Easter is a time of celebration. Some celebrate this event by having Easter egg hunts, baskets of candy left by the Easter Bunny and other fun events. Enjoy this day by taking part in one of the many events happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Orangutan Egg Hunt
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 935-8552

Date: April 18, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Once again, Lowry Park Zoo is having its annual Orangutan Egg Hunt. The Bornean orangutan family enjoys hunting Easter eggs. Although the orangutans enjoy the treats they find, the visitors to the zoo have a blast watching the orangutans hunting for the eggs. The Orangutan Egg Hunt is included in the cost of admission to the zoo. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 12 and up. Senior admission is $21.95, while children ages three to 11 cost $18.95. Children ages two and under are free. Spend the day at the zoo and enjoy the Orangutan Egg Hunt.

22nd Annual Hare Racing Experience

University of South Florida Track and Field Stadium
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 374-8907

Date: April 19, 2014 at 8 a.m.

This annual one-mile family walk and 5k off-road race offers participants a chance to exercise or cheer on others as they exercise. There will be health and fitness booths, food, drinks and even a visit from Ronald McDonald. A special visit from the Easter Bunny will conclude the day, complete with photo opportunities for all participants. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Epilepsy Services Foundation. Entry fees are $20 for the 5k run/walk, $15 for the one-mile run/walk and $7 for all children ages six and younger.

Easter Egg Hunt-Glow In The Dark
Highland Recreation Complex
400 Highland N.E. Ave.
Largo, FL 33770
(727) 587-6740

Date: April 19, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Unlike other Easter egg hunts, this one happens after dark. This special event will have four egg hunts, based on age groups up to 12 years of age. Each group will have a different colored wristband that corresponds with their age group. Wristbands cost $8 each and each hunt is limited to 50 children. There will also be other glow-in-the-dark activities, as well as bouncy houses, music and food vendors. Due to the large turnout, it is advised to purchase tickets before the day of the event.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa Springs, FL 34446
(352) 628-5343

Date: April 19, 2014 at 9 a.m.

There is no charge for this Easter egg hunt. However, regular admission prices apply for entrance into the wildlife park. Children are advised to bring their own Easter baskets to the event. The Easter Bunny and other costumed characters will be available for photos. Easter egg hunts are divided into three age groups and there will be special prizes for those who find the gold or silver eggs in each group. Thousands of plastic eggs will be hidden for the hunt and each egg can be traded in for candy and prizes.

Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park
301 Drew St.
Clearwater, FL 33757
(727) 442-2099

Date: April 20, 2014 at 12 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Clearwater Community Volunteers will be hosting their annual Easter egg hunt at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. This event will include a petting zoo, a giant blow-up slide, face painting, bouncy houses, live entertainment and more. Although the event is free, some of the rides and refreshments do require a small fee. The egg hunt starts at 12:30 p.m. sharp. There will be wandering Easter Bunnies for photo opportunities. This family-friendly event will bring a smile to both children and adults on Easter Sunday.

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