April 1, 2010

Easter Events

From staff reports

Easter just wouldn't be Easter without the sight of dozens of children running pell-mell to scoop up plastic eggs filled with goodies. It's fun for the kids and fun for the parents too, especially when the egg hunts include family-friendly side activities. Here's what going on in the Greater Portland area (and elsewhere in Maine) this weekend:

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Egg hunts and other Easter activities for families are plentiful this weekend.

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BIDDEFORD – Rotary Park, 550 Main St., 10 a.m. Saturday: Easter egg hunt with food, prizes, a balloon artist and more. For ages 1 to 10. Cost: $2 per child. 283-0841.


FALMOUTH – Falmouth Congregational Church, 269 Falmouth Road, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: One of the largest annual Easter egg hunts in southern Maine includes games, bouncy houses, a cake walk, music and more for children ages 12 and younger. Bring your own basket. Rain or shine. Free. 781-3413.


FREEPORT – Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections, 174 Lower Main St., 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday: Hunt through mounds of hay for treat-filled eggs. Free for children of all ages. Weather permitting. 865-4071.


NEWRY – Easter weekend at Sunday River, 15 South Ridge Lodge, Saturday and Sunday: Join an Easter egg hunt, play games, watch movies and more. It's an Easter celebration full of fun activities for the entire family, including appearances by the Easter bunny. A sunrise service takes place on Sunday on the top of North Peak. The Chondola will start to transport people to the top at 6:30 a.m. For prices and event schedules, call 824-5104 or visit www.sundayriver.com.


NORWAY – Norway Memorial Library, 151 Main St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: Join in a Raising Maine scavenger hunt along Main Street, meet the Easter bunny and other characters, and enjoy snacks and crafts. For children of all ages. Free. 743-6651.


PORTLAND – Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., 11 a.m. Saturday: The museum has hidden eggs all over the facility for children to find. Stay for Cool Science at 11:30 a.m. to dye the eggs you've found. Free with museum admission of $8 per person (free for children under age 1). 828-1234; www.childrensmuseumofme.org.

Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. (behind Catherine McAuley High School), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Activities will include egg decorating, lunch for children, face painting and a visit from the Easter bunny. Ages 1 to 11. RSVP at: easter_bunny2010@yahoo.com.


RANGELEY – Saddleback, 976 Saddleback Mountain Road, Sunday: Easter egg hunt for ages 11 and younger starts at 11:30 a.m. Find the golden egg somewhere on the mountain to win a 2010-11 season pass. The Kids Costume Parade through the lodge led by the Easter bunny begins at 1 p.m. 864-5671; www.saddlebackmaine.com.


ROCKPORT – Farmers Fare, Route 90 and Cross Street, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday: First Farmers Fare Golden Egg-stravaganza features three separate Easter egg hunts for different age ranges: ages 2 to 4 at 10:30 a.m.; ages 5 to 7 at 11:15 a.m., and ages 8 to 10 at 11:45 a.m. Each age category will be looking for a gold-leafed egg, and the child who finds it in each group will receive a Farmers Fare treat.

The Easter bunny will greet the children as they arrive and will be available for photos. A table will be set up for children to decorate Farmers Fare Easter cookies, and will have a "pay it forward" bunny for donations toward the baking costs. Children can also enjoy a free ice cream. The egg hunt will be dependent on the weather, but the cookie decorating will happen rain or shine. Free. 236-3273; www.farmersfare.com.

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