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Egg hunts shelling out Easter fun around Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: March 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

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If you’re looking for somewhere to let the kids hunt Easter eggs this weekend, there are plenty of places around the Tampa Bay area offering free and paid holiday events. Here are some of the options.

Easter EggScavenger Hunt: Hydro Harvest Farms features a scavenger hunt that all ages can participate in; there will also be crafts, games, food and prizes; 12 p.m. Saturday; free; Hydro Harvest Farms, 1101 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin; (813) 645-6574

Cotton Tail Special: Operating diesel powered excursion to an Easter egg patch; event includes activities egg hunt and Mr. Bunny; 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday; $14 to $28; Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83 St. East, Parrish; (941) 776-0906; www.frrm.org.

Wiregrass Egg Hunt: Victorious Life Church and The Shops at Wiregrass will host egg hunts every hour; event includes a Special Needs Hunt in the JCPenney Courtyard (10 a.m.) for children with special needs including hearing impaired, vision impaired, and mental and/or physical handicaps; 11 a.m. Saturday; free; The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel; (813) 994-2242

Oak Grove Easter Egg Hunt: An Easter egg hunt for kids up to fifth grade, including crafts, story time and refreshments; 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oak Grove Methodist Church, 2707 West Waters Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-4471

Easter Carnival: Features bouncy house, Easter egg hunt, kids crafts and food; 10 a.m. Saturday; free; Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater; (727) 531-3200

Orangutan Egg Hunt: Watch the Zoo’s Bornean orangutan family have some Easter fun with their own egg hunt, an annual treat for the primates and zoo guests; hunt included with zoo admission; 11 a.m. today; $19.95 to $24.95; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552 and www.lowryparkzoo.com

Easter Egg Hunt: Includes 18-foot rockwall, slides, obstacle course, moonwalks, petting zoo, horses, face paintings and carnival games; 9 a.m. Saturday; $1; Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6835 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey; (727) 835-6629

Easter Experience: Egg hunts throughout the day and opportunity to find the golden egg; there will be craft activities, photos with Easter bunny and games; 9 a.m. today and Saturday; $5 to $15, in addition to admission costs; Busch Gardens, 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa; (888) 800-5447

Easter Weekend Fun: An underwater Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt throughout the aquarium galleries; there will be a SCUBA certified Easter Bunny diving his way into the daily Coral Reef Dive Show; children can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny; event includes The Florida Aquarium Mermaids and picnic out in our Explore A Shore Pavilion; 10 a.m. today through Sunday; $8.95 to $29.95; The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 273-4000 and www.flaquarium.com

Egg Hunt: Features egg hunting, light breakfast and meet and greet with the Easter Bunny; 8:30 a.m. Saturday; $12, free for members; Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; (813) 443-3861 and glazermuseum.org

Easter Egg Hunt: The fourth annual event featuring 3,000 egg hunt, candy, bounce houses and snow cones; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; free; Bay Life Assembly of God, 6923 Sheldon Road, Tampa; (813) 884-3696

Ikea Easter Egg Hunt: A free hunt for children 8 and younger in the store’s showroom. The first 100 kids dressed in their best “Easter Sunday attire” will get a free gift. Ikea Family Card holders get entered in a chance to win one of three Easter baskets. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Ikea, 1103 North 22nd Street, Tampa; (888) 888-4532.

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