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Best Minnesota Easter Events For Kids 2013

March 29, 2013 7:00 AM

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Not only is Easter a great time to spend with the family, but it may also be one of the holidays most fun for children. Minnesota hosts a number of kid-friendly Easter events from fun walks to festivals, and of course Easter egg hunts. This spring, load up the family and check out one of Minnesota’s best Easter events for kids.

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(credit: Davlinswoods)

Spring Celebration
The Woods
15825 95th Ave. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 416-9663
www.davlinwoods.com

Date: March 30

The Woods stores are well known in Minnesota for unique gifts that are handmade and natural, including jewelry boxes from exotic woods, figurines and home accessories. The stores also hosts special in-store events during the holidays with the Easter Bunny expected to appear at the Maple Grove store location. The Spring Celebration will also feature live animals from Hemker’s Wildlife Farm from noon to 2 p.m., as well as free drawings. Visitors are reminded to bring their own cameras.

Easter Festival
Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN 55612
(800) 360-7666
www.eagleridgeatlutsen.com

Date: March 31

Eagle Ridge Resort hosts an Easter Festival suitable for all ages. The festival begins with a gondola ride to an Easter service at the top of Moose Mountain. Afterwards, families can choose to take advantage of the opportunity to spring ski or at 9 a.m., attend the Giant Easter Egg Hunt which takes place on all four mountains. Eggs in this hunt are filled with candy and Lutsen prizes. A lift ticket is required to participate in the Easter Festival.

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(credit: MNZoo)

Farm Babies
Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 431-9200
www.mnzoo.org

Date: March 29 to April 30

Animal lovers can also visit the Minnesota Zoo for some cuddle time with farm babies from March 29 and March 30, 2013. The Wells Fargo Family Farm has everything one would find on a typical Minnesota farm including farm buildings, an orchard and demonstration plots of crops, allowing families to learn about life on a farm. On March 29 and 30, the farm will host hands-on activities for the kids as well as baby chicks, lambs and bunnies. Peter Rabbit will visit March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and face painting along with other craft activities on March 29 and March 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tractor rides from the Grain Elevator to the Farm are available from Friday to Sunday.

Related: Best Spring Art Festivals in the Twin Cities

3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Glacial Lakes State Park
Starbuck, MN 56381
(320) 239-2860
www.glaciallakesstateparkfriends.com

Date: March 30

There will be no shortage of Easter egg hunts but one that may be a bit different than others can be found at Glacial Lakes State Park. This egg hunt is specifically geared to elementary-aged children who are divided into three different age groups from preschool to 6th grade. Each group hunts for eggs in a different area of the park. There are also a number of games, face painting, free treats and hot cocoa and a campfire. A Park Naturalist Animal Program will follow after the Easter Egg Hunt. Participants are encouraged to arrive early if a park permit is needed as the start time is 2 p.m. sharp. Instruction sheets are available at the contact station.

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(credit: ThinkStock)

Easter Bunny Brunch
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
(612) 626-3951
www.umnarboretum.catertax.com

Date: March 31

Easter brunch is also a long-standing Easter tradition in Minnesota and the Arboretum provides a kid friendly brunch of fresh fruit, egg delights, desserts and salads. The Easter Bunny will also visit the Arboretum during brunch and then afterwards, families may want to take a walk through the gardens to enjoy the beginning of spring.

Related: Best Family Friendly Easter Brunches in the Twin Cities

Christina Majaski is a full-time legal assistant and freelance writer for online and print publications. She has an obsession for all things related to social media and invites you to follow along with her on Twitter @cmajaski. She currently resides with her daughter in central Minnesota. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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