Easter for car enthusiasts… Yep, it’s true.
Car based ideas for Easter from Logbook Loans…
So what are your plans for Easter? They are most probably uncertain. Whatever you were planning to do is likely to have changed over recent weeks, and even now it is difficult to plan ahead because we don’t really know what will be happening.
If you were planning to go out and about in your car this may not now be possible. So, as a car enthusiast, what can you do with the family instead this Easter that will be fun for everyone?
Here are some ideas that may work:
Car Easter Egg hunt
Everyone loves an Easter Egg hunt! Especially if you give it a car-related twist. There are various ways you can do this.
For younger children, simply hide toy cars all around the home and garden. Each car can either contain a small egg or some kind of token that they can collect, which can then be exchanged for an Easter Egg at the end.
For older children, you can give them a starting clue which leads to a hidden car with another clue, and so on until they reach the Easter Egg. You can make this more complicated by having more than one chain of clues running at the same time, so that everyone gets a chance.
Car racing games
As well as Easter Egg hunts there are various other car-related games, depending on the age of the children.
Everyone loves a race, so that’s a good place to start. Very young children will be happy to have a race in large toy cars, whereas slightly older children could race small toy cars round a purpose built track – such as Hot Wheels – or a homemade version. Or if you have any version of Scalextric then now might be the time to give it an airing.
Then there are also a whole host of digital car racing games available. Whether you are using a computer or Playstation or XBox, one or more of the following should work for you:
- Burnout Paradise Remastered
- Forza Horizon 4
- Grand Turismo Sport
- Horizon Chase Turbo
- Need for Speed Heat
- Project Cars 2
- Ridge Racer Unbound
- Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed
- Split Second
Build a car
Kids of all ages love to build cars! Depending on the age and ability of the participants there are many things you could try.
Younger children will enjoy building cars using simple Lego or Mega blox, and slightly older children could be given more complex Lego models to make also use Meccano. You may also want to look into radio controlled cars, some of which provide the opportunity to build as well as then race the car.
Everyone loves a good film, and there are many family films around that feature cars. Here are some of our favourites that might keep everyone entertained this Easter:
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
This much-loved fantasy musical features Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts – an eccentric inventor struggling to make money for his family. He buys a rusty old car and miraculously transforms it into a magic machine that can fly, float, and think for itself. The car is named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the film tells the story of its adventures trying to rescue Grandpa Potts, who has been kidnapped. A must-watch for all the family!
Owen Wilson stars in this animated Disney film as the voice of Lightning McQueen. His aim is to race his red stock car and win the coveted Piston Cup. The film shows Lightning racing against two legendary race cars driven by The King and Chick Hicks. Lightning is derailed when he accidentally damages the road of a small town called Radiator Springs and is sentenced to community service to repair it. The film has a happy ending but not what you might have expected.
- The Love Bug / Herbie movies
Herbie is one of the best loved film cars ever. The little VW Beetle originally appeared on our screens in Love Bug in 1968, and there have since been four more Herbie movies: Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas and Herbie Fully Loaded. In Love Bug, Herbie helps his owner Jim win not only car races but also the heart of a local car mechanic Carole.
- Rat Race
This fun family film features a whole array of fabulous American cars, including a 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado, 1992 Cadillac Seville, 1993 Chevrolet Caprice, 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue, 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible and a custom made Monster Truck.
The plot revolves around an eccentric casino owner (John Cleese) who offers six lucky customers (including Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg and Cuba Gooding Junior) the opportunity to participate in a race to win $2 million located in a storage locker in New Mexico.
- The Italian Job
This is a great film to watch with slightly older children. The film begins with the theft of $35 million in gold bars and soon descends into a mire of double-crossing and revenge. The highlight of the film is a long car chase sequence featuring a Mini Cooper and filmed in spectacular scenery in and around Turin. Exciting film with a stellar cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron and Donald Sutherland.
We hope that the above ideas help to brighten your Easter and keep every car enthusiast in the family happy!
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