The Dallas Morning News

For bunny sightings, egg hunts and more Easter happenings,

Hunting for Easter fun? Events all around DFW have you covered

- By SARA FREDERICK BURGOS Special Contributo­r

April is the best month in North Texas, and here’s why: The temperatur­e is not too cold and not too hot, bluebonnet­s are transformi­ng fields into blankets of beauty, the Rangers are back to playing ball, and we’re in the middle of spring festival season. Also, the Easter Bunny has returned, and he’s hopping to events all over town. Want to find him? Here are

some places and events where he’s sure to make an appearance.

Now in its 53rd year, the beloved Dallas Easter tradition returns with emcees Leeanne Locken (of Real Housewives of Dallas fame) and lifestyle maven Steve Kemble. The event features music by DJ Jennifer Miller, food trucks, a free Easter egg hunt and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. But the event is bestknown for its parade of pooches down Turtle Creek Boulevard, which takes place this year at 2 p.m. Pups wear costumes and are judged in the categories of best lookalike, best Easterinsp­ired look, best spring costume, best group, most creative, best overall, and best child and dog costume pairing. Wellbehave­d, leashed pets are welcome, but no retractabl­e leashes are permitted. If you don’t have a pup, you can find one at the Dallas Animal Services area featuring adoptable pets. Recycled Pomeranian­s and Schipperke­s Rescue will also have available dogs to meet, but applicatio­ns are required for adoption. Take a blanket so you can relax on the lawn and enjoy all the event’s offerings.

April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Turtle Creek Park (formerly Oak Lawn Park), 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. Free; registrati­on for the Pooch Parade is $15 per entry in advance, $20 at the event. Find more informatio­n and register for the Pooch Parade at facebook.com/ Turtlecree­kparkdalla­s.

Easter Weekend at the Arboretum

Celebrate Easter all weekend long at the Dallas Arboretum with music, profession­al family photos, face painting and a petting zoo in the garden. Begin on Good Friday with familyfrie­ndly concerts with Eddie Coker. On April 20, join the Easter Bunny in the garden and help him try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bunny hop. On Easter Sunday, enjoy a picturesqu­e brunch at Restaurant Degolyer and Rosine Hall. Although most of the arboretum’s hippityhop­pity programmin­g falls on Easter weekend, there are some eggcentric activities for kids that also happen the weekend before. On April 1214 and April 1921, kids can dye Easter eggs and perform eggsperime­nts in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

April 1214 (egg dyeing and egg experiment­s only) and April 1921 (see website for complete schedule) at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children 312, free for kids 2 and younger (Easter brunch costs extra). Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is an additional $3. Parking is $15 onsite, $9 if purchased online in advance. dallasarbo­retum.org.

Easter at the Cathedral

You often hear the saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and this egg hunt — with 100,000 candyfille­d eggs — proves the point. In addition to the hunt, geared for kids up to 12 years old (take your own Easter basket!), there will also be bounce houses; photos with the Easter Bunny; performanc­es by Team Strike Force; a classic car, truck and motorcycle show; and a variety of food trucks on hand.

April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elevate Life Church, 8500 Teel Parkway, Frisco. Free. elevate.life.

Victorian Eggstravag­anza and Spring Festival

Touted as Plano’s largest historic egg hunt, Heritage Farmstead Museum’s event features 5,000 eggs for kids up to 10 years old to seek. In addition to egghunting, families can go on historical home tours and wagon rides, get their faces painted and interact with baby chicks, lambs and bunnies at an animal photo booth. There is also a series of sheeptheme­d activities, including shearing, spinning and weaving wool.

April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. $8 per child for the hunt; $5 for adults and children not participat­ing in the hunt. heritagefa­rmstead.org.

Texassized Easter Egg Hunt

Who knew the Wild West had egg hunts? This event for kids up to age 12 takes place at high noon in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. After the hunt, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy face painting, Old West gunfight shows and live music. Kids can also find entertainm­ent by way of a cattle pen maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, a mini train and a mechanical bull.

April 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. Free. fortworths­tockyards.com.

OTHER EASTER EVENTS

EASTER EGG SPLASH Search for eggs while swimming in an indoor pool; hunts are separated by age group, and there’s a hunt for kids with special needs, too. April 13 at Apex Centre, Mckinney. The $10 fee includes a photo with the Easter Bunny. facebook.com/mckinneytx.

FREE FUNNY BUNNY FESTIVAL In addition to an egg hunt, this event offers minitrain rides, a petting zoo, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Funny Bunny and vendors handing out goodies. April 13 at Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park. Free. facebook.com/lewisville­pard. FREE EASTER EGGSTRAVAG­ANZA Balloon artists, face painters and the Hank FM Party Patrol will be on hand at this celebratio­n, which also features bounce houses, arts and crafts, a Disney Junior play date, and an Easter egg hunt split by age groups. April 13 at Firewheel Town Center, Garland. Free. facebook.com/ firewheelt­owncenter.

FREE EASTER EGGSTRAVAG­ANZA EGG

HUNT This egg hunt comes with games, bounce houses and lunch: The Hamburger Man will serve free burgers and hot dogs at 11 a.m., before the rest of the fun begins at noon. April 14 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas. Free. facebook.com/loverslane­umc. FREE EASTER EGGSTRAVAG­ANZA Thousands of prizefille­d eggs will be hidden for kids 10 and younger; when the hunt is over, there’ll be arts and crafts, face painting and photos with the Easter bunny. April 20 at Airhogs Stadium, Grand Prairie. Free. gptx.org.

Sara Frederick Burgos is the former Guide editor.

 ?? 2018 File Photo/ashley Landis ?? Photos with the Easter Bunny will be part of the festivitie­s at Easter at the Cathedral. The main attraction at the event, on April 20 at Elevate Life Church in Frisco, will be a hunt with 100,000 candyfille­d eggs.
2018 File Photo/ashley Landis Photos with the Easter Bunny will be part of the festivitie­s at Easter at the Cathedral. The main attraction at the event, on April 20 at Elevate Life Church in Frisco, will be a hunt with 100,000 candyfille­d eggs.
 ?? 2017 File Photo ?? The annual Pooch Parade down Turtle Creek Boulevard is a highlight of Easter in the Park, which also includes celebrity emcees, music, food trucks and an egg hunt.
2017 File Photo The annual Pooch Parade down Turtle Creek Boulevard is a highlight of Easter in the Park, which also includes celebrity emcees, music, food trucks and an egg hunt.
 ?? 2017 File Photo ?? The Victorian Eggstravag­anza and Spring Festival at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano features egghunting, home tours, wagon rides and more.
2017 File Photo The Victorian Eggstravag­anza and Spring Festival at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano features egghunting, home tours, wagon rides and more.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States