Towne East’s usual stimuli will be muted on Sunday before the stores open so that children with special needs can have their own visit with the Easter bunny.
The “Caring Bunny” event will be part of the Bunny Photo Experience that begins Friday and runs through March 26 in the lower-level Sears court at Towne East Square.
Starting Friday, the Easter bunny will be available for visits with any child from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. There will be a soft opening this Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. The visits are free; photo packages will be available for purchase.
The Caring Bunny event will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Music, escalators and lighting will be turned off or reduced to provide a subdued environment for special-needs children. Families will receive numbers so that there will be no lines to stand in. There will also be stations for coloring and foam egg decorating, as well as light snacks. The event is free; pre-registration is encouraged at www.eventbrite.com.
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Also at the mall on March 19, children are invited to an Easter Eggstravaganza featuring bunny-hop dancing, arts and crafts and face painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s free.
Another Easter-related event for special-needs children will be an Easter egg hunt March 26 at The Arc of Sedgwick County. Children 12 and under with special needs and their siblings will be able to participate for candy, prizes and fun. It will start at 9:30 a.m. at The Arc at 2919 W. Second St. It’s free, and no registration is required. More info: 316-943-1191, www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org.
Easter is March 27.