(April 3, 2015) There are plenty of Easter activities for the whole family to enjoy this weekend in Ocean City and the surrounding areas from an abundance of Easter egg hunts to sunrise services.
Here are a few of the events taking place:
•Celebrate Good Friday with a Cross Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk today, April 3, at noon.
Participants will meet at the Son’Spot on Worcester Street and walk along the Boardwalk to Fourth Street. They will carry a cross, sing songs and hymns and stop periodically for brief prayers.
The Ocean City Christian Ministers Association hosts the Cross Walk and it will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 410-289-6573.
•Ocean City’s 16th annual Easter Art, Craft and Kids Fun Fair returns today and tomorrow, April 3-4, with more than 15 Easter egg hunts, musical chairs, hula hoop contests and other activities at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street.
The events begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days with Beanie the Easter Bunny kicking off the festivities each morning. There will be jelly bean guessing contests, coloring tables, egg spoon races, fastest dresser relays, limbo contests and appearances by Sponge Bob.
On both days, John Donaldson will perform Magic n’ Fun at noon, followed by a 2 p.m. juggling act from Cascading Carlos, who will also be on hand to teach juggling lessons. For adults, more than 80 vendors will be featured in the art and craft show, in addition to door prizes including round trip airfare to Cancun.
Admission costs $4 for adults and $3 for students age 4 and up and includes most activities. Children under age 3, and members of the military, police or fire department are free with an ID. Seniors (60 and older) pay $3.
There will also be pay-as-you-go activities, including sand art, face painting, hair wraps, temporary tattoos, figurine paining, make-your-own crafts, moon bounces, an obstacle course, a rock climbing wall and a shark slide. Visit www.oceanpromotions.info/easter.php for a full list of events and times, and participating vendors.
•Peter Cotton Tail will make his traditional visit to Northside Park Saturday, April 4, during Ocean City Recreation and Park’s annual Easter Bunny Fun Shop from 1-3 p.m. to hide eggs and entertain children.
The event on 125th Street is for children ages 2-10 with an egg hunt, arts and crafts, face painting, temporary tattoos, nearly a dozen carnival games and the chance to dye Easter eggs.
In addition, refreshments, entertainment by Michael Rosman and visits from the Easter Bunny will round out the festivities.
Ocean City residents pay $6 and non-residents $8 per child to enter the Fun Shop. Everyone must pre-register and space is limited to the first 225 people. Register in person at the Northside Park Recreation Complex on 125th Street. Registration by phone will not be accepted.
For more information, call Ocean City Recreation and Parks at 410-520-5180.
•The Ocean City Christian Ministers Association will host a community Easter Sunrise Worship on Sunday, April 5 from 6-7 a.m. on the Boardwalk at North Division Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Ministers and musicians from several Ocean City churches will participate in the service that combines preaching and singing. Bleachers and chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket.
If it rains, the sunrise service will take place in the Atlantic United Methodist Church on the corner of Fourth Street and Baltimore Ave. Call 410-289-6573 for more information.
The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual Easter and Spring Celebration Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in White Horse Park, 235 Ocean Parkway.
Admission to the event is free with numerous activities for children including egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, arts and crafts and pony rides.
The egg hunts are for children up to age 9 and there are designated times for each age group.
The egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. will be for little ones age 2 and under; 12 p.m. is for youngsters ages 3-4; 1 p.m. will be for ages 5-6; and 1:30 p.m. is for children ages 7-9.
An Easter bonnet parade and contest open to children 10 and younger will begin at 12:30 p.m.
In addition, entertainment by magician Wild Willy Woo Woo and refreshments will be available.
Easter candy donations are needed and can be dropped off at the Ocean Pines Community Center.
For more information or to volunteer at the Easter and Spring Celebration, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.
Berlin will host its 20th annual Spring Celebration Saturday on Main Street with an Alice in Wonderland theme from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The town will be decorated in papier-mâché flowers complete with a white rabbit instead of the Easter Bunny, Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat. Guests who dress in costume will receive a free gift at the Visitor’s Center.
The day will begin with a pancake breakfast at Rayne’s Reef restaurant featuring the white rabbit. There are 8, 9 or 10 a.m. seating’s available. A reservation and can be made by calling 410-641-4775.
At 11 a.m., an Easter egg hunt will take place on the lawn at 13 South Main Street and games will be set up outside of boutique shops.
Costumed characters will parade down Main Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a cupcake-eating contest will be held at Cupcakes in Bloom on 120 North Main Street at 1 p.m.
Lawn games will take place at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum and Mayor Gee Williams will pass out quarters along Main Street from 2-3 p.m.
The event concludes with the “Crazy, Enchanted, Magical Hat Parade” from 3-4 p.m.
The town will hand out trophies for best hat, best costume and “Cupcake Champion” in front of the Atlantic Hotel at 4 p.m.
For more information on the Spring Celebration, call the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-4775 or visit www.berlinchamber.org/ events/spring-celebration/.
The Burbage Funeral Home at 208 W. Federal St. in Snow Hill will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4. Children ages 2-8 are welcome to participate in the bring-your-own basket or bag event. For more information, call 410-632-9991.
•The Pocomoke Police Department will host its 13th annual Easter egg hunt for children ages 2-10 on Saturday at noon in Cypress Park on Front Street. Children should bring their own basket or bag and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the police department at 410-957-1600.
•Salem United Methodist Church will have an Ecumenical Easter sunrise service on the Pocomoke River Sunday, April 5, starting at 6:15 a.m. on the dock directly behind the church. Pastor Sally Dolch will speak and Salem Brass will provide special music during the service. Breakfast will be served at the church following the service. Attendees should bring their own lawn chair and dress warmly.
Call 410-957-0991 for more information.