Whether celebrating the Resurrection, the conclusion of Lenten sacrifices, or simply foil-wrapped chocolate rabbits, there’s loads of Easter fun happening across the region this month.
The holiday isn’t until April 16, but that won’t keep community groups from hosting Easter-related activities this weekend as well as the holiday weekend.
Lots of colorful eggs will be hidden in backyards and parks around area towns over the next few weeks.
On Saturday, April 8, there are enough events scheduled in the area to satisfy any Easter early birds.
A special breakfast will be served at the Southington YMCA, 30 High St. The Easter Bunny will be joining families for the meal, which will be followed by arts and crafts and an egg hunt.
The cost ranges from $5 to $15 for full Y members and nonmembers and breakfast will be served in two sessions, 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
A bunny breakfast is also happening at Stew Leonard’s at 3475 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, where the store team will be serving eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast and bagels. Seating times are 9 and 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $9.99 for adults and $7.99 for children under 11. Each child will receive prizes, Easter-themed coloring sheets and a photo with the Easter Bunny. Reservations must be made in advance at customer service.
Others might consider heading to the Barnes Memorial Nature Center the following Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. Easter here will be candy-free, environmentally-friendly and parent-friendly.
Volunteers will be hiding around 400 recyclable eggs in the field behind the facility, at 175 Shrub Road.
Kids can collect up to 12 eggs, to turn in at the nature center for a prize.
All ages are welcome and there will be a separate collection area set up for the youngest searchers.
Also on Saturday, April 15, the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park will present Easter Eggstravaganza, featuring an Easter story, real live rabbits, hidden eggs, crafts, a bear cave and exotic animal encounters.
The event is set for 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free for members, $10 for all other children. Hungerford Park is located at 191 Farmington Ave. in Kensington.
“It’s a beautiful scene with the pond in the background and everything beginning to bud,” Marketing and Special Events Manager Donna Veach said of the park. “It’s a great place at this time of year. Spring is just beginning to spring and Mother Earth will be doing her thing.”
As for why parents should choose this event over all the other egg hunts in the area, Veach says it’s an easy call.
“It really gives families an opportunity to connect outdoors and visit our indoor exhibits,” she explained. “Plus we’re centrally located, really easy to get to, offer ample parking and are extremely affordable.”
Trinity-on-Main in New Britain is hosting its own egg hunt the same day from noon to 3 p.m. This event also includes pizza, face painting and a unique indoor search in the theater. It will conclude with a family movie on the big screen. Tickets are $4 a person.
Families without youngsters shouldn’t feel left out this Easter, because there’s plenty going on for adults, too.
St. Lucian’s Residence at 512 Burritt St. in New Britain is once again having its popular Butter Lamb and Pierogi Sale on April 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the lamb-shaped butter sculptures traditionally used as tabletop centerpieces, babka, four kinds of pierogi, golabki and sauerkraut will be on sale.
Those who can’t afford a proper Easter dinner in Plainville need not worry either. The Plainville Community Food Pantry is making sure families in need have the makings for a feast well before the holiday. Easter basket distribution will be held April 8.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or firstname.lastname@example.org.