How to prepare for the easter bunny’s visit

One of the bright spots of spring for many families is celebrating Easter with a fun visit from the Easter Bunny himself, egg hunts, and — of course — chocolate. While Easter is an important religious holiday for Christians across the globe, Easter morning for kids has quite a different feel with excitement overflowing about where the eggs are and what’s inside those baskets. The Easter Bunny has been hopping across the globe delivering baskets of eggs and goodies for centuries, but unlike his winter counterpart up in the North Pole, the Easter Bunny’s details are a little mysterious.

According to TrackEasterBunny.com, the Easter Bunny lives on Easter Island — a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. The island was discovered by Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on an Easter Sunday way back in the 1700s, and its faraway location is a favorite of the Easter Bunny, who is said to appreciate his privacy. All the mystery and hiding from the paparazzi surrounding the Easter Bunny might make it difficult for kids, especially older ones, to believe.

So, how can parents give the Easter Bunny a little help by showing their children the big bunny really did hop on by to fill their baskets with treats and other goodies? Here are some clever Easter Bunny ideas that will have your kiddos super excited.

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Cookies for Santa, carrots for the Easter Bunny

Just like Santa, the Easter Bunny gets a little hungry from hiding all those eggs and filling tons of baskets. On Easter Eve, leave out a snack of carrots and water. (Milk isn’t good for bunnies.) Be sure to help the Easter Bunny out by nibbling on those carrots and drinking the cup of water. In the morning, kids will be excited to see the Easter Bunny enjoyed the snack they left.

Does the Easter Bunny really poop jelly beans?

Rabbits are notorious poopers as anyone with one as a pet can attest, leaving a trail of poop pellets when they’re hopping around outside of their cage. Now, it isn’t something the Easter Bunny likes to talk about in public, but he does poop jelly beans. Of course, the Easter Bunny wouldn’t leave behind a mess, but you can leave a pile or two of jelly-bean poop for little ones to find in the morning. You’ll love the giggles, and it is one pet mess that’s a snap to clean. If you’d rather show kids the Easter Bunny uses the potty, too, leave some jelly beans in the toilet. Maybe next year, he might remember to flush.

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Go hopping down the bunny trail

Just like dogs and cats when they come in from outside, the Easter Bunny does leave a trail. He’s quite neat and cleans up after himself, but the kids don’t need to know that. Help the Easter Bunny leave a trail by setting up a sequence of paw prints.

Paw prints aren’t too difficult to make: Fashion two paw prints out of a paper plate, poster board, or cardboard. Lay the stencils down on the carpet and sprinkle powder or flour inside. Repeat for as far as you’d like the paw print trail to go. Use the paw-print trail to lead kids to their basket or away from the basket to the backdoor.

Where did my basket go?

Kids leave an empty basket on a table on Easter Eve and come downstairs on Easter morning to find it filled with treats and/or small toys. Why not hide their Easter baskets? Leave a note from the Easter Bunny telling the kids he decided to hide their baskets this year, and they’ll have fun looking for them. Be sure to disguise your handwriting or print a cute note from the computer.

Take a lesson from a leprechaun

Leprechauns are well-known for causing a mess on St. Patrick’s Day. They have been messing up elementary school classrooms for years. Why not leave give kids a spring surprise with an overturned chair and some knocked-over toys? Stage a scene looking like a really big rabbit hopped through.

Check the mailbox

Just like letters from Santa, have the Easter Bunny or one of his helpers like TheHolidaySpot send your child a personalized letter. Choose from prewritten letters with added details from you or write one of your own. Some Easter Bunny templates are free online, while others require a fee. There are other websites like TrackEasterBunny.com that will send email messages to kids from the Easter Bunny.

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Add color to breakfast Easter morning

Once the kiddos are tucked into bed on Easter Eve, quietly and carefully dye a dozen of raw eggs. When dry, return them to the box. When it’s time to make the scrambled eggs, pancakes, or French toast on Easter morning, be surprised when you open the egg carton to find newly colored eggs courtesy of the Easter Bunny. Pour pink milk courtesy of a bit of food coloring in the carton.

Hopping all over delivering treats is a big job for any bunny, which is why the Easter Bunny needs a helping paw every now and then. The window of belief is a small one of wonder for kids, so why not make it more special by showing the Easter Bunny did more than fill baskets by giving one or more of these bunny surprises a try this Easter season?

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

The Easter Bunny is getting ready to hop up to your house—and we have just the thing to add eggs-tra fun to your Easter 2021 celebration. Check out these creative, crafty ideas, like a special egg hunt and making a bunny trail that are sure to light up your little chick’s eyes. Hippity, hop to it peeps!

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Easter Bunny Tracker

Track the Easter bunny on your smartphone! Compatible with both Apple and Android phones, simply download the app and then, on Easter Eve 2021, Apr 3 at 5 a.m. you’ll be able to follow the Easter Bunny as he delivers treats to kids around the world.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Bunnies for Breakfast

The Easter Bunny can drop a winding trail of jelly beans to the kitchen—with this delicious bunny fairy bread serving as the treat at the end of the trail. Skip over to Hello Wonderful to find out how to make this easy Easter surprise. Pair it with pastel-colored milk made with a few drops of food coloring in your little one’s morning glass of milk for a festive breakfast. Note: if you have animal friends who’d gobble up a jelly bean trail, the Easter Bunny can leave a trail of inedible white cotton balls through your house instead.

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Treasure Hunt

The clever Easter Bunny doesn’t leave baskets out in the open: he hides them at the end of a tricky scavenger hunt. Happiness is Homemade put together a free printable packed full of treasure hunt clues, with each one leading to the next. You’ll be able to drink your morning coffee while your kids decipher the clues.

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Glow Up

Create a magical indoor egg hunt with glowing Easter eggs. It’s easy to make plastic eggs glow by putting a tea light or a glow stick in each one. You can hide the eggs in a darkened basement, and still have a fun hunt even in the most torrential April showers. Or, if you’re ready for an evening adventure, put them outside. Bonus: a nighttime egg hunt adds a thrill factor for big kids!

