Friday, April 6, 2012

Check out these Easter activities in Orlando, Tampa Bay

If you are looking for fun activities this Easter weekend there is plenty going on in Orlando and Tampa. We reposted a bunch of them here for your convenience.
You can also check out our Tip of the Week video with 3 ideas for fun Easter egg hunts at home.
Happy Easter and stay safe!


Newton Park, Winter Garden
Newton Park in the city of Winter Garden just West of Orlando will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm on April 7th, 2012. Sponsored by the Winter Garden Lions Club. It is for kids under the age of 12 and is Free for the public. For more information please call 407-656-4155.

Cypress Grove Park, Orlando
Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 10am, at Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave., Orlando, FL. Admission is bringing in a canned food item for the local food bank. For more information email or call 407-956-5835

Winter Park Easter Egg Hunt, Winter Park
The Winter Park 58th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday April 7th, 2012. It will take place in the Central Park West Meadow right off of Park Avenue in Downtown Winter Park. The festivities began at 10am and there will be over 10,000 stuffed eggs for children to find. For more information call 407-599-3275 or check out their website at

College Park Easter Egg Hunt, College Park, Orlando
The College Park Neighborhood Association will be sponsoring the College Park Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 23rd, 2012 at 9am. The event takes place at Albert Park in College Park in Orlando. The eggs are found fast, sometimes in less than 10 minutes, so when they say 9am, they mean 9am sharp……don’t be late.

South Orlando Baptist Church, Orlando, FL
The South Orlando Baptist Church will be hosting a community wide event with activities, games, a puppet show and ofcourse an Easter Egg Hunt. The event takes place on April 7, 2012 at 10am and lasts until 2pm. For more information check out


Tampa Bay

2012 Horseback Easter Egg Hunt in Tampa Bay Area

The Saddle Up Riding Club, which is based in Pinellas Park, is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt on horseback. You literally get ponied up on horseback and look for eggs that are hidden in buckets on the club's property at 6080 94th Ave. Children from 1 to 16 can take part, but we imagine the adults are keeping a close eye on the toddler equestrians. No reservations needed. Just go there and ride. Oh, and bring your own Easter basket. The hunt is on Saturday, April 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. There are also animals to pet. To participate in the egg hunt costs $5. There are games, too; they cost $1. Food and drinks cost $1 to $3. There will be snow cones, pop corn, cotton candy, hot dogs and drinks. For more information, you can call (727) 520-3132 or go to:

Helicopter Easter Egg Drop at Cypress Point Community Church

Our second favorite offering is the Bunny Egg-stravaganza & Helicopter Egg Drop at Cypress Point Community Church, which is at 15820 Morris Bridge Road in Tampa. This hunt is on Saturday, April 7, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are actually three helicopter drops: one at 10:45 a.m., another at 11:45 a.m., and a third at 12:45 a.m. All told, some 25,000 plastic eggs will be dropped, and some will contain candy and toys. Children are separated by age groups in three fields, so they don't trample each other trying to gather up eggs. And only children up through the last grade in elementary school can participate (Middle schoolers and high schoolers are supposed to help supervise). There are also other activities, such as a bounce house and face-painting. Admission is free. For more information, call (813) 986-9100 or take a gander at

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt - St Pete Beach Pool 2012

Our third favorite egg hunt is in St. Pete Beach, and it's called the Fifth Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival. It's on Saturday, April 7, and it begins at the St. Pete Beach pool. There are three underwater Easter egg hunts, so every child gets a chance to dive and grasp. Kids line up at the pool gates, and are allowed to participate on a first-come, first-dive basis. Bring mesh bags to gather up the eggs. The cost is $4 per child, but the accompanying adult gets in for free. After the egg hunt, families can cross the street and go to Horan Park, where there will be lots of free family fun, including bounce houses, games, face painting and more. All of this is at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The number of the recreation department is 727-363-9345. The web site is at

2012 Easter Events at the Lowry Park Zoo

Okay, let's change it up a bit. Let's say you don't have children, don't particularly like children, and you are too lazy to take part in an adultEaster egg hunt yourself. Oh, and you watch the Discovery Channel. At the Lowry Park Zoo, there's an Orangutan Egg Hunt. That's right, on April 6, at 11 a.m., you can watch the zoo's Bornean orangutan family have their own hunt. You know those apes know their encased environment like the back of their...Whatever. The egg hunt is included with the price of admission. For more information, go to:

But that's not all the egg-hunting going on at the zoo. There is also the Tricera-tots Egg Hunt Holiday Class. Here, pint-size paleontologists learn about creatures that have laid eggs both now and back in the day. And there will be an egg hunt, naturally, so youngsters are encouraged to bring their baskets. On three days, April 4, 5 or 6, one 1½ hour class is held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You have to register online no later than a week before a class. You can do so at: There is also a fee to get into the class that is not associated with admission to the zoo. For an adult and child to take the class together, it costs $20 for an annual zoo pass holder. For someone who does not have an annual pass, it's $25.

First Presbyterian Church Easter Egg Hunt 2012

On Friday, April 6, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m., there's a Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, which is located at 701 Beach Drive, N.E. All children up to 12 can participate. There will be the hunt, an Easter story, crafts and music.

Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve Easter Egg Hunt 2012

On April 7, beginning at 10 a.m., there is an Easter egg hunt for children under ten years old in Indian Rocks Beach, at the Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve, at 903 Gulf Blvd. There will be an Easter bunny, and games, arts, crafts and refreshments. For further information, contact Randy Schwab at 727-595-6889 at the Indian Rocks Beach public services department, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The web site is

Gulf Beaches Rotary Easter Egg Hunt - Treasure Island

Further south, in Treasure Island, there is the Gulf Beaches Rotary Easter Egg Hunt. It, too, is on Saturday, April 7, and begins at 10 a.m. It's at the Treasure Island Community Center Park, at One Park Place and 106th Avenue. There will be an Easter hat and bonnet contest, an egg hunt, obviously, and a visit from the Easter bunny. For information, call (727) 360-4121 or (727) 367-2303. The web site is:

HorsePower for Kids | 2012 Easter Weekend Event

A farm called HorsePower for Kids, which is located at 8005 S. Racetrack Road, Tampa, is also having anegg hunt on April 7, from noon to 5 p.m. It takes place during the Spring Fest. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be pony rides, hay rides, face painting, and a chance to pet some farm animals. All of this is included in the price of admission -- $6 for adults, and $10 for children - and you get a hot dog and a drink, too. If you'd like, you can come back for a drum circle at $6 p.m. that lasts until 10 p.m. Admission for the drum circle is $3 whether you are an adult or child, and you can rent a drum for $5. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The web site is:

Northdale Park Tampa FL - Easter Egg Hunt 2012

Also on Saturday, April 7, there is an Easter egg hunt at Northdale Park, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, Tampa, that is sponsored by the Northdale Civic Association and the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. It begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 11 a.m. Children 10 and under can participate, and admission is free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. (FYI. The Easter bunny will be around for pictures). The way this hunt is configured, the eggs that a child has found can be redeemed for candy and prizes. There is also a free drawing for baskets donated by the Northdale Civic Association and local merchants. The web site is:

Riverhills Park Temple Terreace Easter Event 2012

There is also an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, at Riverhills Park, which is in Temple Terrace behind Riverhills Elementary School. This one is being put on by a special group with a long, complicated name. The name of the group is the GFWC Temple Terrace Juniorettes, a group of young women ages 12 to 18 who fall under the auspices of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (that's what the GFWC stands for). Got that? In any event, they are running this hunt. Activities begin at 10 a.m., and the hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $3. Admission is $3. There will be crafts, games, face-painting, refreshments, the egg hunt, of course, prizes, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and the kids should bring their own baskets. Advance tickets are not required. The money raised will go toward Relay for Life, to benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Joyce Johnston, at (813) 985-3533.

Tampa's Bethel Church - Easter Weekend 2012

Tampa's Bethel Church, which is located at 1510 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, is also holding an Easter egg hunt, dubbed an EGGstravaganza. It's on April 7, from 9 a.m. to noon., and it's a free event. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be carnival games, food and drinks. For more information, call (813) 238-2348. The church's web site is:

Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater | Easter Event 2012

Easter event in Downtown Clearwater

There is also a rather beautiful Easter event at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. It starts at 11 a.m. noon at the park, which is at 301 Drew St., and it ends at 2 p.m. The Easter egg hunt begins in earnest at 12:30 p.m. In addition to the hunt, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides, a giant inflatable slide, and an appearance by the Easter bunny. In the interest of safety and fairness, the groups of children are divided into age-appropriate categories for the hunt. Parents are encouraged to have their children bring baskets with them. Admission is free, though there is a small charge for rides and refreshments.

Palm Harbor Community Activity Center Easter Event

We also heard that the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center was having a good one April 7. Another one is at England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park, also on April 7. Yet another is at the Tarpon Sports Complex in Tarpon Springs, also on April 7. Now, we're going to move onto appearances by the Easter bunny.

On Easter Sunday, the Easter bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at United Skates of America, at 5121 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, and, of course, he'll be on skates. Typically, United Skates charges $5 for admission, plus an extra $2 to rent skates, so you can skate either from 1 to 4 p.m., or 5 to 8:30 p.m., on Sundays. But on this Sunday, Easter Sunday, you pay the same amount and can skate from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and come and go as you please. The web site is: The telephone number is (813) 876-5826.

WestShore Plaza Easter Bunny - Tampa, FL

The Easter bunny is also hanging out at the WestShore Plaza, in the center court. And he'll be doing so until April 7. He'll be there Monday through Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with a break from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.), Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with breaks from 1 to 1:45 p.m., and 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.), and Sunday (this would be April 1, NOT Easter Sunday), from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., (with a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.). Westshore's web site is Westshore's technical address is 250 WestShore Plaza, Tampa.

Hyde Park Village Photo with Easter Bunny 2012

Easter Bunny at Hyde Park Village

The Easter bunny - or, should we say, another Easter bunny - is also hanging out in Hyde Park Village, at 1621 W. Snow Circle,Tampa, between the Wine Exchange and Tommy Bahama. This rabbit sort of has his little cottage, and is willing to be photographed. He's been hanging out there a bit, but he's going to be around for a little bit longer, on March 31, from 12 to 8 p.m. on April 1, from 12 to 6 p.m., on April 6, from 12 to 8 p.m., and on April 7, from 12 to 6 p.m. You might want to pick March 31 as the date you go down there, because, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there's a Bunny Hop and a family-friendly EGGstravaganza featuring, among other things, a counting horse, a bounce house, and face painting. For more information, please go to


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