Where to Have Family-Friendly Easter Fun in Sarasota-Manatee
With two weeks until Easter, you might be looking for some fun activities for the family. Well save the hunting for the eggs and enjoy our list of local Easter-time fun.
Easter Bunny Photos at UTC
March 18 to April 16, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 552-7000 mallatutc.com
Visit Bunnyville, home of the Easter Bunny, at the University Town Center. As you wander through this to-scale village nestled in the Grand Court, have fun with the kiddos as they participate in interactive activities. And once you arrive at the bunny-of-the-hour’s house, get a few photos snapped with him, so you can remember your adventure forever.
Aqua Egg Hunt at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex
1 p.m-2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2650 Waldemere St, Sarasota, (941) 263-6732, letsplaysarasota.com
Celebrate Easter the Southwest Florida way—in the pool! With age-segmented egg-hunting times, kids of all ages can gather eggs while cooling off. And the Easter Bunny has special prizes in store for those who find his golden eggs.
Brad Brown, Christian Illusionist, and The Egg Spree at The Tabernacle Church
5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, (941) 355-8858, thetabsarasota.org
Magic, Easter eggs, and snow cones—oh my! Christian illusionist Brad Brown is set to put on a gut-busting performance filled with mesmerizing illusions. Proceeding the show, the “Egg Spree,” a grand egg hunt with more than 20,000 Easter eggs, will commence. Snow cones and popcorn will be on tap, while supplies last.
9th Annual Eggstravaganza at Waterside Place
9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 09, 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 755-0512, watersideplace.com
Take part in the longest-running egg hunt in Lakewood Ranch. With more than 10,000 prize-filled eggs to be found, face painting and refreshments, there’s a little something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Easter Egg Decorating & Easter Bonnet Parade at Wellen Park
9:30-11:30 a.m., Sunday, April 10, 12275 Mercado Drive, Venice, (941) 960-7805, wellenpark.com
Get ready to rock an Easter bonnet that will make the bunny proud. The morning will be filled with egg decorating, Easter treats and the pièce de résistance—an Easter bonnet contest in which the owner of the most extravagant bonnet will win a prize.
Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Autism
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 5110 Ashton Road, Sarasota, (813) 240-3044, face-autism.org
Join Face Autism Inc. for an afternoon of egg hunting, raffles and arts and crafts. This event is free for children with autism and their families. The organization provides educational and developmental support for children with autism.
Kids Bunny Bash at Mixon Fruit Farms
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2525 27th St. E, Bradenton, 941-748-5829, mixon.com
Kids, teens and the young at heart can all enjoy a day in the Amazing Play Place. Take a slide down the 20ft inflatable slide, hop through the bouncy obstacle course and play a game of giant Jenga. You can also expect Easter-related fun like orange painting (we’re in Florida; why paint an egg, when we have oranges at the ready?), Easter coloring and, of course, an Easter Bunny meet-and-greet.
Meadows Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, April 10, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G, Sarasota, (941) 315-7773, facebook.com
Ring in the spring with a day of food, art and live music. Start your Sunday with a little shopping and snacking, then take the kids to meet the Easter Bunny and find a few golden eggs. After the kids have had their fun, enjoy some Tai Chi on the lawn and attend a spring bouquet workshop.
Hounds on the Hunt at Arlington Park Paw Park
5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota, letsplaysarasota.com
Who said that egg hunts are just for human children? Fur babies need to have a little fun, too. Dress your pup in their Thursday best and take a trip to the Paw Park for a doggie-dedicated egg hunt. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed pooch and the lucky pup who finds the golden egg.
Jungle Trails & Bunny Tails at Sarasota Jungle Gardens
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April 15, 3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, (941) 355-5305, facebook.com
Join Peter Cottontail and hop on down the Jungle Trail. This BYOB (bring your own basket) event will include 40,000 Easter eggs spread throughout two trails. After the kids have gotten their fill of egg hunting, be sure to visit the petting zoo where they can view live wildlife shows, feed free-roaming flamingos and meet some adorable bunnies.
Cotton Tail Special at Florida Railroad Museum
11 a.m.-2 p.m., April 15 and 16, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish, (941) 776-0906, frrm.org
Arrive at the egg hunt in style. Hop aboard one of the Florida Railroad Museum’s trains and enjoy an exciting ride to the fun. Once at your destination, you can expect to find all sorts of amusement—hay rides, sack races and museum displays. And it wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Breakfast with the Bunny at Laurel Oak Country Club
9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, (941) 378-3608, laureloak.com
Breakfast, face painting, and an egg hunt—can it get any better? When the Easter Bunny is the guest of honor, it certainly can! Come on out and spend a morning with the lagomorph and delight in two hours of entertainment, including balloon animals. And don’t forget to grab a plate of the bunny’s favorite breakfast food—carrot cake pancakes with caramel sauce.
Easter Egg Hunt at Meadows Country Club
11am - 1pm, Saturday, April 16, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota, (941) 371-6000, meadowscc.org
Let the egg hunting commence at Meadows Country Club! Fun for the kiddos includes an age-separated egg run, face painting, inflatables and balloon animals. A barbecue and full bar will ensure that the adults have a little fun, too.
10 a.m-1 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 401 Pensacola Road, Venice; 200 West Venice Avenue, Venice, visitvenicefl.org
Kick off the day off near downtown Venice with an egg hunt at Blalock Park; then hop over to Centennial Park for an afternoon of live music courtesy of Kaptian Kurt and The Tenny Shoe-Bop Bunny Band. Make sure to say "hello" to the Easter Bunny while you're there.
Lake Sarasota Easter Egg Hunt
10:30 a.m.-12:30pm, Saturday, April 16, 7255 Hand Road, Sarasota, eventbrite.com
Bring your family and your basket to Lake Sarasota as the community hosts its own egg hunt. The day’s excitement includes crafts and photo shoots with a live bunny.
Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt and Children's Party at Turtle Beach
9am - 12pm, Saturday, April 16, 8918 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, my.siestakeychamber.com
Two miles south of Stickney Road, you can not only meet the Easter Bunny, but Ziggy the ruffed lemur from Big Cat Habitat. The day’s activities include an egg hunt for children 6 and under, games and an Easter Bunny photo-op. And if you need a chilly treat to help you cool off, Kona Ice will be available for purchase.
Newtown Spring Festival & Easter Celebration
1-5 p.m., Sunday, April 17, 1845 34th St., Sarasota, (941) 780-2059, letsplaysarasota.com
Spend your afternoon in the Newtown community and vibe to live music, local choir groups and dance performances. Kid-friendly activities, food trucks and vendors will also be on-site.