The hunt is on for Easter events

DIVING EASTER BUNNY

The Easter Bunny is putting on his mask and fins to get into the aquarium tanks. Between dives, he'll dry off for photos with kids. Other activities include a continuous scavenger-style egg hunt throughout the exhibits, mermaid performances and an Easter picnic. Photos and food are not included with daily admission. $21.95, $18.95 for seniors 60+, $16.95 for kids 3-12. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

HELICOPTER EGG DROP

The Easter Bunny gets a little help from a helicopter, which will rain down nearly 10,000 goody-filled plastic eggs. Other activities include arts, crafts, games, relay races and photos with the Easter Bunny. Free; $5 parking. Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 812-4533. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

ORANGUTAN EGG HUNT

Lowry Park Zoo's Bornean orangutan family takes a crack at hunting — and crunching — Easter eggs. Included with zoo admission: $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 11 a.m. Friday.

Egg hunts

Beta Sigma Phi Easter Egg Hunt, Pinellas Park

Children will be divided into age groups to search for eggs at England Brothers Park. Free. 5010 81st Ave. N. (727) 541-0895. 9 a.m. Saturday.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Children can eat a pancake breakfast, have photos taken with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs in age-appropriate groups. $5. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000. 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

Community Egg Hunt, Tampa

There will be more than 3,000 hidden eggs at this event with snow cones, candy, bounce houses and prizes. Free. Bay Life Assembly of God, 6923 Sheldon Road. (813) 884-3696. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Community Egg Hunt, Wesley Chapel

Children of all ages can hunt for more than 80,000 treat-filled eggs hidden in Center Court and along Paseo. Also includes an area reserved for children with special needs (10 a.m.). Free. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive. (813) 994-2242. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Easter Carnival, Clearwater

Hop on into this low-key children's carnival with egg hunts, Easter themed crafts, a bounce house and snacks. Free. Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S Belcher Road. (727) 531-3200. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Easter Egg Hunt, Treasure Island

Children ages 10 and younger can hunt for eggs in the center and park. Also a bonnet and hat contest and photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own camera. Free. Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. (727) 360-4121. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Easter Eggstravaganza, Tarpon Springs

With three age-appropriate egg hunts, pony rides, a moon walk, arts and crafts, prizes and photos with the Easter Bunny. Free (drinks/photos additional). Tarpon Sports Complex, 150 Jasmine Ave. (727) 942-5628. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Easter Festival, Seminole

The 10th annual holiday festival includes pony rides, an egg hunt on the Easter Trail, bounce rides, games, face painting, visits with the Easter Bunny, entertainment and food. $12 wristband; $1.50 individual tickets. St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, 6650 113th St. N. (727) 392-4483. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Easter at Busch Gardens

The Tampa theme park will have egg hunts eight times a day, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and games. $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. Park admission required. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. (813) 987-5600. 10 a.m. today-Saturday.

Egg Hunt at the Glazer Children's Museum

Enjoy a light breakfast and meet the Easter Bunny before hunting for eggs and prizes. Hunts are in two groups: 3 and younger hunt in a small area, and ages 4 and older search the entire museum. $12, members free. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

Eggs in the Park, Bushnell

The Easter Bunny will hide more than 2,000 eggs for children up to age 13 to find. Bring coolers and chairs and stick around for a picnic after the hunt. Free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603. (352) 793-4781. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Family Picnic in the Park, Largo

Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a day in the park with an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Free. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. (727) 518-3047. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Fun in the Sun Day, Gulfport

Kids age 8 and younger can celebrate spring at this event with a touch-a-truck, Easter egg hunt, inflatables, food and photos with Peter Cottontail. Free. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 893-1068. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Horseback Easter Egg Hunt, Pinellas Park

Kids can ride a horse in search of Easter eggs hidden in suspended buckets throughout the woods. There will also be hay rides, games, food and interaction with farm animals. $5 (rides); $2 (farm entry); $1 (games). Saddle Up Riding Club, 6080 94th Ave. (727) 520-3132. 3-6 p.m. Saturday.

Oak Grove Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter egg hunt for children up to fifth grade also includes crafts, story time and refreshments. Free. Oak Grove United Methodist Church/Church on the Move, 2707 W Waters Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-4471. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Springfest

Includes an 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.

Egg-Stravaganza, Homosassa

Kids should bring their own basket for this hunt for thousands of plastic eggs that can be redeemed for candy. The Easter Bunny and other costumed characters will be available for photos. Free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. (352) 628-5343. 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Other events

Bay Area Renaissance Festival

This week, the replica of a 16th century village takes on Latin and Easter themed twists for Fiesta Festival, featuring fencing championships, flamenco dancers, mariachi bands, a Latino market, a Latin Easter service, King Henry's Easter Brunch ($30 package deal) and a taco eating contest. Advance: $15.95, $7.95 ages 5-12. At the gate: $18.95, $14.95 seniors, $10.95 ages 5-12; $10 pets. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Toll-free, 1-800-601-4848. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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. Departs at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. $14-$28. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. Toll-free, 1-877-869-0800. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Easter Breakfast and Worship

Eat a pancake breakfast while watching a puppet show with a special Easter message. An Easter service follows the show. Free. St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. North, St. Petersburg. (727) 525-0012. 9 a.m. Sunday.

Easter Bunny at the Mall

The Easter Bunny hopped into the mall for photos and visits with children. Free. Photo packages additional. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. (727) 347-3889. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Easter Bunny in the Mall Garden

The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs in his live garden full of flowers. See if you can spot them while you wait your turn to visit with him and have photos taken. Free; $19.99-$39.99 photo packages. WestShore Plaza, 250 WestShore Plaza, Tampa. (813) 286-0790. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Saturday.

Hare Racing Experience

Put on your bunny ears for this Easter themed 5K off road race and 1-mile family walk with health and fitness booths, visits with the Easter Bunny and Ronald McDonald, T-shirts, food and drink. Proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Services Foundation. $20, $15 1-mile, $7 ages 6 and younger. University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 374-8907. 8 a.m. Saturday.

Jellybean Jamboree

Bring a picnic lunch and eat with the Easter Bunny at this event with face painting, crafts and age-appropriate candy scrambles. Free. Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (813) 929-1229. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Easter Brunch Cruise

Climb aboard the Yacht StarShip for a buffet of breakfast and lunch items, DJ music and family photos with Peter Cottontail. $44.95, $29.95 children. 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Easter Celebration

A celebration with stories of change and how today can change the future. Also, music and free family portraits. Nursery services available. Free. Park Place Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave., Pinellas Park. (727) 526-3674. 6 p.m. Saturday, 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Easter Sunrise Service

Watch the sun come up over Tampa Bay to celebrate Easter. The Salvation Army Band and Unity A Cappella provide the music for this ecumenical worship service. Donations benefit Florida Resurrection House. Free (donations appreciated). The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-4742. 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Easter Worship and Family Gathering

Reality Church Tampa invites families to attend an Easter celebration with a worship service, music, a photo booth and egg hunt. Free. Kate Jackson Community Center at Anderson Park, 821 S Rome Ave., Tampa. (813) 434-3670. 10 a.m. Sunday.

'The Crown: A Multimedia Re-telling of the Easter Story'

The production uses music, acting and video presentations to present the Easter story. Acting Easter Bunnies will keep preschool children busy with an egg hunt during the presentation. Free. The Crossing Church, 10130 Tuscany Ridge Drive, Tampa. (813) 626-0783. 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday; 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday (English); 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday (Spanish).

The hunt is on for Easter events 03/27/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 2:11pm]

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