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We have a new spin on an Easter tradition that involves Rose’s stuffed rabbit Stella.
Stella is an old friend who first appeared in Rose’s Easter basket the year she turned 3. The tradition, which is sort of a Velveteen Rabbit meets The Wizard of Oz vibe, is in its fourth year and goes something like this: Every year, about two week’s before Easter, Stella goes “missing.” The explanation for her disappearance is she’s fed up with being a toy and longs for the carefree life of a “wild” rabbit. So she decides to jump ship and run away with the Easter Bunny. Then, on Easter morning, Stella magically reappears in Rose’s Easter Basket. And we all agree that, it’s great to walk on the wild side for a couple of weeks with that crazy Easter Bunny, but in the end, there’s no place like home.
The twist this year is that Stella has decided to take some friends with her on her annual romp with EB. Penelope the Bear, Ducky Bee, Victoria the Cat and Caroline the Pony have all gone AWOL with Stella in a G-rated Spring Breakers scenario featuring stuffed animals.
Bedtime was a little touch and go at first, as new stuffed animals had to be conscripted into duty until Stella and her companions returned. But on the whole, Rose has been intrigued and excited thinking about her friends, the adventures they’re having and how crowded her basket is going to be come Easter morning.
If you’re like Stella and looking for something a little different, be sure to check out one of these egg hunts which all happen on Saturday:
Who says egg hunts are just for kids? Heritage Park in Sachse is hosting a special Dog Bone Hunt on Saturday at 7:30 p.m just for the four-legged set. Dogs participating in the hunt will be divided into groups based on weight and will be required to be on a leash at all times. You can also enter your furry friend into a best dressed or cutest contest, or snap a pic of Fido with the Easter Bunny.
There’s more fun at Heritage Park after the Bone Hunt. If your kids love a challenge, they’re going to want to stick around for the Flashlight Egg Hunt. That’s right, grab the flashlight (make sure it has fresh batteries) and join the fun in the dark. Kids ages 5-13 can search for eggs stuffed with candy. The person who finds the golden egg wins a special prize. The fun starts at 8:15 p.m.
You can take in nature and hunt for a rainbow of eggs in the forest at the Nature’s Eggtravaganza event at Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake. Kids can make a crazy Easter bonnet and learn about their egg-laying friends at the center and their strange hiding places. For ages 3-9 (plus an adult).
Last one in the pool is a candy egg! That’s right, the Frisco Athletic Center invites kids ages 2-10 to splash around in its indoor pool for an Aqua Egg Hunt this Saturday at 11:15 a.m. Admission includes: egg hunt, swim pass for the day and a special treat from the Easter Bunny. The center will provide a mesh bag to collect your eggs in the pool, but you’ll need to bring your own basket to take them home.
At 10 a.m. Especially Needed will host an egg hunt for special needs children at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch in McKinney. This free event is for families with special-needs children and their siblings and will include an Easter egg hunt, inflatables, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more.
Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer. She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 7-year-old daughter, Rose. Tell us about your quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at [email protected]