Easter Fun

The kids have already seen the Cadbury Bunny on TV. It’s too late to stop them on the candy track. That’s right, it’s Easter. In the old days, all it took was a couple dozen eggs and a pack of Paas. It was the policy of many families to have the children turn in their (real, hard-boiled) eggs for Mom and Dad to make egg salad with; that was lunch for the next few days.

These days, you’re more likely to have to invest in hollow plastic eggs and trinkets or treats to fill them with. Peeps. Baskets. Do they still make that plastic, bright green grass that probably has a half-life of a geological age? We understand, and we’re here to help. What follows is a breakdown of several Easter-egg hunts in Greater Portland that feature something every grownup loves: someone else doing the prep and the clean-up. Voila:

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt and Open House

Location: Gorham Cooperative Preschool (28 Ball Park Road, Gorham)

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

Note: The open house features spring-themed crafting project for the youngsters.

 

Saco Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Saco Middle School (40 Buxton Rd, Saco)

Time: 7-10 years old: 9 a.m., 3-6 years old: 9:30 a.m., 0-3 years old: 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Note: Organizers ask that you register online for this rain-or-shine event. Over 3,000 eggs will be hidden, and cameras are encouraged, as the Easter Bunny himself may say hello.

 

Smiling Hill Farm

Location: Smiling Hill Farm (781 County Rd [Rte 22], Westbrook)

Time: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Cost: $5 per child

Note: Each hunt is divided into two groups, 3 and under and 4 to 10. Smiling Hill expects to sell out, so get your tickets early at their website.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Smiling Hill Farm (second day)

Location: Smiling Hill Farm (781 County Rd [Rte 22], Westbrook)

Time: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Cost: $5 per child

Note: Each hunt is divided into two groups, 3 and under and 4 to 10. Smiling Hill expects to sell out, so get your tickets early at their website.

 

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Falmouth Congregational Church Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Falmouth Congregational Church (267 Falmouth Rd, Falmouth)

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Note: Maximum age 12 years old. Featuring a bounce house, games, face painting, live rabbits, prizes, food and music.

 

Before Hours Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine (142 Free St, Portland)

Time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cost: $8 Museum members, $10 visitors, $16 Stay & Play

Note: Museum staff expect a sellout, so purchase in advance. Featuring over a thousand hidden eggs, and a Golden Egg Challenge. There will be a candy-free zone for tiny tots under 3. Continental breakfast and coffee provided.

 

Yarmouth Egg Hunt

Location: Royal River Park (103 East Elm St, Yarmouth)

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Note: Featuring separate egg-hunting areas (ages 4 and under and ages 5 to 7). Sponsored by Yarmouth Community Services and the Village Improvement Society.

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Don’t forget, all events are BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket).

And finally, no matter what you think of the heinous things that have been done in God’s name throughout history, the spirit may strike you to teach your brood the story behind the candy fest. In that case, the Easter Sunday service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (307 Congress St.) takes place at 10 a.m. That old band King Missile wasn’t lying: Jesus was way cool!

Last modified onTuesday, 04 April 2017 09:20