Easter Bunny arrives later this month at Eastdale Mall

The arrival of the bunny is just one of the activities surrounding Easter at Eastdale Mall this spring.

Children can visit and take photos with the Easter Bunny from March 25 through April 15 at the mall where the Easter Egg-Spress train also will be running.

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The popular bunny will arrive at 11 a.m. on March 25 when the K Lynn Figure Skaters will perform whimsical vignettes as part of his grand arrival, said Allison Hendley, marketing director for the mall.

Once the fury favorite makes his way to his home at the Tea Pot Garden, the Ice Palace will be open to the public again.

“Following the Easter Bunny‘s magical arrival on ice, the Easter Bunny will make his way to his Tea Pot Garden located at the Eastdale Mall Centre Court, complete with spring flowers and so much more,” Hendley said.

People can find portrait pricing on the Eastdale Mall website, eastdale-mall.com.

An April 8, an Easter egg hunt will be another opportunity for children 10 and under to enjoy activities at the mall.

The hunt starts at 11 a.m. outside in front of Chuck E. Cheese.

“There will be over 1,000 hidden eggs and a golden egg with a special prize inside,” Hendley said.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased at customer service or upon arrival. Proceeds from the event benefit the Easter Seals of Central Alabama.

Children also will be able to enjoy inflatables and face painting, provided by the Eastdale Mall Teen Team, as well as cookie preparation.

For the first time, children can help employees at the Great American Cookie Co. prepare cookies shaped like Easter bunnies and Easter eggs.

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“We will have colored icing so we recommend parents assisting the children. It’s not messy but we recommend children wear causal clothes,” Hendley said. “We will have the cookie tables out at 11 a.m., and are able to decorate throughout the entire event. People can eat the delicious cookies at the hunt or take them home.”

Easter Bunny hours are Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Easter pictures with live bunnies will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

People can contact customer service to book a field trip to see the Easter Bunny. Chick-fil-A and Subway will offer lunch specials for school field trips.

The mall’s new anchor store, At Home, is now open and is selling Easter décor.

When are the Easter holidays 2017, when’s Easter Sunday and how are the dates decided each year?

THE dates for the Easter holidays change every year, so it can be hard to keep track of the dates.

While Christmas and Valentine’s Day have fixed dates, Easter Sunday can fall on any date between March 22 and April 25 – so when is it in 2017, and how do they work it out?

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When are the Easter holidays 2017?

This year Good Friday falls on April 14 and Easter Monday is on April 17.

The celebration for many will be a four-day weekend as Good Friday and Easter Monday are also bank holidays.

For those with kids, the school holidays this year are Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 17, although these may vary from school to school.

To be 100 per cent sure of your child’s school term times use the Government’s postcode checker.

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When is Easter Sunday?

This year Easter Sunday (also known as Easter Day) is on April 16.

Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday as it was the day Jesus rose from the dead, following being crucified on a Friday two days before.

Centuries ago in 325, it was determined by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to commemorate the happy occasion.

How are the dates of Easter determined?

The death of Jesus occurred around the Jewish Passover, which is traditionally held on first full moon following the vernal equinox.

As the full moon can vary in each time zone, the Church said that they would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead – the Paschal Full Moon – and host Easter Day on the following Sunday.

Once the date of that moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holidays can be determined.

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When’s the best time to buy Easter eggs?

Well, according to some savvy shoppers, Easter eggs are already on the supermarket shelves – for the most organised among you.

But it’s bad news for parents with lots of kids – the cost of Easter eggs has soared this year, with a reported price hike of 18.1 per cent per kg.

How to make the most of Easter and get the most holiday?

Those wishing to make the most of Easter will be able to enjoy even more time off thanks to the way it falls in 2017.

Workers will be able to get a whopping 18 days off using just nine days holiday.

It means that over the Easter period if you finish work on Thursday, April 13 you can book up until Tuesday May 2 by taking just nine days off work.

As Good Friday falls on April 14, Easter Monday on April 17 and May Day on May 1 you have three bank holidays to play with.

The 18 days are made up of three bank holidays, three weekends and the nine during the working week.