(March 29, 2013) Family events and activities are scheduled to take place in Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin and Snow Hill this weekend to celebrate the Easter holiday.
–The 14th annual Easter Art & Craft and Kids Fun Fair will begin at 10 a.m. today and Saturday at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street. The festivities will continue until 5 p.m. both days.
The Kids Fair will feature Easter egg hunts, carnival games, Cascading Carlos’ juggling lessons and demonstrations, Mr. Jim and his puppets, magic by John Donaldson and Balloonamania. Children can also guess the number of jellybeans in a jar and draw at one of the coloring tables.
“It’s fun for kids of any age, particularly the younger kids,” said event Organizer Mike Wicklein of Ocean Promotions.
For an additional charge, there will be activities such as sand art, figurine painting, hair wrapping, face painting and temporary tattoos. A moon bounce, obstacle course, swing, shark slide and rock climbing wall will also be available for children. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to take photos with attendees.
Approximately 90 vendors will offer merchandise for children and adults, including jewelry, paintings, candles, glassware, accessories and pet-related items, among others.
Admission costs $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens (60 and older), military, police and fire personnel (with ID) and students 4 and older. Children ages 3 and younger will be admitted free. Approximately 4,500 to 5,000 people attended the two-day show last year, Wicklein said. For more information and to view the entertainment schedule, call 410-213-8090 or visit www.oceanpromotions.
–At Northside Park on 125th Street, Peter Cotton Tail will greet children at the Easter Bunny Funshop on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $6 for Ocean City residents and $8 for non-residents.
Funshop activities for children ages 2-10 will include comedic skits by Paul Hadfield, carnival games, egg dyeing, face painting, arts and crafts and egg hunts. Refreshments will be available.
Approximately 200 children, along with their families, participate in the activities annually, according to Recreation Department Supervisor Lynda Brittingham.
“It’s a jam-packed two hours, but it’s a lot of fun for everybody,” she said.
Those who would like to attend are asked to register in advance. Register online at www.oceancitymd.gov stop by the Northside Park Recreation Com-
plex. For more information, call the recreation department at 410-250-0125.
–The Red Door Community Center at St. Paul’s By-The-Sea will present a free Easter egg hunt will in the sand at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Third Street and the beach. For more information, visit http://reddoors.org.
–The Spring Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at White Horse Park. There will be face painting, a moon bounce, pony rides, arts and crafts and egg hunts throughout the day. Wild Willy Woo Woo will wow the crowd with magic tricks. Vendors will also be on hand.
Easter bonnet and basket decorating contests will take place at 12:30 p.m. Typically, 500-600 guests participate in the Ocean Pines activity annually, according to Recreation Program Supervisor Debbie Donahue. There is no cost to get in. Refreshments will be provided by the Kiwanis Club.
“It’s just a fun atmosphere,” Donahue said. “It’s a big event for us.”
Easter candy donations are still being accepted at the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department located in the Community Center. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today (Friday). Smaller pieces of candy that can fit inside Easter eggs are preferred.
For more information, call the recreation department at 410-641-7052.
–The town’s 18th annual Spring Celebration will begin with a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Rayne’s Reef. Reservations can be made for the three seatings (8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) by calling 410-641-4775. The cost is $6 for children and $8 for adults.
Pony rides, face painting, amusement rides, arts and crafts and vendors will be available throughout the day.
Easter egg hunts for children ages 2-10 will take place beginning at 11 a.m. at the Stephen Decatur Park.
Register at the Chamber tent from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the inaugural egg drop contest, which will start at 1 p.m. For a list of rules, visit www.berlinchamber.org (Spring Celebration event page).
The grand finale Easter bonnet and Mad Hatter parade is set to begin at 3 p.m. Participants should design their hats in advance. Registration costs $2 for children, $3 for adults and can be done on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the chamber tent. Prizes will be awarded for Overall Mad Hatter, Best Bonnet, “Berlin Green” (made out of recycled material) Bonnet and top adult hat.
Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people attend the Spring Celebration annually, depending on the weather, according to Aaren Collins, Berlin Chamber executive director.
“We start with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and we have events all day,” she said.
For more information, call 410-641-4775 or visit www.berlinchamber.org.
–The Burbage Funeral Home, at 208 W. Federal St., will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. on Saturday. It is co-sponsored by the Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Prizes and treats will be provided. For more information, call 410-632-9991. The event is free and for children ages 8 and younger. It will take place rain or shine.
–The Pocomoke City Police Department’s 11th annual Easter egg hunt is on tap for Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. at Cypress Park. The activity is for children ages 12 and younger. Refreshments will be available. Prizes and gifts will be given away.
For more information, call 410-957-1600.