Busy bunnies: Egg hunts and bunny visits abound in Southwest Florida

Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
Troy Byrne, 8 of Shelby Township, Mich. hunts eggs during the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.

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Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News Troy Byrne, 8 of Shelby Township, Mich. hunts eggs during the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail. Easter is still a week away, but some bunny has been busy. From egg hunts to crafts, there are a lot of family-friendly activities coming to Southwest Florida. Here’s a look at Easter fun happening in your backyard.

COLLIER COUNTY

Immokalee

■ Eggstravaganza!: Make Easter baskets and bunny rabbits for children 2-10, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, march 28Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St., Immokalee. Registration required at www.colliergov.net/library. 239-657-28882

■ Immokalee Easter egg Hunt: Toy and candy-filled eggs, face painting and an Easter crafts. Hunt divided by age groups; 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Bring a basket for each child, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30, Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First St., Immokalee. $1. 239-657-4449

Marco Island

■ St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Easter activities: Family, Island-style outdoor service on the labyrinth and Easter egg hunt (bring beach chair), 9:15 a.m. worship service with Easter egg hunt afterward (10 to 10:30 a.m.) March 31, 1101 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 239-394-7242

■ Capri Christian Church Easter on Capri Easter activities: Kids Glow in the Dark Easter egg hunt, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 10 a.m. March 31 worship service (goody bags given to children afterward), 111 East Hill St., Isles of Capri. 239-642-6233

■ Movie in the Park: “Hop.” Popcorn, hot dogs, and drinks available for purchase, 7:41 p.m. March 29, Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. 239-642-0575

■ Spring Jubilee: Music, Easter crafts and games, photos with the Easter Bunny, and more. 10 a.m. to noon, March 30, Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Free. 239-642-0575

Naples

■ Easter Bunny photos: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays through March 30, Coastland Center mall, 1900 U.S. 41 N., Naples. There is a charge for photos. 239-262-2323

■ Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church Easter Eggstravaganza: Family breakfast with photos with Easter Bunny, crafts, the Easter story and an egg hunt (children birth through grade 5, with age 3 and younger accompanied by an adult), 8:30 (breakfast) to 10:30 a.m. March 23 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples. $4 person; $10 family (suggested donation), 239-597-5410 ext. 221 to register for March 23 breakfast

■ Easter Eggstravaganza: Candy filled eggs, visit and photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23Max Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. $2. 239-348-7500

■ Egg dying: Children 4 and older accompanied by a caregiver to dye eggs with natural coloring and take home a mini, decorative Easter basket. Snacks of sliced fruit and a juice box or water are available, 10 to 11 a.m. March 23, Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Free. 239-552-5100

■ Sampling of recipes featuring eggs: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23, Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Free. 239-552-5100

■ Egg toss: Register at customer service to be part of the toss outside the store, 1:30 p.m. March 23, Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Winner gets a $25 gift card and gift basket filled with goodies. Free. 239-552-5100

■ Christus Victor Lutheran Church egg hunt: Indoor Easter egg hunt and celebration, 9:30 a.m. March 24, 15600 U.S. 41 N., Naples. 239-597-1043

■ Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny: 6 p.m., Monday, March 25,Coastland Center mall, 1900 U.S. 41 N., Naples. There is a charge for photos. 239-262-2323

■ Spring egg hunt: Make a bunny container to use during the hunt, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 Vanderbilt Beach Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Registration required at www.colliergov.net/library. 239-597-8444

■ Zoo animals hunt for Easter eggs: Watch animals will rip into giant papier-mache eggs stuffed with their favorite treats, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29-31, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. $12.95, children 3-12; $18.95, senior 65 and older; $19.95, adults 13-64. 239-262-5409

■ North Naples Baptist Church Easter activities: Easter cantata and Easter egg hunt, 7 p.m. March 29 and March 30 (cantata); 10 a.m. worship service March 31 (Easter egg hunt afterward), 1811 Oakes Blvd., Naples. 239-597-2201

■ Easter egg hunt: 8 a.m. until all eggs are found March 30, Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Eggs have a special treat inside from candy to coupons. Free. 239-552-5100

■ Eagles Nest Worship Center Easter activites: Easter egg hunt, food, games, bounce house, 9 a.m. March 30, 6920 Immokalee Road, Naples. 239-593-0055

■ Egg Hunt: Face painting, manicures for kids, a craft and goody bag, 9 to 11 a.m. March 30, Waterside Shops, 5415 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $10, donation per child benefits the Community School in Naples. RSVP by March 23 to Julie@watersideshops.com or call 561-598-1605

■ Egg Hunt in the Smith Children’s Garden: Visit from Easter Bunny and egg hunts by age (9:30, 10, 10:30, and 11 a.m., mixed ages; 11:30 a.m. 4 and younger; and noon 5 and older) March 30, Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Free, members and children 3 and younger; $7.95, children 4-14; and $12.95, adults. 239-643-7275

