Easter 2020 is going to be a bit different this year. With no public events or large gatherings allowed, you’ll have to find other ways to make Easter fun and meaningful, especially if you have kids at home.
Some Easter egg hunts and bunny visits are being transitioned to virtual events. This means we can include events from all over, not just from Atlanta. We’ll try to stick with events in the Eastern time zone, to make planning easier.
We’re listing virtual events you may be interested in, as well as options for food, crafts, and more.
Virtual Easter egg hunts & Easter bunny visits
These free events all happen online. We expect more virtual events to be announced in the upcoming days, and we’ll add as many as possible. You can also find more on your own — just check the Facebook Events listing here.
Atlantic Station’s Virtual Easter Egg Hunt
April 5th thru 12th, 2020
Every day from April 5-12, check Atlantic Station’s Instagram Stories for an Easter egg hidden somewhere in Atlanta. The first three people to correctly guess the egg’s location will win a $10 gift card to the Atlantic Station restaurant of your choice.
On Easter Sunday (April 12th), you’ll have a chance to win big by finding the Golden Egg! The first person to correctly guess the Golden Egg’s location will win a $50 restaurant gift card.
Virtual Easter Bunny Meet and Greet
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
All the way from Pennsylvania! Dream Home Realty will be streaming the Easter Bunny from his home. If you don’t see a link in the above event (follow the link) go to Dream Home Realty’s Facebook page.
Virtual Easter Egg Hunt from Hickory, NC
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
From City of Hickory Parks and Recreation. Get your little ones online Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 pm for a virtual Easter egg hunt! Easter Eggs will be hidden at one of our parks or Recreation Centers, and by using Facebook Live, children will be able to help guide the Easter Bunny as he collects the eggs and safely makes it back home! If you don’t see a link in the above event (follow the link) go to City of Hickory’s Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
Virtual Easter Egg Hunt at 1870 Farm in Chapel Hill
Saturday, April 11th, 2020
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Visit the farm virtually for a free online Easter egg hunt! All of your favorite farm animals, farmers & characters will be there to guide you through the farm while you hunt for eggs. classes & workshops! More details to come on if this will be on Zoom or Facebook Live.
Plan a neighborhood Easter egg hunt
The NY Times recently reported that many neighborhoods are setting up teddy bear hunts, where neighbors put teddy bears in the window or yard, and families walk around trying to spot them.
Why not do the same with Easter eggs? You can organize a neighborhood event via Next Door or email chain. Hang up colorful photos of Easter eggs in the window, hang plastic eggs from a tree in your yard, or place large Easter decorations in the yard.
You can find plenty of Easter-themed coloring pages online. There are two kinds: Print to color by hand, and color online by pointing and clicking before you print. Just google with keywords “Easter coloring pages” and see what you can find.
Send e-cards and customized videos
There are a lot of FREE e-card services these days, but for creativity, Jib Jab is the clear front-runner. This service lets you customize a quirky animated video with your family’s faces — just upload photos and the website does the rest. We’ve embedded an example below. This one is Chicken Dance. You’ll find plenty of other options as well.
Here are some other great sources for FREE Easter-themed e-cards:
- Easter blessing from Crosscards.com
- Funny Easter cards from 123Cards.com
- Religious cards from 123Cards.com
- Fun Easter cards for kids and the young at heart
- Easter cards for everyone from Kisseo.com
Don’t forget the chocolate!
If you’re still making trips to the grocery and it’s safe for you to do so, you can probably pick up Easter chocolate there. And if you’re avoiding stores, here are a few other options.
Ghirardelli is offering 20% off Easter chocolate, with free shipping on orders of $50.
These chocolate deals are running on Groupon:
And last but not least, Amazon is offering Easter candy at grocery store prices.
Some people are having a hard time getting groceries delivered, due to the delivery services being overloaded and store shelves being empty.
You can check out our comparison of grocery delivery services, but you should start soon. We’ve heard of people not being able to get a delivery slot for 5 days or more.
A better bet might be to order your main course from Farmers & Fishermen Purveyors, a restaurant supplier that has shifted to home delivery of meat and seafood during the pandemic. In most cases, you’ll get next day delivery. The company has just added grocery items for Easter and Passover, including hams, leg of lamb, brisket, and more.
You can read more about it here.
You may also be interested in this newly updated list: 12 places to order your Easter meal for pickup or delivery
Crafts & egg decorating
Cotton Ball Handprint Chick Craft
Check out this very easy and adorable craft for kids.The end product is a happy chick with handprints for wings. All it requres is construction paper, paint, cotton ball, glues, and, if you have them, googly eyes (although you could use construction paper for eyes.)
Cotton Ball Bunny
With those same materials you could also make this cute cotton ball bunny.
Shaving Cream Painted Easter Eggs
This project is great for kids who like to get a little messy. The end result can be as elegant or, well, non-elegant, as desired.
Get Creative with the Eggs
Check out these very different ideas for decorating eggs, from Country Living. Many use paint pens or watercolors.
Here’s another option from Red Tricycle — decorate eggs without dye.
DIY Easter String Eggs
All you need is glue, water, yarn and a balloon, and chocolate eggs to put inside them. Watch this video to learn how.
Origami Bunny Corner Bookmarks
This craft is super simple, and useful, because it serves as a bookmark!
Download coloring pages — or color them online, no printer needed
28 free printable pages from online-coloring.com
You can google for more. Use keywords “Easter coloring pages”
Andrea Bocelli Music for Hope FREE concert
Andrea Bocelli will perform in an empty Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy, on Easter Sunday. He will be accompanied only by cathedral organist Emanuelle Vianelli.
The concert will stream live on YouTube at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Atlanta Ballet 2 live-streams The Swan Princess
This is a one-hour long, family-friendly ballet. It begins at 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
Live-streamed Easter services
Check with your own church to see if it’s streaming an Easter service. If it is, and you’d like it to be on this list, let us know by emailing email@example.com and we’ll try to add it.
And if it’s not, here are some LOCAL options for you.
♦ Live streamed services from Ebenezer Baptist Church — 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday
♦ Live-stream of all Holy Week services from Central Presbyterian Church — via Facebook Live and Zoom. Includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
♦ Live stream from the Cathedral of St. Philip — All Holy Week services.
There will be NO live stream from the top of Stone Mountain.
More church resources
Visit the Pray Tell blog for church-related resources on dealing with the pandemic and worshiping in place.
There are links to resources from:
- Anglican Church in America
- Church of the Brethren
- Disciples of Christ
- Episcopal Church
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
- Mennonite Church, USA
- Presbyterian Church, USA
- United Church of Christ
- United Methodist Church
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
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