Tampa Bay area abounds with Easter egg hunts

Easter is Sunday, so this weekend is hopping with egg hunts and visits from the big bunny. Grab a basket and your best bonnet and head to one of these.

Easter Egg Hunt and Parade

Dress in your Sunday best for this Easter event in Plant City. Elected officials and grand marshals lead a well-dressed community parade around the park. Contests for best dressed girl/boy/senior/twins follows the parade. Plus, this all-ages hunt has 1,000 real and 12 special plastic eggs waiting to be found. Entertainment includes Pee Wee Callins and Great New Hope with Virginia Helper and Sanctuary. 2 p.m. Sun. Marie B. Ellis Park, 401 Waters St. Free. (813) 650-4254.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

2,000 prize-filled plastic eggs will be tossed into all areas of the pool for children ages 2-12 to dive (or grab) for. Golden eggs win a special prize. 10 a.m. Sat. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Free. (727) 363-9264.

Underwater and Land Egg Hunts

It's an underwater hunt for swimmers from beginner to advanced, plus a hunt on land for little ones and non-swimmers. Activities throughout the afternoon including painting an egg that's taller than most kids. 1 p.m. Sat. Pool at Bicentennial Park, 8145 W Bicentennial Park Drive, Crystal River. First 100 kids free; $1 per child after. (352) 795-1478.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt for snorkelers

This egg hunt is a search for sunken treasure in High Springs. Snorkelers 12 and older can dive and grab up to three of more than 200 eggs with prizes totaling $1,000. 8 a.m. Sat. Ginnie Springs, 7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road. Included in park admission: $12 adults, $3 ages 7-14, 6 and younger free (day pass); $20.40 adults, $6 ages 7-14, 6 and younger free (per night/per person camping and event). (386) 454-7188.

Adult Egg Hunt This egg hunt is a little tougher than your usual hunt. It's all in the dark! Bring a flashlight and find some of hundreds of plastic eggs holding Lotto tickets, cash, gift certificates and more. Ages 18 and older only. 8:30 p.m. today. Largo Rehab, 9035 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. $2 donation appreciated. (727) 395-9619.

Orangutan Egg Hunt Watch the zoo's orangutans take part in a hunt for Easter eggs. 11 a.m. Fri. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with zoo admission: $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552; lowryparkzoo.com.

Marine-themed Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Bring a basket for an Easter egg hunt. Then, check out the Easter-themed dolphin show, see river otters doing their own egg hunt, get pictures with Winter the dolphin and more. 9:30 a.m. Sat. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. $11, children free with paying adult until 10 a.m. Toll-free 1-888-239-9414 or (727) 441-1790. cmaquarium.org.

Easter Egg Hunt and Basket Contest

Children can learn about nature while hunting for prizes and candy. Bird-smart clues leading to large prizes and eggs with individual prizes will be hidden throughout the sanctuary and on the beach in Indian Shores. Plus Cutest Easter Egg Basket contest with 6-7 and older category. Also, a Bird Wishes Basket for children to donate items for the birds. 2-4 p.m. Sun. Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, 18328 Gulf Blvd. Free. (727) 391-6211; www.seabirdsanctuary.com.

Eggstravaganza Free breakfast and activities, including photos with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, face painting and 20,000 eggs stuffed with candy and prizes (not an egg hunt). 9-11 a.m. Sat. Riverwalk at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free. (813) 229-7827.

Fun in the Sun Day

Kids ages 8 and younger can bring a basket and hunt for some of 4,000 eggs. Peter Cottontail will be on hand for photos. Also, a Touch-A-Truck event with police cars, garbage trucks, fire truck and Bayflite (weather permitting), magicians, balloonists, jugglers and a BBQ lunch. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 893-1068.

Coachman Park Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny arrives on "The Bunny Express" Choo Choo Train. Egg hunt (starts 12:30 p.m.) with thousands of eggs, including some "golden eggs" exchangeable for stuffed bunnies. Also, petting zoo, train rides, face painting and more. Presented by Clearwater Community Volunteers (Church of Scientology). Noon-2 p.m. Sun. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free (fee for food and some attractions). (727) 442-2099; clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org.

"Egg-stra Special" Egg Hunt An all-ages family event with egg hunts, craft activities, games and more. Hunt times by ages: 2 and younger (4:30-4:45 p.m.), 3-5 (5-5:15 p.m.), 6-8 (5:30-5:45 p.m.) and 9-12 (6-6:15 p.m.). 4-7 p.m. Sat. Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. $8. (727) 518-3016.

Easter Treasure Hunt Children in preschool through fifth grade are invited to bring a basket or bag and collect as many goodies as possible. 5 p.m. Sat. First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. (727) 595-3421; www.indianrocks.org.

Easter Bunny The Easter Bunny has hip-hopped into Plant City for free photos with the kids. 2-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Red Caboose, 908 Joe McIntosh Road. Free. (813) 759-3345.

Easter Egg Hunt Children ages 9 and younger can hunt among 600 eggs. Find a golden egg and win a special prize. Separate hunts for kids up to age 3, 4-6 and 7-9. Easter Bunny visits for pictures. 4:30 p.m. Fri. Largo Rehab, 9035 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. Free. (727) 395-9619.

Easter Eggstravaganza

With egg hunt, games for the kids, touch-a-truck, food, refreshments and open house for adults. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Free. (727) 669-1914.

Cotton Tail Special

Florida Railroad Museum's annual 2.5-hour event with train rides, Easter egg hunt and the Easter bunny. 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Sat. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E (behind post office), Parrish. $16 adults, $12 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Toll-free (877) 869-0800; frrm.org.

Plant City Easter Egg Hunt A traditional egg hunt with other activities including spacewalk, rock climbing, trackless train, airbrushing and photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring a basket. 10 a.m. Sat. Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, 2602 E Cherry St. Tickets $1. (813) 659-4255.

Easterfest

Family fun holiday festival with pony rides, Easter trail egg hunt, bouncy rides, games, face painting, meet the Easter Bunny and much more. 10 a.m. Sat. St. Anne of Grace, 6650 113th St. N, Seminole. $10 all day wristband, individual ride tickets $1 each. (727) 392-4483.

Easter Egg Hunt

Children age 10 and younger are invited to bring their basket to hunt for eggs. Also, bonnet and hat contest and photos with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. Sat. Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Free. (727) 360-4121.

Spring Plant Festival

Tropical fruit trees, bonsai, native plants, camellias, crotons and more from 70 vendors, plus a bee workshop (11 a.m. Sat.), kids' activities and bring a basket for an Easter egg hunt (Sun.). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. $5, free for members and kids under 12. (813) 974-2329. www.cas.usf.edu/garden.

EcoFest

This is an Earth Day celebration with an Easter twist, combining wildlife exhibits, live music and children's games with an Easter egg hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. McGough Nature Park at the Largo Narrows, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. Free. (727) 518-3047.

Future World and World Showcase Easter Fun

Children ages 3-12 can participate in egg hunts, relay races and more all day Sunday at Epcot. Hunts take place at the Future World West Garden from 10 a.m.-5:20 p.m. and at the American Adventure Pavilion Heritage Garden from 11:40 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny for photos in Heritage Garden from 11:15 a.m.-7 p.m. Relay races held in Future World West Garden every 40 minutes from 10:40 a.m.-4:40 p.m. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Epcot at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. $79.88 adults, $67.10 ages 3-9. (407) 934-7639; www.disneyworld.com.

Tampa Bay area abounds with Easter egg hunts 04/08/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 10, 2009 10:19am]

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