Even though we’ll be celebrating Easter at home this year, we can still have a special day! Here are some social distancing friendly ideas for celebrating Easter in the greater Rockford area!

You can find lots more ideas for Easter at Home on our Pinterest page.

Dye Easter Eggs at Home

Even if you didn’t get a chance to grab an Easter egg dyeing kit, you can still dye eggs with things you have around the house.

You can use beets, yellow onion skins, turmeric, coffee, purple cabbage and blueberries to dye your eggs! Get instructions on how to do it here.

Do an Egg Hunt in Your Yard or Throughout Your House

If you can’t decide what you want to add in your eggs, here’s a great list of 50 different things you can fill your Easter eggs with besides candy!

Another fun option is doing a nighttime egg hunt with flameless candles or small glowsticks inside of plastic eggs.

You can also do a traditional egg hunt throughout your home. You could create a list of clues for your kids to find the eggs or have special eggs with money or a toy in them.

Don’t forget to participate in the Great 815 Easter Egg Hunt. Check out our map and walk around your neighborhood to find eggs in windows and doors!

Do an Easter Craft

Grab some art supplies from around the house and do some of these fun Easter crafts to decorate your house for the day!

Bunny toilet paper roll stamps

Toilet paper roll bunny

Easter chick or bunny mason jar vase

Easter bunny ears headband

Baby chick fork painting

Egg carton flowers

Carrot footprint painting

Shaving cream Easter egg painting

Easter bunny paper plate

Make or Buy Some Easter Treats

If you’re a Peep-loving family and forgot to buy a pack, you can actually make them at home! You just need sugar, gelatin, vanilla and water. Follow this recipe and make your own Peeps!

If Peeps aren’t your thing, try one of these other sweet treat options:

No-Bake Peanut Butter Blossoms

Easter Bunny Chow

Rainbow Jello Eggs

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

Rice Krispie Nest

Local Businesses Selling Easter Treats

By the Dozen is offering Easter Cookie Decorating kits. The kits include 12 cookies, four colored bags of buttercream, and three containers of sprinkles for $30 plus tax. Pick-up is only available 6 am – 11 am on April, 9, 10, and 11th. Call 815-636-0668 to order by email at brooke@bythe12bakery.com with first and last name, phone number, pick-up date, pick-up time, and total number of kits.

Cookies by Design is offering cupcake and cookie decorating kits for $18. Call 815-282-5400 to set up a curbside pick-up or delivery.

Dress Up in Your Easter Best and Take Photos

One of my favorite parts of Easter is dressing the kids in frilly outfits and taking pictures. If you love this tradition too, get the family dressed up and take a picture outside or in your house.

Here are some tips for taking great family photos on your own!

Attend Easter Church Service Virtually

If you’d like to watch an Easter church service, there are many local churches offering streaming services. Click the links below to go to the Facebook events and get more information.

City First Church

Firstborn Ministries

Central Christian Church

Holy Family Catholic Church

Christ the Rock Lutheran

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Beth Eden United Methodist Church

Second First Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church

United Evangelical Lutheran Church

GPS Faith Community

Family Worship Center Beloit 

Peoples Church

If your church is streaming services online, email us at hello@statelinekids.com to be added to this list.

Enjoy Easter Brunch or Easter Dinner at Home

Easter Brunch is one of the best parts of the day! You can make your own delicious Easter brunch or get carryout from one of our local restaurants.

Restaurants Offering Carry Out for Easter

Franchesco’s (SOLD OUT)
7128 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL
Franchesco’s is offering packages for Easter including pizza, pasta and salad for $49, breakfast feast for $49, prime rib party for $49, Franny’s dinner for $49, and classic Easter dinner for $49.
Call 815-229-0800 to order by Saturday, April 10th.

Magpie
126 N. Madison St., Rockford, IL
Magpie is offering bread pudding, strata, cookies, macarons, lemon blueberry cake and chocolate cake wth fresh strawberry buttercream.
Call 815-977-5761 to order.

Stockholm Inn
2420 Charles St., Rockford, IL
Stockholm Inn is offering Easter dinners with baked, roast beef, chicken or turkey, potatoes, vegetables and dessert for $14.99 per person. They are also offering take and bakes that serve 4 for $72.
Call 815-397-3534 to place your order.

Prairie Street Brewhouse

If you know of any other restaurants offering Easter brunch or dinner carry out, email us at hello@statelinekids.com.

Easter Brunch and Dinner Recipes to Make at Home

If you’d prefer to cook your own feast, here are some tried and true Easter recipes to try out.

Classic glazed ham

Four cheese scalloped potatoes

Honey glazed carrots

Easter dinner on two sheet pans

Deviled eggs

Hot cross buns

Classic cinnamon rolls

Monkey bread

Eggs Benedict

Frittata

Did we miss anything you do for Easter? Send us a message at hello@statelinekids.com and let us know!

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