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With over a foot of snow still on the ground, it’s hard to believe that Easter will be here in just a few weeks!
But with the warmer temperatures we are experiencing and the rain in our forecast, the snow should be gone very soon. While you wait for it to melt, why not start thinking about the beautiful spring days in our (hopefully) not-too-distant future by planning some Easter fun for you and your family!
Below is a list of some great Easter events happening in our state. Take a look at the list and get ready to plan a few fun family outings!
March 28th and 31st
Reservations for the Bunny Breakfast must be made in advance at the store’s customer service desk. The Easter Egg Hunt is FREE.
On Saturday, March 28th, families can enjoy a special breakfast with the Easter Bunny and his friends at Stew Leonard’s in Newington. Families can then return on March 31st for a FREE Easter Egg Hunt for ages 8 and under. During the Easter Egg Hunt, children can collect eggs from costumed characters located inside the store and have a chance to win the grand prize — a $200 gift card to Toys R Us! For the breakfast there will be two seating times available: 9:00 am and 10:30 am. This store will also be having Easter-themed cooking classes beginning March 24th. Check out our post and Better Connecticut segment on the Stew Leondard’s cooking classes for information on this great activity.
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Prices range from $3.00 – $9.50 per person
Our kids always enjoy the trolley ride at this unique Connecticut destination. For their Easter event, visitors can also take a ride on the trolley then check out the other fun activities located inside. There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained including visiting with the Easter Bunny, crafts, face painting, tattoos, a train table and more. Each child will receive an Easter egg containing a small prize. While we haven’t been to the Easter event, in the past we have visited this destination for other events including the ride to the pumpkin patch and Winterfest.
Saturday, March 28th (rain date April 4th) RESCHEDULED TO Saturday, April 18th (rain date April 19th)
Starts at 10:30 am
Tickets must be purchased in advance
My family and I (and some great friends) attended this event for the first time last year and had such a wonderful time. Instead of the traditional, Easter “Egg” Hunt, Lyman Orchards puts their own twist on it with a hunt for apples instead. Bring your own basket or get a bag there and the kids will gather as many apples as they can find. The apples are edible and can be taken home or some contain a sticker and you can turn those in for specific prizes (including tickets to their fall corn maze). While there, you can visit with the Easter bunny or see a magic show. Pony rides and horse-drawn carriage rides are also available for an additional fee. The cost for the apple hunt is $6 for each participating child and that includes a cute t shirt.
Saturday, March 28th
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
One of our new favorite bookstores will be hosting a fun bunny-themed event at the end of the month. The store’s owner is friends with a local farmer who raises bunnies and will have a variety of them available at the store that day. Kids can observe the bunnies in action or even get a chance to hold one! A cute bunny-themed craft and other activities will also be available.
March 30th, April 2nd, and April 3rd
Call 860-352-5504 to register for a class.
This healthy living creative arts studio will be offering several classes perfect for this time of year. On March 30th they will have two drop-off classes for children ages 3-7 featuring Easter art and cookie decorating. Then on both April 2nd and April 3rd, Easter egg and Easter basket decorating classes will take place. The afternoon class is drop-off for ages 4 and up and the morning class is for ages 1 and up. The great thing about this studio is that they use home-made art supplies for their projects and all natural ingredients for their cooking adventures!
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Contact the park at 860.285.1886 to reserve your spot for this event.
I’m hoping to make it to this event this year because I have heard so many wonderful things about it from a good friend of mine. Northwest Park is a beautiful destination itself with amazing views and activities for the kids including a playground, nature center, and animal barns. But for just $3.00 per person, you can check out this wonderful park and enjoy a unique Easter Egg Hunt at the same time. Call ahead to reserve your spot for the event and then pay for it at the Nature Center when you arrive. An Easter bunny will be available to visit with the children and then groups are led from the Nature Center on a short hike on one of the park’s nature trails. There the children can find a few plastic eggs containing prizes and are asked to locate and collect one replica egg. Then back at the nature center, the children can enjoy their prizes and try to find the correct bird’s nest for their replica egg. A great opportunity for a fun educational experience.
What is your favorite Easter event in Connecticut? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
- Bounce Town – This popular indoor play destination now has two ultimate bounce centers to choose from with awesome giant inflatables that will have your kids jumping, bouncing, running and laughing the whole time: Bounce Town in South Windsor, CT and Bounce Town in Canton, CT (opening March 1st).
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – The state’s only free-standing hospital that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Based in Hartford, Connecticut Children’s also provides services at several locations throughout the state.
- The Independent Day School – Located on a rural campus in Middlefield, CT this private pre-school, elementary and middle school serves families from over 20 communities.
- Mandell JCC – The Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT, welcomes and serves families and individuals of all ages, stages, backgrounds and faiths. Our fitness, wellness and recreation, arts and culture, camp, early childhood education programs, classes, clubs and services are open to all. You Belong Here!
- Sleep, Baby, Sleep – Based out of Farmington, CT, this website is dedicated to helping babies and toddlers sleep through the night. It provides tons of great articles and information addressing the most common baby sleep troubles, customized baby sleep plans, and one on one support to help parents and babies get more Zzz’s.
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