The Easter Bunny sure can hop fast. On Saturday, April 20, the day before Easter, the fleet-footed Leporidae will be visiting four Southern Ocean County locations within seven hours.
Mr. Bunny will make his first appearance of his long day (before his long night of delivering decorated eggs and sweets throughout the world) at the Surf City Firehouse, located at 713 Long Beach Blvd. He’ll be the guest of honor at an all-you-can-eat pancakes-plus-sausage Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event that will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets for the breakfast, which also includes orange juice, coffee, tea, milk and hot cocoa, are $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 10. Takeout will be available, as will fire company T-shirts, crafts and baked goods.
The world’s most famous rabbit will then race down the Boulevard as fast as if he were being chased by greyhounds to the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour, located adjacent to Surflight Theatre at 200 Centre St., Beach Haven. He’ll be featured in an event titled Tea & Songs with the Easter Bunny & Friends. Who knew rabbits like tea or could sing!
The tea will benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and the Surflight education program. Actually there are two teas, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Surflight campus will be a busy place on Saturday. Besides hosting the Easter Bunny there will be a show, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” in the Surflight Theatre proper at 1 p.m. The musical, which will also benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and Surflight’s education program, was commissioned and premiered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is an adaptation of Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book.
Alexander’s day is among the suckiest that can be imagined, be it a child’s or adult’s. He wakes up with gum in his hair. His mom forgets to pack a dessert with his lunch. His best friend dumps him as BFF. He finds out that, unlike his brothers, he has cavities. Could Alexander’s day possibly get worse? Yep, he gets lima beans for supper and watches a TV show where people are – yuck! – kissing.
Tickets for the Tea & Songs sittings are $15. A ticket for the “Alexander” show, which is recommended for children ages 2 through 10, will run you $12. A combination ticket, which covers both the musical and the 2 p.m. tea, is $25. All tickets may be purchased online at surflight.org, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at the box office, located at 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.
The Easter Bunny will be popping – oops, make that hopping – in and out of the Surflight complex, making visits to Schooner’s Wharf, located at 325 Ninth St. in Beach Haven, from 1 to 3 pm and to the Reynolds Garden Shop, located at 201 East Bay Ave. in Manahawkin, from noon to 2 p.m.
Yep, that’s one long day for the Easter Bunny. But hey, if he needs some energy, he can always reach for some chocolate.