EASTER EGG HUNTS
Pastel colors. Sweet candy treats. And oh the adrenaline of the HUNT! Here's a look at just a few of the MANY Easter Egg Hunts being held around the greater Daytona Beach area:
Holly Hill, March 19. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at City Hall (1065 Ridgewood Ave.)
South Daytona, March 19. The City is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and mini festival from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Reed Canal Park (919 Reed Canal Rd.). Get there by 9:45 a.m. to participate in the egg hunt, then check out the petting zoo, balloon creations, bounce houses and playground.
Deltona, March 19. The city's annual Easter EGGstravaganza event (one of the area's largest, with over 25,000 eggs in the hunt bearing candy, small toys and special prizes) will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex (1200 Saxon Blvd.) Seriously, though, be early, because there are no second chances after the whistle sounds the start of the hunt that typically lasts only around 10 minutes! Deltona actually calls this the "fastest annual event conducted by the city." After the egg hunt is over, get photos with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and enjoy the city sponsored fun that will be provided in the park until noon.
DeLand, March 24. Visit the beautiful shade tree lined streets of the historic county seat. You can hunt some eggs at 5:30 p.m. at Earl Brown Park (750 S. Alabama Ave.) at the Ampitheatre.
New Smyrna Beach, March 26. A big public, private, church partnership is putting on an Easter Hunt at 12 p.m. at Old Fort Park, with a "Spring Flip" offering games, bounce housesEaster Egg Hunt - The City of New Smyrna Beach in conjunction with the local businesses and First Baptist Church is having an Easter Hunt Saturday, March 26 @ noon @ Old Fort Park and immediately following First Baptist Church will host Spring Fling with games, bounce house and giant inflatable slide @ 200 Faulkner St.
Edgewater, March 26. EDGEfest Easter Eggstravaganza will throw down 15,000 eggs and offer up loads of family fun at the Hawk's Park Complex (148 W. Turgot Ave.). You can meet the Easter Bunny or play to your hearts content with a kids activity zone, arts and crafts, face painting and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The egg hunts begin at 11 a.m.
Ormond Beach, March 26. Check out one of the area's most unique egg hunt experiences at Calvary Christian Church (1687 W. Granada Blvd.). The event requires advance registration, but it's not your typical egg-tossed-in-a-field event. At this event, the eggs are dropped from a helicopter! Hunts are divided into four age groups (up to age 12) and an indoor "Special Needs Hunt" is also scheduled. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the gates open at 10 a.m. (You can click here to register for the event.)
Many Easter Egg Hunts, including some of those mentioned above, ensure there's an Easter Bunny around for springtime chats with the kiddos and photos. But if you cannot or will not be hitting one of the egg hunts, you can also catch a glimpse or some time with the fluffy basket-toting symbol synonymous with Easter and surprise goody baskets at these places:
Daytona Beach, March 5-26. Photos with the Easter Bunny are offered at the Volusia Mall on International Speedway Boulevard, Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm.
Orange City, March 26. Support a good cause and have a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is held at Applebees (2599 Enterprise Rd.), but advance tickets are required and seats are limited. (Click here to get some.) Tickets cost just $5 for ages 3 and up (2 and under are free). Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage and a drink. Take photos with the Easter Bunny, who will also give out prizes to his visitors, and decorate an Easter Egg. Proceeds go to Operation: Care 4 R Troops, a 501(c)(3) that provides care and support for US Military and their families.
New Smyrna Beach, March 26. The Easter Bunny kick of the annual Easter celebration in the Canal Street Historic District of New Smyrna Beach begins with breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in a handful of businesses. At 10 a.m., the Children may get an early start on their annual search for eggs during the Easter egg hunt that begins at noon in Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Avenue. The hunt will be divided into four age groups: 2-3, 4-5, 6-9, 10-12. The event is free. Children should bring a basket. Free hot dogs, drinks and activities also will be offered. The event is hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach, the Canal Street Special Events Team, First Baptist Church New Smyrna Beach, and the New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 Free and Accepted Masons of Florida. For more information, please call the City’s Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
EASTER FESTIVALS & PARADES
Daytona Beach Easter Beach Run, March 26. The 49th Annual Easter Beach Run begins on the sands of The World's Most Famous Beach near the Daytona Beach Bandshell and Ocean Walk Shoppes (250 North Atlantic Avenue (A1A)). Registration opens at 5:30 a.m. with the 2 and 4 mile adult races, fun run and health walks beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the kids' race beginning at 9:15 a.m. After the run, check out the Egg-Stravaganza at Ocean Walk Shoppes from Noon to 4pm with free Easter bags, carnival games, face-painting, free bunny ear crafts, and candy!
New Smyrna Beach Easter Bonnet Pet Parade, March 26. This adorable parade begins near the intersection of Canal and Orange streets in New Smyrna Beach and will make its way east. Part of the city's annual Easter Celebration, you'll also be able to enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt.