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An Easter egg hunt in historic Odessa. (Historic Odessa Foundation photo)
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Easter egg hunts are sort of back this year, promising some fun outdoors while of course following social-distancing, masking and other pandemic guidelines.

Here are some local Easter-themed events, some featuring egg hunts with other kids, and some not.

Auburn Heights Egg-stravaganza, Yorklyn. The Friends of Auburn Heights are sponsoring a huntless event at the museum, 3000 Creek Road. The fun runs noon to 4 p.m. April 2-3, with $10 tickets required for all attendees. Activities include train rides, a bunny-themed craft, a contactless scavenger hunt (best for ages 7-10), an interactive story (“Hoppy Lost Her Hop: A Bunny Tail,”) best for ages 6 and under) and a goodie bag with filled eggs to enjoy at the event or at home.

Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Newark. The church is hosting a free hunt at its fields, 308 Possum Park Road, Newark. The action runs 10-11:30 a.m. April 3, with crafts, inflatables, an egg hunt and prizes. The age groups are 3 years and under, 4 years to second grade and third grade and older.

Faith Presbyterian Church, Brandywine Hundred. The Easter Family Fun Day is at 9 and 10:30 a.m April 3 at the church, 720 Marsh Road. Activities include an Easter egg hunt, a scavenger hunt and crafts. Space is limited.

 

Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Bear. An Easter Eggstravaganza runs noon-2 p.m. March 27, with a hunt, food and games at the church, 2274 Porter Road.

Historic Houses of Odessa, Odessa. Thousands of candy-filled eggs will be hidden on the grounds of the Wilson-Warner House, 201 Main St., Odessa. The free hunt is for toddlers to fifth-graders, with sessions at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. March 28. Registration is required by March 25 at 378-4119 or jennifer.cabell@historicodessa.org. Participants also get a craft.

Newark’s Hunt at Home. The city for the second year canceled its event at White Clay Creek State Park, and this year’s alternative is a hunt at home kit. Kits are $10 and must be reserved by Wednesday and picked up on Thursday. Age-appropriate kits include a dozen candy- and toy-filled eggs, crafts and activities. Age groups are 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9.

Praise Assembly, Newark. The church is hosting a hunt 9-11 a.m. April 3 on its grounds, 1421 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark. Registration is online.

 

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Brandywine Hundred. The hunt and best-dressed contest start on the rectory lawn, 7 Sharpley Road, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on April 4. Registration is required, and children will be grouped age 5 and younger and ages 6-7. The Easter Bunny will be there for selfies.

Trinity Community Church, Hockessin. The church will host a free hunt at 1 p.m. March 27 on the church grounds, 6580 Lancaster Pike. Registration is requested.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington. An Easter festival runs 10:15-11 a.m. April 4 at the church, 1502 W. 13th St., and includes a hunt (up to age 12), bag decorating, crafts and card writing. Reservations are required.

White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, Newark. The hunt is 10 a.m.-noon April 3 at the church, 15 Polly Drummond Hill Road. It’s for children up to 10.

Wilmington & Western, Milltown. The Easter Bunny Express features the Easter Bunny for selfies and treats for kids on a 90-minute train ride. Departures are 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. March 27-28 and April 2-3. Tickets are $20-$22, with the youngest kids free.

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