Where to visit the Easter bunny and get your Passover Seder on – Philly.com
This weekend welcomes two holidays.
There will be Easter eggs and candy for some, seders and matzo for others, as Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jews begin their eight-day observance of Passover at sundown Friday.
If you’re celebrating Easter, here are a few places where you can hop on down the bunny trail. Let the great egg hunt begin!
Stenton Easter Egg Hunt. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Search for eggs and chocolates at the colonial home of William Penn’s secretary James Logan. Dye some eggs yourself, and find out how natural dyes are made from plant and animal products. There will be games and crafts.
Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St. Admission: Free, donations appreciated. Information: 215-329-7312, www.stenton.org.
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Easter Egg Hunt. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Step into the past for an egg hunt in the fields of the 112-acre living-history site. The hunt is for children 12 and younger. There will be prizes and a puppet show by the Segal Puppet Theatre. Bring a picnic basket.
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, 900 N. Sandy Flash Dr., Newtown Square. Tickets: $8. Information: 610-566-1725, www.colonialplantation.org/
Hayrides to Bunny Land. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Linvilla Orchards. Take a hayride through the woods to the Easter Bunny’s house – and bring your camera for some bunny selfies.
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media. Tickets: $8. Information: 610-876-7116, www.linvilla.com.
Egg Hunt Hayride. Every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Johnson’s Corner Farm. Hop a hayride to a field at the Medford farm, where the kids can hunt for eggs. When you get back, the Easter Bunny will be waiting to pose for pictures with the little folks. There will be a candy bag for each of the egg-finders.
Johnson’s Corner Farm, 133 Church Rd., Medford. Cost: $7.95 per egg-hunter, $3.75 per non-egg-hunting rider. Information: 609-654-8643, www.johnsonsfarm.com.
Easter Bunny Brunch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Camden Children’s Garden. Join the renowned rabbit for a buffet brunch catered by Tortilla Press. Kids’ tickets include garden admission, brunch, egg hunt, a picture with the Easter Bunny, and a carousel ride. Seatings for brunch are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Dr. Reservations must be made in advance. Cost: Garden member adult $15, child $20; nonmember: adult $20, child $25; all children under 2, $5. Information: 856-365-8733, www.camdenchildrensgarden.
Morey’s Piers Bunny Hop Doo-Wop. The Easter Bunny goes down the Shore, too. Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks in Wildwood will celebrate the grand opening at noon Saturday of Mariner’s Pier for the 2015 season. Easter activities will start at the pier at noon Sunday, and the Easter Bunny will be around from 1 to 5 p.m. for pictures at the Parents Pavilion, behind the carousel.
Mariner’s Pier, 3501 Boardwalk. Information: 609-522-3900,
Philadelphia’s 84th Easter Promenade.
12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday. What would Easter be without a chance to show off your finery? Dress your best and head on down to South Street. Elaborately mustachioed jeweler and party guy extraordinaire Henri David again leads Philly’s Easter Parade from Passyunk and South Streets to Second Street Plaza. Everybody will be there: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail, the Easter Bunny, the Philadelphia Freedom Band, and, of course, there will be contests for best-dressed children and adults and best Easter bonnet.
Admission: Free. Information: 215-413-3713, www.southstreet.com.
The Easter season may not have the clout of Christmas as a musical holiday, but it’s no underachiever, either. Two well-known works related to the Easter season can be heard this weekend.
St. Matthew Passion. 8 p.m. Saturday. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnificent “St. Matthew Passion,” a work that was first performed on Good Friday in 1727.
Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel
Center for the Performing Arts,
300 S. Broad St. Tickets: $50-110.
Information: 215-893-1999, philorch.org/concerts.
Jesus Christ Superstar. 7 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Keswick Theatre. Jeffrey Folmer stars as Jesus and Jamey Helsmah as Judas in this production of the Tony-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical. Audience members are asked to assist with a food drive to benefit Philabundance during the Easter/Passover season.
Keswick Theatre. 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. Tickets: $19.50-34.50. Information: 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
The seder, the ritual Passover meal that celebrates the exodus from Egypt, is commonly observed in homes, but there are community seders, too.
Community seders offer Jews the chance to share in Judaism’s most widely observed holiday, according to Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia. “Not everybody has a family or a family nearby or a family that celebrates Passover,” she said. “It’s a chance to be with other Jews. The sense of being alone can be so exaggerated” for those who can’t participate in the joys of the holiday.
Registration is already closed for most community seders, but a couple are still open:
Chabad Lubavitch of Chester County. First seder at 7 p.m. Friday. 946 N. Valley Forge Rd., Devon. Admission: $45 adult, $25 children, but no one will be turned away for lack of money. Reservations required. Call before Saturday to find a place for second seder.
Information: 610-971-9977, www.jewishchestercounty.com.
Kehilat HaNahar, the Little Shul by the River. Second seder, 5 p.m. Saturday at Deer Park Camp & Retreat Centert, 6290 Lower Mountain Rd., New Hope. Bring a vegetable dish and/or a dessert to serve eight to 10 people.
Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., service at 6 p.m. Members: $30 adult, $15 children under 13. Children ages 5 and under, free. Information: 215-862-1912, R.S.V.P. required at email@example.com.
Some restaurants feature Passover menus. Here are a few:
Zahav, 237 St. James Place in Society Hill, offers a Passover menu Friday night with a fixed price of $54 per person.
Information: 215-625-8800, www.zahavrestaurant.com.
Davio’s Philadelphia, 111 S. 17th St., presents a Passover menu with a northern Italian twist Wednesday night with a fixed price of $55.
Information: 215-563-4810, www.davios.com/phil.
Supper, 926 South St., offers the “Supper Seder” on Friday night, with traditional dishes including gefilte fish with fresh-grated horseradish and old-fashioned chicken soup with matzo ball and dill.
Fixed price: $58 adult, $29 children 12 and under. Information: 215-592-8180, www.supperphilly.com.
Cantina Feliz. 424 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington. Passover gets a Mexican touch with a four-course menu, from Friday night through April 11, priced at $27.
Information: 215-646-1320, www.cantinafeliz.com.