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Easter events in Tampa Bay, from egg hunts to services

The Easter Bunny swims in the coral reef with the many species of sea animal and fish at the Florida Aquarium. [Times, 2010]
Published Apr. 19

Glass Easter Egg Hunt

Handblown glass eggs will be hidden along Central Avenue between Fifth Street and 16th Street. Limit one egg per family. First come, first served. 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-7872. moreanartscenter.org.

Wagon Wheel Hunt

Ages 10 and younger should bring a bag or bucket for the fifth annual egg hunt in the flea market parking field. Noon Sunday. Wagon Wheel Flea Market, 7800 78th St. N, Pinellas Park. Free, $1 parking. (727) 544-5319. thewagonwheelfleamarket.com.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Hunt

Children ages 10 and younger should bring a basket to hunt for colored eggs hidden through out the nature park. $10-$15, 2 and younger free. Hunts at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. 4600 Alt. 19, Palm Harbor. (727) 943-5897.

Underwater Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny is missing hundreds of eggs, and kids 5 and older will find them floating in the pool. Open swim available outside hunt area for the entire event. $5. Noon to 2 p.m. Friday. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 587-6720.

Easter Egg Drop

Three helicopter egg drops at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Mission City Church, 801 Seminole Blvd., Largo. (727) 397-4707.

Countryside Recreation Center Eggstravaganza

Children 12 and younger should bring a basket for age appropriate egg hunts with arts and crafts, a bounce house, games, activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. (727) 669-1914.

Beta Sigma Phi Easter Egg Hunt

Children are divided by age group and should bring a basket. 9 a.m. Saturday. England Brothers Park, 5010 Dave McKay Way, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0895.

Fun in the Sun Day

This Easter event for 8 and younger includes an egg hunt, visits with Peter Cottontail, music, food and a touch a truck with police cars, police boat, fire truck, ambulance and a garbage truck. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1068.

Indian Rocks Beach Hunt

Kids can play games after hunting for eggs. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve, 903 Gulf Blvd. (727) 692-7867.

The Point Church Hunt

Find thousands of candy-filled eggs hidden in roped-off areas. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. 1430 Belleair Road, Clearwater. (727) 442-2661.

Treasure Island Hunt

Children 10 and younger should wear a hat for activities including an egg hunt, bonnet and hat contests and visits with the Easter Bunny. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave. (727) 547-4575, ext 237.

Hip, Hop Hooray

Sundial's breezeway is transformed into a magical field of eggs for children 10 and younger with music, face painting, balloon art, bunny crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny. Free. 1 p.m. Saturday. Sundial, 153 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-3201.

Christ the King Hunt

Three egg hunts for ages 1 to 12 with games, crafts, skits for kids and The Resurrection Trail, an Easter story experience told by a talking donkey. Free. 3 p.m. Saturday. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo. (727) 595-2117.

Tarpon Springs Hunt

Kids can hunt for thousands of eggs with music, uplifting holiday messages and photo opportunities. Free. 10 a.m. Sunday. The Well, 550 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 937-5217.

St. Petersburg Outreach

An afternoon of family activities including an Easter egg hunt and a fire truck display. Free. 12 p.m. Sunday. Tree of Life Church of God, 4682 40th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 490-8926.

Westfield Citrus Park

The Easter Bunny is hopping around Learning Express Toys and hiding eggs for children 4 and younger. Free. 9 a.m. Friday. 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. (813) 926-4644.

Easter at Sky Zone Tampa

The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs for toddlers on the dodgeball courts. Also includes coloring stations, holiday crafts, a tattoo station and photos. Bring a basket. $12.99. 8 a.m. Saturday. 10137 E Adamo St., Tampa. (813) 833-1740.

Florida Aquarium

Enjoy an underwater egg scavenger hunt, spring-themed animal learning and photo opportunities with a Scuba diving bunny. Included with admission. 9:30 a.m. Friday-Sunday. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.

Heights Spring Festival

Celebrate with a visit from the Easter bunny, an egg hunt, petting zoo, egg decorating and bounces houses. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-3725. armatureworks.com.

Glazer Children's Museum

Children can search for thousands of eggs before enjoying games, snacks, photos with the Easter Bunny and a day of museum play. Included with admission. 8 a.m. Saturday. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.

Horizon Easter Egg Hunt

Gather for an egg hunt, games, activities and snacks. Free. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Marcelino Chelo Huerta Jr. Friendship Park, 4124 West Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. (813) 816-1472.

Baskets, Bunnies and Breakfast

A pancake breakfast followed by giant egg hunt and an Easter Bunny photo booth. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. River of Life Christian Center, 6605 Krycul Ave., Riverview. (813) 677-4453.

Jellybean Jamboree

Kids up to fourth grade celebrate Easter with egg hunts, games, food, a bounce house and candy. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz. (813) 949-1751, ext. 234.

Centerpoint North Hunt

Centerpoint North officially launches the new location with an Easter service including free coffee, pastries and an egg hunt for kids. Free. 5 p.m. Saturday. 1720 S St. Cloud Road, Valrico. (813) 689-1906.

