Easter is just around the corner, and you may be wondering where to take your family for a fun surprise! This year, Easter activities in Switzerland range from molding of chocolate bunnies to an egg hunt in a dinosaur museum!
Here are our top things to do for families in Switzerland on Easter weekend:
Easter at Ballenberg (Brienz, Tu - Mo)
Have you ever dreamed of molding your very own chocolate Easter bunny? This is your chance: From 10 AM - 5 PM every day this Easter, Switzerland's largest open-air museum Ballenberg offers workshops for all ages in their very own chocolate factory!
Rock the Rabbit (Montreux, Th - Mo)
Free open air concerts and entertainment at the Kiosque à musique de la Rouvenaz in Montreux! Pâques en Musique is a four-day Easter festival for all ages - with a tradition of more than 20 years!
There will be pop and rock music, blues, jazz, folk, reggae, country, and funk! What else could you expect of Montreux, the music capital of Switzerland? And for the kids, clowns, storytelling and games.
And the best part? Everything is free of charge!
Naturama (Aarau, Fr - Mo)
The Easter theme at the Naturama museum is straight-forward: Chickens and bunnies! Once per hour, your family gets to interact with the baby bunnies and chicks on site before they are granted some rest. And those of you with enough patience may even witness a chick break out of an egg...
Other Easter activities include a workshop where your kids can create their own bunnies from natural products such as twigs, moss, rocks or nuts. The chocolate bunny molding takes place on Saturday (reservations at 062 832 72 50), but the museum scavenger hunt will be on the entire weekens!
Easter with the Dinos (Sauriermuseum Aathal, Fr - Mo)
Easter is a perfect time to remember that the chickens that provided all those eggs are actually descendants of dinosaurs! Although there will not be any free roaming chickens at the Sauriermuseum in Aathal this Easter, plenty of other activities are sure to captivate your family: For instance, participate in a scavenger hunt through the museum and collect letters to solve a puzzle!
And as a bonus: On Friday and Monday, crafty kids get to build a wooden T-rex skeleton which they can then individually color! Since this personal dino will be some 46 cm tall, the entire family can help in breathing some life into it! A T-rex craft kit is included in the museum admission.
Easter Egg Painting at ZRH Airport (Fr - Su)
Egg painting at the airport (with live guitar music for the adults)! This free afternoon activity could be combined with a visit to the new observation deck B where kids will be sure to embrace the mini airport playground... For those participating in the Easter egg painting workshop, admission to the deck is waived.
The egg paining events take place on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoon at the upperdeck restaurant at Zürich Airport. Spaces are limited, and advance registration is required.
Easter Egg Tapping
Bring your own hard-boiled (!) Easter eggs to one of these unique events! Every year, people from all walks of life meet up on the weekend of Easterwith one common goal in mind: To tap some eggs!
- At Quartierzentrum Aussersihl from 2 - 4 PM
By Steam Train to an Easter Egg Hunt (Zürich, Su)
Bring the whole family and hop on an antique steam train to meet the Easter Bunny! On Easter Sunday, this excursion organized by Radio Zürisee and Zürcher Museums-Bahn will depart from the station at Zürich-Wiedikon to take you all the way to Sihlwald (and back)!
Waiting at the forest are an Easter egg hunt, other surprises, and a quest to find the golden egg... Included in the admission is a return ticket as well as a surprise gift for the kids.
Departure Zürich-Wiedikon: 10:40 AM
Arrival Sihlwald: 11:16 AM
Departure Sihlwald: 1:12 PM
Arrival Zürich-Wiedikon: 1:45 PM
Easter on the Farm (Seegräben/Jona, Su)
Ready, set, go! The two farms by Jucker Farmart will be hiding eggs all around this Easter. Once discovered, kids get to color them at one of the egg painting stations... And while they are at it, children can also participate in the coloring contest with an instant prize!
Easter Egg Painting Workshop at Chillon Castle (Montreux, Su)
In an attempt to hang 2014 eggs on the tree in the Bernese Garden, children will be tasked with coloring eggs on Easter Sunday! This creative workshop is open from 10 AM through 4 PM for kids aged 4 - 12 years.
Living like the Romans: Workshops for Kids (Windisch, Su)
2000 years ago, the Romans had set up camp for their soldiers in Windisch. And on Easter Sunday, activities and workshops will allow families and kids to spend a day with the Romans!
Get hands on by learning how the Romans baked bread. Then, try out what it felt like to wear a uniform or armor, or simply watch the artisans in this living history museum go about their business. This Sunday's highlight will be the craft of smithing, which was vital for Romans to make nails and arrows.
This Easter Sunday with the Romans lasts from 10 AM through 6 PM and is ideal for families with kids aged 6 - 12 years (no reservation required).
Visiting a Traditional Easter Market (Bremgarten, Mo)
Touted as one of Switzerland's biggest Easter markets, the charming old town of Bremgarten has seen this tradition go on for more than 800 years! From 8 AM - 6 PM on Easter Monday, you can expect some 90 merchants selling their Easter themed crafts. Plus, there will be some attractions for the kids.
(Windisch Römer photograph copyright by Museum Aargau/Pascal Meier, Ballenberg photography copyright by Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg, Sihltalbahn photograph copyright by Michael R. Frei, egg tapping photograph copyright by Mano Reichling)