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Tampa Bay is hopping with lots of Easter egg hunts, services and parties

By Kelly A. Stefani, Times Staff Writer
A child drops an Easter egg in his bucket during the Helicopter Egg Drop at Robinson High School. ANDRES LEIVA | Times (2017)

Here are celebrations, egg hunts and services coming up around Tampa Bay this Easter season. Have an event we missed? Send it to [email protected]

PINELLAS

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Kids, and adults, can join the Easter Bunny for a Chick-fil-A breakfast, photos and a goody bag. $2 admission, $6 meal (advance); $4 admission, $8 meal (day of). Chick-fil-A, 3740 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. (813) 925-0117. 9-10 a.m. March 17.

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Kids ages 4 to 10 need to bring a flashlight and a basket to hunt for thousands of eggs at this Easter themed event with arts and crafts, games and a hot dog picnic. $8 advance, $12 after March 21. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 738-2920. 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 24.

Beta Sigma Phi Easter Egg Hunt

Children are divided into age groups to search for eggs hidden throughout the park. Free. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 541-0895. 9 a.m. March 31.

Brunch with the Bunny

Join Peter Cottontail for a spring-themed breakfast with crafts and games. $6, $2 children. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. 11:30 a.m. March 22; Also at Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3016. 9 a.m. March 24.

Bunny Brunch

Ages 4 and younger enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny, crafts, games and an age appropriate egg hunt. Bring cameras for photos with the Easter Bunny. $8 advance, $10 after March 22. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 812-4530. 9 a.m. March 24.

Carrots

A reimagined version of Beatrix Potter’s classic Peter Rabbit. $8.50, $7.50 children. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. 11 a.m. March 24.

Clearwater Community Easter Egg Hunt

Thousands of eggs will be strewn on the grounds for children to grab starting at 12:30 p.m. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, a slide and live entertainment. Hosted by the Clearwater Community Volunteers, a Scientology volunteer group in the city of Clearwater. Free. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 442-2099. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1.

Easter at the Sirata

The Sirata offers an Easter filled with poolside activities including an Easter Bunny photo shoot, egg hunt and live music. Move into the grand ballroom for a seven station Easter dinner buffet. $47.95, $42.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 12 and younger. Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-5137. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 1.

Easter Egg Hunt

Children ages 10 and younger can sport a fancy bonnet or hat to hunt for eggs in the center and park with bonnet and hat contests and photos with the Easter Bunny. Free. Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. (727) 547-4575. 10 a.m. March 31.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny arrives to scatter more than 5,000 candy and toy filled in the park, near the volleyball court. The hunt starts promptly at 9 a.m. and is only expected to last approximately 10 minutes. Free. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1260. 9 a.m. March 31.

Horseback Egg Hunt

Arrive at the park’s playground for a hayride to Saddle Up where kids ages 2 to 16 climb atop a horses to hunt for the eggs hidden in baskets suspended from trees. Bring your own basket. Benefits Saddle Up Riding Club. $6 horse rides, $1 admission. Helen Howarth Community Park Horse Arena, 6301 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 520-3132. 3-6 p.m. March 31.

Jelly Bean Fling

The 14th annual Junior League of St. Petersburg family event features egg hunts, crafts, food, photos with the Easter Bunny and museum admission. $10; $35 family packages. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-5018. 9-11 a.m. March 31.

Pet Easter Photos

Bring your pets for photos with the Easter Bunny. Pets must enter through the DSW entrance in Dillard’s Court. Free (photos additional). Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. (727) 347-3889. 5-7 p.m. March 25.

"Son"rise Baptism Service

Wear denim shorts or pants and a dark shirt over a bathing suit to be baptized at Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg’s Easter sunrise ceremony. Bring a change of clothes and a towel. Free. North Shore Park Beach, 1120 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 577-7705. 7 a.m. April 1.

The Great Eggs-ploration

A day of egg related crafts and science activities including gravity tests, air pressure checks, plastic egg decorating and fun with paper eggs. Included with admission. $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 2-4 p.m. March 23.

Underwater Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny dropped hundreds of colorful eggs into Southwest Pool for children to dive for and scoop up. Life vests required for toddler and weak swimmers. $5. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3126. Noon-2 p.m. March 30.

Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival

Dive for Easter eggs in the pool and stay to play afterwards at the Spring Festival with children’s activities. $5 (egg hunt); Free (festival). St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9264. 10 a.m.-noon March 31.

HILLSBOROUGH

Breakfast with the Bunny

Meet with the Easter Bunny for breakfast, games, photo opportunities and stories about the true meaning of "Easter." $5, $3 teens, $2 children. South Brandon Worship Center, 4929 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico. (813) 661-2273. 9-11 a.m. March 24.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny hops in for a breakfast buffet with face painting and crafts. Includes aquarium admission. $39.95, $37.95 seniors, $34.95 children. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 8-9:30 a.m. March 24.

