The Reading Public Museum, the site of Easter traditions for the past century, is encouraging Pennsylvanians to celebrate at home this year, but is offering an educational and fun kit for at-home use to area families.

Continuing its efforts to provide quality, hands-on learning experiences for children during the COVID-19 shutdown, this Easter Egg Hunt kit is designed for children and their families to celebrate the Holiday just as they typically would at The Museum, while remaining safely quarantined at home on compliance with the government’s order.

The at-home science kits distributed by The Museum last week sold out quickly, as parents and caregivers continue to seek innovative and interesting ways to engage children in learning while schools are closed.

“While discouraging visitors from celebrating at The Museum this year is a painful decision to be forced to make, we’re hopeful that these kits will help families create memories safely at home while looking forward to returning to The Museum once this crisis passes” said John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO.

“Easter at The Museum is a longstanding tradition for many people and we want them to return for future celebrations once it is safe to do so.”

As the area’s leading science center and museum, the Reading Public Museum typically serves more than one thousand visitors each year on Easter as visitors participate in egg hunts, educational programs, planetarium shows, and family activities throughout the grounds. During the mandated shut-down, travelling to The Museum to pick-up distance learning materials is an approved exception to the stay-in-place order, but The Museum is discouraging visitors to its grounds this Easter to promote social distancing. Kits for at-home educational birthday parties are also being sold to families who had parties cancelled due to the mandated shut-down.