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Housebound Bunnies: Celebrating Easter in Quarantine on the Main Line

The Easter Bunny respects your desire to social distance, but is fearless in terms of traveling around town bringing joy to kids! Easter is not canceled!

With the kids already separated from school, friends, and social activities, the cancelation of public Easter celebrations is yet another way that things are so glaringly different this year. But you can still make the holiday cheerful and meaningful at home, with a little help from your friends. Here are ways to celebrate while in quarantine, and some local businesses to make it even sweeter.

Bunny Visits!

Being a magical figure and all, the Easter Bunny respects your families’ desire to social distance, but is fearless in terms of traveling around town bringing joy and gifts to kids (or even hopping on a video chat). So being quarantined does not mean Easter is canceled!

 

First off, you can start “tracking” the Easter Bunny online beginning Saturday morning when he leaves his workshop on Easter Island!

 

On Friday morning at 10:30 am, the Easter Bunny will visit Village Play Space for a spring storytime and fun, virtually interactive activities planned for your little ones on Facebook live.

 

Next up, Bunny Drive-Bys and Wave-Bys! Several fantastic bunnies are making it a point to bring cheer—it just takes a little planning reaching out to their… handlers. These are proving to be very popular so you may want to have them come a different day than exactly on Easter Sunday, especially for those doing specific neighborhood tours.

 

On Friday between 4—7 pm, you can be the one to drive-by. Swarthmore Pizza will have the bunny outside their restaurant to wave from afar (no photos or candy, just wave from afar… it’s a surreal time, friends).

 

Princess Bonnie’s bunny can either come to you and wave, or do a video chat with your kids—just send a Facebook message to secure a timeslot!

 

 

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Lulu’s Casita has been touring the Main Line for weeks, and this week’s schedule is posted on their Instagram! They will come up to your door and wave through the window if you secure a timeslot. Meanwhile, Danielle Foster Photography are doing drive-bys and will post which neighborhood they are planning to visit on Facebook.

Food and Treats!

Just because you have to stay home, doesn’t mean you can’t get a gourmet meal or special treats. So many local businesses are doing takeout and delivery Easter menus and confections. Here are just a few.

 

First off, Nothing Bundt Cakes in Ardmore has Bunny Bundts for curbside pickup and delivery! And Testa’s in Havertown has Easter Bread! You must call ahead to order and minimize wait time. They also have little build-your-own Easter Basket sweet kits. Sweet Stuff in Ardmore is making custom candy baskets for curbside pickup—call, email, or DM them to order one.

 

Al Pastor and The Bercy are partnering with both Stove and Tap locations for an Easter feast (featuring Lamb Shepherd’s Pie) that feeds six people for $80 (beer and wine can be added on). Call and reserve yours by Friday; meals will be available for pick-up on Saturday and Sunday at various locations.

 

HomeCooked in Paoli is doing an Easter menu, with curbside pickup on Saturday. Another favorite go-to, Carlino’s Market is also doing curbside pickup, as well as local delivery.

 

If you are reading this in time, Gypsy Saloon in Conshy and White Dog Café in Haverford both have full Easter menus for pickup, with the order window closing Wednesday, April 8.

Toys and More!

 

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Pucci Manuli in Ardmore keeps showing off their gorgeous baskets on their Instagram. You can order one and come get it with contactless curbside pickup. Or, order by Wednesday for local delivery from Monkey Fish Toys.

 

Elmwood Park Zoo is sold out of their physical Easter baskets, but their virtual baskets come to your email inbox complete with child’s zoo admission, giraffe feeding, bison feeding, bird feeding, Train Ride ticket, Carousel Ride ticket, and a voucher for a special Nature Shop item! You can even add on a zipline experience.

More Celebration at Home

Did you already buy special clothes for Easter Sunday? Were you planning to win the annual Easter Promenade this year with your fancy bonnet? Dress up anyway! Take some photos and move the celebration to social media—go ahead and tag us on insta too!

 

Many churches are livestreaming their services, so check online to find one that is best for you. Search online for fun Easter coloring pages and games to print out, too. Check out this free Easter Activity Book from Elmwood Park Zoo! Crayola also has a great selection.

 

On Easter morning, there will be a free one-hour family yoga class on Facebook live with Easter themed poses, bunny breathing exercises and end class with a family snuggle in Secret Garden and a special reading of Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo.

 

Have an Easter egg hunt in your backyard, or if you’re like me and have no backyard, throw an Indoor Easter Egg Hunt. They did it on Bob’s Burgers, and if it’s good enough for the Belcher clan, it’s good enough for me (just avoid the jelly bean schnapps). Another option—coordinate with neighbors for a window hunt! Decorate your windows with colorful egg art and go on a walkabout to find everyone’s!

 

No matter how you celebrate, we hope you have a fun and meaningful holiday together!

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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