Four unusual Easter events for kids this weekend
One of the benefits of having children is getting to experience holidays like a kid again. Okay, so maybe things have changed a little bit, and instead of hunting for eggs on Easter Sunday, you're trapped inside the stuffy bunny costume while kids pinch and prod at you, but at least you're involved. Right?
To spice things up a bit, Dressing Room has compiled a list of some of the strangest, biggest, and most creative Easter egg hunts Minnesota has to offer. Let's just hope the squirrels don't decide to take off with the eggs this year.
All You Can Easter: A guide to the Easter buffet The Great United Noodles Easter Egg Hunt
(United Noodles Asian Grocery, 2015 E. 24th St., Minneapolis)
On April 18, United Noodles employees will hide 150 candy and prize-filled Easter eggs in the cracks and crevices of the grocery store's massive inventory. Prizes in select eggs include coupons for gift cards, tea cups, deli items, and gift baskets. And if you want to keep banking on free sources of child entertainment, cross your fingers that your kid finds the Grand Prize: an egg containing five all-day unlimited ride wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe.
During the hunt, United Noodles' UniDeli will offer samples of tea eggs, a savory snack made by cracking and re-boiling hard-boiled eggs in black tea. The event sounds like a great way to further explore the store's seemingly endless supply of unique products while your kids do their thing.
When: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 19
(Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Rd., Dayton)
This may not be a bonafide Easter egg hunt, but it's a great way for your kids to explore natural methods of egg dying while still getting their hands dirty. Organizers will provide ingredients for dying, but it's up to you to bring the eggs. Natural foodstuffs slated to be used at the event include coffee grounds, onion skins, turmeric, and berries. As an added bonus, the event will take place inside the beautiful Eastman Nature Center, situated along the sugar maple forest of Rush Creek.
Cost: $5/dozen eggs
Victorian Easter Egg Roll
(The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 E., Shakopee)
Easter egg rolls have origins in England, Germany, and other European countries, where children rolled eggs down hills, supposedly to represent rolling away the rock over Jesus' tomb prior to his resurrection. The activity was introduced to the New World, and became especially popular when First Lady Dolly Madison organized the White House's inaugural egg roll in the early 19th century. The tradition was carried through the decades, and annually takes place at the White House on Easter Monday.
If you're interested in participating in an egg roll, but don't have the funds to drive to D.C., check out the Victorian Easter Egg Roll at the Landing in Shakopee. The four-hour event will feature an egg and spoon race, a bunny hop relay, playtime with old-fashioned toys, and a traditional egg roll. Additionally, children are invited to craft their own miniature baskets and decorate wooden eggs. Be sure to arrive in a timely fashion, because entry ends at 2 p.m.
When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19
Cost: $6, optional $1 donation to Wonder Fund
(Maple Grove Senior High School, 13792 Reimer Dr. N, Maple Grove)
For the last four years, Passion Church in Maple Grove has hosted the largest Easter egg hunt in the state of Minnesota, hiding an average of 30,000 eggs per year. This year, they've kicked it up a notch and raised the number to 50,000. If your child has a peanut allergy, not to worry -- all of the candy is peanut free and "age appropriate."
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your Easter attitude) for parents, no adults are allowed in the kids area during the event, but this year's informational video assures attendees that all Passion Church workers are background checked. Phew! Instead of frolicking with their children, parents and children over the age of 12 are invited to participate in the Easter Worship Experience in the auditorium, featuring "live music and a powerful message." If that's not your thing, might we suggest hanging out with the live animals and Easter bunny?
When: 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20
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