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Get ready for an 'eggcellent' time

Spring Break is finally here. Easter is one of my family’s favorite holidays. My kids wake up early Easter morning to see what the Easter bunny left them and then compete at an egg hunt to see who can get the most eggs.

If your kids like to hunt eggs, they have lots of chances this weekend. You also have a chance to get enter several attractions at a discount.

Here’s a roundup free or discounted Easter egg hunts this weekend:

Miami Beach

Miami Beach will host its free Eggstravaganza party on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 11 a.m. at North Shore Park & Youth Center. Enjoy the amusements, crafts and photographs with the Easter Bunny. Food and drinks will be for sale. The egg hunt is for children 10 and younger. North Shore Park & Youth Center is at 501 72nd St.

City of Miami

The City of Miami will host a free community Big Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Juan Duarte Park, 2800 NW 17 Ave. The event will feature 4,000 hidden Easter eggs, one golden egg for the grand prize, Easter basket giveaways, face painting, bounce houses, cotton candy, kite flying, arts and crafts and free food & drinks.

Coral Gables

Coral Gables will host its Eggstreme Egg Hunt on Saturday March 30, at 10 a.m. at five parks. The city will have its first-ever helicopter egg drop at the Youth Center. Thousands of colorful, plastic eggs will be dropped by helicopter onto the Youth Center field as children watch from the perimeter. Simultaneous egg hunts will take place at 10 a.m. at five other parks in Coral Gables, but the Youth Center is the only one featuring a helicopter egg drop.

There will be a free concert, carnival games and rides after the egg hunts. Participating parks are War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive; Jaycee Park, 1230 Hardee Road; Phillips Park, 90 Menores Avenue; Salvadore Park, 1120 Andalusia Ave.; and Sunrise Harbor Park, 25 Sunrise Ave.

Discounts to Parks

The Miami Seaquarium and Jungle Island are offering discounted admission and special activities this weekend.

Miami Seaquarium: The Miami Seaquarium is offering $8 off admission with coupon (click here for coupon) during its Bunnypalooza Easter Egg Hunt March 29-31. Regular admission is $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for children (3 to 9), plus tax. The event features continuous egg hunts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; an Easter parade every day at 12:30 p.m.; rides, bounces house and live music by Bachaco.

Jungle Island: Jungle Island will host its Easter Eggstravangaza featuring Easter egg hunts every day March 29-31. Admission for children is $5 with a paying adult. Adult admission is $34.95. The event features more than 50,000 eggs, stuffed with more than 800 pounds of candy, toys and prizes.

If you’re looking for a free event this weekend that doesn’t involve eggs, check out the Miami-Dade Public Library’s series of “Reading Around the World” activities for children 7 to 12, part of the International Art of Storytelling initiative. You can find activities through Saturday at various branch libraries. Look for a schedule here.

Onelia Collazo Mendive is the editor of Miami on the Cheap and a contributor to Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap.