MASSENA - The Easter Bunny will be making his annual visit to Massena starting on Friday, arriving in its spring garden at 11 a.m. to greet children for the next two weeks leading up to Easter
And while there arent yet flowers outside, St. Lawrence Centre Marketing Manager Ronald J. Patnode said the Easter Bunnys arrival means theyre not far behind.
The arrival of the Easter Bunny is in some ways the arrival of spring, he said, adding more and more children have made visits to the famous rabbit each year.
Visits to the Easter Bunny are becoming more and more popular, Mr. Patnode said. Weve seen visits to the Easter Bunny increase every year.
More and more people are also bringing in their pets to be photographed with the Easter Bunny. In the past, the mall would host a few evenings during the season for people to bring in their pets. This year Mr. Patnode said theyll be hosting two pet days in addition to two pet nights.
Pet days will be held from noon to 8 p.m. March 27 and 28, with pet nights being held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 22 and 29. Children may visit during these times, but pets will not be permitted on non-designated days.
The Easter Bunny will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from March 15-30 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The Easter Bunny will also be available noon to 8 p.m. on March 27 and 28 for Pet Days.
A free onlline coloring book celebrating the Easter Bunnys arrival is available under the events tab of the malls website.
The arrival of the Easter Bunny also means the annual Easter egg hunt isnt far behind.
This year were going to do something a little bit different, St. Lawrence Centre Marketing Assistant Lindsey S. Breitbeck said. Were doing a scavenger hunt.
Explaining the decision, Ms. Breitbeck said its hard to protect the eggs while registration is taking place.
In the past while people were registering children would be running around taking the eggs, she said.
The scavenger hunt, with children broken into teams, will guarantee all children receive some eggs.
Theyll be sent on a mall-wide scavenger hunt, she said. Theyll be asked to bring back one item from each store thats participating.
The first team back with every item from their list will receive the most eggs with the second team receiving slightly fewer and so on.
This will kind of offset whats happened in previous years and encourage the children to work together as a team, Ms. Breitbeck said.
Registration for the scavenger hunt will begin at 10 a.m. in the malls center court, with the event starting as soon as all children are registered.
This is an event for all ages, Ms. Breitbeck said, adding that each team will be made up children from different age groups.
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