Easter & Spring Events in Northeast Ohio

Easter & Spring Events in Northeast Ohio

Spring has sprung in the greater Cleveland/Akron area, and with it comes a fresh lineup of family-friendly events. From Easter Bunny photos and egg hunts to seasonal nature-themed events, there’s plenty to do with your kids in March and April. 

Check the list below for in-person and virtual Easter events and spring-themed activities happening all month long.

(As always, before attending, please check individual websites for event changes, COVID restrictions and other details.)

Mall Photos With the Easter Bunny

March 18-April 3

Belden Village Mall. Reservations preferred. Walk-in visits welcomed. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. 4230 Belden Village Mall Circle NW, Canton, beldenvillagemall.com

March 19-April 3

Great Lakes Mall. Reservations can be made online. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. 7850 Mentor Ave., Mentor, shopgreatlakesmall.com

Great Northern Mall. Reservations preferred. Walk-in visits welcomed. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. 4954 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, greatnorthernohio.com

SouthPark Mall. Reservations can be made online. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. 500 SouthPark Center, Strongsville, shoppingsouthparkmall.com

Summit Mall. Reservations strongly encouraged. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. 3265 W. Market St., Akron, simon.com/mall/summit-mall

Easter Events

Through April 3

Virtual Easter Bunny Experience. Make Bunny Magic using SouthPark Mall’s digital Easter Bunny experience. Upload your own family pictures to bring them to life with holiday magic. Upload as many photos as you want to 18 original photo themes to share with all of your loved ones. shoppingsouthparkmall.com

March 29-April 3

Easter Egg Hunt. Looking for something fun for you and the kids? Bring the kiddos along while you shop at Lehman’s and join a week-long Easter egg hunt. Eggs will be hidden in the store; collect one of each color and turn them in for a prize. Lehman’s, 4779 Kidron Road, Kidron, lehmans.com

April 3

Kids Easter Workshop. Run by children’s cooking sensation “Betty Buns” and StoneWater team members, kids ages 6-12 will get to enjoy three Easter themed activities: egg coloring, decorating Easter sugar cookies and making cupcake easter baskets. Kids will get to take all their treats home to share with the family. Parents are welcome to stay and sit in the restaurant or drop off your kids and take advantage of some kid-free time. 10-11:30 a.m. The Rustic Grill at StoneWater Golf Club, 1 Club Drive, Highland Heights, stonewatergolf.com

April 4

Easter Sunday Candy Hunt. The Easter Bunny left candy all over the Troll Hole Museum. Take the tour to find the candy and fill your basket before the trolls eat all the candy for themselves. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Troll Hole Museum, 228 E. Main St., Alliance, thetrollhole.com

Spring Park & Nature Events

Through April 11

Orchids Forever. Over the course of the show, thousands of orchids will fill the galleries, hallways and glasshouses at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Experience orchid artwork, Rainforest Creature Features, take home an educational packet with activities for learners of all ages, and shop for orchids-to-go in the Garden Store.11030 East Blvd., cbgarden.org

March 24 & 27, April 28

Stark Park Kids: Spring Scientists. Join to explore the signs of spring. Enjoy an individual craft, meet a creature, and do a scavenger hunt. March 24 from 10-11 a.m.; March 27 from 1-2 p.m.; April 28 from 1-2 p.m. Exploration Gateway Lower Parking Lot, Sippo Lake Pak, 5712 12th St. NW, Canton, starkparks.com

 

April 1

Virtual: Fly Like an Eagle. Did you know that there were only four bald eagle nests in the entire state of Ohio in the late 1970s? The majestic bald eagle has since bounced back from near extinction. Join to learn more about bald eagles. Held via Zoom; registration required. 6-7 p.m. portagecounty-oh.gov/portage-park-district

April 1-30

Self-Guided Eye Spy. Hit the trail any time during the month of April for a nature-themed game of Eye Spy. Begin by downloading or printing this month’s Eye Spy list, then enjoy a stroll along Pheasant Run Trail in search of animals, delicate spring wildflowers and other landmarks. Bring a camera to document your finds. Silver Creek Metro Park, 89 Eastern Road, Doylestown, summitmetroparks.org

April 2

Fun Day: Wild Animal babies. Discover the journey of wild animal babies as they grow and prepare for life on their own. Enjoy a naturalist-led hike that peeks into the early life of native animals, and engage in an animal chat with animal ambassadors and a keeper chat with animal care staff from the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration for a time slot is required. Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland, lakemetroparks.com

April 3

Spring Flower Take it Craft. Stop by the Schoepfle Garden Visitor Center and pick up a flower craft kit to take home and complete after a stroll through the garden. Kits are available on a first come, first served basis through April 10. 11106 Market St, Birmingham, loraincountymetroparks.com

Virtual Kinderealm: Growing Gardens. Calling all seedlings ages 3 to 6! Join with an adult to learn about gardens and the benefits they provide to the planet. 10-10:30 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. summitmetroparks.org

April 3-18

Wild About Eggs. This is not your typical egg hunt. As you enjoy a self-guided spring walk in the woods along the Nature Trail, search for hidden signs depicting eggs from all different kinds of native wildlife. Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, medinacountyparks.com

April 6

Storybook Explorers: Eggs. Preschoolers and an adult are invited to join us as we hike to the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail where we will read a story about animals that lay eggs then hike to find nature’s egg layers. Registration required. 10-10:30 a.m. Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, loraincountymetroparks.com

April 10

Virtual: Spring Nature Tales. Families with kids ages 2 to 6 are invited to enjoy a virtual story time about spring. Held via Zoom. 10-10:30 a.m. summitmetroparks.org

April 11

All Things Spring Scavenger Hunt Hike. Search for signs of spring! Meet at the Walking Center trailhead on the Bacon Woods side for this kid-friendly hike. Pre-registration required. 2-2:45 p.m. Vermilion River Reservation, 51211 N. Ridge Road, loraincountymetroparks.com

April 12, 19, 26 

Spring Bird Walk. Join a naturalist on the Nickel Plate Trail in Louisville for a morning bird walk. Great for beginners and experienced birders. Level, paved walking surface. Bring your binoculars. Reservations required. 9-11 a.m. Meet at the trailhead at 2923 Pinevale Ave. NE, Louisville, starkparks.com

April 20 & 22

Virtual Nature Break: Egg-cellent Explorations. Take a break from your day to explore the incredible eggs of native wildlife. This program will be held online via Zoom, and pre-registration is required. 3:30-4:15 p.m. medinacountyparks.com

April 26-May 2

Self-Guided Wildflower Walk. Hike Ledges Trail to discover delicate spring blooms of all shapes and sizes. Interpretive signs will be posted along the way to guide your learning experience. Liberty Park, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, summitmetroparks.org

April 26

Nature Stories With Mother Nature. Mother Nature is calling all young ones for a nature themed story time. Gather around as we explore a nature tale told by none other than Mother Nature herself. 6-6:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, summitmetroparks.org

April 28

Virtual Kinderealm: Growing Gardens. Children ages 3 to 6, join a naturalist to learn all about vegetable gardens: garden critters, garden plants and starting a garden of your own. Held via Zoom. 6:30-7:30 p.m. summitmetroparks.org

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