With the help of the Easter bunny, usher in springtime with loads of egg-filled, family friendly Easter activities throughout the greater Cleveland area. Grab the pastel baskets, buckle up the kids and hop over to any of these fun local venues. Start a new family Easter tradition this year right at home in Cleveland.
The Ukrainian Museum Archives
202 Kenilworth Ave.
Date: Fri, March 30 to Sat, March 31
Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Click here to see an online preview of the exhibit
Nothing says “Easter” to kids like coloring eggs, and there’s nothing quite like the artistically decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs in vibrant hues and intricate patterns like the ones on display at the 19th Annual Ukrainian Museum Archives Exhibit the Friday and Saturday before Easte in the Tremont district. The Ukrainian Easter egg, known as “psyanka” (from the Ukrainian word meaning “to write”) is one of the most exquisite of its kind and originated as a pagan ritual to celebrate the coming of spring. The intricate designs are applied using a pen-like tool, hence the name. This year’s exhibit features pysanky by Ohio-based artist, Tanya Osadca, who has created magnificent replicas of original antique pysanky, each a miniature masterpiece in its own right. Buy supplies, browse through books and greeting cards, participate in demonstrations, and learn how to make your own pysanky. Recommended for older children. Event runs Friday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets
549 S. Chillicothe Rd.
Aurora, OH 44202
Date: Sat, April 7
Hours: Mon to Sat –10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Calling all shopaholics, Aurora Farms Premium Outlets has something right up your bunny trail, combining your desire to shop with activities and crafts to keep your little bunnies occupied with their annual free Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny for kids ages 10 and younger. Kids are invited to go store to store and experience a variety of craft activities and special offers. Stop at the gazebo near Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th that morning for a complete list of activities.
1153 Main Ave.
Date: Sun, April 8
Hours: brunch – 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; boards 12 p.m.; departs 1 p.m.
Price: $35.16 adults/$22.25 children/reservations suggested
Click here for schedule
Hop aboard the Nautica Queen for an truly unique, memorable Easter on Cleveland’s very own cruise line. Join the Easter bunny for a fun-filled Easter Sunday brunch and two-hour cruise, celebrating springtime and downtown Cleveland’s ever-changing skyline. Reservations are recommended.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Date: Sat, April 7
Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; Sun – noon to 5 p.m.; Wed – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 31 to Sept. 6; closed Mon
Price: $10 member child/$15 non-member child/free member adult/$9.50 non-member adult
Come rain or shine, all little bunnies ages 2 and older are invited to participate in the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s annual Easter egg hunt in the Hershey Children’s Garden. Expect lots to see and do, including bunny tales and stories, games, crafts, and age-appropriate activities. Of course, no egg hunt would be complete without meeting the one and only celebrity du jour and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring the cameras. Grab your kids and baskets and hunt for the hidden treasures throughout the gardens. Reservations are required. Egg hunt starts at 10:45 a.m. for children ages 2 to 4 and at 11:15 a.m. for kids ages 5 and older.
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Ave.
Date: Sun, April 8
Hours: Mon to Sat –10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – noon to 5 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the White House egg hunt in D.C., kids of all ages are invited to join the fun and festivities at the Annual White House Easter Monday Egg Roll at the James A. Garfield historic site in Mentor. It’s held on the grounds behind former President Garfield’s own home and timed to coincide with the nation’s official egg roll on the grounds of the White House. In addition to the egg roll relay (wooden eggs provided), there will be games, crafts, tours and original memorabilia from past White House Easter egg roll contests. The Easter egg roll re-creation festivities hop-off at 1 p.m. with the roll, and last until 4 p.m. Easter hours noon to 5 p.m.
B.A. Sweeties Candy Co., Inc
7480 Brookpark Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44129
(216) 739-2244 or toll free (888) 267-9340
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If the Easter bunny at your home is running a little behind on getting treat baskets ready for Sunday, grab the family and lend a hand. The amazing candy warehouse, A. B. Sweeties, is right in Cleveland’s backyard. Sweeties stocks every conceivable Easter confection, with candy stacked to the ceiling in more than 14,000 square feet of space. Hop down the aisles of Easter candy where the first thing you see is Peeps, Peeps and more Peeps in all colors, in marshmallow, in chocolate, and even sugar-free. Snag Cadbury crème eggs and Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans, gummy bunnies, foil-covered chocolate eggs, marshamallow egg crates, and, of course, a multitude of chocolate rabbits and bulk candies. It’s the best source of candy in the area.
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With more than twenty years of writing experience to her credit, Ellen Jacob, “The Ultimate Grammy”, provides anecdotal hints and how-tos on fun, inspiring, sociable, creative, and educational activities to plan and do with young grandchildren as well as articles of interest to seniors and aging boomers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.