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Top Easter Events For Kids In Connecticut

April 11, 2014 9:00 AM

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Easter is about as late as it can be this year – April 20 – which means odds are the weather will be very spring-like. As a result, there are many outdoor events planned to entertain children for the holy holiday – but there are also a few indoor activities available, just in case those pesky April showers ruin the day.What is Easter without a big bunny and decorated eggs? All over Connecticut, there are Easter egg hunts and scheduled visits by the Easter Bunny to mark the holiday. There are also some more artistic and educational events at museums and art studios and, of course, many restaurants offer Easter brunch – and some of those are clever enough to provide special stations meant for their younger patrons. Read on to find the best kids’ Easter events in Connecticut.

Easter Bunny Fun Day – The Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 N. Road
E. Windsor, CT 06088
(860) 627-6540
www.ct-trolley.org
 
Date: April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19 is “Easter Bunny Fun Day” at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. In addition to a costumed Easter Bunny, there will be the usual uniformed trolley car conductors to guide visitors around the site and to help them board one of the working trolley cars for a trolley ride around the museum park. There will also be toy trolleys and model train setups to play with, face painting stations, bubble tables and temporary tattoos to stick on. This is an all-day event, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. Entrance to the museum and participation in the event is a bargain, at only $8.50 per adult (and $7.50 for seniors and children two to 12 years of age).

Heckscher Farm Egg Hunt
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
(203) 322-1646
www.stamfordmuseum.org

Date: April 19, 2014

Heckscher Farm is an historic 10-acre working farm, educational resource, agricultural museum and nature center. The barn dates from the 1750s. It has several dozen animals, a small dairy and creamery, gardens, maple sugar house, chicken coops and grazing pastures, along with farmers who are there to tell children all about what farmers did – and still do – in Connecticut. For the tenth year in a row, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center is opening up its Heckscher Farm to host an Easter egg hunt. “Hundreds of eggs” will be hidden around the farm, note the organizers, but parents need not worry about them being broken or safe to eat, for these eggs are not to take home, but are traded in for goody bags. Only children ages six and younger are allowed to take part in the hunt and claim a goody bag prize, but parents and older siblings are welcomed (and encouraged) to go along with the little ones on their search. The cost for members of the museum is only $5 per family (non-members pay that plus a gate admission fee to enter the farm). The Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 19 (the day before Easter) from 10 a.m. until noon.

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Olde Mistick Village Easter Egg Hunt
Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-4941
www.oldemistickvillage.com

Date: April 19, 2014

Mistick Village is an outdoor mall designed to look like an old New England village. There are stores and restaurants, a movie theater, a Victorian gazebo and a Colonial era meeting house. There is also a duck pond, which is especially popular with children. The shops at Olde Mistick Village will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt from noon until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. The Easter Bunny will be there, and children can meet and greet the big white rabbit in the Village’s Gazebo. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for the free photo opportunity. There are three separate hunts, one for children ages three and four, another for those ages five to seven and a third for children eight to 10 years of age.

Easter Workshop at The Giggling Pig Art Studio
478 River Road
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 919-1153
www.thegigglingpigartstudio.com

Date: April 13, 2014

On Sunday, April 13, The Giggling Pig Art Studio in Shelton will host two Easter workshops. The first, in the morning, is for little children (age six and under) and the second, in the afternoon, is for older children. The approximately two-hour classes will focus on dying and decorating Easter eggs, and (weather permitting) there will be an outdoor egg hunt. Reservations are required, and the cost is $10 per child. Parents are free of charge (if all they do is watch and guide their children, but extra if they “do the craft”). Parents are forewarned that the paint provided by the art studio is NOT washable; they are acrylics and they will stain clothing – but the result is a glistening decorated egg.

Confetti
393 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 793-8809
www.idineconfetti.com

Many families often celebrate Easter by going out to brunch. Most children find that to be a boring and overly formal affair – but it does not have to be that way, as the staff at Confetti in Plainville can attest. While the $20.95 brunch (or $16.95 if everyone is seated before 10:30 a.m.) for adults (and $12.95 for children) offers a massive array of main courses from eggs benedict and Easter ham to prime rib and all-you-can-peel shrimp, there is also a lot of food meant to attract kids. There is a Belgian waffle chef and, best of all, an ice cream sundae station – which is flanked by rows upon rows of cookies, cakes and, of course, candies.

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