The Easter season is upon us again, and there are a number of ways to get out and celebrate the coming of Spring with the family this year. Here in Sarasota, we're especially fond of Easter egg hunts and Easter morning sunrises.
Things kick off at the First Church on March 18 with their Easter Egg-stravaganza. In addition to the egg hunt, this free event will also include free lunch, crafts, stories, games, face painting, and more fun activities. Find out more at www.firstsrq.com.
Also on March 18, Harvest UMC will host their Easter Egg Hunt from 11:30-1:30 while also collecting canned goods for the Food Bank of Manatee. Food trucks will be on hand for people to buy lunch, and there will be bouncy houses, face painting, crafts, and Candy Land for the kids.
On March 24, Lakewood Ranch will be celebrating their EGGstravaganza by hiding over 22,000 eggs spread over the field, with kids separated by age group to maximize the thrill of scooping up as many as possible. The Easter Bunny will be on hand, and the kids will love the live petting zoo, pony rides, balloon art, and other activities.
Sarasota County Parks will be celebrating its 22nd annual Big Truck Day at Nathan Benderson Park on March 31 from 10am-1pm. The event will include their own EGGstravaganza with egg hunts for kids four and younger and five and older, and children and adults will get to explore the vehicles and trucks they see on the streets as well as meet and speak with the people who operate them. You can also get fire trucks and ambulances at the Siesta Key Children's Easter Party and Easter Egg Hunt on March 31, as well as the mounted Sheriff's Patrol, games, prizes, goody bags, and face painting for $10 per child.
From 10am-2pm on March 31, Harvest Church is hosting a free 15,000 egg hunt at the new Harvest Park on the corner of Beneva and 17th, complete with a giant bounce house, inflatable slides, face painting, free food, and more. Starting at 8am, the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is hosting their 3rd Annual Springfit 5K and Kids Fun Run and Egg Hunt at the HealthFit campus, followed by an Easter egg hunt, and if you haven't had enough Eggstravaganzas, Venice will be hosting theirs with the Easter Bunny at the Gazebo in Centennial Park on March 31 at 9am.
On Easter morning, there is no better time to celebrate than sunrise. If you'd like to join in the celebration, you have quite a few options to choose from. The DeSoto Society’s Annual Service starts at 6 a.m. at the Mosaic Amphitheater in Rossi Waterfront Park, The Tabernacle Church hosts a service in Sarasota's Bayfront Park, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church hosts a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach, and The Church of the Palms hosts a sunrise service near the Lido Beach Pavilion on Lido Key. It is recommended that you bring your own chair or a blanket as seating is very limited.
After the service, enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch at Marie Selby Gardens from 10am-1:30pm, with brunch provided by Michael's on the Bay. The meal will include a carving station, omelets made to order, and a dessert bar. Of course, a garden like Selby's is perfect for an Easter egg hunt, and there will be live music and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Go to the Selby website for more info and registration.
Lastly, the extravagant Easter Brunch on Sarasota Bay at the beautiful Powel Crosley Estate is also a great way to spend Easter Sunday. Brunch seatings are at 10:30am and 12:30pm, featuring a Belgium waffles station, traditional breakfast favorites, salmon and shrimp options, a carving station of ham and bourbon glazed skirt steak, as well as vegetarian options and a wide assortment of freshly made salads and delicious desserts. This is a popular event that sells out quickly. Tickets are available at 941-312-0000.
Have a wonderful Easter season and may Spring in Sarasota bring many new blossoms into your life.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist