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Get a hop on Easter with these early events

Easter isn't until March 31, but several places are dyeing to get started with egg hunts and festivals.

Egg hunts

Safety Harbor Easter Egg Hunt

A children's Easter egg hunt is planned in the park. Egg hunts for ages 2 and younger are 5-5:30 p.m.; ages 3-4 are 5:30-6 p.m.; ages 5-9 are 6-6:30 p.m.; and ages 10 and older are 6:30-7 p.m. Free. North City Park, 2075 Swan Lane, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1545. 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Easter Puppet Show and Hunt

Children can gather around the stage for an Easter themed puppet show followed by an egg hunt with prizes. Free. Faith Covenant Church, 150 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 525-1699, ext. 224. 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Kids ages 6 to 15 need to bring a flashlight and a basket to hunt for eggs at this Easter event with arts and crafts, games and a hot dog picnic. Find a golden egg and win a special prize. $12. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 738-2920. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

Bring your basket and a flashlight for age-appropriate egg hunts with glow in the dark activities and music. $8. Largo Sports Complex, 1640 McMullen Road, Largo. (727) 518-3016. 6:30-9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Springfest

Includes Easter egg hunt, pony rides, hay rides, train ride, a petting zoo, face painting and games. Benefits Horse Power for Kids. $10 children, $6 adults. Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Racetrack Road, Tampa. (813) 855-8992. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Sunshine Sunday

This day for children with special needs includes reduced lighting and sound, special programing and resources. This month features an egg hunt reserved for children with special needs. $5, members free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival

Kids celebrate Easter by hopping into the pool and swimming or diving for colored eggs filled with prizes. Please bring mesh bags to gather eggs. Afterward is family festival including a touch-a-truck, music, games, bounce houses, crafts and food in Horan Park. $4 (egg hunt) Free (festival). St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9265. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Zephyrhills Easter Egg Hunt

With a petting zoo, games, prizes, crafts, a bounce house and age appropriate egg hunts for children up to fifth grade. Free. First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills, 38635 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. (813) 782-5645. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Other events

Easter at Busch Gardens

Now through March 30 the Tampa theme park will have egg hunts eight times a day, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and games. Packages are $15 for egg hunt, craft and one 6 by 8 photo with the Easter Bunny; $10 for photo only; $5 for egg hunt and craft session only. The first hunt is 10 a.m. daily at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa.

Great Egg Race

This Easter festival includes live animal displays, a bouncy house, live music, games, special guests, gifts for kids, food, entertainment and a DJ. Free. Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay, 1218 E Kay St., Tampa. (813) 802-8736. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Hop Hop Tiny Tot

Dress your child in an Easter bonnet or Easter outfit for a day of crafts, stories and snacks. $5 advance, $8 day of. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. 11 a.m.-noon Friday.

Easter Bonnet Bar Hop

A hop through multiple bars in GaYbor, with a free shot at each hop. Prizes for three best bonnets. $15. Bradley's on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-2723. 5 p.m. Sunday.

Deviled Egg-Off

Teams go egg to egg with their favorite deviled egg recipe. Your vote on which is the most "egg-cellent'' decides the winner. Also, a drawing for a year's supply of eggs and natural egg-dyeing for kids. Free. Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. (813) 874-9435. 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Get a hop on Easter with these early events 03/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:55pm]
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