Get your cameras and baskets ready as there are many events in around the city for the kids to enjoy this Easter. At Easter egg hunts, families can enjoy children’s little moments of success when they find the sought-after egg after racing around on their quest. Even though some places are closed on Easter Sunday, the Pirates are playing at home. While the Pirates are hosting kids’ night and providing a free sock monkey to kids 14 and younger for the game on Sunday, here are some other venues to check out for fun Easter activities.
Brunch in Bloom
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
700 Frank Curto Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Date: April 13 and 20, 2014
Enjoy Brunch in Bloom with the entire family in the special events hall of Phipps Conservatory with vibrant colors of the Tropics of India exhibit as the background. The featured menu looks delicious and is prepared by the chefs from Phipps Cafe which is a certified three star green restaurant. This means it is planet friendly and people healthy. Brunch costs are $36.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids ages five to 12 and free for children ages four and under. Members receive a 10-percent discount. The price of the brunch includes admission into the Conservatory. Everyone can take an adventure through the botanical exhibits in the Victorian glass and steel greenhouses in Oakland.
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Breakfast or Lunch with the Easter Bunny
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
7340 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Date: April 12, 13 and 19, 2014
Children of all ages are invited to breakfast or lunch with the Easter Bunny. Scheduled events are making an Easter craft, visiting the animals before eating and an egg hunt after. Visitors are invited to bring their cameras if they want a photo with the Easter Bunny. The cost of this event is $17 members, $20 non-members and $7 for children under two. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a 77-acre habitat that houses 22 threatened or endangered species. It is one of six zoo and aquarium combinations in the country.
2573 Brandt School Road
Wexford, PA 15090
Date: April 19, 2014
Plan for fun activities at Soergel Orchards. Planned activities include an egg hunt, visits from the Easter Bunny and Marie the Cow, face painting, pony and hay rides, a bounce house and more. Admission is free, and activities may have individual participation costs. This place is a country store surrounded by acres of orchards. This family-owned store has grown its business since the 1850s before settling in Wexford in the early 1970s.
Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland
Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm & Garden Center
1120 Roosevelt Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Date: April 12, 13, 18 and 19, 2014
Take a hayride to the top of the hill where you are greeted by the Easter Bunny to find his eggs. When 10 eggs are found, the Easter Bunny awards a coupon for an Easter basket. Live bunnies will be in Bunnyland, weather permitting, and if not they will be in the greenhouse at the market. Activities at the market include balloons, live animals, face painting and a coloring contest. Prices for the egg hunt in Bunnyland are $7.50 for any child participating and $3.50 for non-participants. Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm & Garden Center is located on 82 acres.
Annual Egg Event
Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center
900 Cedar Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Date: April 12, 2014
The Annual Egg Event is a tradition in the Mount Lebanon community. The event starts at the rec center (where the ice rink is), and participants are taken to the pavilions to start the egg hunt overseen by the Easter Bunny. Remember to bring your basket to hold the hidden eggs and a camera for photo opportunities. Admission is free to the public and is limited to children ages seven and up. The Mount Lebanon Recreation Center has a regulation ice rink that seats approximately 700 people. The swim center renovation is expected to be completed in June.
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