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Art&Seek Jr: Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

by Therese Powell 3 Apr 2012 1:14 PM

Time to dust off the baskets, put on the running shoes and check out the biggest, bestest Easter Egg Hunts in town.


Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself.  Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

There are plenty of eggs for everyone at the Fort Worth Stockyards annual Easter Egg Hunt

We have sort of an odd Easter tradition in our house. Rose’s stuffed rabbit Stella goes “missing” every year about two weeks before Easter.  Our theory is this: Stella is fed up with being a toy and longs for carefree life of a “wild” rabbit, so she decides to jump ship and run away with the Easter Bunny.  On Easter morning, Stella magically reappears in Rose’s Easter Basket. Apparently, she’s decided that, although it’s great to walk on the wild side for a couple of weeks with that crazy Easter Bunny, there’s no place like home.  <SIGH> Don’t you just love holiday traditions?

Speaking of traditions, nothing says Easter like a good ol’ fashion egg hunt (how’s THAT for a segue).  If you decide to skip grandma’s house and opt for more adventure, like Stella, here are a few to chose from:

On Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. AT&T Pioneers Dallas and the Dallas Independent School District will host the 25th annual Special Bunnies Easter Egg Hunt. This free event  is for local families with special-needs children and will include Easter egg hunts, face painting, games, food, prizes and more. The egg hunts will feature ‘beeping eggs’ for visually impaired children and large-size eggs for children in wheelchairs – encouraging them to enjoy the hunt at their own pace.

On Saturday, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church will host its 10th annual Easter Eggstravaganza celebration from 10 a.m. to noon.  This egg hunt near downtown boasts 2,300 eggs filled with goodies and surprises. It also features fun and free activities for children, including a train, bounce house, inflatable slide, an old-fashioned cake walk, creative crafts, face painting, a fire truck and much more.   Those wanting to give back can make a cash donation or drop off canned goods at the gate. These donations will benefit Oak Lawn Community Outreach Center, which supports homeless and low-income neighbors in the community.

If you’re in Fort Worth on Saturday, you won’t want to miss the Texas sized Easter Egg Celebration at the Stockyards. There will be an Easter egg hunt for all ages that begins at noon sharp, and afterwards there will be photos with the Easter Bunny,  face painting, a balloon-animal maker and more. Be sure to stay late and catch the Fort Worth herd cattle drive at 4 p.m.

On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park is hosting its 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. What makes this one appealing is the hunters are divided up into age groups so the little ones are less likely to get trampled in the melee.  Also, your ticket gets you free admission into the butterfly house.

I can’t wait until Sunday night. After Rose is asleep, the plan is to feast on leftover chocolate bunnies while I watch Mad Men.

Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer.  She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 6-year-old daughter, Rose.  You can let us know about all your quirky events for kids by posting them on the Art&Seek calendar