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March 21, 2017

Easter Events and Egg Hunts in Tampa Bay!

By Laura Byrne

We’ve joined forces with our friends at the Tampa Bay Moms Blog to gather the best Easter-themed events and egg hunts in Tampa Bay to help you find the best fit for your family.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:

Sensitive Bunny at WestShore Plaza: April 2, 9-11 a.m.
WestShore Plaza, 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa
WestShore Plaza is making adjustments to the area near the Easter Bunny for this private, sensory-friendly event designed for families touched by autism. Each family will receive one free photo and a gift from the Easter Bunny. Families may purchase additional photos.

Easter Mom & me Event: April 2, 2 – 4 p.m.
River Hills Country Club, 3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico
813-363-6721; mysocialspa.ticketspice.com
Create lifelong memories during this exclusive Easter themed event. You and your child will learn how to make Easter egg bath bombs. The $44.95 adult and child combo ticket includes instruction, tools and containers. Mimosas for mom are included.

Bunny Breakfast in Tampa: April 8, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Palma Ceia Methodist, Corner of Bay to Bay Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Help Palma Ceia Methodist celebrate their first Bunny Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child, with a maximum of $15 per family. The egg hunts will take place on the playground at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Family Fun Fest in Tampa: April 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Memorial Highway, Tampa
admindesk@wesleymemorial.net; wesleymemorial.net
This family-friendly event is open to the entire community. There will be games, pony rides, door prices, bounce houses, corn hole, food, egg hunts, cookie decorating and live music.

Wellspring UMC Community Easter Celebration: April 8, 10 a.m. – noon.
Wellspring United Methodist Church, 10701 Sheldon Road, Tampa
813- 926-5006, wellspringumctampa@gmail.com
This FREE community Easter celebration will feature food, crafts, an egg hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny.

9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Victorious Life Church: April 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Grove of Wesley Chapel, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel
Egg hunts will be held at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Children with special needs will also have an opportunity to hunt for eggs in an area designed just for them from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This FREE event includes expanded hunt areas, bounce houses, prizes, pony rides and more! Everyone is welcome.

Tampa Bay Moms Blog Eggstravaganza, April 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.                                                    Corbett Prep, 12015 Orange Grove Dr, Tampa                                                                                      TBMB is excited to announce our Annual Spring Eggstravaganza coming up on Saturday, April 8 at Corbett Prep in Tampa! We will have a morning filled with crafts, activities, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, snacks/refreshments, swag, giveaways and of course an egg hunt (broken down by age!) For tickets, click here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Brandon Regional Hospital: April 8, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon
This free event will feature an egg hunt, activities and games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and much more! Kids ages 0-6 will hunt for eggs at 10 a.m. and 7 and older will hunt at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held on the lower level of the North Parking Garage, near the Women’s Center Entrance off Oakfield Drive.

Movies in the Park in Tampa – “HOP”: April 8, 8– 10 p.m.
Water Works Park Tampa, 1710 N. Highland Ave., Tampa
813-966-5505
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and gather in Water Works Park for this FREE, fun family-friendly outdoor screening of “Hop.”

Westchase Easter Egg Hunt: April 9, 1-4 p.m.
Westchase Recreation Center, 9791 Westchase Drive, Tampa
The 7th Annual Westchase Easter Egg Hunt will feature a ton of activities for the kids to take part in when they are not busy hunting for eggs! The annual even benefits the American Cancer Society, so this is a win-win. Be sure to bring your own basket.

Radiant Church Egg Drop-75,000 Eggs!: April 15, 9 – 11 a.m.
Robinson High School, 6311 S. Lois Ave., Tampa
813-992-7765; RadiantTampa.org
Radiant Church will drop 75,000 Easter eggs on the Robinson High School football field. This is a FREE family oriented event for ALL ages. There will be giveaways, games, bounce houses and an egg drop from 9 – 11 a.m. Guests can receive giveaways, play games, enjoy bounce houses and get Easter Eggs.

Cottontail Express in Parrish: April 15, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
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. and 1 and 4 p.m. Price is $14.50-$32.50.

Plant City Easter Egg Hunt: April 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1810 E Plant Road, Plant City
Head to Plant City Stadium for a free Easter egg hunt sponsored by area churches and businesses. Kids can bring their own basket and join their age group for the search for hidden eggs. Day includes huge giveaways and live music from 7th Surrender and recording rap artist Mynista. plantcity.org 2-12

Preschool Easter Egg Hunt: April 15, 11 a.m.                                                                                First Baptist Church of Tampa, 302 W. Kennedy Blvd                                                                 This is an Easter Egg Hunt designed just for your preschooler from birth to kindergarten! The first 100 children will get a FREE Easter basket/bucket. Siblings are invited.

Horse Power for Kids Spring Fest: April 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8005 S. Racetrack Road, Tampa.
Horsepowerforkids.com
This annual fundraising event will feature an egg hunt as well as pony, hay and train rides, farm animals face painting, and a free hot dog and drinks. Price is $10 children and adults; 12 months and younger are free.

