Easter is near, Motor City parents! This means it’s time to start pulling together some Cadbury eggs, jelly beans, Peeps and other goodies for your kids’ Easter baskets. If you’re looking for some cool things to do with your children other than the usual Easter egg painting, I have some activities and crafts to help you celebrate Easter with your family.
Really, there’s an endless list of fun and educational things you can do with your kids. Here are eight cool crafts and local places to visit that are sure to get two thumbs up from your kids:
Attend an Easter Play
Many churches host annual plays that tell the beautiful story of Easter. It’s a traditional part of some churches’ Lenten celebrations, and the plays often feature contemporary music and choir performances. Greater Grace Temple in Detroit will host “The Whip, Hammer & Cross” on Friday, April 18, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and Triumph Church is hosting “There’s Room at the Cross” on Sunday, April 20, at its 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services. You can also inquire at churches in your area!
Decorate Easter Cupcakes
There’s no wrong way to decorate an Easter cupcake! It’s an inexpensive activity that calls for a box of cake batter, a cookie sheet, baking cups and some festive decorations. One fun thing to do is decorate cupcakes to look like Easter eggs. Other popular designs include bunny faces, carrots, chickadees and Easter lilies. Here is a tasty-looking example.
Attend an Easter Egg Hunt
An egg hunt is not only a blast, but it’s a great photo op for parents! Most cities and large churches host an annual egg hunt and sometimes offer a chance to meet the Easter Bunny! Some scavenger hunts also give kids a chance to win prizes and candy and get freebies. There are many local egg hunts going on in and around the Detroit area, but here are a few highlighted events:
- The Easter Fun Fest will be held on Saturday, April 19, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit
- There’s an egg hunt at Whittier Park in Royal Oak on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- The city of Southfield is hosting an egg hunt, obstacle course and petting zoo on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Sock Hop” Activity
Your kids can use their mismatched socks to create sock bunnies. Cool, huh? All you need is a spoon, dried lentils, rubber bands, felt, glue and a few decorations. To learn more about the “Sock Hop” activity, click here.
Make a Chocolate Bunny
It may sound harder than it really is, but you don’t need much to enjoy your own sweet treat. All you need is a bunny-shaped mold that you can find at a local craft store. You also need cocoa butter, vanilla extract, milk powder, sugar and salt! You may want to use your creative juices to decorate your chocolate bunnies with jelly beans or edible paint. To learn more, click here.
Attend an Easter Race
Some communities host Easter-themed 5k races, run/walks or bunny hops for kids and parents to enjoy together. This is a great way to celebrate the holiday, socialize and get some exercise! There’s a 5k Rabbit Run and Bunny Hop in Washington Township on Saturday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m. Register here.
Visit Your Local Zoo
Some zoos host family festivities that include animal enrichment activities, games for children, zookeeper talks, springtime crafts and free treats. Who wouldn’t want the chance to hang out with cute little bunnies at the zoo? Bunnyville will be held at the Detroit Zoo on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring a canned or non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank.
Create Easter Cards
What is more heartfelt than homemade cards for family and friends? You and your kids can make Grandma feel very special by using pastel paints, handprints, ribbon, string, doilies and markers. You can’t go wrong with pictures of Easter baskets, colored eggs, chickadees, and, of course, bunnies!