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Puzzle Time

Hiding puzzle pieces in plastic eggs draws out the Easter egg hunt, and adds a great non-candy prize if you’d like to avoid feeding your kiddo’s cavities. We love this Easter puzzle idea from It’s Always Autumn. Be sure to check out the free printable that you can customize with your own post-puzzle prize!

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Magical Jelly Beans

We love this extra-sweet Easter eve tradition! Simply gather a handful of jelly beans and, with your little one, plant them outside. While your bunnies sleep, you can swap out the beans for lollipops. Voila! Your kids will wake up to a magical lollipop garden on Easter morning. If you’re worried about your dog gobbling up the jelly beans outside, or if it’s too chilly for an outdoor planting session, you can bring the magic jelly bean fun inside with this easy lollipop garden craft.

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All Boxed Up

The Easter Bunny can leave treats for your little one in these bunny ear boxes. Make and Tell’s DIY printable is free and even more adorable than a baby chick. They’re perfect for playdate treats, table decorations or jelly bean storage.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Paw Prints

What’s the Easter Bunny sure to leave as he hops through your house? Paw prints! With a template and white flour, you can create a bunny trail that leads through your house. It’s an affordable way to sprinkle a little egg-stra magic on Easter morning. Find all the DIY tips here. If your bunny’s in a hurry, simply pick up a pack of oversized pink-and-white paw print decals and spread them out on the floor.

Available at Amazon, $6.99

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Bunny Funfetti

The Easter Bunny’s surprises don’t have to end with candy-packed baskets. Bake a hidden bunny chocolate and vanilla funfetti cake for a sweet Easter brunch finale. It’s easier to make than it looks! The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen has step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process.

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DIY Bunny Hideaway

Make your own Easter Bunny hideaway with these super fun steps from Allison Murray from Dream a Little Bigger. You can simplify with some paint and stencils for a quick DIY project. Check out her full steps here.

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Give everyone’s favorite furry friend a hand (or um, paw?) with these Easter bunny ideas that will delight your kiddos.

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Happy Trail

Make a path of footprints for kids to discover in the morning. Simply buy pre-made wall decals and/or use any type of contact paper.

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Color Wonder

You’ll be astonished when you pull out your ingredients for Easter breakfast: That trickster bunny got into the food coloring and left pastel-dyed raw eggs alongside purple-tinted milk!

(Psst: It only takes a couple drops if you want to replicate the gag.)

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Blame the Bunny

Your furry friend altered your family photos?! To get the lapin look, resize and cut-out our downloadable add-ons, then attach with double-stick tape.

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Guaranteed Giggles

Looks like the Easter Bunny took a bite out of these carrots the kids left for him. Arrange the nibbled-on nubs on a plate and, for an added kick, leave a trail of chocolate-covered raisins or peanuts. The kids will laugh because they look like bunny poop!

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Inflatable Fun

Small balloons decorated with acrylic paint become inflatable Easter eggs. When your child opens the door to a closet or cabinet full of the balloons, this Easter delight will tumble down on him.

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Bunny Paw Print Cookies

The rabbit baked these cute cookies with his paw imprint. To make your own, slice and bake store-bought cookie dough. When done, press measuring spoons into the warm dough for prints. Whisk light corn syrup with a bit of water, brush into indents, and sprinkle on colored sugar.

If you love to bake, you can make your own dough for the bunny paw print cookies. This recipe is so easy to prep (only seven ingredients!) that you might find yourself rolling out dough just for the fun of it.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

If your little ones are suss on you saying, “If you don’t believe, you don’t receive”, or you just really want to create some bunny magic, then check out these fun ways to prove the Easter Bunny really did pay your house a visit!

1. Make sparkly bunny footprints

Don’t just leave chocolate eggs, leave PROOF that Mr E.B. came, by leaving some bunny tracks.

There are lots of ways you can make bunny footprints – using flour or chalk and a stencil is a popular one, but we love these glittery prints. They are simply glitter mixed with baking soda and then applied using damp sponges (a big one for the foot and a little one for the toes).

Head over to Little Hiccups to get the full how-to instructions.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

2. Leave some bunny ‘fur’

Bunnies are as soft as cotton wool, which is exactly why you should pull apart some cotton balls and leave a trail of bunny fur leading to their stash of eggs!

If you prefer an egg hunt on Easter morning, however, leave the cotton wool ‘fur’ sprawled all over the house or about the garden.

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3. Leave some ‘bunny bait’ out

The Easter Bunny loves carrots. Despite delivering chocolate yumminess, sometime he likes to snack on something healthy to keep him going on his long night of Easter travels! So get the kids to leave him a carrot and some water to recharge his bunny batteries on Saturday night. Just nibble the carrot and have a sip of the water before you go to bed.

If your kids aren’t convinced that the Easter Bunny likes to be healthy, you could also make him some ‘bunny bait’ – using a small bowl or paper cup, mix up a collection of small foods like popcorn, pretzels, M&Ms and white chocolate. He won’t be able to resist stopping by!

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

4. Surprise them with magic eggs

After your little ones go to bed, dye the raw eggs you have in the fridge using food colouring. Pop the colourful shells back in the fridge and then act surprised that they’re now coloured when you pull them out to make breakfast!

Or if you can’t be bothered colouring them, draw some cute bunny faces on them using a black marker.

The Easter Bunny must have sprinkled his magic on them!

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

5. Paint their sleeping faces

This one is a bit Ross and Rachel from Friends, but if your kids are heavy sleepers, draw bunny noses and whiskers on their faces while they’re sleeping.

If you use a washable marker instead of face paint (that will smudge), it will wash off the next day. When they wake up, tell them to look in the mirror at what the Easter Bunny has done!

Tip: use a light-coloured washable marker, it will wipe clean with soap and water before you head out for the day if your child wants to de-bunny.

6. Bunny ‘poo’ trail

If your little ones are into poo humour, they’ll love this! And luckily the Easter Bunny’s scatterings are nicer than a regular bunny’s. Leave some magical bunny poo (or are they jelly beans?) either nearby the toilet or trailing towards their Easter egg stash. Yum!