Temple Terrace Easter Egg Hunt: April 15, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Riverhills Park; 329 S. Riverhills Drive, Temple Terrace
Pack the Easter basket for a fun Egg Hunt sponsored by the Temple Terrace Juniorettes at Riverhills Park in Temple Terrace. Morning includes face painting, crafts, snacks, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per child. For more information, call 813-985-3533.

Easter Weekend at the Florida Aquarium: April 15 & 16, time TBD
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Event features underwater egg scavenger hunt in exhibits and along guest pathway; a diving Easter Bunny and Easter Bunny photo opportunities in the second floor lobby (additional cost).

Glazer Children’s Museum Egg Hunt: April 15, 8 – 10 a.m.
110 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
Glazer Children’s Museum’s Egg Hunt will include an egg hunt, crafts, activities, pictures with the Easter Bunny and adoptable pets from the Humane Society. The event is free for members and $12 for non-members.

Kerby’s 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt: April 15, 10-11 a.m.
Kerby’s Nursery and Landscaping, 2311 S. Parsons Ave., Seffner
813-685-3265
Hunt for eggs among beautiful flowers and foliage! The hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Don’t forget your baskets!

Doggie Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Bunny: April 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa
The Easter Bunny is ready to strike a pose with your favorite pup and your kids too! Doggie hunts begin every half hour from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Kids will also get to take part in their own egg hunt and enjoy fun crafts and lunch. The Egg Hunt is $5 (includes basket and admission to one hunt). Photos are $10 or pay $12 for both hunt and photo.

Easter Egg Hunt at A Land of Natural Delight Farm: April 15, 2– 5 p.m.
A Land of Delight Natural Farm & Co-op, 2514 Leaning Pine Lane, Plant City
Are you ready for LOTS of family fun, great pictures with baby chicks, goats, bunnies, cows and more? You’re invited to the A Land of Delight Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. (ages 3-12). Plus, join us for the Organic Farmers Market.

Easter Brunch at Maestro’s Restaurant: April 16, time TBD.
1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa
An Easter extravaganza beyond compare! Enjoy an assortment of delectable breakfast offerings including chef-attended omelet and carving stations, a bountiful salad bar, hot buffet and beautiful dessert display. Mimosas and champagne are included in the price. For the kids, the Easter Bunny will be on hand with goodies! $45.95 adults; $16.95 children 5-12; no charge for children 4 and under. www.strazcenter.org

Skate with the Easter Bunny in Tampa: April 16, 2 – 8 p.m.
Skateworld Tampa, 7510 Paula Drive, Tampa
This year’s event is the biggest Easter skate party yet. Your $13 ticket will include skate rental, admission and egg hunt! There will also be prizes and giveaways along with free face painting.

Helicopter Easter Egg Drop-10,000 Eggs!: April 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brave Church; 12810 Interlaken Road, Trinity
Don’t miss this Easter Egg Drop where 10,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys will fall from the sky onto a grass field. Children will be divided into groups based on age for their safety.

PINELLAS:

The Kind Mouse 5th Annual Easter Food Drive: Now through April 10
Take part in this annual campaign to collect food donations for area first graders dedicated this year in loving memory to Tampa Bay pediatrician Karen B. Schick MD. Contact The Kind Mouse to drop off empty bins and then fill them with donated snack size food items to be picked up again afterward. For more information, call 727-518-5575. thekindmouse.org

Oldsmar Easter Egg Hunt: April 1, 9 a.m.
Bring your little ones to tackle over 5,000 candy- and toy-filled eggs scattered throughout R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar. Guests will be treated to a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. An egg hunt for all age groups will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and last five to 10 minutes. Free. For more information, call 813-749-1260. 2-12
Spring Fair at Shops at Wiregrass: April 5-16, various times
Spend an evening at Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel for rides, games, and other fun family activities at this popular spring event. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. shopsatwiregrass.com

Junior League Jelly Bean Fling: April 8, 9 a.m. – noon.
Great Explorations; 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg
Join The Junior League of St Petersburg and Great Explorations for their 13th Annual Jelly Bean Fling. Tickets are $35 for a family of up to 4. Tickets include egg hunt, crafts, food, bunny and admission to the museum. Funds raised will benefit the Junior League of St Petersburg’s projects and programs.

Safety Harbor Day at the Park with Bunny: April 8, 9:30-11 a.m.
Meet up with the Easter Bunny at Safety Harbor City Park for games and other fun, followed by a healthy brunch. Families should bring their camera for photo opportunities with the Rabbit of the Hour. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to register early. Cost is $6 per child and $3 per adult. cityofsafetyharbor.com

Tarpon Springs Easter Egg-stravaganza: April 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tarpon Springs Sports Complex, 150 N. Jasmine Ave., Tarpon Springs
This annual egg hunt features a spectacular egg hunt, family-friendly activities, crafts, bounce houses and more! Free to attend.

