The Easter Bunny will be busy this weekend and next as he makes stops at a number of family-friendly community events taking place around West Orange County. Mark your calendar for one or more of them and get ready for some Easter fun.
“THE WAY OF THE CROSS”
7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 19, at Quest Church, 1450 Citrus Oaks Ave., Gotha. Experience a dramatic retelling of the story of the crucifixion as seen through the eyes of The Centurion, Simon of Cyrene, Mary Magdalene and Pontius Pilate and his wife, Claudia Procula. Seating is limited; admission is free.
HAMLIN EASTER FEST
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas Hamlin, 14111 Shoreside Way, Winter Garden. Meet the Easter Bunny and post for photos, hunt for Easter eggs, color, play games and participate in other fun activities at this free family event. Egg hunts will be broken into age groups: 10:30 for ages 3 and younger, 11:30 for ages 4 to 6 and 12:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 10. Parents must preregister at //bit.ly/HamlinEasterFest. Live music presented by Abby Baird on ukulele. Food trucks will be set up to sell meals, snacks, mimosas and non-alcoholic drinks.
TOWN OF OAKLAND
5TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION AMONG THE OAKS
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Oakland Meeting Hall, 221 N. Arrington St. Meet the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to noon and 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., participate in the egg hunt from noon to 12:30 p.m., and enjoy bounce houses, a petting zoo and pony rides, face painting, $1 train rides, food trucks, music and more. (407) 656-1117.
CITY OF OCOEE
ANNUAL EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
10 a.m. to noon (with the egg hunt at 10:30) Saturday, April 20, at the Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. The egg hunt is open to children ages 12 and younger. Children should bring a basket or sack to scoop up the thousands of candy- and prize-filled eggs. Admission is free. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos and there will be prizes, inflatables and face painting. Snacks will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to take non-perishable food items to be donated to the West Orange Christian Service Center.
An Easter Coloring Contest, sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, is being held for children ages 12 and younger. Coloring sheets can be picked up at the Jim Beech Recreation Center or downloaded at ocoee.org/185/Special-Events. The deadline to submit coloring sheets is 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Prizes will be given to the top three finalists in each age group. (407) 905-3180 or visit ocoee.org.
STARKE LAKE BAPTIST
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at Starke Lake Baptist Church, 611 West Ave., Ocoee. Children ages 2 through sixth grade can enjoy an egg hunt with a golden egg prize, plus bounce houses and pizza. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (407) 656-2351.
LAKE CANE RESTORATION SOCIETY
SUNRISE SERVICE, SWIM AND PANCAKES
7:13 a.m. Sunday, April 21, at the home of Dr. Lucky and Jacquie Meisenheimer, 6645 Lake Cane Drive, Orlando. The Lake Cane Restoration Society, the group that oversees Lucky’s Lake Swim, is hosting a sunrise service, swim and pancake breakfast, with donations being collected to benefit the Edgewood Children's Ranch. The Rev. Tom Welch, a regular lake swimmer and religion instructor at Valencia College, will lead the service. Luckyslakeswim.com.
ST. LUKE’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
3RD ANNUAL EASTER FEST
3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. This free festival kicks off Holy Week at St. Luke’s, and families can take photos with the Easter Bunny and enjoy inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, an Easter egg carnival, crafts for all ages, and a sensory-friendly area for children with special needs. (407) 876-4991, Ext. 216.
CHURCH AT THE CROSS
EASTER EGG HUNT UNDER THE LIGHTS
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, on the football field of Central Florida Christian Academy, 700 Good Homes Road, Orlando. More than 10,000 eggs will be scattered and hidden for children to gather during the egg hunt. The evening will include games, prizes and food. Admission is free. Catcorlando.com/easter.
SPRING FASHION SHOW AND “EGGS”TRAVAGANZA
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at The Grove, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive, Windermere. The afternoon will include fashions and fun, starting with models of all ages walking the catwalk with spring clothing, jewelry and hairstyles by local businesses. Afterward, guests can enjoy games, music, egg hunts with prizes such as gift cards from participating retailers, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
TOWN OF WINDERMERE
10 a.m. to noon, starting with a parade from Pocket Park to Town Hall, 520 Main St. The Windermere Police Department sponsors the annual event, which includes the mayor and town manager. In the Easter egg hunt, every egg will have a toy, candy or special prize. Prizes awarded include special baskets and bicycles. There will be refreshments, and the Easter Bunny will be there for photos.
EASTER EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Sonata West pavilion, 420 Roper Road, Winter Garden. This fun family event will include a disc jockey, food and refreshments, door prizes, a bounce house, face painting and more. The event is free. Sonatawest.com.
WEST ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL
EGGS AT THE ZOO!
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the FFA Ag Yard at West Orange High School, 1625 S. Beulah Road, Winter Garden. The WOHS FFA is hosting the event, which features an egg hunt and petty zoo. The cost is $3 for entry with the petting zoo and $2 for the egg hunt and tractor ride. (407) 905-2400.
WINTER GARDEN LIONS CLUB
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Newton Park, 31 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. The Winter Garden Lions Club has been hosting this annual egg hunt for more than 60 years. Easter baskets will be awarded to the golden-egg winners, and a separate basket will be raffled off to event guests. Winter Garden’s police and fire departments will be there to greet children, and several Winter Garden churches will offer various activities and food.