Do the Bunny Hop

Spring will get bunny-hopping this weekend as basket-bearing egg hunters take to the grounds at local Easter events.

Visits with the Easter Bunny are just part of the offerings in Garner, as the town’s Spring Eggstravaganza kicks off on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m.

The free event will be held at Lake Benson Park, and offers a live concert by entertainer Billy Jonas, nature activities, games and inflatables, crafts and concessions.

Bring your camera for pictures with the big Bunny himself, and encourage the kids as they hunt for eggs beginning at noon in the age categories of 2 & under; 3-5 years; 6-8 years; and 9-12 years.  

Lake Benson Park is located at 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner.

Also, on Sunday, March 24, Garner United Methodist Church invites the public to its Easter celebration and egg hunt, from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Kids from toddlers to fifth-graders can take part in games, crafts and egg hunts, and will have the opportunity to put together an Easter basket for children at the Ronald McDonald House. 

Neighboring towns

In nearby Clayton, Easter activities for children ages 5 and younger are set for Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m., at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road. The Easter Bunny will arrive via fire truck, and more than 10,000 eggs will be hidden.

And in Fuquay-Varina, The Garden Hut will host an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. for ages 6 and younger, and at noon for ages 7 to 10 years. Bring your baskets and cameras; bonnets optional!

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Do the Bunny Hop!

Grab your camera and head to the hop this Saturday — the bunny hop, that is!

Garner will hold its annual Spring Eggstravaganza fest on March 31 at Lake Benson Park, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Easter Bunny will hop on over for photos, of course, and the day of family-friendly fun includes nature activities, games, bouncy inflatables, arts and crafts, food vendors and live music.

Then, promptly at noon, it’s the big Egg Hunt!

Divided by age groups for the safety of little ones, separate hunts will be held for ages 2 and younger; ages 3 to 5; ages 6 to 8; and ages 9 to 12.

Spring Eggstravaganza will also include fun performances on the didgeridoo, played by Australian singer, storyteller and educator Seona McDowell, a member of the North Carolina Arts Council Touring Artist Directory for 2012.

McDowell has performed worldwide, and toured for three years with The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration across America.

Renowned musician Seona McDowell will play the didgeridoo at Spring Eggstravaganza.

Here’s the full Spring Eggstravaganza schedule for your family’s planning purposes:

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Photos with the Easter Bunny, bouncing on inflatables, carnival games, crafts, kite flying, roving magician, touch-a-truck, face painting and balloon twisting

10 a.m. – Seona McDowell performs

10:40 a.m. – Magic show

11:15 a.m. – Seona McDowell performs

Noon: Easter egg hunt!

Lake Benson Park is located at 921 Buffaloe Road in Garner.

For more information on the Spring Eggstravaganza, visit or call the Garner Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department at (919) 773-4442.

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