Brunches, egg hunts, camps and more ways to enjoy Easter in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
Elite Resort and Spa poolside: Enjoy traditional Easter goodies such as simnel cake, chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs, roast lamb and beef pot-roast, with a specially laid out lavish Easter buffet. There are also lots of ‘eggstra’ activities. Participate in Easter egg rolling with a prize for the last intact egg on the board, show your creative side by painting eggs and win a prize or solve the clues and join in the Easter egg hunt. It’s all happening on Easter Sunday. Kids can also have fun with cute and cuddly bunnies – apparently real ones! BD10++ including soft drinks, kids under seven eat free. Call (17 313 333).
Crowne Plaza: Celebrate the tradition and festivities of Easter, on Easter Sunday, with brunch across La Mosaique, Havesters & Cappuccino’s Café. The menu’s both local and international with a special dessert counter including Easter favourites.
There’s live entertainment and the little ones will be delighted with a surprise visit from the Easter bunny and exciting activities including Easter egg painting and cupcake decorating in the supervised kids’ corner. From 12.30-4pm, BD17.950++ inclusive of unlimited beverages. Children aged six to 12 half price and under sixes eat free. Call (17 531 122).
La MedRitz-Carlton: In deference to those who will be working on Easter Sunday, the Ritz-Carlton has gone for an evening buffet running from 6pm-11pm.The recently refurbished La Med is as good a place as any to relax and unwind with a luxurious buffet, delicious dessert corner and a wide array of great treats for the little ones and grown-ups alike! All children will receive mini chocolate eggs to enjoy which might help to keep their eyes off the speciality chocolate shop. From 6-11pm, BD27 net, kids four to 12 half price, under fours go free. Call (17 586 499). Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel:On Good Friday enjoy a lavish, international family brunch buffet at Saveur from the award-winning executive chef Holger Jackisch – winner of the ‘Best Brunch in Dubai’ 2007 – and his culinary team. Add in kids’ egg painting, an Easter egg hunt and access to the outdoor infinity pool and it makes for the perfect family afternoon. BD19++, including selected juices and soft drinks, six to 12s, half price and under fives go free. Call (17 171 000). Royal Golf Club:These guys are doing their Easter brunch on Good Friday, April 6, and adding an Easter egg hunt around the garden. From noon to 4pm. Members BD14, non-members BD16, kids aged 12 and under BD8.5. Bahrain Rugby Football Club: There’s a traditional Greek Easter Lunch at Bahrain Rugby Club on Sunday, April 15. Yeah, we were a bit confused by the timing of this too but it turns out this is the Greek Easter Sunday and, ever inclusive, Bahrain Rugby Club is joining in. There’ll be traditional Greek foods including kleftiko (lamb cooked in parchment) and authentic Greek breads. Look out for the famous red-dyed eggs without which no Greek Easter celebration would be complete. BD10 members, BD12 non-members. Call (36 695 987) for reservations.
Studio Ceramics Running from April 1-12, from 9.30am to 1.30pm, classes offer arts and crafts, ceramic painting, mask making and other egg-citing Easter entertainment! (snacks included). BD15 per day, BD60 per week. And on Easter Sunday there’s an adults’ Faberge eggs workshop running from 9.30am at which participants can create their own sophisticated masterpieces to take home. BD10. Call (17 599 026).
Bahrain Rugby Football Club Running from April 8-11 there’s a full-on sports camp for youngsters aged five to 15 with activities including football, netball, rugby, cricket, softball, Frisbee and swimming. Looks like the perfect way for the kids to get some outdoor action during the school holidays. BD55 members, BD65 non-members. Call (17 695 809).
Junior Spartan Camp Kids’ fitness the natural way, running, jumping, chucking things. All the sorts of things the little ones love with Tribal Fitness for Year 3 & 4s on Arpil 5 & 6 and Year 5 & 6s April 8 & 9 at St Christopher’s Junior School, Saar, from 8am to noon. Maximum 20 children per group. Call (17 695 809).
My Gym Four hours of fun fitness games daily from April 1-12 including non-competitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, songs, dance and much more. My Gym Easter Camp is designed to keep children moving and active with the emphasis on physical development and personal success and life is made easy for parents with a drop-off programme. The camp is geared for children aged three to eight years who are split up into age-appropriate groups every day.
Easter camp runs from 9am-1pm Sun to Thur with play dates in the afternoon from 3-5pm. BD10 per day members, BD13 per day non-members, play dates, one hour from BD1.500 and two hours from BD2.500. Call (17 566 566).
Mums in Bahrain The group that’s run by mums for mums, and kids, is holding an Easter play date on Saturday, April 7, at Build a Bear in Bahrain City Centre from 11am to 12.30pm with egg hunting and story time by Bookworms. For more information log onto www.mumsinbahrain.net.
Eggs and more
It wouldn’t be Easter without sweeties, cakes and choccies.
Check out Creolate in Zinj where you’ll find Hanadi Baqer cooking up chocolate delights.
Hanadi got involved after marrying into a family who had been in the chocolate business for 25 years.
She says: “The concept of Creolate came about due to the lack of fine-made locally produced chocolate. Its affiliation with Chocolate and Co, a chocolate factory founded in 2008, serves as a backbone to Creolate’s freshly-made chocolates. The finest ingredients are always used in the manufacturing process. The raw material is imported from Belgium and produced locally resulting in a very unique product.”
For this Easter look out for bunnies and lollipops, Gianduja eggs and the best-selling Amendin chocolate. Open daily 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm. Call (77 777 447).
And just look at the pretties at Minidelights at Uptown Village on the Budaiya Highway. The company, which is a new concept for the island, is the brainchild of Rawia Bucheeri who spotted a gap in the market and uses ingredients brought in from Kuwait, Belgium and Switzerland.
Minidelights creates bite-size cheesecakes in more than 40 flavours and you can customise colourful letters and decorations or even create your own collection.
The cheesecakes can be home delivered to your doorstep, or as gifts. They come wrapped in their own stylish boxes or you can provide your own trays for delivery. Prices start at 250fils for the classic flavours and Rawia promises ‘they’re so soft you can almost sip them’. Call (17 595 254).