Below are a few of the Easter events going on in Mobile County over the next few days.
At Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is Saturday, March 28 on the Great Lawn. Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets.
There will be three Easter Egg Hunts. The one for ages 4 to 6 begins at 10 a.m., the egg hunt for ages 7 to 11 starts at 10:15 a.m. and the continuous egg hunt for ages 3 and younger will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Parents and children are asked to bring their own baskets or bags and to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the egg hunt to allow time to walk from the entrance to the Great Lawn.
The Easter Egg Hunt is open to the public. There is no admission charge for members of the Friends of Bellingrath. Regular Gardens admission of $12.50 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12 will be charged for others. Children ages 4 and younger are always admitted free. Those attending can avoid the lines by purchasing tickets to the Easter Egg Hunt in advance at www.bellingrath.org.
After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos on the brick patio by the Great Lawn, and education students from the University of South Alabama will hold arts and crafts projects for children from 9 a.m. until noon at Live Oak Plaza, where special Easter snacks will also be available for purchase.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Bellingrath will be in Magnolia Café, which will serve pancakes, sausage patties, fruit and beverages, from 8 to 9 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will visit guests at their tables and pose for photos throughout the breakfast. The breakfast is a popular event and seating is limited, so be sure to make reservations early! The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. To reserve a spot, call 251-973-2217, or make reservations online at www.bellingrath.org.
Bellingrath will also host Easter Sunrise Service on April 5, 6:30 a.m.. The service, which is open to everyone in the community, will be held on Live Oak Plaza between Bellingrath Home and the Boehm Gallery. Rev. Douglas C. Pennington, District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church Southeastern Jurisdiction, will bring the Easter message. During the service, an offering will be collected to benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network--the Family Promise Ministry.
Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 a.m. 'til 8 a.m.; a limited number of chairs will be set up so guests are encouraged to bring their own. If there's inclement weather, the service will be held in Magnolia Cafe. A continental breakfast will be available in the Cafe from 7:30 through 8:30 a.m.
Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop will celebrate Easter with 3-6 year olds on Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. Children will hear Easter books read, make Easter baskets and enjoy an egg hunt in the Library. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and take a picture with special guest, Peter Rabbit. Note: Groups must register in advance. For more information or to register, call 675-2879.
Breakfast and Pictures with the Easter Bunny. sponsored by Creola Community Development Organization and Creola Assembly of God Church, will be Saturday, April 4, 9-11 a.m. at the church, 9580 Old Highway 43. Additional sponsors are McDonald's in Satsuma and Platt's Grocery Store. The breakfast will include pancakes and juice, and an Easter egg hunt is scheduled after the meal. There's no charge, but donations will be accepted. RSVP at 751-4907 or 599-0467.
There will be a Dino Egg Hunt at the Exploreum, Saturday, March 21. Doors open at 9 a.m. The egg hunt is 10-10:15 a.m.; activities are 10 a.m. until noon. General admission is $5 for children and $7 for adults or $10 combo for IMAX and exhibits. Exploreum members get in to the hunt FREE (excludes IMAX) The event includes a 10,000 Easter Egg Hunt with 10 Golden Eggs with prizes, photos with the Easter Bunny, family-friendly activities and games, IMAX, exhibits and more!
City of Mobile District 3 is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28, 4-6 p.m. at Maryvale Elementary School, 1901 North Maryvale Street in Mobile.
New Hope United Methodist Church, 5343 Fowl River Road in Theodore, Alabama, will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. Children ages birth to 11 are invited to attend.
At Dauphin Island, the town is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt and other activities at Green Park on Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras, just in case the Easter Bunny drops by.
A Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Cadillac Square, Dauphin Island, Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.
And on Sunday, April 5, at 6:30 a.m., Historic Fort Gaines on the east end of the Island, will host Easter Sunrise Service. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting during the service.