However you choose to ‘prove’ that the Easter Bunny has come to your place, we wish all of our lovely Babyologists a very happy Easter!

Follow along with the Official Easter Bunny Tracker and make this year’s Easter Sunday even more memorable.

When it comes to Easter, there’s certainly no shortage of fun ways you can celebrate with the family. Of course, there are the classic Easter egg hunts, but there are also a slew of fun Easter games, kid-friendly Easter crafts, family-friendly Easter movies, and delicious Easter desserts to cap off the celebratory day.

But if you’re looking for yet another way to make Easter 2022 just a touch more memorable, bring some high-tech magic to the holiday by learning how to track the Easter Bunny in the days leading up to Easter. After all, Santa Trackers have long been a favorite leading up to Christmas morning. So of course, it makes sense that the Easter Bunny would also have a tracker so kids can keep tabs on when the Easter Bunny will come in 2022.

Although modern technology has allowed us to track the Easter Bunny, there is much mystery behind the Easter Bunny’s backstory. Before Christianity became an established religion, there was a pagan holiday celebrated around the vernal equinox, when Easter is also celebrated. The festival honored the fertility goddess Eastre or Eostre, whose symbols were the hare and egg. It is believed that Christian missionaries aligned these traditions with that of Easter to convert Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.

Others believe that the Easter Bunny arrived in America in the 1700s. German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania, bringing with them the tradition of an egg-laying rabbit called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Children made nests for the rabbit to lay his colored eggs, and eventually the tradition became more widespread in other parts of the country.

Regardless of how he got here in the first place, tracking the Easter Bunny as he makes his deliveries can become a fun new tradition for your family. Read on to learn how to track the Easter Bunny’s movements to find out when he will visit your home this year.

How to track the Easter Bunny

There is an official website for following the Easter Bunny’s journey: Track Easter Bunny. In the event of high traffic, however, there’s also a backup Easter Bunny Tracker site. Social media-savvy kids can check up on the Bunny on Twitter and Facebook as well.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

When does the Easter Bunny come in 2022?

According to the Easter Bunny Tracker website, the bunny will take off at 5 a.m. EDT on April 16, 2022. While he’s on the move during Easter, you and the kids can follow his location as it updates in real time. You’ll be able to track him online, or using the app, which is available for download on Google Play or the Apple App Store. The tracker also shows how many deliveries the bunny makes, how many carrots he has eaten, the last stop he visited, and his speed.

If your kids just can’t wait for Easter Sunday, they can open the Easter Bunny Tracker countdown, play any of the games offered on the website, such as Easter Egg Hunt and Find the Butterflies, or look through these entertaining FAQs to pass the time. For example, did you know that the Bunny’s first stop after leaving his home on Easter Island is Christmas Island, or Kiritimati?

Is the Easter Bunny coming this year?

Although the pandemic is ongoing, the Easter Bunny has been cleared for travel. In December 2020, one of the world’s leading infectious disease experts visited Easter Island to vaccinate the Easter Bunny so he would be able to enter families’ homes during the pandemic. So, put out some carrots for the Easter Bunny on Easter Eve as he will return in 2022 to deliver your favorite Easter candy.

Easter is right around the corner, and if you are celebrating it with your kids, you’re probably planning all the fun activities and gifts that are a part of this special holiday. For little ones, the thought of getting a visit from the Easter Bunny can be more exciting than candy or presents, and becoming the Easter Bunny for them is equally exciting for you. But how do parents do the Easter Bunny? Is there a set tradition, like Santa coming down the chimney with a bag of presents?

Sure your egg hunts, egg coloring activities, and Easter baskets will take center stage on Easter, but if you don’t get a visit from the Easter Bunny, it will take all the magic away. For younger kids, it’s really easy to come up with tons of imaginative ideas on how to do the Easter Bunny, because to be honest, they’ll fall for anything. But if you have older children, you may need to be a little extra creative due to their more curious and attentive natures.

For some tried and true Easter fun for kids of all ages, here are some magical ideas from parents on how they do the Easter Bunny and create those sweet traditions.

Leave A Trail Of Bunny Foot Prints

Caroline Shannon-Karasik tells Romper that she makes a trail of powder footprints on the floor (she uses the powder puff that comes with her loose powder) and take bites out of carrots that her daughter leaves out for the bunny. “My parents always did this for me and my three siblings,” adds Karasik, “so we have continued the tradition.”

Is the Easter Bunny Real? Yes! We have Easter Bunny Proof!

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

I remember many years ago when our oldest was still in preschool, the Easter Bunny made a special delivery one Easter morning. He gave Jack his first bike (and I’ve been told that the Easter Bunny got a great deal on that little bike…)

A week or so later, Becky and I took Jack into a local pet store, but not just any pet store. As we were walking in, Jack’s eyes lit up. He went running over to a large cage sitting on the ground near the cash register. Inside the cage was a fluffy white rabbit.

Jack turned to us with a huge smile and gave us the look, waiting for our approval to tell him that it was “OK” to pet him.

As Jack crouched down to pet him, he got really close to the bunny and said a soft voice, Thank you for my new bike Easter Rabbit.”

Easter Bunny Proof!

As a child, I remember the Easter Bunny visiting our house. Each year with a helping “hand” from my parents, he would leave little hints to let us know that he was there.

He would leave a little trail of Easter Bunny footprints all over the house. The bunny-tracks could be found on the floor in the living room, in the kitchen, and on the stairs. He would even leave a trail on the counter and kitchen table!

He would even leave little cotton balls near our hidden Easter Baskets. We always assumed that it was from his furry coat.

How do you make bunny tracks stick to the ground?

Ok- so DO NOT tell the Easter Bunny that I told you this, but he told me once, that to make his tracks “stick” better, he likes to step into a little mixture of flour and water.

Just so you know- his tracks of flour/water are a little hard to clean up but worth every smile. Sometimes, we find out that the Easter Bunny was eating the Easter Eggs that we made!

