Ah, Easter. It's time again for white shoes, frilly dresses, pastel polo shirts and in the case of the Florida Aquarium, a scuba-diving Easter Bunny. There's a basket full of egg hunts, both human and orangutan, and other Easter events to choose from this weekend.
Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and see the big-eared one scuba dive in the Coral Reef exhibit at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $17.95, $14.95 seniors, $12.95 ages 3-12. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.
Orangutan Egg Hunt
Watch orangutans take part in a hunt for Easter eggs at 11 a.m. Friday at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with zoo admission: $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.
There's no egg hunt this year because of construction in Curtis Hixon Park, but the grounds of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center will be the site of a huge event with a free breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny, petting zoo, crafts and 20,000 eggs stuffed with candy and prizes. No pets allowed. It runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. tbpac.org.
Cotton Tail Special
Florida Railroad Museum's annual event includes 45-minute train rides, an Easter egg hunt, hayrides and the Easter Bunny. 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Sat. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E (behind post office), Parrish. $14 adults, $10 ages 3-11. Younger than 3 free. Toll-free 1-877-869-0800. frrm.org.
Great Explorations' spring event features two "Dino Egg Hunts" (divided by age group) and a visit by the Lightning ThunderBug. Also, Christine Tortorella, wife of Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, reads from her book Hey Coach, and Elise Leonard, author of Al's World series, makes a presentation and signs books. Junior League of St. Petersburg gives away children's books and volunteers from Lawyers for Literacy do storybook readings. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. The children's museum is at 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Included with admission: $9 ages 1 and older, $8 seniors. (727) 821-8992. www.greatexplorations.org.
Easter egg hunts and more
Clearwater: The Countryside Recreation Center will host age-divided egg hunts and games for the kids on Saturday. Hunt times: ages 3 and younger, 9 a.m.; ages 4 to 6, 9:30 a.m.; ages 7 to 9, 10 a.m.; and ages 10 to 12, 10:30 a.m. The event lasts until 1 p.m. The center is at 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Free. (727) 669-1914.
Downtown Clearwater: This huge egg hunt, sponsored by Church of Scientology volunteers, will be at Coachman Park starting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Kids race to gather tens of thousands of eggs, including golden ones to win toy stuffed bunnies. After the hunt,
there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses
and the Easter Bunny until 2 p.m. at the park, 301 Drew St.
Plant City: Bring a basket to this free hunt sponsored by the Recreation and Parks Department. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, 2602 E Cherry St., Plant City. (813) 659-4255.
Treasure Island: Free egg hunt, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and a bonnet and hat contest. 10 a.m. Saturday. Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard
and 106th Avenue, Treasure Island. (727) 360-4121.
Pinellas Park: Beta Sigma Phi's free hunt with 3,000 candy-filled eggs and Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be there. Four hunts, divided by age groups (babies up to age 10), will be in separate areas at 9 a.m. Saturday. Bring
a basket or a container for collecting eggs. England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park.
St. Pete Beach: Traditional hunts in the park plus the city's first underwater egg hunts in the St. Pete Beach Community Center Pool. The free hunts will be by age group beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Bring a basket for eggs and prizes. (727) 363-9245.
Weeki Wachee: Mermaids will be on hand for the event Saturday at Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay Water Park, 6131 Commercial Way (near U.S. 19 S at State Road 50). Toddlers up to age 3 hunt at 11 a.m., and ages 4 to 6 at noon at the Kiddie Pool. Ages 7 to 10 hunt at 1 p.m., and ages 11 to 13 at 2 p.m. on the beachfront. Bring baskets. The hunts are included with attraction admission which includes springs and water park: $24.95, $16.95 ages 3 to 10, ages 2 and younger free. (352) 596-2062. weekiwachee.com.
Gulfport: Fun in the Sun Day is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with free events including an egg hunt for kids 8 and younger and a visit by Peter Cottontail. There also will be entertainment, inflatables for kids and city vehicles for children to explore. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1068.
St. Petersburg: New Destiny Church and others host this community event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fossil Park Recreation Center, 6635 Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. There will be an Easter egg hunt with 5,000 eggs, skateboard competitions,
a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, inflatables, free barbecue lunch, an Easter program and more. Admission is free. (727) 576-7374. newdestinychurch.org.