Us Brits get a lovely long bank holiday weekend for Easter, four days of freedom away from work! What to do with all this time? Why not celebrate with something boardgame related? Here are a few ideas for all the family to enjoy.
1. Visit a Boardgame Cafe
From Thirsty Meeples in Oxford to Sugar and Dice in Liverpool and many more around the UK, it really is worth checking out your local boardgame cafe. Meet up with friends, enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink whilst having fun playing boardgames. The great thing is, you can try out some games you are thinking of buying without spending lots of pennies. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, so they will help you get started with new games and recommend other games for you to play.
Mike and I will be checking out our local boardgame cafe Chance & Counters in Bristol this Easter, say hello if you spot us, will be lovely to see you!
For a map of boardgame cafes around the UK click here – map
2. Watch a Boardgame Themed Movie
There are more than you think and not just for kids . . .
Jumanji – 1995 / PG, who can resist a Robin Williams classic? Loved this film as a kid and still enjoy it now. I have never wanted to play this game though, stampeding animals, giant bugs, bleguh, no thank you! Added bonus, there is going to be a brand new Jumanji film released this Christmas.
Zathura – 2005 / PG, the forgotten space themed squeal to Jumanji. We purchased this on Amazon only for it to pop up on Netflix the week after, typical!! It may not be a strong as Jumanji but a great watch none the less. The effects still stand up if you don’t look too close. Added bonus you get to see a cute young Josh Hutcherson. And Kristen Stewart actually acts a bit.
Battleship – 2012 / PG13, the big action and big budget film no one really liked at the time. I will admit it was a bit cheesy and over the top, but it could have been so much worse. Along the same lines of the Transformers movies there is a lot of CGI and not a lot of thought to a storyline! Set your expectations low and you will be pleasantly surprised by this film. Added bonus, whether you liked this film or not check out Down Periscope (1996 / PG13) it has a similar cat and mouse storyline with tongue in cheek humor guaranteed to make you giggle, Mike and I love this film.
Real Steal – 2011 / PG13, I have no idea about this film as I have never seen it. I always thought Pacific Rim (2013 – PG13) was based on the game Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. It was only when I mentioned it for this post that Mike pointed out Real Steel was based on that game! oops.
Clue – 1985 PG, this is an absurd film and will keep you laughing at how silly it is all the way to the end. Although a PG I would only recommend this film to adults, it is a bit heavy for kids. If nothing else it should wet your appetite to host a murder mystery evening yourself, they are great fun. We hosted one a few years ago, it was great to dress up and figure out who dun it. (it was me, I felt so bad!!)
3. Bake a boardgame themed treat
I made these easy peasy dice cookies.
If you want to have a go I have included the recipe to download.
You will also need a square cookie cutter and a piping bag for the icing.
4. Mini Game Marathon
After a lovely Sunday lunch why not spend some more time with the family? Play 9 small games back to back for an afternoon games marathon – complete with a mini trophy for the winner! We will be playing a mini game marathon this Easter, here are the games we have chosen –
Share a picture on social media with us if you do this – we would love to see you playing games. 😀
The trophy we made was super simple. We used a glue gun to stick a dice and meeple to a milk bottle lid. Then painted it with a white base coat. Once that was dry we sprayed it with a funky gold paint.
5. Play an Easter themed Boardgame!
Dancing Eggs – The newest edition to our collection. We are super excited to play this with family over the Easter break.
“Who will be able to grasp the most eggs thus scoring a lot of points? Only the one who can firmly clasp the most eggs in the most unlikely positions will have, at the end of the game, a chance of winning. But it is not so easy as the eggs bounce wickedly about and may also change owner… and as soon as somebody drops one of their eggs, the game is over.” – Haba
Killer Bunnies – This game may not get a lot of love in our house! Yet some people adore it and play it all the time. Either way, it has bunnies, so that equals an Easter game right?
“Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot is a fast-paced, action-filled card game, in which you must try to keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies. The problem: Your opponents are armed with weapons and will stop at nothing to keep you from winning the game, which can get dreadfully vengeful, horribly nasty, hilariously messy, and just plain fun!” – KillerBunnies.com
Munchkin Easter Eggs – Hands up, who likes a cut thought card game with plenty of action. If you like any version of Munchkin you can add these cards for extra mayhem.
“It’s Easter, and you know what that means — Bunnies! Kill them and take their sweet, sweet candy! Wear your Sundae Dress and Bunny Slippers while you fight Peter Cottonmouth and Little Bunny ‘Thulhu! Just don’t eat the Fake Grass . . . This is an expansion for Munchkin. It is not a stand-alone game”- SJGames
Dixit – We do not have this game. We decided around the time this game came out we only wanted games that could be played with just the two of us. So it was with sadness that we left this 3 player + game in the shops. It gets a lot of great reviews and is apparently a great game for encouraging children’s imagination. Perfect for a school holiday game. It also has bunny meeple tokens to track scores, hence why we included it in this list 🐰🐰🐰
“Dixit is the classic, simple, lighthearted game of storytelling and guesswork where your imagination unlocks the tale. Winner of the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award, Dixit invites you to use the gorgous, imaginative artwork on the cards to tell brief stories. Each round, one player selects a card from his or her hand, thinks up a sentence, and plays the card facedown, telling the others the sentence conjured by the card. The other players all choose cards that they think match that sentence and play them facedown. The cards are shuffled and then revealed. Players secretly vote for the card that best matches the narrator’s story, and player whose cards are chosen score a number of points. Of course, the real victory in Dixit is not in amassing points, but in sharing a creative experience with your family and friends.” – Asmodee
Eggs and Empires – We have no idea about this game only that it was on a Board Game Geek Easter Games forum! It has eggs in the title so it deserves a place on this list.
“A fast-playing card game, outwit your opponents to collect as many Dragon Eggs as possible! Players use matching decks of Empire Cards that contain Adventurers numbered 1-10. On each turn, all players will select one card from their hand and play it simultaneously in an attempt to collect Good Eggs that are worth VP while avoiding the nasty Exploding Eggs that lose VP!
Typically, the player who played the highest Adventurer chooses an Egg first, then the player with the second highest Adventurer picks an Egg, and so on until all revealed Eggs are collected. Ah, but it’s not that simple! Each Adventurer has a unique power that can affect the order in which Eggs are selected. The powers interact in strategic and awesome ways so that every hand is exciting and different. Just make sure to stay away from those wicked exploding eggs!” – Eagle-Gryphon Games
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Reference Pig Time!
As a thank you for reading our Easter activities post, here is a picture of our Guinea Pigs #scampiandbudbuds
Buddy and Scampi hope you have a great Easter and eat plenty of chocolate. They will be tucking into their faves – fresh strawberry tops and basil leaves as they cannot have chocolate. Now, we happen to have a rabbit, called Pickle. He is a bit of a menace and would not sit still for a photo with props around him. So the second best thing was to make pipe cleaner bunny ears for the piggies 😂 #cutiepies