University of South Florida

A short worship service is followed by helicopter egg drop of 20,000 candy filled eggs with a kids' play zones, game truck and prizes. Takes place on the Fowler Field. Free. 10 a.m. Sunday. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 383-1914, ext. 1000.

Ikea Scavenger Hunt

Kids can follow a trail of hidden eggs that lead to the Easter Bunny. Takes place in the children's department. Free. 11 a.m. Sunday. Ikea, 1103 N 22nd St., Tampa. (888) 888-4532.

Spring Egg-Stravaganza

Bring a basket to find hundreds of eggs with a visit from the Easter Bunny and the Build a Better Brain wildlife puppet show. Free. 8 a.m. Saturday. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.

New Port Richey Hunt

Bring a basket for egg hunts with Easter-themed games, crafts and meet and greets with the Easter Bunny. The first 100 children receive a goodie bag. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Gulfside Hospice Community Outreach Center, 6224 Lafayette St. (727) 845-5707.

Out and About Summer Expo

Easter egg hunts and an inside exhibit hall with information about local attractions and fun things to do. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O' Lakes. (813) 909-2800. lakerlutznews.com.

Dade City Hunt

An egg hunt and crafts for 7 and younger. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Spring Fest 2019

Festival including three egg hunts, an obstacle course, petting zoo, games, face painting, balloon art and food. 10 a.m. Saturday. Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 293-7673. greatlifechurch.com.

Eggs in the Park

For 12 and younger. Egg hunts start promptly at 10 a.m. for all ages, followed by games and relays Saturday. Free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Sertoma Youth Ranch

The second annual hunt includes a variety of Easter-themed activities, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts and hayrides. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (352) 467-0800.

Buccaneer Bay Water Egg Hunt

Bring a basket and a bathing suit for egg hunts in the kiddie pool and on the beach. 11 a.m. Saturday. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Included with admission. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Hop n' Glow

Easter is all aglow at this black light bunny hop with an appearance by the Easter Bunny and princesses, K-9 demonstrations, the mounted patrol, arts and crafts and a hunt for more than 20,000 eggs. $3.50. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

EPCOT Egg-Stravaganza

The Flower and Garden Festival adds an Easter twist with a scavenger hunt. Pick up a clue map and hunt high and low in the World Showcase for hidden eggs decorated to resemble Disney characters. Return your completed clue guide for a special prize. Runs daily through Sunday. $6.99 (plus park admission). 10 a.m. today-Sunday. Epcot at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 824-4321.

Royal Egg Court Character Breakfast

Families are invited to join the Candy Countess, Earl of Chocolate, Duchess of Daffodils and other members of the Easter Egg Kingdom for music, games and breakfast. $34, $23 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. 8 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. (407) 586-2000.

Easter at Mahaffey

St. Petersburg's Calvary Chapel Fellowship moves into the Mahaffey Theater for a giant Easter Sunday worship service. Free, and free parking. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 685-3710.

Bok Tower Sunrise Service

The 60-bell carillon tower rings out as you watch the sun rise over the top of Iron Mountain at the 93rd annual Easter sunrise service. Free until 8 a.m. 7 a.m. Sunday. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. (863) 676-1408.

Town 'n' Country Sunrise Service

Catch a sunrise service followed by a continental breakfast and a presentation of the Easter drama A Change of Loyalty (10:45 a.m.). Free. 7 a.m. Sunday. Faith Outreach Center, 7607 Sheldon Road, Town 'n' Country. (813) 887-3354.

Lutz "Son"rise Service

Get to the southernmost point of the church property for a lakeside sunrise service. Free. 7 a.m. Sunday. First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz. (813) 949-1751.

Salvation Army Sunrise Service

Several churches join together for this service of prayer, scripture readings and music by the Salvation Army Band. Free. 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Salvation Army Community Worship Center, 1100 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 549-5285.

Calvary Chapel Sunrise Service

Join Calvary for a sunrise service that includes worship, teaching and onsite baptisms. Breakfast follows (additional charge). Free. 7 a.m. Sunday. 8900 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 577-7705.

Last Supper Drama

Drama of the Last Supper during a Good Friday Communion service. Free. 7 p.m. Friday. St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 385-3640.

The Easter Story

A dramatic, musical presentation about the life and messages of Jesus Christ. Free. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. CrossPointe Family Church, 919 Debuel Road, Lutz. (813) 949-7727.

Meet the Easter Bunny

Climb aboard the Pirate Water Taxi for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. Locations include the Ulele/Armature Works stop (3 p.m.) and the Curtis Hixon Park stop (4 p.m.) Sunday. Included with admission. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 390-3711.

Easter Sunday Skate

Lace up your skates and roll with the Easter Bunny for photo opportunities. $6 (skate rental included). 4 p.m. Sunday. United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-5826.

Whiskey Bayou Easter Party

Damon Fowler and Eric McFadden join to present a Louisiana style tribute to Easter. 5 p.m. Sunday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.

