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Easter egg hunts, celebrations and services in Tampa Bay

Beta Sigma Phi Easter Egg Hunt

Children 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. Saturday.

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. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Saturday.

Casual Sunrise Service

Even dogs are welcome at this outdoor service with acoustic music by Higher Purpose. Free. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 253-5388. 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Clearwater Beach Egg Hunt

Adults can join in this all ages hunt for thousands of eggs. Bring a basket. Free. Mandalay Park, 532 N Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 462-6138. 6 p.m. Friday.

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 . Free. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 442-2099. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

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Cotton Tail Express

A 2.5-hour diesel-powered train ride to an egg hunt with Mr. Bunny. 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. Saturday.

Dog Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny will help dogs hunt for special eggs he's hidden in the play yard. Children can also do crafts and hunt for eggs in the "Rabbit Resort." Dog hunts will be held every 30 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children's activities are from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. $5 egg hunts, $10 photos, $12 both. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-7138. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Easter Cruises

There's a brunch cruise with visits with Peter Cottontail at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $49.95, $29.95 children. And a dinner cruise 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday. $59.95, $29.95 children. Yacht StarShip, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 223-7999.

Easter Brunch Cruise

A 2.5-hour cruise with a brunch buffet and entertainment. $39.95, $29.95 children. Starlite Sapphire Yacht, 3400 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena. (727) 462-2628. 12:30 p.m. Sunday; also taking place at StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht, 25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater.

Easter Bunny at the Mall

Photo packages available for purchase. Open daily through Saturday.

• Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon.

• Westfield Citrus Park , 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa.

• Westshore Plaza Mall, 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa.

Easter Celebration

Easter service followed by a picnic with games, food, face painting and bounce houses. Free. Azalea Park, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 916-0750. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

Palm Harbor Easter Celebration

Sunrise Easter service followed by breakfast, egg hunt and butterfly release. $5 food, activities free. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. 7:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Easter Dinner Dance

Hats are required for this party with dancing to music by DJ Willie Matos and a hat contest. BYOB welcome. $12, $10 members. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Treasure Island Easter Egg Hunt

Ages 10 and younger can sport a fancy bonnet or hat to hunt for eggs in the center and park with bonnet and, with hat contests and photos with the Easter Bunny. Free. Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Lutz Easter Egg Hunt

One egg hunt for ages 5 and younger and one for 6 and older, followed by carnival games and food. Free. New Tampa Baptist Church, 14801 Livingston Ave., Lutz. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Spring Hill Easter Picnic

Enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs at this event with an Easter egg hunt, games, prizes and dancing. Donations of non-perishable canned goods accepted to benefit the group's Feed the Hungry project. Free, bring a side dish to share. Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 848-1031, 398-6207. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Easter Sunday at Beach

With a brunch buffet, bounce houses, egg hunt, games and live music. $34.95, $14.95 children. Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Easter Sunday for Underprivileged

An Easter egg hunt and get a bag of clothes, groceries. RSVP required. Free (donations through sponsorship appreciated). Portamento of Hope Cafe, 107 Mason St., Brandon. (813) 493-9644. 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

Easter for Pets

Bring your pets for photos with the Easter Bunny, a treat hunt for pets, egg hunt for kids and information about pet travel. Free. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-7138. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Easter with Peppa

Children ages 5 and younger can join Peppa the Pig for Easter themed stories, music and crafts. Free. Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6715. 11 a.m. Friday.

Sun City Center Egg Hunt

For ages 10 and younger. Free. Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Egg Hunt at the Museum

Eggs are hidden throughout the museum for this egg hunt with live animals and visits with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket or bag and exchange eggs for prizes. $12, members free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 8-10 a.m. Saturday.

