Pinellas County communities are making plans to celebrate Easter 2014 with a variety of fun activities. The following is an updated list of egg hunts and other eggs-citing, eggs-trodinary events.
Peter Cotton Tail lunch LARGO – Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to hop on over to Southwest Recreation Complex and meet Peter Cotton Tail Wednesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at 13120 Vonn Road. The cost is $5 in advance or $8 the day of the event and includes lunch, themed crafts, games and a story. Parent or caregiver participation is required. Call 518-3125.
Egg hunt CLEARWATER – There will be an Egg Hunt Friday, April 18, 6 p.m., at Mandalay Park, 532 N. Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. The event will include several age-appropriate hunts, including one for adults. Admission is free. Call 462-6138 or visit www.myclearwater.com.
Spring Fest, Arbor Day Celebration BELLEAIR – The Belleair Parks and Recreation Department will team up with the Belleair Civic Association to host the annual Spring Fest and Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road.
This free family oriented event will feature egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, egg coloring, bounce houses, music and DJ, plant giveaways and landscape demonstrations. This year, the celebration will boast more vehicles in the Touch-A-Truck area, offering children an opportunity to see, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of cool vehicles, from fire trucks and motorcycles to cherry pickers and police cars. For information, call 518-3728.
Easter Eggstravaganza CLEARWATER – The annual free Easter Eggstravaganza and Open House will be Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabel Springs Drive.
Separate egg hunts will be arranged by age groupings. Ages 2 and younger will begin at 9:30 a.m.; 3 to 5 years old at 10 a.m.; 6 to 9 years old at 10:30 a.m.; and the final hunt for ages 10 to 12 years old will begin at 11 a.m. During each egg hunt, one lucky person who finds a golden egg will win a free week of summer camp at the Countryside Recreation Center.
In addition to the hunt, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. The city of Clearwater Fire Department will show one of its trucks and there will be many games, drawings and crafts to enjoy. The event includes an open house event inside the center with program demonstrations, free samples and information and registration opportunities for summer camp. Parents should bring an Easter basket for each child participating in the egg hunt. For information, call 669-1914.
Hunt for glowing eggs LARGO – A Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt will be presented Saturday, April 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Attendees may bring a basket and join the complex for glow-in-the-dark activities, bounce house attractions, music, a food vendor, and age-appropriate hunts.
The cost is $8 per child. Children between ages 1 to 12 must have a wristband to participate, though a wristband is not required for adults. Participants must register by Friday, April 11. Space is limited.
The event goes on rain or shine, but if it’s raining, call 518-3016 for alternate location information. Parking will be available on site, at the Largo Sports Complex and at Largo City Hall. For information, call 518-3016 or visit LargoEvents.com.
Underwater Egg Hunt ST. PETE BEACH – Kids will have a chance to dip and dive for Easter eggs in the pool and stay to play afterwards at the city’s Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival on Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m., at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Cost of the egg hunt is $4 a child. Children are encouraged to bring mesh bags to gather their eggs.
Admission to the Spring Festival is free. The event will feature a bounce house, touch-a-truck, and crafts. The City of St. Pete Beach Fire Department will provide food. For information, call 363-9264 or visit www.spbrec.com.
Adult Easter egg hunt ST. PETERSBURG – The Hoxie Girl Scout Troop 128 and the Split Pines Community will host an adult Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19, 7 p.m., at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 3130 31st St. S. Attendees should bring a basket and flashlight. The hunt will begin at dark. Parking is free via Gate 2, though carpooling is encouraged. Prizes will include an overnight stay at America’s Best Inn and Suites, an oil change, Tampa Bay Rays merchandise, gift cards from AMC and local businesses and restaurants and Mary Kay cosmetics. Register online at www.hoxigirlscouts.com for $5; or register on the day of the event for $10. For information, email Linda VanOosting at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Sowell at email@example.com.
Easter egg hunt TARPON SPRINGS – Easter egg hunts will be presented Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m., at the Tarpon Springs Sports Complex, 150 Jasmine Ave. There will be three separate hunts based on age groups, as well as the usual assortment of fun activities for the whole family. The event is free and concessions will be available for sale. There also will be pony rides and opportunities for photos with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Egg Hunt CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Community Volunteers will sponsor the 22nd annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 20, noon to 2 p.m., in Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. The hunt will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and usually lasts only a few minutes.
“Be there on time because when thousands of kids race across the grass to gather up over 25,000 candy-filled eggs, the whole thing is over within a matter of minutes,” organizers said in a press release.
The event starts with the race to find the most Easter eggs, candy, and of course, 250 of those famous Golden Eggs. Each child who finds a Golden Egg will receive a stuffed bunny. In addition to the main event, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, rides on the Bunny Express, special entertainment, a giant inflatable slide and a bouncy house. The Easter Bunny and his Mrs. will wander around for fantastic pictures with kids.
This event is free and everyone is welcome. Participants should bring their Easter basket. There is a small fee for food and some attractions, with cash sales only. The hunt is for kids 16 and younger. For information, call 442-2099 or visit www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org.