The first day of spring was yesterday, March 20, and though I’ve seen the first robin (the traditional first sign of spring) and heard the first Harley (my personal favorite first sign of spring), I’ve not seen a rabbit yet. Good thing Easter is right around the corner! Now this year Easter is April 1, which is also April Fools’ Day. In our house I’m thinking of the April Fools’ Day prank as being that the Easter Bunny didn’t come this year… I can just picture the look on my kids’ faces at the thought of not searching for their basket and then the plastic eggs filled with jelly beans, the peanut butter-filled eggs, the chocolate bunny, etc. Now before you call me a mean mom in doing this – my kids are all over 20 years of age and live on their own, so you’d think they were beyond doing the Easter basket and candy hunt thing! NOT! Of course I then need to be careful of what prank they’ll pull on me, ‘coz we love April Fools’ Day and pulling pranks on each other!
Okay – back to Easter in Walworth County! This time of year comes with Easter egg hunts, fun Easter activities, and Easter brunches (as well as breakfasts and dinners). Let’s get planning the strategy for making the most of all that’s happening!
Easter egg hunts are at the top of the list of activities – come on, think candy! There are at least a half-dozen (hahaha – an egg reference!) happening this weekend on Saturday, March 24, then another half-dozen or more happening Easter weekend, both Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1. Check out the listing below.
If you think you’re too old for Easter egg hunts, first, reference back to the ages of my kids at the beginning of this blog, and second, let me tell you what Staller Estate Winery has going on for adults! Yes, I said WINERY! On March 31, from 11 am – 6 pm, Staller Estate Winery has their adult Easter egg hunt, called ‘Easter Dusting‘. Search for an egg (limit one per person, and you must be 21 years or older) and then trade it in for a prize. Prizes vary from discounts, wine and chocolate flights, to bottles of wine. This beats out candy in my book! The ‘dusting’ aspect has to do with some eggs being easy to find, others maybe not so easy and you’ll be ‘dusting’ the floor or a back corner of a shelf in search of your egg. Either way, with the prize options being wine-related, I’m in!
Climb aboard the East Troy Electric Railroad’s Bunny Train either March 24, March 25, or March 31, for some family fun! Enjoy face painting (8 am – 3 pm) and coloring at the depot while checking in and getting your scavenger hunt cards. Board the Bunny Train and take a ride to the Elegant Farmer. During the ride there will be many things to look out the windows for to mark off on your scavenger hunt cards. Once you arrive at the Elegant Farmer, you’ll be able to hold baby chicks, pet bunnies shown by local 4-H students, and even get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! All children (ticket holders) will receive a stuffed bunny on the return trip and there are jelly beans for all! Reservations are recommended – you can order tickets online for the Bunny Train or call 262.642.3263.
Now for the food, and not just candy (and wine), to fill up on! Easter brings dining out options of breakfasts, brunches, and dinners, as well as ‘Easter Dinner to Go‘ from Lake Lawn Resort – just pre-order by no later than Monday, March 26 (call 262.725.9155) and pick it up Sunday, April 1. Get things rolling this Saturday, March 24, with a Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and then check out more options Easter weekend, with things happening both on Saturday, March 31, and of course on Easter Sunday. You’d think there was a problem with being so much food, but I don’t see it that way – you just gotta pace yourself and wear elastic waistband pants or a long shirt to cover zippered pants being open a bit…!
And there it is – Easter in Walworth County! Get hoppin’!