Egg-Citing Easter Crafts

Kids can make their own Easter clip picture fame using stickers and markers. Free. The Easter Bunny hops in for visits from 1:30-2 p.m. Noon Saturday. Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 796-1070.

Sensory-Friendly Easter Experience

A more private and calm setting for special needs children. Includes photos with the Easter Bunny, a holiday photo booth, potted flower station, face painting and an ice cream truck. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. Autism Shifts, 5215 W Laurel St., Tampa. (813) 251-2787.

Easter in the Park

Snow cones, a bounce house, cotton candy, water balloons, football and fellowship. Free (registration required). 10 a.m. Saturday. Picnic Island Park, 7404 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa. (813) 439-4009.

Guarding of the Tomb

An around-the-clock reenactment of Roman soldiers guarding Jesus' tomb. Noon Friday-Sunday. First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz. Free. (813) 949-1751.

Cotton Tail Special

Mr. Bunny awaits children in the town of Willow where he's prepared an egg hunt. $14.50-$32.50. Trains depart at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. (941) 776-0906.

Mad Tea Escape Room

A never-ending Easter tea party in which your host presents you clues to solve a riddle before you can escape. Start times change. Check at booking. $15.99. 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. (407) 586-2000.

Good Friday Processional

A costumed processional reenacting the crucifixion of Christ. Begins at City Hall in downtown Tampa and ends in the park. Free. Noon Friday. Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 949-1751.

Godspell

The musical based on the Gospel according to Matthew, which deals with the last days of Jesus. 7 p.m. today-Friday. Skycrest United Methodist Church, 2045 Drew St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 446-2218. skycrest.net.

Bunny Train

Wear an outrageous Easter hat and board a 7.5-inch gauge train for a ride to visit the Easter Bunny and Mother Goose in a land with egg hunts, Easter parades, crafts, games and live bunnies. 9 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday. Concourse Grand Railroad, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. $5. (727) 639-7639.

Bass Pro Shop

Dress up the family and get to Bass for a free portrait with the Easter Bunny. Thursday, the first 75 kids to have their photo taken get a free plush bunny. Saturday, kids 2 to 10 can participate in an egg hunt for candy prizes (2 p.m.). 5:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. 10501 Palm River Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 655-2400.

Bunnyville Experience

Kids can visit with the Easter Bunny in this three dimensional town with a Hare Salon, Hoppin' Fresh Bakery and 24 Carrot Bank. 10 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 342-3790.

Dunedin Bunny Brunch

Children 1 to 4 celebrate Easter with brunch, arts and crafts, games, an egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own camera. $8-$10. 9 a.m. Saturday. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. (727) 812-4530. dunedingov.com.

FarmTable Easter Brunch

An Easter buffet with a seafood bar, cheeses, charcuterie and pastries, plus your choice of chef select plated entrees, with bottomless mimosas. $89. 11 a.m. Sunday. FarmTable Cucina, 179 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 523-6297.

Easter Brunch at Sheraton Riverwalk

Enjoy a special brunch menu featuring a seafood bar, prime rib carving station, white truffle lobster mac and cheese and many other options. $38, $19 ages 10 and younger. 11 a.m. Sunday. Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-2222.

Safety Harbor Easter Sunday Brunch

Celebrate Easter with a brunch including carving station, omelet station, seafood boat, live music and a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. $44.95, $15.95 children. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. (727) 726-1161.

Hard Rock Easter Sunday Meals

Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa is offering special Easter Sunday menus. You'll find grilled lamb loin ($65 Council Oak), braised lamb neck ($45 The Rez), an Easter-themed buffet ($40 Fresh Harvest), grilled lamb chops ($27) and garlic studded leg of lamb or ham ($30 Rise Kitchen). No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m. Sunday. Seminole Hard Rock, 223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625.

Soire Estate Easter Brunch

Prime brunch food stations, along with endless Bloody Mary and mimosa bars, games, live music and a kids Easter egg painting station. $55, $25 ages 4-9. 11 a.m. Sunday. Soire Estate, 5710 Happy Tails Lane, Lutz. (813) 892-0039.

Gulf Harbors Easter Sunday Brunch

Sip on a free champagne cocktail while feasting on a brunch buffet that will include a carving station. 10:30 a.m. Sunday.$25.95, $19.95 members, $8.95 ages 9 and younger. Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, 3926 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. (727) 849-4459. gulfharborsyc.com.

Easter at Crescent Oaks

An Easter buffet with a salad bar, carving station, pasta station, hot buffet and desserts. Kids can take a break from eating and join an egg hunt at 1 p.m. $30.95, $25.95 members, $8.95 ages 3-10, 2 and younger free. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 937-4653.

Mulligans Easter Brunch Buffet

A buffet including peel-and-eat shrimp, French toast, cheesy grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy. Wash it all down with mimosas ($5) or bottomless mimosas ($15). $22.95, $12.95 ages 12 and younger (reservations required). 10 a.m. Sunday. Mulligan's Irish Pub at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive, Tampa. (813) 973-3870, ext. 225.

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