Easter of 2020 looks like nothing we’ve ever seen before. With travel off the table, events cancelled, and families in isolation or quarantine, we can’t expect this to be a “normal” Easter long weekend. With stress and anxiety at peak levels around the world, this is not the year to worry about creating that perfect holiday magic! This is the year to remember that Easter and Passover (which begins the evening of April 8) began in the hard circumstances of fear and death and were transformed into stories of hope, life, and renewal.
So the Family Fun Calgary Easter Guide doesn’t focus on events this year, of course, but will hopefully offer tips and inspiration to make the most of a special weekend, loving our families and finding gratitude in what we have.
Honestly, though, I’m just aiming for #goodenough.
I don’t know about your house, but the hours sometimes drag a little here, especially during the brief periods I issue a screen moratorium. (They are brief periods out of respect for my sanity.) Usually my only Easter craft idea is painting eggs, but eggs are in high demand in our house these days for baking or easy lunches! Find some different crafts or activities that will suit your crew.
- Our Easter Crafts and Activities article that was put together by our Toronto editor has a list of great Easter egg decorating alternatives and other fun crafts.
- Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has come up with some ways to “immerse yourself virtually.” One of the crafts is a toilet paper roll bunny, which seems rather apropos this year!
- Pinnovate DIY Studio is offering a DIY Delivery, for those who are ready to go beyond the toilet paper rolls! You won’t have time to receive your kit by Easter, but you could order one as part of an Easter gift for enjoyment later.
- City of Calgary At Home has a range of online resources for families, and they include some spring-themed crafts.
- If you want to try some simple building, The Rusted Petal has some Take and Make projects to try at home. Pick up is available on select days of the week.
- Sunridge Shopping Centre can’t host their Easter event this year but they are hosting an Easter drawing and colouring contest. You can enter to win an Easter basket filled with goodies!
Some of the best Easter chocolate in the city is available for order and curbside pickup, so you don’t have to go without this year! What gastronomic delights are important to your family? Some availability may be limited, but in our house, special food is the best way to mark a special occasion. I plan on chocolate, cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing, and maybe pizza. Order in if that’s preferred and possible and eat off the special dishes. Or eat off paper plates so no one has to do dish duty! Whatever works.
Will the Easter Bunny arrive at your house?! We will definitely miss our annual cousin egg hunt this year. Having younger kids around made the whole thing more fun for everyone. We will still do some sort of hunt this year, even with teens and an 11-year-old, just because we can.
- Family Fun Halifax found some unique Easter Egg hunts to shake things up a little this year.
- Do the grandparents live in town? Maybe do a hunt in their backyard and connect through the window.
- Mobilize your community to hang Easter egg pictures in the window and see how many you find on a walk.
- Send a picture to the cousins and give them 3 chances to guess where you hid the eggs.
- Wait until evening or find a dark room and have a Flashlight Hunt.
- Head online to the virtual egg hunt at Fuse33 Maker Space.
- Enjoy your Easter candy feast!
Between school at home and work at home and simply managing life at home, there isn’t always a good chunk of time in our house to relax and enjoy family playtime during the week.
- A long weekend is a great time to gather the kids and have a little board game or card game fun.
- My son and a friend managed to play the game Castle Panic over Zoom one night. This takes a little patience, (so it excludes me) but might be a good way for older kids to connect with family and friends.
- The Easter weekend is often about family, so make sure you call, FaceTime, or set up a family Zoom meeting at some point over the weekend.
- If virtual board games aren’t your thing (*hand raised*) try playing charades or even Pictionary virtually!
5. Services and Virtual Experiences
Not everyone attends a service on Easter Sunday, but many churches are offering virtual services to celebrate. You could even get the kids to dress up and take a Porch Portrait to commemorate how your family survived and made the most of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
- Besides church services, there are other virtual events happening this weekend, like the rare Andrea Bocelli concert that is being streamed from the Duomo cathedral in Milan on Sunday morning.
- Make a plan to catch a full-length musical at some point during the weekend, with the Shows Must Go On. This weekend’s show is released Friday at 1 pm.
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