Happy Easter! This is a long holiday weekend for many of us and some of you may even have out of town guests. If you are like me you will be looking for things to do to keep everyone happy, entertained and busy. I have found some activities that everyone can enjoy from Easter Egg Hunts to the Globetrotters.
Here are the the Egg Hunts:
Freedom Park Egg Hunt
Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte
March 21st, 1:00 pm-3:00pm with the hunt starting at app. 2:45pm.
Sponsored by the Art Institute of Charlotte, this Egg Hunt at Charlotte’s scenic Freedom Park features snacks, drinks, games and activities as well as pictures with the Easter Bunny.
March 22, 10:00am-2:00pm
Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Rd., Matthews
Radio station 107.9’s the Matt and Ramona show sponsors this annual event at Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews. The event is free and features over 100,000 pieces of candy for little ones to find along with rides and games. Shuttle service is provided from the Siskey YMCA and the Evangel Christian Center. Hunts take place at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt
March 22, 11:00am-2:00pm
Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville
Hunt for Easter Eggs on the beautiful grounds of Historic Latta Plantation. Thousands of toy- and candy-filled eggs will be hidden and there will be grand prize eggs for each age group.
11:00am (1-3 year olds)- one parent allowed in the hunt area per child
12:30pm (4-6 year olds) – no parents in hunt area
2:00pm (7-10 year olds)- no parents in hunt area
Have children in more than one age group? Make a family day of it- visit the historic plantation home and grounds, and bring a picnic to enjoy in the park while you wait for the next hunt time! Families should arrive at least 15 minutes before their children’s scheduled hunt time, and all children should bring their own baskets.
The cost is $5.00 per child (2 free adults per child, additional friends and family pay regular site admission). REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Space is limited, so RSVP early to 704-875-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eggscellent Easter Event
March 22, 11:00am-2:00pm
Ballantyne Village, Johnson Road and Ballantyne Commons Road
Play games for free candy and bring your camera and take a picture with the Easter Bunny. They’ll be face painting, caricatures, a fire truck and ambulance, numerous inflatables, live animals and more! Sponsored by Lite 102.9.
Other Events in and around town:
Charlotte Bobcats Arena
March 22, 1:00pm
These basketball stars have entertained millions of fans around the world with their athleticism, tricks and comedic antics on the court. Don’t miss this great show. Tickets run from $17-$112. Take the Light Rail and make a day of it. This is great family fun!
Meet the Animals
March 21, 11:00am
Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison St. Gastonia
Enjoy a presentation of live animals from the museum’s collection. Learn about animal needs and habitats. Hands-on opportunities!
Charlotte Nature Museum
Hip Hopping Hares and Bouncing Bunnies
March 22, 10:00am-1:00pm
Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte
Here comes Peter Cottontail and many of his furry friends. Learn the differences between rabbits and hares. Many varieties of live rabbits make the day special.
Reedy Creek Nature Center
Animals of the Night
Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road
March 22, 7:00pm-9:00pm
As darkness falls, many of our local animals become active. We’ll use our eyes and ears to find some of our nocturnal wildlife as we take a one mile hike in the woods to find the animal of the night. All ages.
Children’s Day on the Farm
Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC
March 22, 10:00am-4:00pm
This annual family event focuses on farm life in the 18th and 19th centuries and is a fun historic learning opportunity that offers a wide variety of hands-on activities including children’s crafts, kid’s military drills, toys and games, candle making and story telling. Visit the museum’s heritage breed animals and a 4-H petting zoo. Pony rides, tractor drawn wagon rides, and family friendly foods will also be available. Under 4 is free, $5 Age 4-17, Seniors are $8 and Adults are $10.
Enjoy your holiday weekend and if you know of any great events please post in the comments section below.