By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
He’s back! Spring is (almost) here, and it’s another chance to visit Bunnyville! Each year Fair Oaks Mall is home to Bunnyville, the Easter Bunny’s home away from home in Northern Virginia. Now through March 31, 2018, kids can visit him at Bunnyville. This one-of-a-kind set puts a bright and cheerful kid-sized town in the mall’s Grand Court.
Before they visit the bunny for photos, kids can explore the “storefronts” of the Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Hare Salon and 24 Carrot Bank. This annual event is free for the public to attend. Those who want to buy photos can choose from packages that include prints and add a digital download. We have taken our son’s Easter photo here for years and it’s always been a pleasant experience. The set is fun, the staff is friendly, and the bunny always plays along with any silly requests we may have.
One thing I love about Bunnyville is the nice selection of frames that are all under $20. There are magnetic, wooden, light-up, plush, resin, “snow globe” (Aqua Shake), and more. One new one we liked this year is the large egg snow globe kind (in blue or in purple). This is a fun and unique display, though the photo opening is small (smaller than a wallet-size photo).
One inexpensive choice is the Easter Book, a board book with a story about visiting the Easter Bunny. At the end of the story is a slot to put a photo from your session. This nice selection of frames makes a visit to Bunnyville a “one-stop shopping” when sending photos to other family members.
Other nice features about Bunnyville are the unique photo opportunities and special events:
- Hoppity Easter Event: On March 17, 2018, 10 am to 1 pm, enjoy some great kids entertainment right next to the Bunnyville set. Oh Susannah will be entertaining kids with singing and dancing, and there will be free face painters and free balloon artists.
- Bunny Paws: Bring your furry friends to visit the Easter Bunny on March 18 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm or on March 24 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, for Easter pet photos.
- Bunny Cares (Sensory Bunny): On March 11 and March 18, individuals within every spectrum of special needs and their families can enjoy a private photo session with the Easter Bunny during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on EventBrite – ONE TICKET per group/family, please. Photo packages that capture holiday memories are available for purchase at the event.
Bunnyville is open March 9 through March 31, 2018, on Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am to 8:30 pm, and Sundays, 11 am to 6 pm. Photo packages start at $24.99. Those who visit the Easter Bunny will receive a complimentary gift (while supplies last). Fair Oaks Mall, with more than 200 shops and restaurants, is at 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA 22033, off I-66 and Route 50 (Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy.)
Disclosure: We received a photo package and compensation from Fair Oaks Mall in exchange for writing about our experience. We have been happy customers of Bunnyville since before this partnership. The opinions expressed here are my own.