Brackenridge, Harrison and Tarentum each have different plans for Easter this year, after community egg hunts were canceled in 2020 because of the covid pandemic.
While Tarentum is returning to a traditional event, Brackenridge and Harrison each are doing something different.
Brackenridge will be handing out Easter treat bags in a drive-through or walk-up event for its residents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, by the American Legion post on First Avenue, said Cindy Kish, secretary of the borough’s parks and recreation board.
No registration is required.
“We would love to do our normal thing. This is the next best thing we could come up with,” she said. “We wanted to make sure that we would be able to do something safe.”
Kish said they’re preparing 400 bags with an assortment of items, including candy, crafts and sidewalk chalk.
Also not having a traditional egg hunt again this year, Harrison took inspiration from Murrysville in putting together an activity that will allow township families to have hunts in their own yards.
Harrison residents can register for the township’s “Egg Your Yard” event from March 8-16 with a registration form online or by sending an email to [email protected] Families should include their children’s names and ages, phone number and delivery address.
Children must be 10 or younger.
The pre-filled plastic eggs will be distributed March 29-31, said Natalie Cale, secretary of the township’s recreation board.
There’s no cost. Families will get 10 to 12 eggs per child filled with different things depending on their ages.
Unlike in Murrysville, Harrison’s volunteers will just deliver the eggs to families, not hide them in their yards for them.
Cale said they decided to do this after seeing a report about Murrysville’s plans in the Tribune-Review.
“We didn’t plan on doing the egg hunt because of covid restrictions. We just want to make sure everyone is safe,” she said. “We were going to eliminate it altogether. When we saw the article, we found a way around it.”
Pat Walters, a member of the recreation board and secretary of Natrona Comes Together, encouraged Natrona residents to participate in the “Egg Your Yard” event.
“It’s not quite the same as going to the park and playing with other children, but it’s showing that we care about the children, and that’s important,” Walters said.
Cale said the board hopes this is a one-time event.
“This is just a way to try to work around the covid situation,” she said. “Hopefully things will be back to normal, and we’ll be able to have our Easter egg hunt in person with all the festivities that go with it.”
Tarentum Council has approved holding its community egg hunt beginning at 9 a.m. April 3, the Saturday before Easter, at Riverview Memorial Park. It’s sponsored by the borough’s recreation board and the Tarentum Women of the Moose.
Masks and social distancing will be required. Children will be spaced out in separate groups throughout the park, Councilwoman Carrie Fox said.
“The state seems to be opening up with allowing a little more normalcy, so we figured we’d just go ahead and have it,” Fox said.
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