Safe & Hope-filled: Easter 2021 Last Updated: March 2021
Easter is a holiday of hope; spring has sprung and all things feel new. The holiday may look different this year, but we can still make it special – and let it inspire hope for brighter days ahead. From colorful egg hunts and drive-through events to exquisite brunch menus, we’ve gathered a few ways to safely celebrate Easter in 2021.
At this time, Connecticut businesses are working diligently to prioritize safety, so you can focus on fun. As always, be sure to check back frequently with events or attractions, as details may change due to COVID-19.
Eggs & Events
At this fun and socially distant event, children can search for Easter eggs on the nature trails, then return back to the Wheels in the Woods picnic area to meet some live animals and redeem their eggs for exciting prizes such as stuffed animals, science kits, craft activities, and more! A maximum of 25 kids per session ensures a fun, safe event for all.
Take socially distant photos with Easter bunny, Motorwoman Cotton-Tail, then complete a Scavenger Hunt, make a Bunny Ear Craft, and visit the Fire Truck Museum for the chance to win up to three surprise-filled Easter eggs! To keep the event both fun and safe, face masks will be required and trolleys will operate at reduced capacity.
Stop for candy filled eggs along the enchanted bunny trail. See live animals, farm-friendly characters, and easter bunnies galore as you drive through in the safety and comfort of your own car. Reservations required.
Ever hunt for Dino-sized Easter eggs? On April 3, discover goodies all along the Dinosaur trail. Hunt for eggs in different locations throughout Dinosaur Place, enjoy a goodie bag, and of course win prizes! To keep things safe, masks will be required and the park will operate at half capacity. Be sure to buy your ticket in advance!
Ride a 100-year old beautifully restored trolley to meet the Easter Bunny on his very own trolley car. Each child receives many photo opportunities plus a small gift! To keep the event safe, social distancing and face coverings are required and trolleys are cleaned between each visit.
A different kind of egg hunt, this event teaches about the animals laying eggs in spring. Hike the nature trails, scavenge for clues, win a prize, and take home a craft bag for kids!
Enjoy Easter eggs without even leaving your car at this Egg Hunt To Go in West Hartford. Simply drive by and pick up a free bag of eggs filled with candy and toys!
Participants will have a choice of two scavenger egg hunts; the younger children will need to find four large felt easter eggs and the older children can choose to find five smaller felt eggs inside the museum. When they have found their egg locations, return to the front desk to report your findings, and collect your Easter goodie bag! To ensure the safety of all visitors, it is requested that parents remain with their children at all times during the Egg Hunt.
Stroll the trails of the Nature Center in search of eggs, say hello to the resident animal friends along the way, and visit with the Easter Bunny. Kids can trade in their found eggs for wooden ones and head over to the creation stations to use paint and more to decorate in their own unique way. To keep this event safe, please bring your own basket to collect eggs and wear a mask. Pre-registration required.
Join in the fun with hunting for eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, play games, and more. For safety, the event is limited capacity and masks must be worn. Pre-registration required.
Egg-cellent Easter Meals
Whether you’re dining in or enjoying a take-home meal, Connecticut has plenty of spots to satisfy all your Easter brunch and dinner desires.
Attend a dine-in, prix-fixe brunch – or take home a meal – at Saybrook Point Marina with favorites including pan-seared Atlantic salmon, hoisin-glazed duck, spring vegetable pasta primavera, and desserts including coconut cream cake and chocolate cherry cheesecake bars.
Dine in at Pond House Café and enjoy dishes such as eggs Florentine, steak & eggs benedict, lobster omelet, Pond House French Toast, seafood paella – or cinnamon swirl pancakes for the kids. Or skip brunch and savor Easter dinner at Mill on the River. Choose from delicious entrees including roast prime rib of black angus beef, honey-glazed Virginia ham, garlic & rosemary roasted loin of Jersey pork, roasted leg of Australian lamb, and more.
Below are a few more spots to consider.
Unique Easter Basket Finds
If you’re playing Easter Bunny, consider skipping the big brand candy and giving special sweets instead – you’ll even help #SupportCTbusinesses while you’re at it. From homemade truffles and caramels to favorites like chocolate covered pretzels and peanut butter cups, you’ll find endless goodies along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail.
Find everything from cake pops and Krispy Treats to brownies and DIY cupcake kits at Forever Sweet Bakery in Norwalk. Or if you’ve got a little one with dietary restrictions, find gourmet chocolate made in a peanut, tree nut, egg, wheat, shellfish and fish-free facility at Noteworthy Chocolates in Bethel and plenty of vegan and gluten free options at Divine Treasures in Manchester. Below are a few spots to consider.
Ways to Spend the Day
With a full Sunday to spend, why not get outdoors with the family? Connecticut is filled with safe ways to take in the spring air.