Easter Sunday is April 4th this year, and it seems pretty likely the COVID-19 vaccine will not be fully rolled out to the extent that we can feel comfortable about going back to our normal large gatherings and holiday celebrations. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways we can plan special events for our children, other families or even more people, as long as we take precautions with cleanliness and social distancing. The holiday safety challenge can be seen as an opportunity to exercise our ingenuity and creativity.
Staggered Egg Hunts
Depending on the number of volunteers you have, you can hold a multi-family Easter Egg Hunt at a nearby park or other large, open area by setting up egg hunt zones for different child age groups. Mark off these areas using our clever Easter Egg Hunt Traffic Cones or signs, along with Easter Egg Hunt Tape. Age ranges might include 1 – 3 years, 4 – 7, 8 – 11, and 12 and up if needed.
Volunteers can help kids stick to the egg hunt rules of staying six feet apart, and limiting the number of eggs collected to somewhere from 12 to 15 (increase or lower this number according to your preference). Of course, all participants should be using masks. Also, it’s important that children abide by one clear guideline in particular: If they touch an egg, they must take it.
If you have a limited number of volunteers or space, the egg hunt can be staggered according to age groups with time in between for more eggs to be hidden. If you expect a large crowd, this is the perfect time to take advantage of our pre-filled Easter eggs, which come in a variety of sizes and types of fillers, all at low wholesale prices.
Drive-By Easter Cheer
Promote a drive-thru Easter event to families with children, and set it up using a portion of roadway inside a park or a private circular driveway. Mark off the beginning with bright, cheery signs and decorations, and have volunteers with bunny ears or goofy hats stationed along the way, waving at the children and making them laugh. Set up some music, and complete the atmosphere by hanging streamers, paper lanterns, swirls, flowery decorations and multicolored plastic eggs on nearby foliage or posts. Easter eggs hung from the lower limbs of trees always look spectacular, especially when you use rainbow-colored, extra-large eggs.
Near the end of the section of road, have a volunteer who’s wearing a full Easter Bunny costume, greet each car and hand out a bag or basket of Easter treats for each child inside. For this giveaway, consider using one of our filled baskets or other sets, or simply a goody bag containing 12 to 15 filled Easter Eggs. If cost is a concern, you may wish to charge a minimal admission price or ask for donations. This type of activity also makes a fabulous charity event, in which case you may want to charge a higher admission price to benefit the aid organization of your choice.
Finally, offer pictures with the Easter Bunny, which can actually be done successfully with the child standing six feet in front of the Bunny, using a straight-ahead shot.
Front Lawn Festivity
For a truly memorable way to celebrate the holiday and contribute to your community/neighborhood spirit, prepare an Easter event in your own front yard. Using a variety of vibrant Easter decorations, deck out your yard for the holiday. Don’t worry about over-decorating, because this will draw more attention and kids to your yard — which is what you want!
Then, throw as many as possible — think in terms of hundreds here — filled Easter Eggs over the lawn area, and prepare for egg collecting extraordinaire. You must have some rules, however, including allowing only a certain number of children to gather eggs at one time and limiting the number of eggs to about 10 to 12 per child. Face coverings and social distancing need to be observed, and you can have a table set up in front with a stack of goody bags for kids to use, along with some hand sanitizer.
If you want, consider asking for donations via a jar with a sign on the same table as the goody bags, and donating any proceeds to a local charity.
Dressing up in an Easter Bunny costume adds to the festivity, of course. But hats and bunny ear headbands are also fun, especially for volunteers helping out.
The Spirit of Easter
Hosting any of these larger-scale events can be an incredibly memorable event for you and everyone involved, including all the kids who come to gather eggs, enjoy the decorations and treats, and perhaps see the Easter Bunny.
Like all the holidays, Easter is a time for joy, fun and sharing. Instead of dwelling on the sacrifices we’ve had to make to stay safe from COVID-19 infection, we can turn that around and bring joy to others instead. The best part is that you always get far more back from this kind of giving than what you put into it. Happy Easter, everyone!