If you’re looking for fun family activities this Easter, then Pittsburgh has just what you need to celebrate. From Easter egg hunts to meeting the Easter Bunny, there are lots of fun activities to choose from in Pittsburgh. The list below has something for everyone (even teenagers!), including fun community events that are completely free. So celebrate Easter 2011 with the whole family in Pittsburgh.
Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland
April 16, 17, 22 & 23, 2011
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$6.75 for participants
$3.00 for non-participants
Visit Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm and Garden Center for a fun family Easter tradition. Children and their families can take a hayride up to Bunnyland on top of a hill. There, the children will find straw nests full of Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny himself. Once children find ten eggs, they receive a certificate for a free Easter basket. The eggs are easy to find, and there are lots of opportunities for photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Once you head back to the market, there’s a balloon typhoon for kids to play in, face painting, a coloring contest, and a petting zoo. This Spring festival is a fun way to celebrate the Easter season and is more elaborate than just a plain egg hunt.
April 22 & 23, 2011
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you’re looking for a blowout Easter celebration for the whole family, then look no further than community favorite Eggstravaganza, put on each year by Victory Church in Cranberry Township. The whole event is free, and all ages will have an amazing time. Not only are there egg hunts for infants through 6th graders (check the schedule here for times and age groups), there are indoor and outdoor activities for children and teens to keep them busy and having a great time. Kids’ events include: egg hunt, fire truck displays, food vendors, inflatable rides, balloon artists, puppet show, RC racers, temporary tattoos, soft play room, and photos with the Easter Bunny and cartoon cutouts (bring your own camera). Teen events include: bungee run, rock climbing wall, pedestal jousting, velcro wall, high striker, speed pitch, electronic basketball, and 3-hole mini golf. Bring the whole family and have a great time.
Breakfast With The Easter Bunny
$20 per person; children 2 and under are free
The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA is home to over 600 birds from around the world. You can make your visit extra-special by sharing breakfast with the Easter Bunny to start your day. Your ticket includes a hot breakfast, a craft, a take-away treat, and a chance to pose for photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera). Some feathery friends may also make a special appearance. In addition to the special activities, your ticket also includes admission to The National Aviary and VIP seating at the 11 a.m. Wings! bird show. The Aviary also offers a buffet lunch for Easter, but 2011’s lunch is already sold out.
Bunny Fun Cruise
April 23, 2011
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
$16.50 adults; $9.50 children 12 and under
Board a ship on the Gateway Clipper Fleet and enjoy a fun Spring cruise with the Easter Bunny. Dance to music from a DJ, decorate Easter eggs and meet the Easter bunny, all while cruising up and down the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, PA. All children will receive a free chocolate bunny, and the whole family will have a great time. If you’re looking for a more subdued Easter cruise, the Gateway Clipper Fleet hosts an Easter Dinner Cruise as well at 12:30pm on Sunday, April 24th. Enjoy a two-hour cruise, dinner buffet, and live entertainment for Easter.
Northside Easter Sunrise Service
April 24th, 2011
2011 marks the 77th annual sunrise service on Observatory Hill in Riverview Park. The service takes place in front of the Allegheny Observatory and is community-based as well as interdenominational. Participants are asked to dress warmly and bring a lawn chair to celebrate this special event designed for the whole family. In case of rain, the service will be held indoors at Riverview Presbyterian church at the Perrysville entrance to the park.