At this current juncture in my life, I have no little ones to spoil on Easter morning and live far away from my family of origin. My husband and I are reinventing holiday traditions until the “grands” come along – perhaps enjoying a holiday buffet at Oysters in Crystal River because William and Pamela Bunch know how to put out the spread, treat everyone like family, and I love to eat! Then perhaps we will enjoy a walk in one of our beautiful forests or a boat rental to enjoy the miracle that Christians celebrate on Easter Sunday.
For those of you with more family to get out and party with, here is an attempt at covering several of the Easter/Spring celebrations happening throughout our Nature Coast, not in any particular order. If I have missed one that you know of, please share it in the comments below.
All activities are on Saturday, April 15 unless specified otherwise. Easter is on Sunday, April 16, a great day to attend the Christian church of your choice.
Easter Egggggstravaganza at Springleton Fun Park – Daytime activities from 1pm-3pm and nighttime activities from 8pm-9:30pm, with egg hunts for ages 4 through 12 for day and all ages for night, including flash light and glow in the dark eggs. All attractions will be open at regular pricing (GoKarts, Bounce house, train ride, arcade, and mini golf) and each individual hunt will have 3 golden egg prizes. 9227 County Line Rd, Spring Hill, (352) 340-7723
Easter Bunny is hopping throughout Dade City on April 15, visiting the downtown shops and restaurants. He will also be at LoriAnne’s on Friday, April 14 from noon-1, and Church Street Toys, Kites, and More from 2-4pm.
Spring Egg-stravaganza – An annual favorite, The Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park are hosting a Spring Egg-stravaganza at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is at 4150 U.S. 19, Homosassa.
Ride the Easter Eggspress at Crews Lake Wilderness Park (16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills) from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on April 14th and 15th. Ride the train through the scenic park to the egg hunts and Easter Bunny! Egg hunts for children under 4 and ages 5-8. Kids will be able to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Train rides leave every hour beginning at 10:00. Parking is $2 and participation is $6 per person (kids under 1 are free).
Wacky Water Egg Hunt at Buccaneer Bay (6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee) starting at 11:00 a.m. on April 15th Participation is free with paid admission to the park. Ages 0-3 will hunt at the kiddie pool at 11:00, ages 4-6 will hunt at the kiddie pool at noon, ages 7-10 will hunt on the beach at 1:00, and ages 11-13 will hunt on the beach at 2:00. Call (352) 592-5656 for additional information.
Wesley Chapel Community Easter Egg Hunt – Numerous egg hunts, including one for special needs children, are planned for this festival with bounce houses, prizes, pony rides and food trucks. Free (food/drink additional). Grove 16, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 973-2230. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
Jelly Bean Fling features the Easter bunny, an Easter bonnet parade, egg hunt, face painting, games, a bounce house and other family activities. Museum admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. (352) 567-0262. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
2017 Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, Apr 15 Pasco County/Easter Event 9A-3P, $1, Car Show, Petting Zoo. Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, 727-376-7733
Helicopter Egg Drop at Grace World Outreach Church (20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on April 15th featuring free food, games, and bounce houses. Call (352) 796-3685 for additional information.
Spring Hill Easter Egg Hunt at Crosspoint Church (at Challenger K-8 at 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill) from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on April 15th featuring OVER 40,000 eggs for four age-designated egg hunts beginning at 10:10 a.m., an airbrush tattoo artist, balloon twister, LOTS of character meet & greets (including the Easter Bunny), a live DJ, food trucks, and MORE. You can skip the line by clicking here to download the registration form and bring it to Crosspoint Kids on Sunday the 9th between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
The REALLY Big Easter Party at Northcliffe Baptist Church (10515 Northcliffe Blvd, Spring Hill) from 10:00 a.m. until noon on April 15th featuring free food, INSIDE Easter Egg hunts, games, snowcones, & more. Call (352) 683-5882 for additional information.
Spring Fest at Great Life Church (14494 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on April 15th featuring a huge egg hunt, prizes & giveaways, BBQ food, petting zoo, bounce houses, train rides, face painting, and more. The church will be collecting non-perishable food items at the event to feed the hungry.
Eggs in the Park at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park (located off I-75 and state Road 48, west of Highway 301) from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on April 15th featuring an egg hunt for kids 0-12, games, and relays. Free admission for event. Call (352) 793-4781 for additional information.
Easter Eggstravaganza at Spring Hill Baptist Church (3140 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on April 15th featuring an egg hunt, bounce houses, and games for the kids. For additional information call (352) 683-5685.
Hop n’ Glow Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration at Anderson Snow Park from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m on April 15th featuring a special photo op with the Easter Bunny, food, entertainment, and an Easter Egg Hunt with over 20,000 eggs! The egg hunts are done by age group and begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are only $3.00 per person (for ages 3 & up) when you register online or $5 at the gate. For more information contact the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce at (352) 796-0697 or visit www.hernandochamber.com.
Underwater Egg Hunt planned for Bicentennial Pool – Bicentennial Park Pool will host the free, annual Underwater Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, for children younger than 12. There will be games, arts and crafts, an egg-based egg hunt, pictures with the Bunny and, of course, swimming for eggs. Bring your own baskets. For information on Bicentennial Park Pool or this event, call 352-795-1478.
Easter Egg Hunt – The Beverly Hills Lions Club, 72 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills, plans its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15. Children 1 to 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Easter Egg Hunt – The West Citrus Elks will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15. This event is open to all children of Citrus County between the ages of 3 and 7. After everyone enjoys a complimentary lunch of hot dogs, fries and punch, the egg hunt will be held.
The Lodge is at 7890 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd., approximately 1/2 mile east of U.S. 19 in Homosassa. Call the Lodge at 352-503-2010 after 1 p.m. with any questions.
Easter Egg Hunt – Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers thru kids in fifth grade starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 15. This event is open to all children of Citrus County. After the hunt, there will be food and a bounce house for attendees. The church is located at 4221 W Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. Call the church at 352-746-6200 for more information.