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Celebrating Easter while social distancing

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Like it or not, even the Easter Bunny isn’t excused from social distancing this year. That means no community egg hunts, no pictures with the Easter Bunny at the mall, no Sunday brunch buffets. Easter 2020 might not be traditional, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Here are a few ideas for things you can do at home, or with the help of some local businesses, to create a fun and memorable celebration.

We will continue to add to this list as we learn of new opportunities.


VIRTUAL EASTER EGG HUNTS


Coordinate with the people in your neighborhood to make crafty Easter Eggs and put them in your windows or on the house so passers-by can spot them. The City of Anthem is doing a virtual hunt and has printable egg templates to print out and color. We found some other links to printables here and here.

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation is inviting the community to participate in an “Egg-cellent Scavenger Hunt” to replace its annual Easter Egg Hunt event. Local stores and city facilities will place pictures of 11×17″ decorated eggs in windows and walls that are visible from your vehicle. The “drive around” project starts today and continues through April 12. An “answer sheet” sharing all participating locations will be posted on Monday, April 13. Find details here.

Golfland Sunsplash is hosting a First Ever Easter Egg Hunt. Reservations are required for this Mesa amusement park’s first drive-up Easter giveaway. For $5 (per child) kids receive a $5 arcade card for future use and 10 prepackaged, prize-filled plastic Easter eggs from the Easter Bunny. (Eggs were filled at the factory, not by Golfland staff.) Parents of young children are urged to be cautious as some of the prize items could be choking hazards. Details here.


EASTER ACTIVITIES


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The i.d.e.a. Museum of Mesa proposes some messy Easter fun.

The i.d.e.a. Museum of Mesa suggests saving eggshells for “Egg-citing Spring Splat Art” your entire family can enjoy in the backyard. Find instructions here.

The National Esports Association is hosting what they bill as the “largest Minecraft Eggstravaganza” on Monday, April 13.


EASTER BASKET/GIFT IDEAS


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Changing Hands Easter Bunny Packs.

Changing Hands has book bundles for kids for $25-$35. You can add an Easter Bunny Pack, which includes your choice of a large or small bunny (styles will vary), a Ben’s Bells Kindness Token, stickers, jelly beans, a spiral sucker candy, and a small surprise toy. Allow 24-48 hours to process for curbside pickup.

Selected Michael’s stores have delivery and curbside pickup for Easter baskets, cookie decorating and Easter-themed crafts.


DRESS UP and DECORATE!


Cooking at home? Make it festive, even though no guests will be coming.

Just because you’re cooped up doesn’t mean you can’t dress up in your Easter finest and decorate the table for a special Easter dinner. That recommendation comes from a City of Peoria blog post by Maryann Loya. “Before you enjoy dinner, take a family picture in the backyard in your Easter finest,” she recommends. “It will be a great picture to look back on and reminisce.”


IDEAS FOR EASTER BRUNCH OR DINNER


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Specialty breads from Essence Bakery in Phoenix.

Local restaurants are rallying to provide pick-up Easter brunches and dinners. Some ideas:

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is making Family Taco Kits available, with free delivery and touch-free take out. Available for $29 for a limited time, the kit includes a choice of all-natural grilled chicken, USDA choice steak or grilled shrimp, choice of “no fried” pinto beans or black beans, choice of lemongrass citrus rice or Mexican rice, plus toppings — guacamole, romaine, shredded cheese, chipotle sauce, and mild salsa — a mix of eight corn and flour tortillas and tortilla chips. Serves 4- 5.

The Henry, at 4455 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix, has $60 Easter Sunday Family Packs that serve four to six people and included slow-roasted pork, honey-glazed heirloom carrots, whipped potatoes and more. Order by 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at 602-429-8020.

Essence Bakery, at 3830 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix, will have extra pastries, hot cross buns and Easter breads for the holiday available for pick-up. Order at 602-296-4958.

Chula Seafood, with locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, has a couple of different Easter family meal offerings: bagels and smoked salmon or a brown sugar glazed salmon dinner. Pre-order by Friday, April 10 for curbside pick-up.

Texas Roadhouse in Tempe is taking pre-orders for a prime rib Easter meal. 480-940-7427.

Find more “Easter to Go” ideas in this blog post by visitphoenix.com.


BEYOND YOUR BACKYARD


Municipal park amenities — including ramadas, playgrounds, restrooms, grills and picnic facilities — have been temporarily closed, but families can still use public park areas for running, walking, playing catch, etc., all while practicing social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines. Be sure to visit the website for your city’s parks and recreation department before venturing out. Some parks, like those in the City of Phoenix, have even closed parking lots.

 

Carrie Wheeler
Carrie Wheeler is a Phoenix freelance writer and the mother of Wilson, 10.

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