Easter to come to families’ homes in Eastpointe, Roseville thanks to RARE program

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 6, 2021

 The Easter Bunny will be making some special stops in Eastpointe and Roseville on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, thanks to RARE’s Easter Egg Dash program.

The Easter Bunny will be making some special stops in Eastpointe and Roseville on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, thanks to RARE’s Easter Egg Dash program.

Photo provided by Sarah Frederick

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — It’s not every day a family can have Easter delivered to their door.

However, that is exactly what the Recreation Authority for Roseville and Eastpointe is offering through its Easter Egg Dash program. Families can sign up to have 50 plastic eggs hidden in their yards by the Easter Bunny’s special helpers so that kids can have the sort of Easter that COVID-19 has made so hard to celebrate.

“Because of the pandemic, large gatherings have not been allowed,” said Sarah Frederick, RARE’s assistant director. “Last year, we had to cancel our Easter egg hunt, so we came up with a new way to bring a similar kind of event to kids. With the Easter egg hunt, we are bringing it to the homes. Each home will receive 50 plastic eggs with candy inside, and we will place them in their yards to find and give the families baskets to collect them. The Easter Bunny can come for pictures if they schedule it.”

The eggs will be delivered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, for Eastpointe homes and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, for Roseville homes. Those wishing to give their kids this special experience must register by March 21, and space is limited.

“They can register in person at the Rec Authority building,” Frederick explained. “We can’t process credit cards over the phone, and there’s a $25-per-household fee.”

Local Eastpointe resident Stephanie Smith was among the first parents to sign up their kids for the program and said she was so happy to be able to have some special way to celebrate the holiday for her 3-year-old, Stephen, and 5-year-old, Riley.

“Each year, we look forward to being involved in different activities related to holidays,” Smith wrote in an email. “It is rough not being able to celebrate holidays with extended family, as we have done in years past. The recreation center has done a great job hosting events like this to still be able to celebrate holiday traditions with our kids while being aware of COVID and following safety guidelines.”

She added that she and her husband, Ryan, always try to find new and exciting ways to make the holidays memorable for their kids, but COVID-19 has made that incredibly difficult.

“(This) was appealing to us because it allowed us to make Easter special for our kids without having to leave our house,” remarked Smith. “We always try to make holidays special for our kids. With them being so young, they look forward to these days all year ’round. We try to continue to bring the magic to life without having to leave the house. So my husband and I are constantly trying to think of new things to help make these holidays memorable for our kids.”

Parents aren’t the only ones who have had to look near and far for new ideas in the age of COVID. Frederick said that coming up with programs that are both fun and safe for families has been a challenge.

“This is the first time we’ve tried a program like this,” said Frederick. “I saw this when I was looking for ideas and another community on the West Coast did it. It’s tricky to come up with safe Easter activities.”

Frederick said she and her fellow RARE members are happy that they can do something to ensure families have some way to recognize the holiday, even if they are stuck at home.

“We want to get kids outside, and we want to offer something to the community that is safe, and this way we can still bring something to their home but in a safe way,” said Frederick. “Plus, they get to interact with the Easter Bunny and get their candy and do an egg hunt.”

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