Kids, it’s time to get egg-cited again! Yes, Easter Weekend is here, and that means in between dressing up in your Sunday best to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you can stuff your little faces with chocolate bunnies, pastel-colored candies and Marshmallow Peeps.
And there are plenty of egg-cellent events to assist in this annual sweet-treat gorge-fest, so get cracking, grab a basket and head for the Easter egg hunt nearest you.
Here’s our guide to the best Easter eggs-travaganzas in South Florida this year: Hop to it!
YOUNG AT ARTS’ EGGSTRAVAGANZA
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Celebrate early at this annual Eggstravaganza Egg Drop contest, which encourages kids to use their creativity and ingenuity to create cradles or parachutes to protect their eggs as they are dropped nearly 50 feet from the top of a fire-truck ladder.
PENGUIN-PALOOZA AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM
The Seaquarium’s waddling new friends from Penguin Isle have taken over its Easter celebration, but you’ll still find continuous Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, slides, rides, a rock-climbing wall, and a daily Easter Parade starting at 12:30 p.m., with floats, bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and, who else? The Easter Bunny.
JUNGLE ISLAND’S MEGA EGGA HUNT!
Get wild in the Jungle with continuous egg hunts, goodie bags for every child, bunches of bounce houses, rides, arts & crafts, music and appearances by the Easter Bunny.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000 or www.jungleisland.com; $39.95 adults, $32.95 kids 3-10 (pick up a $6-off coupon at Publix or Pet Supermarket).
ZOO MIAMI’S EGG SAFARI
Kids 12 and under can enjoy continuous egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, music, games, prizes and a chance to watch the zoo animals receive their own holiday treats.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.zoomiami.org; free with daily admission ($19.95, $15.95 kids 3-12).
ENCHANTED FOREST SPRING EGG HUNT
Don’t forget to bring your own basket to collect eggs at this hunt that also features games, prizes, refreshments and face-painting.
Details: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Elaine Gordon Park, 1725 NE 135th St., North Miami; www.northmiamifl.gov; $1 per person.
HIALEAH EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
With more than 50,000 eggs, there will be more than enough for all the kids to hunt (and if you find a Golden Egg, you’ll score a special Easter basket!), but it’s much more than that. There’s also live entertainment, a KidsZone featuring rides and interactive inflatables, and picture-taking with the Easter Bunny.
Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Goodlet Park, 4200 W. 8th Ave., Hialeah; www.hialeahfl.gov; free admission; $15 all-access wristbands (includes rides, egg hunts, bounce houses and bunny photos).
BUNNY FUN TIME
Family event sponsored by South Florida Parenting features an Easter Scavenger Hunt with prizes at each Bunny Stop, visits with the Bunny, trackless train rides, spring cookie decorating, bunny craft activities and face-painting.
Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach; www.eventbrite.com; free.
EASTER CELEBRATION AT PINTO’S FARM
Join in some old-fashioned Easter fun with one-of-a-kind egg hunts, paddle-boat rides, hay rides, a race track, tractor farm tours and access to the petting zoo.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $19 ($11.50 online special), kids under 2 free.
SPRING FLING AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Celebrate the end of winter and learn how to paint springtime flowers with Georgia O’Keefe flair; enjoy a puppet show with Peter Rabbit, then say hello to some of the cutest bunnies in town; get basketfuls of candy during Egg Hunts happening between noon and 3 p.m., then make up for it with an equally delicious but healthy cooking session.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.