April 5, 2012

Eggs-tra! Eggs-tra!

Read all about local Easter egg hunts.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

Too often, Easter egg hunts in Maine can mean wading through snow and slush to find the colorful treats. But this year's unseasonably warm weather means kids will be pushing aside blooming daffodils and tulips to find the hidden eggs.

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Ben Harvath, 1, of Brentwood, Mo., lets his curiosity get the best of him as he touches the Easter Bunny at an egg hunt Sunday in Creve Coeur, Mo.



GOING TO AN Easter egg hunt? Make sure you dress for the outdoors (where the ground can be muddy at this time of year), and bring your Easter basket.

The only downside is that mud could be lurking beneath the sprouting green grass, so when you grab your Easter basket and bonnet, don't forget to pull on a pair of boots too.

Through Saturday, the Maine Mall in South Portland offers children a chance to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Other indoor options include egg hunts at the Peekaboo Children's Center and the Children's Museum.

Should you want to head outside for this traditional spring ritual, this weekend serves up plenty of opportunities to hunt eggs and hobnob with the Easter Bunny in Maine's fresh spring air.


SWEET-LESS EASTER EGG HUNT: Kids won't get a sugar high at this event that features eggs filled with toys and trinkets rather than candy.

WHEN: 9 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Peekaboo Children's Center, Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St., Suite 206, Westbrook

HOW MUCH: $5 per person

INFO: 854-3500 


CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EASTER EGG HUNT: Sharp-eyed sleuths can hunt for hundreds of eggs hidden among the exhibits. A special egg-hunt area will be devoted to children under 3.

WHEN: 9 to 10 a.m.

WHERE: Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $7 members; $8 nonmembers

INFO: 828-123

EASTER EGG HUNT: In its 25th year, Yarmouth Community Services presents an annual hunt for toy-filled (and candy-free) eggs for town residents. The event is for ages 2 to 7, with separate areas for ages 4 and under and ages 5 to 7.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Royal River Park, East Elm Street entrance


INFO: 846-2406

WILBUR'S OF MAINE EASTER EGG HUNT: Search for plastic eggs filled with Wilbur's chocolates and prize tickets, then spend time with the Easter Bunny and Wilbur the Moose.

WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Wilbur's of Maine, 174 Lower Main St., Freeport


INFO: 865-4071

PINELAND FARMS EASTER EGG HUNT: Head out to the farm for an egg hunt that goes on rain or shine. Children will also enjoy a selection of games and activities at this event, sponsored by the Gray Parks & Recreation Department.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: The Market, Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester


INFO: 688-4539

GARDINER EASTER EGG SCAVENGER HUNT: Start at Picture Perfect Photography to pick up a scorecard, then search the downtown storefronts for eggs of all shapes and sizes. Candy prizes will be handed out to all participants. Kids can also create crafts at Sweet Love Boutique.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Water Street, Gardiner


INFO: 582-3100



Children ages 11 and under can comb the lower mountain trails for eggs. One lucky skier or boarder will find the golden egg, which contains a 2012-13 season pass.

WHEN: 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lower mountain trails, Saddleback Mountain, Rangeley


INFO: saddlebackmaine.com

SUGARLOAF EASTER SUNDAY ACTIVITIES: From 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., children can color and hang a paper egg on the Easter tree and meet the Easter Bunny. At 9 a.m., groups of two to three children ages 8 to 12 can take part in a scavenger hunt throughout the base lodge. Finally, at 11:30 a.m., anyone with spring fever can join the Spring Costume Parade.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley

COST: Free

INFO: sugarloaf.com

SUNDAY RIVER EASTER EGG HUNT: Join the Easter Bunny for a slopeside hunt for eggs with prizes and treats inside.

WHEN: 9 a.m.

WHERE: South Ridge, Sunday River, Newry

COST: Free

INFO: sundayriver.com


Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at akamila@pressherald.com

Twitter: AveryYaleKamila


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