There are many ways to celebrate Easter in South Central PA. If you are looking for the standard Easter egg hunt, breakfast with the bunny event, or sunrise church service, check with your local libraries, parks, malls, churches, and fire companies for a list of options, or visit your county or township websites. But if you are looking for something a little different this year, consider these events:
Do you know someone on the Autism Spectrum? Why not take them to meet the Easter Bunny at an event designed just for them? Or show your support by purchasing a Lindt GOLD BUNNY.
Event: Colonial Park Mall’s Sensitive Easter Bunny Photo Event
About: This is a special event for children on the Autism Spectrum. They can meet the Easter Bunny in a sensory friendly area.
Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 9AM to 11AM
Location: The Bon Ton wing of the Colonial Park Mall, Harrisburg, PA
For more information: Click on the Entertainment tab at www.colonialparkmall.com
Event: Lindt and Autism Speaks Partnership
About: Lindt offers three ways to donate to the world’s largest autism advocacy organization. Buy a GOLD BUNNY, participate in the GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction, or find puzzle pieces in the “Build a Better Easter Basket with Lindt GOLD BUNNY” Facebook game.
Date: Lindt GOLD BUNNY Day is April 4, 2014.
Time: See website for additional dates and times.
Location: Online and at select Lindt Chocolate Shops
For more information: http://www.lindtusa.com/shop/lindt-gold-bunny-autism-speaks
Donating and Volunteering
Easter is a great time to give back to your community. Volunteer your time or donate food to support the organizations that provide Easter meals to those in need.
Event: Project SHARE Easter Dinner Bags
About: Project SHARE is collecting items for their Easter Dinner Bags. Their shopping list includes ham, vegetables, and dessert mixes.
Date: Now through April 14, 2014
Time: Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM.
Location: 5 North Orange Street, Carlisle, PA
For more information: www.projectshare.net
Event: Bethesda Mission’s Easter Dinner
About: Bethesda Mission is currently accepting donations of hams for their Easter Dinner.
Date: Easter season
Location: Donations can be dropped off at the Men’s Shelter, 611 Reily Street, Harrisburg, PA.
For more information: www.bethesdamission.org
Sports and Fitness
Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to get moving again after hibernating through the long, cold winter. Add a little fitness to your Easter celebration with these events.
Event: First Annual Bunny Run 5K
About: A 5k Run/Walk benefiting the Annville-Cleona Cross Country Booster club and the Lebanon County Special Olympics.
Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Location: Annville-Cleona High School, 500 South White Oak Street, Annville, PA
For more information: http://www.appliedracemgmt.com/race/1st-annual-bunny-run-easter-weekend-5k-runwalk/
Event: Crone’s Tae Kwon Do School Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Intro Class Event
About: An afternoon of eggs, martial arts, games, prizes, and fun.
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: Check in/registration begins at noon
Location: 24 East Main Street, New Kingstown, PA
For more information: http://cronestaekwondo.com/egg-hunt
Trains and Automobiles
For some families, the Easter holiday is a time to travel across the state or country to celebrate with loved ones. If traveling is not in your plans this year, you may want to attend these transportation themed Easter events instead.
Event: Strasburg Railroad Easter Bunny Train
About: Take a train ride with the Easter Bunny.
Date: April 18, 19, and 20, 2014
Time: See website for boarding and departure times.
Location: Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA
For more information: www.strasburgrailroad.com
Event: Antique Automobile Club of America Museum Annual Easter Egg Hunt
About: Join the AACA Museum for a fun filled afternoon. Events include a visit with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt.
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 11AM to 1:30PM
Location: 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA
For more information: www.aacamuseum.org