Eggs in the Park

Event includes an egg hunt 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.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Feeling Hoppy Scavenger Hunt

Adults can join in the Easter fun as they hop along Peter Cottontail's trail for a chance to win free beer. The family event also includes egg decorating, pin the tail on the bunny, truth or hare game and four holiday themed beers for tasting. Free (food/drink additional). Pair O' Dice Brewing, 4400 118th Ave. N, Clearwater. (727) 755-3423. 1-11 p.m. Saturday.

Gaylord Palms Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter Bunny has hidden 10 oversized 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 16. Free. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. (407) 586-2000. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sunday.

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

Kids in fifth grade and younger can bring a basket to hunt for more than 3,000 glowing eggs before enjoying free food and inflatables. Every child hunting gets a bag of candy. Free. Lifepoint Church, 8702 Hunters Lake Dr, Tampa. (813) 907-9818. 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

Good Friday Community Service

An outdoor service followed by a complimentary continental breakfast. Free. The Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. 9 a.m. Friday.

Helicopter Egg Drop

A helicopter will drop 75,000 eggs on the football field at this festival with bounce houses, games and giveaways. Free. Robinson High School, 6311 S Lois Ave., Tampa. 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

Hop n' Glow Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration

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 and activities. $3 advance, $5 at the gate. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697. 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday.

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 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.-5 p.m. Friday.

Living Last Supper

Experience a live presentation of Jesus' last supper with the twelve disciples. Free. Keystone United Methodist Church, 16301 Race Track Road, Odessa. (813) 920-5153. 7 p.m. today.

Maundy Thursday

The Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter, commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 411 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-1057. 7 p.m. today.

Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service

The outdoor service will be followed by an Easter breakfast. Free. Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 411 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-1057. 7 a.m. Sunday.

Riverfront Easter Egg Hun

Join the scurvy crew of pirates for a hunt for Easter egg geofilters hidden along the Riverwalk. and downtown riverfront. Download the Snapchat App and start the hunt. When you find them, post photos of your treasures to #PWTEasterEggHunt. Fare and data charges. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 559-1804. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. today-Sunday., 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

Spring Bunny Hop

Non-traditional egg hunt for 11 and younger with inflatables, DJ dancing, games. $8. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Spring Egg-Stravaganza

Meet the Easter Bunny and take photos at this event with age appropriate egg hunts. Children finding gold eggs win special prizes. A Wildlife Puppeteers play follows in the Visitor Center's Florida Room. Included with admission: $13, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Spring Fling

Welcome spring at this family festival with an egg hunt, crafts, petting zoo and hot dogs. Common Ground Christian Church, 4207 N Boulevard, Tampa. (813) 232-1400. 11 a.m. Saturday.

Spring Hill Easter Egg Hunt

Family-friendly event is open to the public. Includes a sensory-friendly area. Free. Crosspoint Church, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Springfest

Families can enjoy spring-themed activities including an Easter egg hunt, pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, petting zoo, face painting and games. Benefits Horse Power for Kids. $10, 1 and younger free. Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

The Great Hunt

With prizes for dogs and humans. Free. Crescent Lake Park, 1320 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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 divided by ages: 11 a.m. for children 3 and younger at the kiddie pool; noon for ages 4 to 6 at the kiddie pool, 1 p.m. for ages 7-10 at the beach, and 2 p.m. for 11-13 at the beach $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. Saturday.

Underwater Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny dropped hundreds of colorful eggs into Southwest Pool for children ages 6 and younger to dive for and scoop up. Children unable to tread water for at least 30 seconds must have a parent in the water with them at all times. $6, $3 members. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3125. Noon-2 p.m. Friday.

Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival

Dive for Easter eggs in the pool and stay to play afterwards at the Spring Festival with food and children's activities. $4 (egg hunt); Free (festival). St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9264. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Dog Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny will help dogs hunt for special eggs he's hidden in the play yard. Children can also do crafts and hunt for eggs in the "Rabbit Resort." Dog hunts will be held every 30 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children's activities are from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. $5 egg hunts, $10 photos, $12 both. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-7138. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

By Kelly A. Stefani

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