The kids wondered if he would eat them – they even asked this while we were decorating eggs one year. I told them that he probably would… and we were right! It was hard not to act surprised when we saw that he left only the shells behind.

Luckily, the Easter Bunny uses plastic eggs for the Egg Hunt!

How do you make bunny paw prints?

The tracks are made by the Bunny the night before Easter. These bunny paw prints are so cute & they make a cute Easter morning surprise!

The Easter Bunny told us that sometimes parents will try to mimic his tracks with their thumb and three fingers. How funny! (It actually looks exactly the same- parents will do anything to find out his tricks!)

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

The Easter Bunny likes to change things up on us. Ever since our kids saw the movie “HOP”, we’ve noticed that the Easter Bunny has been leaving us Jelly Bean Treats around the house (If you haven’t seen this fun Easter Movie, you’ve got to watch it!

Do you leave carrots for the Easter Bunny?

Yes! We leave carrots for the Easter Bunny, but watch out! The Easter Bunny always makes such a mess after he eats them! He just leaves the leftover ones on the table with bite marks! Plus, he leaves the little carrot pieces all over our kitchen table.

When our youngest son was only a few years old, he said, “I know the Easter Bunny is real! See look at how he eats the carrots?”

It has to be the Easter Bunny because there is no way “Mom and Dad” are than messy, right?

Does the Easter Bunny leave a note?

We know the Easter Bunny is real because he always leaves proof.

The thing that we like the most about when he visits, is that he leaves a note (that smells like candy or vanilla spray since he is around candy all day long), reminding us about the real story of Easter and then we head off and find our hidden baskets & hidden eggs. Plus, he always finds the best Easter basket stuffers!

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of what fun family Easter activities you’re going to take part in this year. Even though your plans might require some adjusting to keep safe, you can still have an outdoor Easter egg hunt, fill up Easter baskets with sweet treats, and enjoy a delicious Easter meal. But one tradition that might experience a road bump is your annual Easter Bunny visit. If a mall visit is off the table for your household or area, it turns out there are several virtual Easter Bunny experiences to make sure the holiday is still extra special for your kids!

With the power of technology, there are a few ways to connect your little ones to the Easter Bunny online this year. And even though they can’t sit on the bunny’s lap and take a cute picture, these Easter Bunny activities will still get them excited for discovering their basket come Easter Sunday!

Use the Easter Bunny Tracker.

Just like you can track Santa Claus’s travels on Christmas Eve, you can also track the Easter Bunny’s journey to deliver baskets across the world. The Easter Bunny Tracker is a free-to-use website that will start following the Easter Bunny’s movements as early as 5 a.m. ET the day before Easter, aka “Easter Eve.” You can also download the app on Apple or Android if your kids want to follow along at any time during the day.

Give the Easter Bunny a call.

Your kids can get a cute phone call from the fluffy holiday animal. Call Easter Bunny is a free app for Apple and Android that uses a simulated call from the bunny itself. You can choose to call at anytime through the app, or set up a timed call that your kids can pick up. The recording will tell them that because they’ve been good, they can expect some sweet treats Easter morning!

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Take a virtual picture with the Easter Bunny.

While you can find alternative ways for your kids to interact with the Easter Bunny, surely there’s no work around for getting your yearly picture, right? Well it turns out there is! One option is PictureMeBunny, a website that will Photoshop an image of your child next to the Easter Bunny. It costs $30, and requires an image of your little one set against a plain background.

For a free option, check out the phone app called Catch a Character. While you can’t get a pic with your kid next to the Easter Bunny, you can prove to them that the mythical bunny was in their house! The app superimposes a still of the Easter Bunny onto any image you’d like, such as your living room or backyard.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Send your kids a letter from the Easter Bunny.

To get in on the fun yourself, you can always send your kiddos a letter from the Easter Bunny! Simply grab a piece of paper and write a note telling them that they’ve been good and to expect some fun goodies in their basket this year. Then, decorate with stickers, stamps, and seal it up. Cori George from the blog Hey, Let’s Make Stuff has an adorable template with a festive header that says “From the desk of the Easter Bunny.” So cute!

If you’ve ever wondered what a bunny has to do with Easter, this information is for you.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

In the U.S., our Easter Sunday celebrations often go hand-in-hand with the Easter Bunny. Young children set out their Easter baskets (sometimes store-bought and sometimes a fun DIY Easter basket creation!) to see what kinds of chocolate bunnies and other special treats the fluffy, mythical creature has left in their baskets overnight. Like Santa Claus and Christmas, the mysterious bunny has no obvious connections to the post-Lent Christian holy day. So why, then, has it become such a prevalent symbol in our modern celebrations?

Whether you’ve always wondered if Easter, like many holidays, is said to have pagan roots, or you’re just curious how this symbol became so popular in the U.S., read on for all the answers you desire. After all, paying a visit to the Easter Bunny is one of many Easter traditions that families participate in every year. Why not figure out why you do it in the first place?

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

What does a rabbit have to do with Easter?

One theory of the Easter Bunny’s origins is that it stemmed from early pagan celebrations around the vernal equinox, says Time. Pagans celebrated the springtime renewal of life, as well as the goddess of dawn and fertility, Eostre, who was often represented by the hare or an egg. As Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebrations around the vernal equinox may have merged with the observance of Christ’s resurrection, because they both occurred around the same time. Missionaries were said to blend pagan traditions with Christian holidays to make the transition smoother for new believers, so it is possible that the celebrations of Eostre and the resurrection of Christ became one.

The earliest evidence of a more modern Easter Bunny dates back to the 1600s, when it’s first mentioned in German writings, reports Mental Floss. This rabbit, called “Oschter Haws,” or Easter hare, was believed to lay a nest of colorful eggs for children who were well-behaved. It is believed that sometimes these children left carrots in their nests for the bunny, in case he got hungry during his nighttime escapades.

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Is the Easter Bunny real?

