With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order now in effect until April 30, Easter will look much different for many metro Detroiters this year. Yet, while we can’t enjoy family gatherings or neighborhood egg hunts, there’s still plenty of ways to celebrate Easter — held on April 12 this year — at home. Hour Detroit brings you ways to make the most of the holiday.
While places of worship are not required to close under Gov. Whitmer’s order, many religious institutions in metro Detroit have opted to offer virtual services this Easter to keep their communities safe. Among the few are Archdiocese of Detroit (visit aod.org/livemasses), Kensington Church (visit kensingtonchurch.org/live-stream), Metropolitan Church of God (visit mcogdetroit.org), and Taylor Christian Church (visit taylorchristian.online.church).
The Church at Clawson and Faith Christian Assembly are both hosting drive-in services in their parking lots. Those who gather at either service will remain in their cars to watch and listen through the radio. Visit the official Facebook pages for more information. The Church at Clawson, 655 S. Main St., Clawson; 248-581-4224; clawsonchurch.com; Faith Christian Assembly, 25201 W. Outer Drive, Melvindale; 313-928-8305; faithchristian.me
Easter Egg Hunting
If you’re in the Southeast Michigan area, you can have Easter eggs dropped off at your home — by helicopter. Michigan Helicopters is providing those in the metro Detroit area the chance for a fun Easter egg activity at home. Sign up, and a chopper will fly over your home and dispense colorful hollow plastic eggs that your kids can hunt for. Spots are limited, and the cost is $199. A portion of the proceeds will contribute to supplies for healthcare workers and public safety personnel. For more information, visit mihelo.com/home.
If giving back to the community is one of your Easter traditions, consider providing support to one of the area’s food banks, which are helping individuals who have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Gleaners Community Food Bank is among the many local food assistance organizations that have been actively involved in the community. Providing donations and participating in virtual food drives helps Gleaners continue to offer drive-up mobile food distribution sites, emergency boxes, and School Food Mobiles during this time. For more information, visit gcfb.org.
The Detroit Zoo’s annual Bunnyville Easter egg hunt will not happen this year as planned, but you can bring the zoo to you on Sunday. The Detroit Zoo encourages the public to get some “#VirtualVitaminZ” by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live streams, educational content, and more. For more information, visit detroitzoo.org.
Easter Bunny visits are out of the question, but other furry friends aren’t. Macomb County Animal Control is now streaming a 24/7 Kitty Cam on its website. All kittens are eligible for adoption, which is by appointment only due to efforts to reduce foot traffic and fewer volunteers and staff. Macomb County Animal Control, 21417 Dunham Road, Clinton Twp.; 586-469-5115; government.macombgov.org
Although the Michigan Opera Theatre’s Easter Jazz Spectacular will no longer take place, you can still enjoy the opera house’s offerings. A part of MOT at Home, the theatre will stream The Metropolitan Opera’s modernized performance of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, a comedy set at a 1950s boardwalk amusement park, at 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Additional online performances, discussions, and activities are a part of MOT at Home as well. For more information, visit michiganopera.org.
Based on the story of The Clark Sisters, a Grammy Award-winning American gospel group from Detroit, Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel premieres on Lifetime at 8 p.m. on April 11. The film — which was executive produced by Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and Missy Elliott — also plays throughout the day on Eastern Sunday. For more information, visit mylifetime.com.