While Easter Sunday is often a time to reflect on the religious implications of the holiday, it can also be a time for the family to spend quality time together over a long weekend. Minnesota embraces this time to celebrate spring, comfort food, and chocolate bunnies. Easter egg hunts are always a fun way to get outside and an even better way to get the kids running around and letting off some pent-up energy. Other events include parties, celebrations and hanging out with the Easter bunny after his long weekend of delivering baskets.

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Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Lake Superior Zoo
7210 Fremont St.
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 730-4500
www.lszooduluth.org

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Head out to the Zoo for a fantastic day of Easter egg hunting, games and education. Each year, the Lake Superior Zoo hosts a fun party for families to enjoy the animals and spend time having fun. The party is free for zoo members and includes games, prizes, face-painting and a coloring contest. Hunt for Easter eggs and win a zoo membership for the family. The Easter bunny himself always shows up along with the Lake Superior Clowns to celebrate with zoo visitors. Make some new friends and visit your favorite animal exhibits while you’re there.

Easter Egg Hunt
Erickson’s Petting Zoo
11890 Hope Road
Osakis, MN 56360
(320) 762-0184
www.ericksonspettingzoo.com

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Baby animals on a spring day paired with an Easter egg hunt? Sounds like the perfect way to spend the holiday weekend with the family. Baskets are provided for the egg hunt event and all ages are invited to search for plastic colored eggs around the farm. Visit the miniature horses, baby goats, potbelly pigs and many other animals that live in the petting zoo after you look for eggs. Games and other activities will be available to give kids the chance to win prizes and spend more time outdoors. There will also be a bouncy house and playground available for even more active options.

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Egg Hunt On The Farm
Scanlan’s Red Barn Learning Farm
27251 Minnesota 30
Hayfield, MN 55940
(507) 365-8321
www.redbarnlearningfarm.com

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Head down to a family-owned and operated farm in Southwestern Minnesota for a fun egg hunt and educational experience. The 3rd annual egg hunt at the Scanlan Farm will take place this spring among acres of farmland and fun. Play in the silo or take a hay ride through the pastures after the kids hunt for eggs and learn about farm living. The Red Barn Learning Farm focuses on teaching kids about agriculture and fresh food sources. After you visit the barnyard animals, take some time to run around and just enjoy being outdoors.

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Victorian Easter Egg Roll
The Landing
2187 Highway 101 E.
Shakopee, MN 55379
(763) 694-7784
www.threeriversparks.org

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 from Noon to 3 p.m.

The Landing in Shakopee, Minnesota is the site of 88-acres of history. This unique attraction demonstrates what life was like in the Minnesota River Valley during the 19th century. Here you will find a “living history” museum complete with volunteers and staff that dress and act as if they were in the 1800’s. Learn about history and how Easter was celebrated during this time. Decorate eggs, play with old-fashioned toys and learn how to make your own Easter basket. Join other visitors on an Easter egg hunt and get taken back in time for an afternoon.

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(credit: Coco Mault)

St. Paul Easter Egg Hunt
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 297-2555
www.mnhs.org

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Visit the famous James J. Hill house and experience an Easter Egg hunt on the front lawn. Each year, the James J. Hill House hosts an egg hunt and outdoor Easter event. Hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society, the event gives locals a chance to have some fun, win prizes and hear stories about the Hill children from the late 1800’s who had their own Easter egg hunts each year in and around the mansion. Bring your own basket and prepare to have fun.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.

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