Springtime Bunny Hand Print Keepsake: April 8, 10:30 a.m. and April 9, 12:30 p.m.
Growing Up; 689 Dr MLK Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg
Hop on down and make an adorable keepsake bunny hand print canvas! These are perfect Easter gifts for family and friends.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in Oldsmar: April 8, 9-10 a.m.
Join the Easter Bunny for breakfast at the Oldsmar Chick-Fil-A. Children must purchase a meal ticket to include a kid’s meal, picture with the Easter Bunny and a goody bag. Adults must purchase a meal ticket or admission ticket. Purchase tickets in advance at any area rec center for $2 admission and $6 food/photo package. Tickets at the door will be $4 admission and $8 food/photo package (cash only). For more information, call 813-749-1260.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in Clearwater: April 8, 9 a.m. and April 9, 10:30 a.m.
Clearwater YMCA; 1005 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater
Bring your friends and family to the Clearwater YMCA for a hoppin’ good time with an Easter egg hunt, games, tasty treats from IHOP and even get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Proceeds benefit YMCA Teen Leaders.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt: April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grab a flashlight and basket to hunt for eggs under the night sky at Dunedin’s MLK Jr. Recreation Center. Kids can take part in games, crafts and a hot dog picnic with free children’s meals and $2 adult meals. Cost: $8 through April 5; $12 after. Call 727-738-2920. 4-10

Underwater Egg Hunt with Largo Parks and Recreation: April 14, noon-2 p.m.
Southwest Aquatics Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo
Children 2-10 are invited to help the Easter Bunny find hundreds of colorful eggs in the Southwest Pool. Some are floating and others have sunk to the bottom. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for guests. LargoPools.com; (727) 518-3126

The Great Eggs-ploration: April 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Visit Great Explorations in St. Petersburg for an egg-citing day of activities at the hands-on museum. Activities include Crack the Egg painting, an egg hunt craft, Magnetic Eggs-ploration, the Egg Carton Catapult, a Humpty Dumpty Puzzle, science demonstrations and more. Plus, take the family challenge Pre-egg-cious Cargo, during which materials are provided to use to protect an egg dropped from different heights. greatex.org

Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival: April 15, 10 a.m. – noon.
Aquatic Complex & Horan Park; 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach
Dive for eggs in the pool and stay and play afterwards. Be sure to walk to the park next door for the free Spring Festival. Egg hunt is $4. spbrec.com

Spring Bunny Hop at Highland’s Spring Event: April 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Highland Recreation Complex; 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo
Children under 12 will enjoy this twist on the traditional egg hunt and hop along the bunny trail to search for eggs. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, food and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Wristbands went on sale March 6 at the Highland Recreation Complex. Space is limited. $8 per child.

Clearwater Community Easter Egg Hunt: April 16, 11 a.m.
Coachman Park; 301 Drew St., Clearwater
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 in the city of Clearwater.

PASCO, POLK AND MORE:

Dade City Jelly Bean Fling: April 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Take part in a new Easter event hosted by the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. Enjoy an Easter Bonnet Parade, egg hunts and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Guests will also have a chance to explore the museum’s exhibits. pioneerfloridamuseum.org

Spring Fest 2017 in New Port Richey: April 8, 10 a.m. – noon.
8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey
The 2nd Annual Spring Fest 2017 includes a FREE Easter Egg Hunt and FREE pictures with the Easter Bunny for all the little ones. Vendor space available. 813-493-4872

Egg Hunt at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland: April 8, 10 a.m. – noon
72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland
Bring your own basket to this annual free celebration that will feature Bible stories, games, age-appropriate egg hunts and of course, the Easter Bunny. Families are asked to bring a donation of crayons, Play-Doh, blocks, soccer balls and new or gently used sports shoes in children’s sizes 4-10 for the Beacon of Hope Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sarasota Children’s Garden Adult Easter Egg Hunt: April 8, 5 – 8:30 p.m.
1670 10th Way, Sarasota
Don’t miss the fundraiser for The Children’s Garden and Art Center. Tickets are $45 for Garden members and $50 for non-members. Tickets available at www.sarasotachildrensgarden.com

Eggs in the Park in Bushnell: April 15, 10 a.m.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park; 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell
Event includes an egg hunt for children up to age 12, prizes, games and relays.

Easter Egg Hunt at Weeki Wachee: April 15, 11 a.m.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill
The annual Water Egg Hunt will take place at Buccaneer Bay, so pack your bathing suits and a basket! Egg Hunt times are: Ages 0-3, 11 a.m. at the Kiddie Pool; ages 4-6, noon at the Kiddie Pool; ages 7-10, 1 p.m. at the beach; and ages 11-13, 2 p.m. at the beach. Prices are $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6-10 and free for ages 5 and under. www.friendsofweekiwachee.com

Hop N’ Glow Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration in Spring Hill: April 15, 5:30 p.m.
Anderson Snow Park; 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill
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. Price is $3 advance and $5 at the gate.

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