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Easter weekend is here and it is time to take the little ones out for an Easter egg hunt and to meet the Easter Bunny. There are a number of events taking place over the next two days, but the five below are the very best and should not be missed.

Easter Egg Scramble with Rosco the Clown
Environmental Discovery Center of Indian Springs Metropark
5200 Indian Trail
White Lake Township, MI 48386
(248) 625-7280
www.metroparks.comDate: March 30

One of the highlights of the year at Indian Springs Metropark is the Easter Egg Scramble with Roscoe the Clown. Roscoe has been delighting children for years and this Easter will be no exception. There will be an Easter egg hunt, face painting, spring crafts and much more for the little ones to enjoy. Events are held at the Environmental Discovery Center, which itself is a great place to take the kids, and with the addition of Roscoe and Easter eggs, the fun will only grown. Registration is required so call in advance to make sure there will be room for you and the young ones.

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Easter Egg Scramble
Wave Pool Complex at Lake Erie Metropark
32481 W. Jefferson Ave.
Brownstown Charter Township, MI 48173
(734) 379-5020

Date: March 30

In the Downriver area, there will be hayrides on the bunny trail, an egg hunt and “egg-citing” crafts for children when Lake Erie Metropark hosts its version of the Easter Egg Scramble at the wave pool complex. Lake Erie Metropark is home of the Marshland Museum and at Easter time, the Easter Muskrat will be on hand to delight the children. There will be an egg hunt in the children’s play area and fun for all. Call in advance to make reservations at the very popular event.

The Great Egg Hunt
Maple Beach at Kensington Metropark
2240 W. Buno Road
Milford Township, MI 48380
(810) 227-8910

Kids will have the chance to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at Maple Beach when Kensington Metropark hosts The Great Egg Hunt. Along with the bunny and the egg hunt, there will be the chance for mom, dad and the kids to have some fun at the Farmer John and The Barnyard Express animal show. This fun-filled show will take place at two times, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The highlight of the day, the Easter Egg Hunt, will take place promptly at 11 a.m., between shows of the Barnyard Express. There is a $5 fee per child which can be paid on the day of the event.

22nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest
Civic Center Park
1827 N. Squirrel Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 370-9353

Date: March 30

For over two decades, the Egg Hunt and Bonnet Contest has been delighting parents and children alike in Auburn Hills. At noon, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt with separate areas for children based on their age. Then at 12:15 p.m., the bonnet contest will begin with categories including best Auburn Hills spirit, most creative, prettiest and most patriotic. Adults will not be left out of the contest with a separate category for the grownups, which will be judged by the Easter Bunny. More fun will follow with an egg toss ($2) to be held on the lawn of the Auburn Hills Community Center. There will also be the chance for children to meet and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny ($5). Admission is $2 per child which will be paid when parking at the event.

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Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-5717

Date: March 30

If you were going to find the Easter Bunny any place, it would be at the Detroit Zoo. You will not be disappointed when this wonderful institution presents Bunnyville at the Detroit Zoo. Taking place with the help of Meijer Stores, this is the 22nd Annual Bunnyville celebration which will feature an egg hunt and live entertainment along with games, treats and a chance to find out about the wonderful animals at the zoo when zookeepers talk about the creatures they care for. There will be a golden egg hunt, with prizes, the Jelly Bean Jamboree and Funny Bunny Games, along with crafts and a chance for children to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. There will also be a Whisker Painting station, sponsored by WOW!internet, cable and phone, where little ones can get their official bunny whiskers. At noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., there will be a production of the Bunny Follies at the pavilion at the zoo. For those who step up and bring a non-perishable food donation, they will receive the discounted admission price of $8. All food donations will be presented to the Gleaners Community Food Bank to help those in need.

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