■ Grace Lutheran Church hunt: Easter egg hunt and fun activities, 10 to 11 a.m. March 30, 860 Banyan Blvd., Naples. 239-261-7421

■ Easter Eggstravaganza: Complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment and craft for children, 1 to 4 p.m. March 30, Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. 239-261-6100

■ Flashlight Easter egg Hunt: Nighttime hunt for children up to age 12 with movie afterward, 6:30 to 10 p.m. March 30, Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate. Bring a flashlight and a basket. $2 per child in advance or $3 day of event. 239-252-4180

■ Life Christian Church egg hunt: Easter egg hunt, after 9:30 a.m. worship service March 31 (about 10:40 a.m.), Where: 4172 U.S. 41 N., Naples. 239-304-5483

■ Peace Lutheran Church Easter activites: Easter brunch and egg hunt, 10 a.m. March 31, 9850 Immokalee Road, Naples. 239-354-9140

■ Seagate Baptist Church hunt: Easter egg hunt March 31, after 10 a.m. worship service, 1010 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples. 239-261-0122

■ Cornerstone United Methodist Church Easter activities: Egg hunt and fun activities for children, after 10:15 a.m. worship service March 31 (11:30 a.m. to noon), 8200 Immokalee Road, Naples. 239-354-9160

■ Community Congregational Church Easter activities: Egg hunt, candy, photo with Easter Bunny, 11 a.m. March 31 at the church, 15300 U.S. 41 N., Naples. 239-597-1000

LEE COUNTY

Bonita Springs

■ Sweetbay Easter egg hunt: For children 5 years and under; and 6-12 years, 8:30 a.m. March 30, Sweetbay Supermarket, 8951 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Eggs contain tickets for prizes, including $25 Sweetbay gift card. 239-947-0329

■ 19th annual Royal Scoop Easter egg Hunt: Candy-filled eggs, games, ice cream eating contest, and food for sale, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30, Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream, 15 Eighth St., Bonita Springs. Free. 239-992-2000

■ Egg hunt at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church: After 10 a.m. worship service March 31 (about 11:30 a.m.), 9801 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-992-4343

■ First Presbyterian Church of Bonita: An Easter egg will be given to each child (six months to grade two), after 9 and 11 a.m. March 31 children’s worship services, 9751 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-992-3233 fpcbonita.org or neonkids.org

Estero

■ Calvary Chapel Gulf Coast’s Easter in the Park: Easter worship service, children’s activities and games, food, live music, 10 a.m. March 31, Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. Bring lawn chair or blanket for seating. 239- 348-2417

■ Egg hunt at Estero United Methodist Church: Easter egg hunt, bounces house, food, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23, 8088 Lord’s Way St., Estero (corner of and U.S. 41 and Broadway). 239-992-5516

■ Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Breakfast, games and photo opportunities, 9 to 10 a.m. March 30, Mirormar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Restaurant piazza, Estero. Register at MiromarOutlets.com. 239-948-3766

Easter Parade: 10 a.m. March 30, Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero.

Fort Myers

■ Community Easter egg hunt: Games and egg hunt, after 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, worship service, Oak River Church, 27701 Bonita Grande Drive, Fire Station # 4, Bonita Springs. oakriver.org

■ South Fort Myers Easter egg Hunt: Easter egg hunts by age for children 12 and younger, photos with the Easter Bunny; cookie and juice provided, 10 a.m. to noon March 23, Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road., Fort Myers. $5 per child. 239-432-2154

■ Egg hunt at Anchor Christian Church: Featuring special needs children and the Challenger baseball team, noon March 23 (after the baseball games), Three Oaks Park, 18251 Three Oaks Parkway, Fort Myers. 239-947-4047

■ Easter Family Fun: 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 and 24 and March 30 and 31 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through March 29, photo with the Easter Bunny, egg hunt for children 2-10 from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and March 30 and 31 and crafts for children, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and March 30 and 31, Bass Pro Shops, Gulf Town Center, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. Free. 239-461-7800

■ Annual Spring Egg Hunt: Children six and younger look for 4,000 eggs along with face painting, sidewalk chalk area, beanbag toss, pre-egg hunt warm up with Mr. Gary and photo opportunity with the Bunny, 10 a.m. activities and 11 a.m. hunt, March 24, Centennial Park, 2000 West First St., Fort Myers.

■ Easter egg Hunt: Children 12 and younger, 8 a.m., registration and 9 a.m. hunt, March 30, Fort Myers Beach Elementary School, 2751 Oak St., Fort Myers Beach. Bring a basket for the eggs. 239-454-7500

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