It’s one week until Easter and my kids are currently crashed out in bed, dreaming of chocolate eggs and cuddling some brand new soft toys. Because this morning we had breakfast with the Easter bunny!
The event was held at a place we love to visit – Woodlands Garden Centre in Stapleton, Leicester. It is a Wyevale Garden Centre and you could literally spend hours there! Restaurant, soft play, coffee bar, garden centre, fish, toy shops, book shops, shoe shops, clothes shops, candles and keepsakes and an amazing deli!
We arrived at 8.50am and were greeted at the door by the Easter Bunny much to the children’s delight!
High fives all round and we were then directed to the restaurant where we were met by The Mad Hatter. There was also a member of staff dressed as Alice in Wonderland and the rest of the staff had bunny ears and whiskers drawn on!
When we walked into the room, I can honestly say it far exceeded any expectations I had – the tables were set with place settings for the children consisting of activity sheets, biscuits to decorate (gluten free – not that we needed this but a thoughtful little touch that means people don’t miss out), crackers (much to the Big One’s delight) and balloons. There was also an amazing table set up as the Mad Hatter’s tea party which was stunning!
The children got stuck into their activity sheets and biscuit decorating whilst we enjoyed tea and coffee (this was ongoing throughout the morning – much needed after I managed to book it for the day the clocks went forward meaning we had to get up and dressed and at the garden centre by, effectively, 7.45am!) The children were just desperate for the Easter Bunny to come in but he was, of course, greeting lots of other children at the door.
Once everyone had arrived, The Mad Hatter (who is the emcee of the whole gig and is brilliant!) did all the housekeeping stuff and told us it was time for breakfast. The children could choose from a hot buffet (perfect as our kids tend to like something one day and then hate it the next – so not having to pre-book their exact meal choice was great!) whilst the adult’s choices were served at the table. There were choices of cooked breakfast or croissant – perfect combo for me and the Mr who have totally different breakfast preferences.
Whilst we were eating, the Easter Bunny arrived and mingled with the children – the Little One loved him and watched him all around the room, giving him his best smile and bunny ears actions to encourage him to come back for more high fives and handshakes!
After food it was time for dancing and games. This made it feel like much more than just a meal and more like a big party – dancing to Superman and the Music Man with the Easter Bunny! We played a couple of games including an egg and spoon race with hard boiled eggs which was great fun and the kids had a brilliant time.
Following the egg and spoon race where everyone was a winner, we went on a bunny hunt. We had sheets and bags and we had to search for bunny facts around the garden centre. We all went together, following the Mad Hatter, and at each fact, the children got a sticker for their sheet and a chocolate egg to collect in their bag. Our kids love a treasure hunt so this was one of their favourite parts.
We got back to the room where the Easter Bunny was waiting at the tea party table. ‘Alice’ and the Mad Hatter did a little song and the kids sat mesmerised! And then, as if they hadn’t had enough fun, the Mad Hatter revealed a table full of cuddly toys! The children could pick any one (from four different choices) they liked! The kids eyes were wide with excitement. Of course, there were plenty of photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and the other characters and then, to top the whole thing off, the children could go into the soft play area before it was opened to the rest of the customers!
I can’t say how brilliantly organised the whole thing was, how enthusiastic the staff were (considering they’d lost an hour’s sleep the night before too!) and how jam packed full of activities and fun the whole morning was. It was way beyond what I expected and the kids had the best time!
Woodlands Garden Centre do similar events for Halloween and Christmas – we are definitely going to book these. If their Breakfast with Santa is anything like this then we will be in for a treat! That particular event is so popular that you can book from September – and I can see why. I’m following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so that I know as soon as I can book! You can follow them too by clicking on the appropriate social media links above.
If breakfast doesn’t suit, you can have tea with the Easter Bunny (and Santa once it’s Christmas season). It costs £10.95 per child which is fantastic value considering they get a cooked breakfast, limitless drinks, soft play, five chocolate eggs, a cuddly toy, a biscuit and the experience itself! An adult’s cooked breakfast costs £8.50 and the croissant breakfast costs £5 – both these include unlimited tea or coffee.
I can’t recommend this event enough to anyone with young children. It was so well run and everything was of a really high quality. Like I say, we will be returning for Halloween and for Breakfast/Tea with Santa without a doubt – if for no other reason than to see these huge smiles on our children’s faces again!
I was invited to attend this event free of charge in exchange for an open and honest review. All opinions and photos are my own – and I really cannot stress how brilliant it was! Thank you Woodlands!