Bunny Cares

A private photo session with the Easter Bunny for special needs children. Photo packages additional fee. Free, but tickets are required. Westshore Plaza Mall, 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. (813) 661-6255. 9-11 a.m. March 18; Also at Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon. (813) 661-6255. 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 18; and at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. 9-10:30 a.m. March 18.

Bunnyville Experience

Kids can enter this three dimensional town with a Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Hare Salon, 24 Carrot Bank and visits with the Easter Bunny. Photo packages available for purchase. Free. International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 342-3780. Open daily during mall hours through March 31.

Easter Brunch Cruise

Climb aboard the Yacht StarShip for a buffet of breakfast and lunch items, DJ music, cash bar and visits with Peter Cottontail. $49.95, $29.95 children. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. April 1.

Easter Bunny on a Boat

Hop on board the Pirate Water Taxi for a boat ride with the Easter Bunny. Included with regular fare. $20, $10 child. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 559-1804. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. April 1.

Easter Dinner Cruise

Hop aboard a yacht for an elegant Easter dinner buffet with cash bar, DJ dancing and visits with Peter Cottontail. $59.95, $29.95 children. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999. 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 1.

Seminole Heights Easter Egg Hunt

A hippity hoppity good time with an egg hunt, games, prizes, crafts, food, pictures and face painting. Free. Seminole Heights United Methodist Church, 6111 N Central Ave., Tampa. (813) 236-5931. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24.

Brandon Easter Egg Hunt

Children ages 12 and younger can enjoy refreshments while they search for eggs and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Free. Hawthorne Village of Brandon, 851 W Lumsden Road, Brandon. (813) 661-8998. 11 a.m.-noon March 30.

Hyde Park Easter Egg Hunt

Bring a basket for this neighborhood egg hunt with crafts, stories and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Free. Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 253-0069. 10-11:30 a.m. March 24.

Easter Egglow

Ages 11 and younger can hunt for glow in the dark eggs at this celebration with food, games, prizes and entertainment. Free. Bethel Church, 1510 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 238-2348. 7-8:30 p.m. March 17.

Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter Bunny leads dogs through an egg hunt and poses for pictures. There’s also an egg hunt and crafts for children. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-4150. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31.

Easter Extravaganza

A family day with food, games and activities. Free. Fishhawk Fellowship Church, 15326 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia. (813) 655-7431. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24.

Easter Sunday Skate

Strap on some roller skates for some four wheeling fun with the "Roller Rabbit" Easter Bunny. $6. United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-5826. 4-8 p.m. April 1.

Egg Hunt at the Museum

Eggs are hidden throughout the museum for this egg hunt with games, snacks and visits with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket or bag. $12, members free. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 8-10 a.m. March 31.

Egg Hunt on the Farm

Parents can shop in the organic farmers market while kids hunt for eggs on the farm that is home to cows, ponies, horses and goats. Free. A Land of Delight Natural Farm, 2514 Leaning Pine Lane, Plant City. (813) 359-9120. 1:30-3 p.m. March 31.

Florida Aquarium Easter Fun

A scuba-diving Easter bunny plunges into the aquarium’s Coral Reef Gallery at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. for Easter weekend. Also, kids can follow clues to find eggs in a scavenger hunt for prizes. Included with admission: $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 31-April 1.

Rabbit Rendevoux

Kids can answer the Wise Rabbit’s riddle for a clue to find a lucky hidden egg while enjoying tea and snacks. $25. Silly Dilly’s Enchanted Spot, 3217 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 839-8687. 10-11:30 a.m. March 26 and March 28, 3-4:30 p.m. March 29.

Springfest

Families can enjoy spring-themed activities including an Easter egg hunt, pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting and games. Benefits Horse Power for Kids. $12, 1 and younger free. Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-8992. Noon-5 p.m. March 24-25 and March 31.

NORTH SUNCOAST

Breakfast with the Bunny

Breakfast includes arts and crafts, games, face painting and activities with the Easter Bunny. $3. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. 9 a.m. March 24.

Bunny Hop

Ages 10 and younger can hop like a bunny through this egg hunt with hay rides, bounce houses, music and games. $1, 2 and younger free. Land O’Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes. (813) 929-1220. 10 a.m.-noon March 24.

Community Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt with children’s activities, prizes and food trucks on site. An isolated area will be blocked off for hunting by special needs children only. It all takes place in the field adjacent to the theater. Free. Grove 16, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (404) 869-2700. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24.

Community-Wide Easter Sunrise Service

Creekside Church hosts this lakeside sunrise service. A country-style breakfast follows. Private residence, 5832 Drexel Road, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 695-2249. 7:15 a.m. April 1.

