Mark your calendars! The Easter Bunny himself will arrive at Cordova Mall on Friday, March 4 to set up the Bunny Photo Experience, which will be open until Saturday, March 26. Pet Photos with the Easter bunny will be offered Sunday, March 6 from 6-7 p.m.. Additionally, Cordova Mall will offer Caring Bunny, an event that gives children with special needs the chance to participate in the Easter Bunny photo experience.
Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at Cordova Mall, offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events.
The Bunny Photo Experience begins Friday, March 4 and runs through Saturday, March 26 in Center Court. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. The Easter Bunny Photo Experience will be open Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 – 6 p.m.
The presenting sponsor for the 2016 Bunny Photo Experience is The Gymboree Corporation – including its Gymboree and Crazy 8 clothing brands. Locally, the event is presented by KidsER at West Florida Hospital.
“We love to hold family-friendly events and we always look forward to watching children interact with the Bunny at Easter,” said Sarah Berthold, director of marketing and business development at Cordova Mall.
Cordova Mall’s Caring Bunny™ event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 90 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Promotional assistance for Caring Bunny has been provided by Autism Speaks, and guests can register at http://cordovamall.eventbrite.com/
On Sunday, March 13 from 9-11 a.m., many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. Because the event is prior to mall hours, guests are asked to enter through the mall entrance near Red Robin
The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):
- Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.
- Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
- Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.
Want your furbabies to get some Easter Bunny love too?
Cordova Mall wishes you a pawsitively joyous Easter season! On Sunday, March 6, Cordova Mall invites the community to bring their cute and cuddly canines and furry felines to meet The Easter Bunny for an adorable photo opp.
Easter Bunny Pet Photos will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Easter house on Sunday, March 6. Guests are kindly asked to use the mall entrance near Red Robin to easily access the Easter Set in Center Court.