The City of Peoria will host its free annual Easter event from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 3 at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.
This year, to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols, participants must sign up for a time to venture through the Dolly Sanchez Cottontail Lane Grab and Go Event.
“The Dolly Sanchez Easter events have been a long, cherished tradition in Peoria,” Peoria arts and events manager Marylou Stephens stated in a news release. “To not be able to have the event last year was heartbreaking so I’m delighted we found a creative way for residents to enjoy this holiday tradition this year.”
For the past 44 years, the city has hosted the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt for families to enjoy candy, games, crafts, entertainment and more. In 2020, the hunt was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But this year, the city reimagined the event to be a safe, family experience with physical distancing and capacity protocols, renaming it the Dolly Sanchez Cottontail Lane Grab and Go Event.
Families can sign up for a time slot starting at 8 a.m. where they will move through the event to get candy, crafts and trinkets, and take a picture with the Easter Bunny. To ensure physical distancing while providing goodies for the children, 125 people can sign up for each 15-minute time slot, allowing up to six people per registration.
Prior to the walk down Cottontail Lane, there will be four staging areas inside the complex for families to get Easter Bunny photos. Every 15 minutes a new group will start moving through the event with the last time slot beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Masks will be required and hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the complex. Peoria Cove, the kid’s playground and splash pad, will be closed during the event. Registration is required to attend this event.
To reserve a spot for the Dolly Sanchez Cottontail Lane Grab and Go Event, sign up online at peoriaaz.gov/events.