Celebrating Easter at Home Find out how you can make the best of staying in for Easter. by Team Onlia No Place Like Home Apr 09, 2020 3 min read SHARE A spring long weekend is always welcome, even if we can’t get out and spend it with extended family and friends. This weekend, whether you’re expecting a visit from a certain furry bunny, or just want to take time to enjoy the changing weather, take some time to make weekend plans for the whole family. We’ve got a few ideas to kick it up a notch, and celebrate spring this weekend. Fun for kids Kids around the world have been relieved to hear that the Easter Bunny has been given an essential service designation, ensuring that the festivities can carry on. From New Zealand to Ontario, governments have recognized the important role the floppy-eared fellow plays, and made it official. Recognizing that social distancing puts a new spin on an Easter egg hunt, communities are adopting their own version of the search. New Zealand’s Prime Minister has invited all children to colour their own Easter egg drawing and post it in a window so that families can take a weekend walk, searching for their favourites. Other communities have taken this idea and made it their own, posting artwork of flowers or stuffed teddy bears in their windows. Want to bring this to your street? Parents, organize your community Facebook groups or email lists to create your own neighbourhood hunt, share a few colouring page ideas, and set a time for the hunt to begin. Take some photos of the Easter eggs your family spots along the way and share them with us – we’d love to see them! Treats, sweets, and everything nice If you’re dying Easter eggs, make sure you have clean eggs that have been stored in the refrigerator. Hard boil them before getting creative, and be sure to use food-safe dye if you want to eat them afterwards. If chocolate and candy are more your speed, always make sure to double-check on any allergy concerns (nuts, dairy, soy are some common allergens) before handing them out to kids. If you’re concerned, it’s better safe than sorry – just shelve the sweets. With small children, it’s important to watch out for choking hazards, whether it’s a surprise in an Easter basket, decorations, or food item. The Canadian Paediatric Society warns that any household item that can pass through an empty toilet paper roll is a choking hazard for kids. LIKE THIS ARTICLE? Subscribe & get more from Onlia Sign up for our newsletter and get our best stories delivered to your inbox. I agree to receive newsletters and special offers from Onlia, and understand that I can unsubscribe whenever I want. Thanks! You’ll hear from us soon. Hmm, something went wrong. Please try again later, or contact us for help. Sorry! Email me Prep a feast, safely With the extra time this long weekend brings, try your hand at some new recipes or a special dinner. Crank up our Spring Clean playlist and prep your kitchen for your culinary creations, doing a once over to make sure you are ready to go. Before you start preheating the oven, check out these quick safety tips to ensure a safe (and delicious) feast: Keep your cooking surfaces, including stove hoods, clean and free of grease build up – a major fire hazard. Corral other potentially flammable kitchen supplies, like dish rags and utensils far away from cooking surfaces. Turn pot handles away from the edge of the stove to avoid knocking them down when they’re hot and fully loaded. This also ensures that children can’t grab onto a hot pan and tip scalding liquids out. Inspect all appliances to make sure the cords are in good shape, and that there’s no fraying or cracking. While you’re at it, unplug them when you’re not using them, and make sure they’re stored away from curious kids. Secure hazards away from kids, such as matches, cleaning supplies, and sharp objects. Cuff sleeves and other loose clothing, as it can brush up against an element, potentially catching fire. If your clothing does light up, stop, drop, and roll immediately. Check your fire extinguisher (because you do have one in your kitchen, right?) and ensure it’s rated for kitchen use. It doesn’t hurt to brush up on how to use it, while you’re at it. Test your smoke alarm to ensure the batteries are still in working order. Know how to stop a fire in its tracks; if a pot does catch fire, smother it with a tight-fitting lid. Using water to extinguish or moving the pot, won’t help, but the lid will starve the fire of oxygen, effectively putting it out.