Easter & Spring Events in Northeast Ohio

Easter & Spring Events in Northeast Ohio

Things to do with kids in Ohio

The following festive events prove that spring has sprung in the greater Cleveland/Akron area, even though the weather might not cooperate for some time. Check the list below for Easter events and spring-themed activities happening all month long.

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Easter Bunny Express. Hop on the Easter Bunny Express train to Candyland, meet the Mad Hatter or Mother Goose for a magical experience, and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Noon-5 p.m. Ohio Station Outlets, 9911 Avon Lake Road, Burbank, ohiostationoutlets.com

MARCH 1 THROUGH JUNE 1

Spring Native Wildflower Challenge. Enjoy this challenge as a means to get you outside and enjoy the unfolding of nature in Medina County Parks as you search for common native spring wildflowers. When you have completed your checklist, turn it in to Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center, medinacountyparks.com

MARCH 3

Holi: The Festival of Colors. Welcome the coming of spring this year with a rainbow of colors and explore this Hindu Spring festival of love, family and forgiveness through storytelling, music and art. 11-11:45 a.m. Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, 440-352-3383, morleylibrary.org

Salamander and Frog Fest. Festival celebrating the return of amazing amphibians and spring. Children up to fourth grade and even adults can find out about these slimy friends and take part in games and crafts. 1-3 p.m. Twinsburg Community Center, 10260 Ravenna Road, 330-963-8722, mytwinsburg.com

Easter Bunny Arrival. Special guests, giveaways and more will help welcome the Easter Bunny. Photos will be available 3/3-31. 10-10:30 a.m. SouthPark Center, 500 SouthPark Center, Strongsville, shoppingsouthparkmall.com

MARCH 7 & 14

Spring Volunteer Open House. Whether you have a passion for plants or people, come to one or both Spring Volunteer Open Houses to learn how you can make a difference as a Holden Forests & Gardens volunteer. 3/7, 4-6:30 p.m. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org. 3/14, 3-6:30 p.m. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org

MARCH 11

Soothing Bunny Sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital. A soothing, non-threatening, sensory environment for those who need a little peace and quiet to visit with the bunny. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Belden Village Mall, 4220 Belden Village St. NW, Canton, shoppingbeldenvillagemall.com

MARCH 17

Breakfast with the Bunny. Enjoy a breakfast buffet, crafts, activities, visits with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt with prizes. Bring your own camera for pictures with the bunny and a basket to collect eggs. 9:30-11 a.m. Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org

MARCH 18

Hinckley Buzzard Sunday. See buzzards come home to roost in the rock cliffs and ledges in Hinckley. The event includes an early bird hike; skits, songs and stories performed in tents or in fields; displays; crafts; photos; contests; and additional hikes. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Hinckley Reservation near Hinckley Lake, off Bellus and State Roads, ohiotraveler.com/hinckley-buzzard-sunday

MARCH 23-25 & 30-31

Eggstravaganza. Learn about eggs, bunnies and all things spring. This educational program includes a small, kid-friendly egg hunt with allergy conscious take-homes. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, lensc.org

Wet and Wild Easter Egg Hunt. Children and their families can swim with eggs in the pool from 6-7 p.m. and then enjoy crafts and surprises on land from 7-8 p.m. Cost is free for Y members and $5 per child for community participants. West End YMCA, 37100 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, lakecountyymca.org.

MARCH 24

Hop Into Spring Family Event. Welcome Spring and the Easter Bunny with crafts, games, activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn, shopsummitmall.com

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. After breakfast, take a photo with Bunny in his arbor in the theater. Visit the Plant Science Center to make a craft and visit lambs in the Well Bred Shed. 9-10 a.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

Peep, Peep, Peep. Spring amphibians are calling. Let’s head out in search of spring frogs and salamanders. 6:30-8:30 p.m. South Chagrin Reservation, Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Road, Bentleyville, clevelandmetroparks.com

Breakfast with the Bunny. Have a “hopping” good time at this annual breakfast with the bunny. Enjoy games and crafts, a light breakfast and photo opportunity with the bunny. 11 a.m.-noon. White Birch Barn, 7180 W. Smith Road, Medina, medinacpta.org

Egg Hunt: Nature Style. Celebrate spring by following clues in and outdoors to hidden eggs and fun facts. Find all of the eggs on the hunt and be rewarded. 1:30-4 p.m. The West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

MARCH 25

Early Wildflowers Hike. Search high and low for early spring wildflowers. 2-3:30 p.m. French Creek Reservation, 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, metroparks.cc

MARCH 26

Spring Nature Day Camp. Kids ages 7 to 10 will enjoy this early spring adventure with fun, hands-on experiences by exploring the park, doing a craft and learning about nature in spring for only $10. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, summitmetroparks.org

MARCH 27

Schoolhouse Science Club: Spring Science. Everything starts to come back to life in the springtime: flowers, showers, animals and birds. Come and learn more about the science of spring. 4-5 p.m. Children’s Schoolhouse Nature Park, 9045 Baldwin Road, Kirtland Hills, lakemetroparks.com

Grandparents in the Park: Spring Break. Grandparents and their grandchildren are invited out for a day of fun indoor and outdoor nature activities for all ages. Please bring a snack to share. 10-11:30 a.m. Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Twp., geaugaparkdistrict.org

MARCH 29

Windham Peeps and Pretzels. What do marshmallow peeps and pretzels have in common? Find out as you’ll make a delicious Easter treat. 2-3 p.m. Windham Library, 9005 Wilverne Drive, 330-326-3145, portagecounty.lib.oh.us

MARCH 30-31

Eggsperiment. Guests of all ages will discover if it’s possible to stand on a carton of eggs without cracking any, test their balance on an egg race obstacle course, explore the science behind sound, and build a contraption to protect their egg from a 62-foot fall in the Humpty Dumpty Plunge. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, greatscience.com

MARCH 31

Easter Egg Hunt at the Railroad Museum. The Painesville Railroad Museum, along with the Lake County Juvenile Diabetes Walk Family, will be hosting this first Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast. 8 a.m.-noon. 475 Railroad St., Painesville, lcjdwf.org

Spring Fling. Enjoy a brunch on the farm followed by egg hunting for the children. Then stay for Spring Fling at noon. Shearing also begins at noon. 10 a.m. The Spicy Lamb Farm, 6560 Akron-Peninsula Road, Peninsula, thespicylamb.com

Aquatic Easter Egg Hunt. There will be floating eggs and sinking eggs for the hunters to find. One “magic” egg per age group will earn the hunter a special prize. 1-4:30 p.m. Broadview Heights Recreation Center, 9543 Broadview Road, broadview-heights.org

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