Housebound Bunnies: Celebrating Easter in Quarantine in Philly
Treats, bunny video chat, toys--the possibilities are endless!
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.
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!
Next up, Bunny visits from afar. You can still see the Easter Bunny—it just takes a little planning reaching out to his… handler. These are proving to be very popular so you may want to have them come a different day than exactly on Easter Sunday.
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.
Then, 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, meanwhile, 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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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.
The Easter Menu at Cry Baby Pasta includes entrees like Lamb Osso Bucco and gorgeous treats like macarons and a Rainbow Easter Cake with six pastel layers.
Del Frisco’s has a full menu at $60 per person; you can even add on wine for extra. Orders must be placed by Thursday. And while you’re at it, they also have a grocery menu right now because getting that Instacart window has been impossible!
Order from Devon Seafood Grill by Saturday for a family-style menu including entrees, soup, sides, and dessert. The Twisted Tail’s by-the-pound selections must be ordered by Friday. Meanwhile, Fogo de Chao’s Easter Grilling menu includes everything needed to prepare a Brazilian inspired celebration right at home. Meats are ready-to-grill and sides are ready-to-serve.
Looking for more special desserts? Isgro’s has their traditional Easter Bread—as well as other holiday confections—available for pickup or delivery. Sweet Box has adorable Easter-theme cupcakes as well, for pickup and delivery.
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Now onto candy! Whether you want chocolate bunnies or something a little more ornate, you can order special Easter treats from Philly favorites like Lore’s Chocolates, Shane Confectionery, Aurora Grace Chocolates, and Pennsylvania General Store at Reading Terminal Market, all with curbside pickup.
Toys and More!
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.
Momo’s Tree House will shop with you over the phone, Zoom, or FaceTime to pick out the perfect gifts. If you don’t make it in time for local delivery, they offer curbside pickup as well. Tselaine has Easter packages for delivery as well.
If your kids are looking for some artistic fun, order an Easter-themed DIY kit from AR Workshop Fishtown, which will be delivered on April 10.
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 your family celebrates, we hope you have a fun and meaningful holiday together!
Photograph courtesy of Shane Confectionery.