you can cozy up on the couch as a family and watch your favorite Easter-themed movie. Bonus if you can do it outside with a projector to make it extra fun! You can order some pizza and finish the night off with your kid’s favorite dessert. It’ll be an Easter they’ll never forget!

8. Customize the Easter Egg Hunt

Kids love finding Easter eggs—from the thrill of the hunt to opening the surprise treats inside. But why not create different experiences for different age groups? For the older kids, you can fill eggs with candy or money and make the hunt harder. Babies and toddlers can fill their baskets with easier-to-find eggs filled with small treats like bunny crackers or stickers. Consider color coding eggs for the littlest egg hunters so one child doesn’t get all the eggs. And recruit the older kids to hide the eggs for the little ones so everyone’s involved.

9. Try a Unique Easter Art Project 

You can’t really have a holiday celebration without some arts and crafts, right? The usual Easter activities—like dyeing eggs or doing an egg carton craft—are always fun, but there are so many Easter craft ideas available with a quick search. You can always make up your own, too, since you know your kids best. Maybe you want to host a DIY party where the kids make their own hair bows or friendship bracelets or host a kids version of a “paint and sip” party, where each kid gets their own canvas and paints Easter-related art. If all else fails, you can always involve them in baking an Easter dessert (‘cause who doesn’t love a good treat?)! 

10. Check Out Local Easter Events

Check out any local events the kids may enjoy. Some towns even offer to be the Easter bunny and lay out the eggs overnight on your lawn for a small fee, so you don’t have to do any of the work. Pretty genius, right?! Other cities have “Meet the Bunny” events like meeting Santa, community egg hunts, baby animal petting zoos, and Easter parades. If you’re in the D.C. area, you can even enter the lottery for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Easter traditions
Source: @mrscofieldandco

11. Meet the Easter Bunny

Speaking of Easter events, taking advantage of an Easter Bunny meeting event can be a fun way to get your family out of the house. Or, make it even more personal for your kiddos and rent an Easter bunny costume to have an adult wear at home. They’re sure to feel extra special knowing they got visited by the magical holiday creature.

12. Get Outside and Take a Hike

Easter means springtime, and—hopefully—with spring comes nice weather. If that’s the case in your neck of the woods this year, take advantage of it while getting some exercise as a family by doing a hike on Easter Sunday.

13. Donate to a Bunny Rescue

Bunny rescues have popped up all over the U.S. mostly due to families buying from a breeder or adopting during Easter without knowing how much work bunnies really are. It’s very sad, but luckily these rescues are adamant about protecting bunnies and finding them a forever home. So, in celebration of Easter this year, instead of adopting a bunny, you can visit a rescue with your kiddos so they can get their hugs in without the long term responsibility (Easter always falls on a Sunday, so make a plan when the rescue is open).

Or you can donate to the rescue to make sure they are able to stay open and care for the bunnies they already have and the new ones that will inevitably need new homes this year. Either way, it’s a win! You can find bunny rescues in your area with a quick Google search or visit this rabbit rescue directory to find a rescue in one of over 40 states!

6 Mom-Friendly Easter Outfits to Wear This Year
Read More