While there is no actual bunny that once served as the iconic hare, the legendary egg-laying rabbit is said to have been brought to America by German immigrants in the 1700s, according to History. As mentioned, children would make nests for Oschter Haws to leave behind eggs. The tradition spread throughout the U.S., where the hare’s gifts eventually became chocolates, candies, and small treats, and the nests were replaced by baskets with shredded “grass.” Today’s baskets are often far more elaborate and include toys, candy, and money or change hidden inside plastic eggs. Chocolate bunny figurines also originated in Germany, where they began making pastries for the fabled rabbit in the 1800s.

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Why is it the Easter Bunny and not a chicken?

As previously mentioned, the rabbit and the egg became intertwined with the spring holiday because of their pagan roots representing fertility and rebirth. It seems possible that these two images merged into the egg-laying rabbit of German lore, instead of a (practical) chicken.

Regardless of who’s laying them, eggs are a prominent Easter image that have come to represent Christ’s emergence from the tomb and resurrection, says History . One possible reason for decorating eggs is that they were adorned for enjoyment on Easter morning once Lenten fasting was finished.

Whether it was pagan or Christian associations with the rabbit that ultimately influenced the Germans, we may never know. But one thing is certain: The Easter Bunny will continue to bring joy and excitement to children across the country every Easter Sunday, including this year on April 17.

Looking for a fun, virtual Easter party idea? Make this Easter one to remember with an adorable virtual visit from the actual Easter bunny, baby chicks, and all their animal friends with a Tiny Tails Easter Bunny Visit! Just like our virtual animal hangouts, these special Easter-themed events are filled with some of the cutest animals you’ve seen like hedgehogs, dumbo rats, bearded dragons, fluffy Silkie chickens, tortoises, and more! And of course, you get to see the rabbit-of-the-hour himself, the Easter Bunny!

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Lots of Easter-themed fun!

Interact one-on-one with one of our entertaining animal experts who will guide you in this Easter-themed adventure, while you learn interesting facts about all of our animals and have lots of fun. We’ll learn about unique Easter traditions, open up our animals' Easter gift baskets, and even have a virtual egg hunt! For additional fun, ask about our Easter-themed story time and silly songs.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Get the whole family involved in the Easter festivities!

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How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Who doesn’t love the Easter Bunny? Each spring, the generous rabbit ventures from his workshop to deliver Easter candy, Easter gifts and decorated eggs to boys and girls around the world. But because that’s such an extraordinary feat, many kids wonder how the bunny gets it done, and in what order he makes his rounds.

Enter: Track Easter Bunny, a simple way to follow the Easter Bunny on his journey. No matter what you have planned for Easter Eve, tracking the Easter Bunny is a simple way to extend the magic of this whimsical spring holiday. Plus, it’s the easiest way to get kids excited for what’s to come on Easter morning (read: an overflowing Easter basket filled with all their favorite treats). Are they skeptical? Let them follow along on Instagram or Twitter, too.

In order to track the Easter Bunny, all you need to do is visit the Track Easter Bunny website. The website sometimes gets overloaded with traffic, in which case you can click over to the tracker’s back-up site. The tracker starts at 5 a.m. ET on Easter Eve, or Saturday, April 3, and follows the bunny’s hourly movement. It also shows how many deliveries the bunny makes, the last place he visited, his speed and how many carrots he’s eaten.

Because the Easter Bunny Tracker gathers so much data, the website also has tons of interesting insights on the Easter Bunny’s typical route. According to legend, the Easter Bunny lives on Easter Island, although no one knows exactly where his workshop is located. Historically, his first stop is Christmas Island. American Samoa is often his last stop.

If that’s not enough Easter festivities, there are other Eater-themed sites and apps out there, including easter-bunny.net, which tracks the bunny and also counts down how many “sleeps” until Easter (37 as of this writing); Catch a Character, which lets you use your phone to take a photo of the Easter Bunny at your house and Call Easter Bunny (for iOS/Android), which calls your phone at a set time and uses a pre-recorded phone call to let kids hear the hare.

Is the Easter Bunny definitely coming this year?

Little ones should have no fear that the Easter Bunny will come this year. The Easter Bunny Tracker found that the Easter Bunny will still deliver baskets and eggs. And like all of us, the bunny is taking extra precautions like washing his hands regularly and covering his mouth when he coughs or sneezes. That’s all to say, the bunny is doing everything he can to ensure this Easter is just as magical as ever!

My memory of Easter is going to church and arriving home to be greeted with a day full of food, laughter and time. I remember candy eggs with elaborate decorations that we nearly broke our teeth on. I remember the smartie filled humpty dumpty eggs. I remember being given chocolate with the understanding that this was the day when devouring chocolate was not only permitted but encouraged. Family smiling. Movies watched. Pools swam. Gardens run. Time given.

This year I was hit with the reality that Easter, our Easter is up to me. If I didn’t buy the Easter Eggs, set up the hunt and buy the food, then it just wouldn’t happen. I am not sure what happened in years past but I have a feeling during the baby years I was only just surviving, so if Easter was even remembered it was a bonus. As I leave the haze of the baby years and enter the gorgeous chaos that is childhood, I am struck with the certainty that their memories are up to me (and my husband when I rope him in).

I have been thinking long and hard about how I can make my Easter, the memory of Easter for our children, the best ever.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Easter Traditions that will be remembered

  • Embrace family. I think at this time of year, the collaborative effort of all, the joy of togetherness is important. Without this reflection Easter has a far greater risk than Christmas of being just about the chocolate. By visiting family, sharing a meal and a laugh, we instill the importance of that value in our children. One day we will be rewarded (we hope) with our children, bringing their own children to our home at Easter, or us going to theirs.
  • Give thanks. Prior to your meal, give thanks and talk about what you each have to be thankful for. Gratitude is such a wonderful place to be when you have a belly full of chocolate.
  • Explain Easter. I don’t think it matters if you are religious or not but an understanding of the Easter story is important. WHY eggs? WHY rabbits? The meaning you give that story is up to you, but the story is still the reason we celebrate Easter. If you want to know why we have rabbits as a symbol for Easter here is a good explanation of the Easter Bunny. If you want to explain the Easter story to a child check out this explanation of Easter for Kids
  • Read an old Easter story. The Country Bunny is my favourite.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

