Autism-Friendly Easter Egg Hunts, London, 2022

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We have lots of things booked in for this Easter break- feels a bit like making up for lost time – and we’re looking forward to days out, beach trips, Easter egg hunts and lots more…

This is a quick roundup of the Easter egg hunts that we’ll be doing in the next few weeks. We have done them before and they’re our tried and tested favourites.

At Easter time there are countless hunts to choose from, from a DIY hunt in the park to a large central venue. With Eden’s sensory needs, large, crowded spaces don’t work for us. Eden is in his element in the outdoors where he can walk barefoot on the grass, keep away from people and eat whatever he chooses from the picnic hamper. For these reasons we stick to nature themed, outdoorsy hunts. These are our faves…

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace, 2-18 April 2022

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace

The bunny hunt also takes place at Kensington Palace. We prefer Hampton Court as we combine it with playtime and a picnic in the Magic Garden. The hunt is included in the ticket price – free for members- and takes around 1.5 hours. It is a nice walk around the grounds, the palace grounds are big enough to spread out and not feel too crowded and there is disabled parking on site. And the end of the trail, children collect a small (10g) Lindt bunny as their reward.

If you’re planning to visit the Magic Garden, take a change of clothes as there are water fountains and, whatever the weather, the kids all end up getting soaked!

National Trust Easter Egg Hunt, Nationwide, dates vary between 2 and 18 April 2022

National Trust days out. Picnics and play with friends.

There are so many beautiful houses and gardens to choose from and, as National Trust members, we have visited lots. The National Trust has ended its partnership with Cadbury but still offer a nature-themed trail that ends with a Fairtrade choccy reward! Admission applies (members enter and park for free) and the trail is £3 per person.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Trail at Kew Gardens, 2-18 April 2022

Last year’s Beano trail at Kew Gardens (2021)

Maybe one for younger visitors but we always enjoy the trails at Kew (Eden’s favourite place in the world!) as it’s a good focus for a nice long walk followed by a picnic and a play in the Children’s Garden. Disabled children and their siblings don’t need to book a time slot, speak to the staff on the gate and they will give you a different wrist band. The trail is included in the entry price but there is no cocolate treat at the end! Be warned! Maybe take your own chocolate egg if your child will expect a reward. Members go free.

The same trail is also running at Wakehurst in Sussex. Wakehurst is a lovely day out but not nearly as big, or impressive, as Kew Gardens.

Whatever you do this Easter, enjoy it!

Amy x

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