By Kim Kalunian, WPRO Arts and Entertainment
Holy week draws to a close this Easter Sunday, but not before some the kiddies get the chance to fill their baskets with Easter Eggs. The annual hunt for colorful eggs has become synonymous with the Easter holiday, and is believed to have origins dating back to 17th century Germany. Today, the hunts are organized across the country, and this year, Rhode Island has several egg hunts for both children and adults. Here’s our list of the ones you shouldn’t miss this weekend:
INDOOR: Rain or shine, this Easter Egg hunt is on! Why? It’s indoors at the Lincoln Mall. Billing itself as “RI’s largest free indoor Easter Egg Hunt” – we believe them – the event will boast face painting and crafts, too! The hunt will have 25,000 eggs and will run from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, March 30.
NEWPORT: Kids 16 and under are invited to participate in the Tennis Hall of Fame’s annual East Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. The event is free for all kids, $12 for non-member adults. In addition to the hunt, there will be sweet treats and photos with the Easter Bunny!
TEA WITH THE EB: If scavenging for eggs in the wilderness is too rugged for you, this event may be more your speed. The Easton Tea Room at the Fall Fiver Historical Society is holding a Tea with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 30 at 451 Rock Street. The tea and accompanying lunch (with dessert!) starts at 11 a.m. and is $18 for members, $20 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 508-679-1071 Ext. 1.
FOR ADULTS: Yes, that’s right, an Easter egg hunt for people 21+. On Friday, the Rhode Island Shriners will hold a hunt for 5,000 eggs at Rhodes Place and the Scottish Rite Lodge in Cranston. What’s in the eggs? Candy and prizes, yes, but also gift cards and slips of paper redeemable for cash prizes, lottery tickets and wine. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 467-7102. Proceeds benefit the Shriners hospitals for children. Baskets and flashlights will be provided.
PROVIDENCE: The Capital City boasts three egg hunts this Saturday. The Summit Neighborhood Association will hold a hunt at Lippitt Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $5. The City Council will sponsor another at Fargnoli Park at Noon on Saturday, and the Ward 6 Annual Easter Egg Hunt at George West School will be held at 11 a.m.
An award-winning journalist and theater critic - and a performer at heart. Kim's talents have taken her from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NY, to stages in Boston and Providence's own Trinity Repertory.