  • We love Easter art. I am not a craft mum so I settle for the kids producing some lovely Easter themed artwork to gift to relatives. This year we rewarded by my children’s great grandmother ringing with tears of joy in receiving such a thoughtful gesture- which is what it is all about right?
  • Buy interesting chocolate. I usually settle for little mixed chocolate eggs and then I go out of my way to find interesting rabbits and a good old tooth breaking candy egg. I also include an Easter book because I use every excuse to buy books for my kids.
  • Make the hunt interesting. It is hilarious to sit back and watch kids look for chocolate that a magical Easter bunny has left. You can check out our Easter Clues and our Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for older kids or simply plan an Easter scavenger hunt with your own clues and tricky hilarity.
  • Take photos. Be in the photos that you take. I am talking to me here too. I have a habit of taking photos and never being in the photo. BE in the photo.
  • Make the magic happen. Whether you leave carrots out for munching or some paw prints in some dirt, kids are easily impressed by visual proof of mythical creatures. Check out these ideas for proving the Easter bunny exists
  • Don’t go overboard. One thing I do remember about Easter, is that it had a different pace to Christmas. Time was slower and it was less about doing and more about being. By all means if you are a baker, then bake, a crafter, then craft but I don’t believe it’s about forcing yourself to do things that will stress you out and annoy you. If you LOVE doing it all- then do it all.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

  • Make the food matter. We begin with a lovely cooked breakfast with fresh juice that is celebrated sans screens with lots of chatter and mess. This meal tends to take us through until dinner with the assistance of the copious amounts of chocolate.
  • Make the time matter. What this means will change as the kids get older but whether its playing a board game, bush-walking or heading to the local park, make this time matter. Make your family a priority. We will round the afternoon off with a movie and then some more family time.
  • More meals with family. Dinner for us is a wonderful time to connect with family and generally we see whoever we need to and give them TIME while allowing them the joy of gifting the kids with some chocolate or a book.
  • Reflect on the day at bedtime. Reflecting on a day is a great way to once again be grateful for all you have. After a bedtime story we generally ask our kids to tell us the best part of their day today, what they really enjoyed, was it different than what they had thought it would be. We do this every night at the dinner table but I will using bedtime as the time for this at Easter.

What matters most at Easter

So there you go. It’s pretty simple and I think it’s pretty easy to achieve. My hope is that my children look back with fond memories of Easter and pass this spirit onto their own children. I live a pretty busy life like most of you and I often feel like I don’t get the balance quite right. Days like Easter and Christmas present the opportunity to get remember what it feels like to have time on my side and real live in the moment with my children.

Wanna have some FUN? Have the Easter Bunny bring a little joy with our Easter Bunny “HOP-BY”!

Here is our “Hop By” schedule click on your city to be taken to our booking website and you can choose the best date and time.

(you will go off this page to our scheduling program “book like a boss” to complete this transaction)

My city isn’t here – Schedule a Timed home visit before Easter or a TImed Home visit on Easter Sunday ( regular rates apply)

Are you Flexible? For the best rate schedule an Anytime visit and we will add you to the “Hop By” crew! Anytime visit Easter Sunday or Regular Anytime Visit

Not so Flexible? To request a custom time or a different city use the Timed Home visit option but this option does not qualify for the reduced pricing.

The timed home visit option is best for clients who have a strict schedule or small Egg hunts. Please contact us with questions if you are unsure we are happy to answer before ordering! mailto: [email protected]

Our bunny comes with a bunny host and as a team they will have the kids “hopping” with joy. They will text you prior to arriving so you can have the family ready for their furry visitor. During this visit we come to your house and hide a dozen pre-packaged, colorful plastic treat-filled eggs in the front yard while your children watch from the window or front door to catch him “in the act”.

After we will then ring your doorbell and deliver a Candy Cup filled with a breakable chocolate surprise egg and topped with a bunny balloon for your child. ( extras can be ordered and a non chocolate candy option is available)

Low Contact Visits for your protection and ours to help bring smiles and memories to your special day.

Cost of the visit includes :

    1 dozen pre filled eggs distributed in yard

Additional Candy Cups with Chocolate Surprise Eggs can be ordered. + $10.00 each

We are doing these visits in “zones” for three consecutive weekends. The time reads 10 minutes PLEASE NOTE: this will be a short home visit within the listed hours. Once we have all the reservations, we will make a map and follow up with you to give you a window of 60 minutes within the times. When we are close we will text you so you can get the kids can catch the bunny “in the act” of hiding the eggs.

We are grouping these as much as possible to make the visit as affordable as it can be. If you need a special time of visit please contact us to order a custom time. 630.922.6100 or email [email protected]

You are welcome to pose for photos and interact outside with the bunny NO sitting on the bunnies lap will be allowed during these shorter home visits as we have several clients each day. However an appropriate posed photo allowed and encouraged.

Easter traditions and symbols have evolved over time, though some have been around for centuries. While to Christians, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, many Easter traditions are not found in the Bible. The most prominent secular symbol of the Christian holiday, the Easter bunny, was reportedly introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over their stories of an egg-laying hare. The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century, while the rite of the Easter parade has even older roots. Other traditions, such as the consumption of Easter candy, are among the modern additions to the celebration of this early springtime holiday.

Easter Bunny

The Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday. The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. 

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.

Did you know? The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet high and weighed over 8,000 pounds. It was built out of chocolate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame.

Easter Eggs

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

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Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. In the U.S., the White House Easter Egg Roll, a race in which children push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn, is an annual event held the Monday after Easter. The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president. The event has no religious significance, although some people have considered egg rolling symbolic of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb being rolled away, leading to his resurrection.

