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Happy Easter 2014!

By: Maria King
Date: April 13, 2014
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I hope you don't mind but this week is a reprint of my blog from Easter 2012. In almost 4 years, I have never missed a weekly blog but on holidays I think that they could never be better than those already covered. I hope that you agree!

Well you knew it was going to be that kind of title this week, didn’t you? Oh I love this kind of opportunity to play with titles. Also I like the images that Easter brings of children’s happy faces and cute bunnies. Twelve years of Catholic school as a child and I still have no idea how the transition to bunnies was made from the religious reason for Easter. I promise you I tried a long time to figure it out and I ended up with nothing. However, religious discussions aside I still like bunnies, eggs and candy whether it is Easter or not.

I start here with your typical tried, true and fun Easter events. These include parades and egg hunts and they seem to be taking place all over. Hunting for eggs on the beach, in a park or scattered from helicopters; if people can imagine it, they are doing it. There are 1000’s of these types of events for the kids. Recently some creative bars and nightclubs are hosting adults only egg hunts with good success as an old person twist on a young person event.

In addition to the usual egg hunts there are some venues that offer a unique experience. One example of this is the celebration at the Queens Zoo where you will get to see a giant Flemish Rabbit. Another would be at Jungle Island in Miami where you not only get an Easter egg hunt but you get a pie eating contest, arts and crafts and visits from animals. Ever hear about the famous White House Easter Egg Roll? Well how about that but not at the White House, at the house of the president that came up with the ritual when he was in office. I also included a few train rides with the Easter Bunny for those of you looking for a longer experience with the kids that is more relaxing and adventurous. Some egg-citing events for sure! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

And as keeping with my weekly quest to bring you something a little different, just for fun, I included a few not so “traditional” Easter events. There is a bike tour, a Jeep safari and a Surfing Fest. One doesn’t normally think of surfing as an Easter event, unless one lives in Cocoa Beach Florida where it has been a mainstay for almost 50 years! How about a little bunny boogie boarding huh? (Ok, I mean it no more.)

Ok so it’s Easter and you get to spend time with your family. Try something on my list or search for something to do in your own backyard but hop on out there and have some fun!!!!!!(opps) Happy Easter!!!!!

Apr 17, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Since 1964, family fun and entertainment, as well as competitive surfing events with long board and short board competitions for ages six to sixty. Festival village features ethnic food, souvenirs and musical concerts. Some activities held at Cocoa Beach Pier.
100,000 Attendees
Apr 12, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Since 1967, Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab throughout this week long event. The official event is hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Inc. the local four wheel drive club of Moab. Participants provide their own four wheel drive vehicle, take care of their own food and non-alcoholic beverages for the trip. The club officially runs approximately 9 different trails every day, with "Big Saturday" culminating in the largest ever single trail ride departure happening - around 30 groups line up in down town Moab to head off in every direction for 30 different trails! Pre-registration for this event is recommended, although limited registration at the event may be possible.
Apr 19, 2014
Since 1993, the celebration includes antique cars, homemade family floats, bagpipers, dance teams, mounted Sheriff's posse, Shriner's and the talking police cars.
Apr 20, 2014
The Easter Celebration is highlighted by a parade. Residents and visitors participate in this homespun parade. Many children appear in costume and historic dress The Columbia Docents always have a number of individuals participating. Their authentic costuming and characterizations of residents from the gold rush era add a splash of color this this great event.
Apr 19, 2014
Children ages 1-12 are invited to dig for eggs buried in the sand. Each egg contains a toy and a golden egg is worth a bigger prize.
Apr 19, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Spring Eggstravaganza - Visit the Zoo for an egg- stravagant Easter event! Take part in an Easter egg hunt, say hello to the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a variety of fun and exciting spring themed activities! Come meet the zoo’s Flemish giant rabbits. Weighing in at almost 20 lbs., Herman is one of the largest bunnies you’ll ever see.
Apr 17, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Each year, anywhere from 800 to 1200 bicycle riders from all around the state meet to experience the beautiful scenery of the Texas Hill Country. The rides are fully supported and routes vary from 20 to 100 miles in length to suit every riding taste.
600 Attendees
Apr 19, 2014
Children ages 3-10 are invited to compete in egg- rolling contests on the lawn in front of the Hayes Home. This event, sponsored by Key Bank Trustee for the Nellie F. Bash for Charities, re- creates a White House tradition begun by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877. Admission is three hard-boiled, colored eggs. Children wishing to take part in the Egg Decorating Contest should bring a fourth, colored and decorated egg.
600 Attendees
Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
South Florida’s longest-running Easter celebration returns to Jungle Island. This annual Easter Eggstravangaza is an egg-citing 3-day event benefitting the Parent Academy. The event will feature Easter Egg Hunts with over 50,000 eggs, stuffed with more than 800 pounds of candy, toys and prizes! Plus, experience our famous pie-eating contests, arts and crafts stations, animal encounters and bounce houses that will fulfill every child’s delights. Look out for special appearances by Babar the Elephant, Pepe the Parrot and even the Easter Bunny himself! 1 entry into the Easter Egg Hunt is included with a child admission or is a donation to the Parent Academy.
5,000 Attendees
Apr 20, 2014
Come out to Frisco Main Street and search for over 5,000 candy filled eggs. Look for the special eggs with other fun prizes! This event is recommended for kids 0-8 years old. There are age specific areas for kids. Ages 0-3 will be egg gathering in Town Hall. Ages 3-5 will be egg gathering Frisco Historic Park gazebo lawn. Ages 6-8 and up will be egg gathering Frisco Historic Park area upper lawn. Volunteers will be on hand to get kids to the correct areas. We recommend anyone with older children (8+) in their family check out Copper Mountain, where they have Easter Egg Hunts for ages. They will have over 50,000 Easter Eggs and are the largest Easter Egg hunt in the Colorado! We recommend this because older children will have more challenge finding the eggs and will be able to collect more at Copper. Copper is only 6 miles from Frisco and will also have special prize eggs. We are looking for volunteers to help with hiding the eggs in Frisco, informing the participants when to start, and clean up at the end of the event. Start time for volunteers is 10 a.m.-please call Cristi at the Info Center if you are interested: 970-668-5547.
Apr 19, 2014
Come ride the Naugatuck Railroad Easter Bunny Express! Bring the kids and the rest of the family as we celebrate the coming of spring with a visit from the Easter Bunny! During your one hour and fifteen minute train ride, the Easter Bunny will visit with each child on board the train and present them with a special surprise Easter gift! You will ride from the historic Thomaston Station through the Mattatuck State Forest to the Brass Mills of Waterbury and back to the spectacular Thomaston Dam. Pass by rock outcroppings, rushing water, bridges and historic structures during your 20 mile round trip. Thomaston Station is located between Ext. 38 and 40, Route 8 North. Advanced ticket purchases for the Easter Bunny Express are strongly recommended.
Apr 20, 2014
Since 1958. Enjoy the spectacle of marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, the Royal Family and the city’s carriage horses wearing hats donated by nationally- recognized women. Trophies will be presented in four categories.
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