Fun with the Easter Bunny

by Krista Conrad Photo: PhotoXpress.com

From finding eggs to eating them, Calgary has a lot of fun events to keep families entertained this Easter

Pg74-RinginSpring[1]Families looking for some Easter fun this spring are in luck: Calgary is brimming with Easter-themed events and egg hunts to keep children of all ages—and even Mom, Dad, and Rover—entertained. There is something in Calgary to suit every budget, family size, and age group.

Many Calgary neighbourhoods and community associations are hosting Easter egg hunts for their residents between March 21 and Easter Sunday, April 5. The dates and times vary for age group, so community members are encouraged to check out their association websites and newsletters for event information.

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo
in partnership with Calgary’s Child Magazine
Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4
9am to 3pm
Cost: Regular Zoo Admission
Hop on down to the Zoo to celebrate Easter with your favourite animals. Participants receive chocolate treats and can take part in a number of activities: cookie decorating, chocolate-making, crafts and colouring, a photo booth, seed-planting, an Easter Bunny hop, and face painting. For more information or to pre-purchase tickets and avoid the admission line, visit www.calgaryzoo.com.

National Service Dogs Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs and Kids
Calaway Park
Friday, April 3
10am to noon
Cost: $25 per family
Bring your pooch (on a leash) and be ready to have some Easter fun! Registrants are provided with two egg cartons to collect up to 24 dog-treat-filled eggs hidden at Calaway Park. Those who collect pledges in advance are rewarded with extra egg cartons to find more eggs, depending on the amount raised. Funds raised go toward the National Service Dogs. For more information visit www.nsd.on.ca.

The Great Legendary Easter Egg Hunt
Butterfield Acres
Saturday, March 28; Sunday, March 29; Friday, April 3; Saturday, April 4
10am to 2pm
Cost: Children – $11.99 + GST, Adults – $13.99 + GST (tickets must be purchased in advance)
This annual Easter egg hunt begins with the telling of the Legend of the Easter Bunny in the Birthday Barn. The Easter Bunny will then send children off on a special hunt to search the farm for items he will magically turn into Easter eggs. Meanwhile, the children are set to the task of planting seeds that they get to take home at the end of the day, along with their treats from the Easter Bunny. This is a ticketed event, and spaces fill fast. Visit www.butterfieldacres.com for more info or to purchase tickets.

Easter Sunday in Kensington
Sunday, April 5th
This celebration will include a Bucci Easter egg hunt, an ATB Butterfiled Acres petting zoo and live music concert, and a TELUS screening of The Lego Movie with complementary popcorn and soda pop at The Plaza Theatre (113 Kensington Road NW).

12 Noon to 4pm – Participants pick up their Easter baskets at the Bucci office (306 10th Street NW, 2nd Floor) and participate in a chocolatey, fun-filled Easter egg hunt. Exciting clues will be handed out that will direct participants to the local Kensington shops to get Easter treats!

1pm – Come and meet the Easter-Bunny himself along with many of his adorable furry friends at the Butterfield Acres petting zoo on Kensington Road. Enjoy live music by The Sadlier-Brown Band and an Easter craft table!

2:30pm – Have your picture taken with special guest Emmet of The Lego Movie in The Plaza Theatre lobby.

3:30pm– Enjoy the complementary screening of The Lego Movie with free pop and popcorn at the Plaza Theatre! Get your free tickets at The Naked Leaf (#4 1126 Kensington Rd NW) on or after March 30th – first come first serve.

Heritage Park Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 5
9am to 2pm
Cost: Children – $21.95, Adults – $31.95, Age 2 and under – Free
Families are invited to drive right into the historical village and enjoy brunch in the historic Wainwright Hotel and take part in activities such as traditional Easter egg decorating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit www.heritagepark.ca for more information.

The Great Big Easter Egg Hunt
New Victory Church
Sunday April 5
1pm
Cost: Toonie BBQ
Join the New Victory Church for Easter service at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and an Easter festival. The carnival includes an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs, a bouncy house, games, crafts, and face painting. Fun for all ages! For more information visit www.newvictory.ca.

Easter Egg Hunt
Foster’s Garden Chapel
Sunday, March 29
10am to noon
Cost: Free
Geared toward ages seven and under, the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Foster’s Garden Chapel provides traditional Easter baskets for children to fill with treats, and refreshments for moms and dads. No registration is required and the event begins promptly at 10 a.m. on a first-come-first-served basis. Call 403-297-0888 for more information.

 3rd Annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Dogma Training & Pet Services Inc.
Saturday, March 28
11am to 2pm
Cost: $49.95 per dog/family, or $24.95 for current members
This Easter-themed Scavenger Hunt will take you and the family pet around Calgary on a mission to complete tasks and earn points, while searching for Easter eggs filled with treats and special prizes. Dogs will compete to win over $1,800 worth of prizes. For information or to register, visit www.dogmatraining.com.

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser
Sunday, April 5
1 to 3pm
Cost: $35 per person, or $45 per person with a glass of Chandon sparkling wine
Families looking for something a little more classy can dress in their springtime best and treat everyone to a traditional afternoon tea at the Fairmont Palliser on Easter Sunday. Reservations are required. Call 403-260-1219 for more information or to book a table for your family.

Whether it’s Easter Sunday brunch, traditional Easter egg hunts, or events for your pets, Calgary has a lot to offer your family this Easter. With the beautiful spring weather we’re enjoying, scavenger hunts and Easter carnival events promise provide families with exciting opportunities to get outdoors and play with the Easter Bunny.

Krista is interning with Calgary’s Child Magazine through SAIT’s Journalism Program.