Easter Candy

Easter is the second best-selling candy holiday in America after Halloween. Among the most popular sweet treats associated with this day are chocolate eggs, which date back to early 19th century Europe. Eggs have long been associated with Easter as a symbol of new life and Jesus’ resurrection. Another egg-shaped candy, the jelly bean, became associated with Easter in the 1930s (although the jelly bean’s origins reportedly date all the way back to a Biblical-era concoction called a Turkish Delight). 

According to the National Confectioners Association, over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the U.S. each year for Easter, enough to fill a giant egg measuring 89 feet high and 60 feet wide. For the past decade, the top-selling non-chocolate Easter candy has been the marshmallow Peep, a sugary, pastel-colored confection. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based candy manufacturer Just Born (founded by Russian immigrant Sam Born in 1923) began selling Peeps in the 1950s. The original Peeps were handmade, marshmallow-flavored yellow chicks, but other shapes and flavors were later introduced, including chocolate mousse bunnies.

Easter Parade

In New York City, the Easter Parade tradition dates back to the mid-1800s, when the upper crust of society would attend Easter services at various Fifth Avenue churches then stroll outside afterward, showing off their new spring outfits and hats. Average citizens started showing up along Fifth Avenue to check out the action. The tradition reached its peak by the mid-20th century, and in 1948, the popular film “Easter Parade” was released, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland and featuring the music of Irving Berlin. The title song includes the lyrics: “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it/You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.”

The Easter Parade tradition lives on in Manhattan, with Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street being shut down during the day to traffic. Participants often sport elaborately decorated bonnets and hats. The event has no religious significance, but sources note that Easter processions have been a part of Christianity since its earliest days. Today, other cities across America also have their own parades.

Lamb and Other Traditional Easter Foods

Lamb is a traditional Easter food. Christians refer to Jesus as the “Lamb of God,” though lamb at Easter also has roots in early Passover celebrations. In the story of Exodus, the people of Egypt suffered a series of terrible plagues, including the death of all firstborn sons. Members of the Jewish faith painted their doorposts with sacrificed lamb’s blood so that God would “pass over” their homes. Jews who converted to Christianity continued the tradition of eating lamb at Easter. Historically, lamb would have been one of the first fresh meats available after a long winter with no livestock to slaughter.

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

Spring is here and we’re excited to welcome the Easter Bunny to his springtime home again at Walden Galleria on Friday, March 18th at 11:00am! Families are invited to get their picture taken with Mr. Peter Cottontail himself located on the lower level near the Apple Store.

Families are encouraged to reserve a time slot so you don’t have to wait to meet him! Reserve your spot now: HERE!

How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

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    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    This Easter Sunday (04/04/21) why not make it an extra special day by booking a door stop visit from the EASTER BUNNY! Our Easter Bunny will be visiting the following areas on Sunday 4th April: Twynholm, Kircudbright, Newton Stewart, Gatehouse of Fleet and Castle Douglas.

    Due to popular demand the Easter Bunny will also be visiting Dumfries on SATURDAY 3rd APRIL.

    For £10 per child, the Easter Bunny will hand deliver a large personalised Easter egg of your choice (worth £7.95 in our shop) plus an Easter craft gift. There will be an (optional) opportunity for a photograph with the Easter Bunny (for children only).

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    You must book your tickets by midnight on Monday 29th March to guarantee a visit as we need to plan a route for our Easter Bunny to get round all his stops on time. Once the route is planned, we will be in touch on Wednesday 31st March to let you know your approx. visit time so you can plan the rest of your day. Visits will start from 10am on Sunday 4th April. The Easter Bunny has limited availability so please book asap to avoid disappointment.

    All our visits will follow strict Covid guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone taking part.

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    You can also order extra goodies from our website to be delivered during your visit if you wish. To ensure your order is delivered for free on Easter Sunday, order your “Easter Bunny Doorstop Visit” tickets first and then place a second order for your goodies, making sure to pop your first order number in the NOTES section at the checkout.

    These times are an estimate and your visit could be half an hour either side of your approximate time slot. We will do our best but we cannot account for unexpected delays on the day,

    From Saturday 9th to Friday 22nd April we've a feast of chocolatey Easter fun laid on for you! Journey down the rabbit hole to our unique Easter Grotto to collect your chocolatey treat from the Easter Bunny.

    Unique Easter Grotto

    Open to all paying children 1-10 years old

    NEW expanded Easter Bunny HQ with loads of eggstra fun!

    Ever wondered where the Easter Bunny’s magic is made? Get ready for a memorable and unique Easter experience. From Saturday 9th to Friday 22nd April you’ll be invited to journey down the rabbit hole to the NEW expanded Easter Bunny HQ to meet the friendly Eggsperts who control the production of the entire world’s chocolate eggs. Here, you'll enter into the crazy Eggsperts' world where you’ll help solve puzzles, make music and have lots of fun checking out the clever egg-production process. Next, you'll be invited into the Easter Bunny’s front room, where all those aged 1-10 will meet the Bunny and receive a chocolatey treat!

    You don’t have to visit the grotto to collect your treat – our Eggsperts will be delighted to assist you if you prefer.

    To reduce queuing and wait times, each family will need to book one slot to visit the Easter Grotto when they book park entry tickets.

    Of course, everyone who visits will also get to enjoy all the family rides, amusements and adventure on offer year round.

    Remember to pick up a VIP super saver ticket whilst you're here, which will let you get in from £7.95/£3.50 per person until next March. Super saver tickets are available from the shop on your way out.

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    The Easter Bunny shares an embrace Saturday with two participants of the Town of Fairmont Recreation Department’s Egg Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Community Park. The event began about 10:20 a.m., with close to 5,000 eggs hidden at the park.

    Courtesy photo | Town of Fairmont

    Spreads Easter joy around county

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    About 75 participants searched for eggs to fill their baskets Saturday at Fairmont Community Park during the Town of Fairmont Recreation Department’s Egg Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt. Children also took home Easter baskets filled with goodies like candy and bubbles.

    Courtesy photo | Town of Fairmont

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    The Easter Bunny arrived Saturday at the Town of Fairmont Recreation Department’s Egg Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt held just after 10 a.m. The bunny could be seen at several spots around Lumberton on Monday.

