With Easter just over a week away, many towns are holding Easter egg hunts this weekend. These are a great time for kids. What better way to celebrate the return of spring than by tromping through the daffodils and freshly sprouted grass, searching for colorful eggs?
▪ There are Easter Egg hunts in at least Raleigh, Pittsboro, Apex, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale and Garner on Saturday. Details on a whole bunch of them are compiled at CarolinaParent.com. Other spots start their Easter celebrations early as well, with the Easter Bunny visiting Northgate Mall in Durham starting Friday through April 4. The bunny is available for photos, though prices and packages vary. Visit northgatemall.com for times.
▪ The JC Raulston Arboretum holds its own creative take on an Easter egg hunt Monday through Easter Sunday, with wooden eggs hidden throughout the garden. On each egg is a letter; find the eggs, unscramble the letters and claim a prize. This free hunt runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m -2 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Easter Sunday. Visit jcra.ncsu.edu or call 919-513-7011.
▪ Nature for Sprouts, a series of programs aimed at children 3 to 6, celebrates birding Friday at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Explore the grounds – and maybe even get your hands dirty – as you and your little ones learn about birds, worms, flowers, pollinators and other essential seasonal participants. This 10:30 a.m. program lasts an hour and costs $8, while garden members and Duke staff and students pay $7. Visit gardens.duke.edu.
▪ N.C. State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine holds its annual open house Saturday. Visit labs and classrooms, learn more about advances in veterinary medicine, and speak with faculty, staff and students. For kids with an interest in veterinary careers – or even just a love of animals – this open house sounds like a natural choice. This free event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit cvm.ncsu.edu/news/openhouse for full details.
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