If a candy-filled Easter leaves you feeling hollow, try something different this year to celebrate.
The Red Pill Parents (www.redpillparents.com), a newly launched online parenting community, suggests an alternative to the Easter bunny baskets chock full of chocolate. Try one of these collaborative, creative candy-free Easter activities.
The Secret Message Egg Hunt
Write a message from the Easter Bunny to your child, instructing them where to locate a special surprise that you've hidden. Number and cut out each word, then place in a hidden egg.
The Bunny Coupon Egg Hunt
Speak to your kids -- through the Easter Bunny. In each egg you hide, include a "Bunny Coupon" for something that will make them feel special: an extra nighttime story, a hand-holding walk, a half-hour-later bedtime, Dinner with Dad, a lunch date at school, a family board game, etc.
The Delayed Gratification Egg Hunt
Rather than filling eggs with candy they will want to immediately devour, give them something to look forward to, in the form of gift certificates for one trip to a bowling alley, skating rink, putt-putt golf course, indoor inflatable play center -- or even a ticket to a puppet show, theater production, amusement park or sporting event.
A Dig-in-the-Dirt Easter Basket
Honor the renewal of spring and encourage your kids' connection with nature by filling a basket with seed packets, flower bulbs, child-sized gardening gloves and tools.
A Giving Back to Nature Family Ritual
Transform the Easter basket concept into an opportunity for giving back to nature: collect scraps that birds can use in nest building and put them out in the yard for them to find. Watch with your kids to see what is taken each day, and while you're outside, look for signs of spring's transformation (and be sure to check for bunny tracks!).