    Courtesy photo | Town of Fairmont

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    The Easter Bunny waves Monday morning to Tanglewood Elementary students learning virtually during a school visit. Courtesy photo | Shawn Feeko

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    The Easter Bunny greets students at Tanglewood Elementary School in Lumberton during a visit to the school Monday morning. The bunny could be seen at several locations across town on Monday, and has plans to visit city precincts 2 through 5 on Tuesday.

    Courtesy photo | Shawn Feeko

    LUMBERTON — The Easter Bunny could be spotted in several precincts across the city on Monday, waving and distributing Easter eggs filled with candy, with plans to serve more than 450 people by the end of Tuesday.

    The Bunny Mobile, driven by Street Superintendent of Public Works Jeffery Halliburton, made stops at homes in precincts 1, 6, 7 and 8 on Monday with plans to visit precincts 2 through 5 on Tuesday, said Courtney Rogerson, Special Events coordinator at Lumberton Recreation Department.

    She “wanted to spread a little sunshine” after the city’s Easter egg hunt was canceled, and inviting the Easter Bunny to make home visits and wave to people all over Lumberton was the way to do it, Rogerson said.

    She encourages people who see the Easter Bunny to snap a photo and tag Lumberton Recreation Department on social media.

    People who registered for visits from the Easter Bunny by Friday would be visited Monday and Tuesday, she said. The events Monday and Tuesday would serve even more than the initial 450 people who registered.

    People walking on sidewalks and sitting on porches waved Monday to the bunny, who was accompanied by members of Lumberton City Council who gave out Easter eggs along the route.

    Councilman Eric Chavis, a Robeson County Sheriff’s deputy, provided back up for the bunny during his lunch break as they visited homes in Chavis’ Precinct 7.

    “It was just a fun experience,” Chavis said.

    He visited Tudor Court and other areas in his precinct, sharing candy and exchanging smiles with community members as the Bunny Mobile continued its trip.

    Chavis said the coronavirus pandemic “put a damper on things,” but the Easter Bunny’s arrival created fun memories during a time that has been quite uncertain.

    “Little things like this make a difference,” he said.

    Tanglewood Elementary students were among children the Easter Bunny surprised with a visit on Monday. The bunny walked the school’s hallways on campus, peeked into classrooms and waved to students.

    “They were just so excited when the bunny peeked in their classroom,” Rogerson said.

    The Easter Bunny also waved to students learning remotely, Tanglewood Elementary Principal Shawn Feeko said.

    “Their faces lit up,” she said.

    Children in each classroom and on the playground were greeted by the special visitor, she said. Children were unable to see the bunny this past year because of the coronavirus.

    Councilman Chavis said he’s interested in being involved in similar events in the future.

    “This is just one of many,” Rogerson said of Easter Bunny visits to the city.

    “The Lumberton Recreation Department wishes everyone a happy Easter!” she added.

    Other Easter events in Lumberton and Fairmont on Saturday kicked off festivities leading up to Easter Sunday on April 4.

    About 75 people attended the Town of Fairmont Recreation Department’s Egg Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Community Park. Children were given prizes that included Easter baskets and a share of close to 5,000 eggs hidden at the park.

    Sudan Pirates fired their ship’s cannon to send children searching for eggs at the park hidden by many people, including town firefighters, said Jenny Larson, town clerk and Finance director.

    Golden eggs contained surprises such as $2 and $5 bills, and gold dollars, said Mickey Williamson, director of the town’s Recreation department. Each child also received a gift basket filled with prizes and candy.

    “It went really good,” Williamson said.

    Members of Red Spirit Motorcycle Club also attended and helped make the event a success, he said. Robeson County Commissioner Pauline Campbell also was at the event.

    Williamson said the event had “good participation and good workers” and he hopes to see another successful event next year.

    Robeson County Strong Better Together’s Easter Egg Hunt on Oakgrove Church Road had about 75 participants, said group member Rodrick Wilkerson. He hopes the group plans other Easter egg events in the years to come.

    In other Easter news, Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins announced over the weekend that his special deputy will make an appearance in the county later this week.

    “Surprise appearances by Special Deputy Hopps will take place across the county Wednesday and Thursday. Be ready for a treat,” he said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook.

    Reach Jessica Horne at 910-416-5165 or via email at [email protected]

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    Easter is almost here! Are you busy buying those new outfits and making Easter baskets….er, I mean waiting on the Easter Bunny to drop off those Easter baskets?? Lol! Things have been pretty hectic around our house; more than usual! We’ve been celebrating National Nutrition Month, testing several new recipes, and trying to find the time to do fun Easter activities with the kids!

    If you liked this recipe, you’ll love these:

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit

    Even though my schedule has been a little crazy, I still found some time to make these fun Easy Easter Bunny Treats with my boys! They love rice cereal treats, so I wanted to put a fun spin on them!

    When it comes to holiday treats, I allow my kids to enjoy them in moderation! Just because I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, doesn’t mean that I do not allow my kids to have a few of their favorite treats. It’s all about balance!

    If you liked this recipe, you’ll love these:

    Spiced Baked Ham with Apple ChutneyHow to prepare for the easter bunny's visit
    My kids are obsessed with the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs! They play with those plastic Easter eggs all year round, and I always find them behind the furniture, in their closets, underneath their beds, etc…lol! I thought it would be fun to incorporate their favorite things into these treats!
    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit
    To make these Easy Easter Bunny Treats, I simply followed the basic rice cereal treats recipe and added a few green drops of green food coloring to the mixture to make it resemble the color of grass! I placed the treats in the fridge to set.

    If you liked this recipe, you’ll love these:

    Once they were firm, I cut them into squares and placed a marshmallow bunny on top. If the bunnies have trouble staying up, just add a little peanut butter to the bottom and place it on the treats! Add a few chocolate eggs around the bunny and you’re done! I wanted these treats to resemble bunnies hoping in the grass! I think I nailed it! ?

    How to prepare for the easter bunny's visit
    For more Easter recipes and décor inspiration, check out my Easter Pinterest Board!