Easter Bunny Arrival

Celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny with music by Mr. Tommy, balloon art, face painting and goodie baskets. Free. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242. 7-8 p.m. March 15.

Easter Egg Hunt

Kids can get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny at this egg hunt with a bounce village, food trucks and face painting. Free. Avalon Park West Community Center, 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 783-1515. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31.

Eggs in the Park

Event includes an egg hunt (starts at 10 a.m. sharp) for children ages 12 and younger, prizes, games and relays. Free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. 10 a.m.-noon March 31.

Farm Easter Egg Hunt

Ages 12 and younger can scour the farm in search of empty eggs and turn them in for goodie bags at this hunt with a jumping pillow, cow train, petting farm, pedal karts, visits with the Easter Bunny and a barnyard playground. Find a golden egg and get a special prize. $6, 2 and younger free (cash only). Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Toll-free 1-800-373-4811. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31.

Helicopter Easter Egg Drop

Easter eggs rain from the sky at this hunt with food, music, a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house and egg decorating. Registration required. $15 (all inclusive); $5 (egg drop only); $5 (adults). Beaumont Ranch, 19765 State Road 52, Land O’ Lakes. (727) 433-5865. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 31.

Hop ‘n Glow Easter Egg Hunt

Everything glows at this black-light bunny hop dance party with black-light face painting, age specific egg hunts, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, games, giveaways, entertainment, activities, food trucks and vendors. RSVP by March 29 for early admission. Benefits the Chamber Education Training Association. $5. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697. 5:30-9 p.m. March 31.

Jelly Bean Fling

Join the Easter Bunny to make an Easter bonnet at this festival with bounce houses, slides, a petting zoo, touch-a-truck, age appropriate egg hunts, face painting, games, a barrel train and vendors. $5, 5 and younger free. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. (352) 567-0262. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 31.

Painting with the Easter Bunny

Parents should bring their cameras to take photos as their child paints an 11-by-14 pre-sketched canvas of a baby chick who wishes he was a bunny. $15. Painting Party Location, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes. (352) 584-1396. 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 16.

Spring Hill Easter Eggstravaganza

An Easter themed family festival with games, bounce houses, food and an age divided egg hunt. Free. Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Bring your bathing suit and Easter basket to participate in the annual underwater Easter egg hunt at Buccaneer Bay. Hunt times are: 11 a.m. for children 3 and younger at the kiddie pool; noon for ages 4-6 at the kiddie pool, 1 p.m. for ages 7-10 at the beach, and 2 p.m. for ages 11-13 at the beach. Included with admission: $13, $8 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday.

ELSEWHERE

Cotton Tail Express

Take a 2.5-hour diesel powered train ride to an egg hunt with Mr. Bunny in Willow. Bring your camera because the Easter Bunny will greet each child. $14.50-$32.50. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. Toll-free 1-877-869-0800. Departs at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. March 30-31.

Easter Dinner on a Train

Pull on your Easter bonnet and hop onto the train for Easter dinner with a radio show style performance of a murder mystery. $79.95. Seminole Gulf Railway/Colonial Station, 2805 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 1-800-736-4853. 5:30 p.m. April 1.

Epcot Eggstravaganza

The Flower and Garden Festival adds an Easter twist with a "Honey Bee Scavenger Hunt." Pick up a clue map and hunt high and low in the World Showcase for hidden eggs decorated to resemble Disney characters. Return your completed clue guide for a special prize. $5.99 (plus park admission) which is $102-$122, $96-$116 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. Epcot at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily March 16 through April 1.

Gaylord Palms Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter Bunny has hidden little bunnies and eggs in the resorts 4.5-acre indoor garden. Grab a clue book and head out on this Easter themed scavenger hunt for all ages. Available to the public anytime the atrium is open daily through April 1. Free. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. (407) 586-2000. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through April 1.

Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails

Guests should bring their own Easter basket to hunt for more than 40,000 candy filled eggs at this hunt with animal interaction, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and educational animal shows. $17.99, $16.99 seniors, $6.50 ages 4-16, 3 and younger free. Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 355-5305. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30.

Mad Tea Party Escape Room

This looks like a mild Easter themed tea party, but it’s nightmarishly never ending. You’re mad host won’t let you leave until you find clues to solve his riddles. $14.99. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. (407) 586-2000. 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. March 16-17; 5, 6 and 7 p.m. March 18-March 22; 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. March 23-March 24; 5, 6 and 7 p.m. March 25-March 29; 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. March 30-March 31; 5, 6 and 7 p.m. April 1.

Sunrise Service

The 60-bell carillon tower rings out as you watch the sun rise over the top of Iron Mountain at the annual Easter sunrise service. An optional breakfast buffet follows in Blue Palmetto Cafe (additional fee). Free until 8 a.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. (863) 676-1408. 7 a.m. April 1.

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Compiled by Kelly A. Stefani, Times staff writer