This weekend we want to help you pause, catch your breath after a busy start to the year and enjoy some time with the ones you love.

Whether you’re staying in, going out or looking for something fun for the whole family, there’s plenty to do. Here are some options.

Staying in

Sometimes, welcoming everyone in is just the ticket. If that’s your ideal way to spend Easer, here are 4 tips to spice up your dining room for the holidays.

  • How sweet is this? Pair a few hyacinth stems with candy-coated chocolate Easter eggs for a fresh table centrepiece. Add a candle for extra ambience.

  • Martha Stewart is full of decorating ideas, including an arrangement of eggcup bouquets displayed on cake stands. They create a fun, festive air that’s simple to do.

  • Gold foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies on a silver or mirrored tray also make an adorable display that’s both a little glam and a tempting treat.

  • And if you prefer something more subtle, a fresh arrangement of spring blooms on a traditionally set table makes a refined choice.

Going out

Not up for hosting a meal? Why not go out instead? Here are a couple spots offering Easter meals.

Restaurant E18hteen: Easter brunch buffet on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The full hot buffet is $45 for adults or $18 for kids ages 6-12. Reservations required. Details.

Feast & Revel: Easter breakfast menu inspired by chocolate, served from Friday until Monday (with extended hours 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday and Monday). Complimentary Easter egg hunt Sunday for the kids. Details.

Fun for the family

There’s also plenty to do this long weekend. Easter egg hunts, butterflies, baby animals and more. Here are a few suggestions.

Bunkers & bunnies: Enjoy an Easter egg and scavenger hunt at the Diefenbunker on Saturday, where camouflage eggs seem oh-so-appropriate. You’ll need to book in advance. Details.

Naturally speaking: Head to the Museum of Nature for a final chance to catch the butterflies before they fly away. The museum is expecting a big crowd, so you’re advised to book tickets in advance. Details.

Farm fun: The Agriculture Museum and Valleyview Animal Farm are getting up to animal antics for Easter. Valleyview holds an egg hunt and the museum expects newborns!

Easter at the estate: Sure, there’s the usual egg hunt at the Billings Estate Museum, but there’s also egg decorating, planting a carrot seed you can take home and more. Details.