Spring has officially sprung in Southwest Florida, with Easter and holiday activities aplenty. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite events that are perfect for parents and their little ones, a group of friends or a couple in love.
Marco Island is hopping into spring with its annual Spring Jubilee on April 4 at Mackle Park. An Easter “eggstravaganza,” the party begins at 10 a.m. and will include bounce houses and inflatable games, Easter-themed crafts and games, mural painting, sail boat rides, and an egg hung, of course. Open to children up to 10, with age brackets separating eager hunters, the hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. With more than 20,000 eggs scattered throughout the park, this is one of the largest egg hunts in Southwest Florida, so hop to it. Admission is free. For more information, visit cityofmarcoisland.com.
When it comes to spring fun, Royal Scoop Ice Cream is the coolest spot in town. Celebrating its twenty-first annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., families can join in on a fun-filled day of ice cream, egg hunting, ice cream, games, and ice cream! The party starts early, 10 a.m., with crafts, games, face painting and plenty of inflatable fun.
As for the egg hunt, the party begins at 11 a.m. with wee ones, two to five years old, getting it started, followed by the six to 10 set at 11:20 a.m. One of the largest hunts in the area, kids can expect upwards of 20,000 eggs scattered around field near Royal Scoop (near the Baptist Church on Vanderbilt Drive). For some team-building fun, relay races will begin at 11:30 a.m., while sweet tooth’s can dig in at the ice cream eating contest, starting at 12:30 p.m. Bring your own basket for this free, community event. For more information, visit royalscoop.com.
The egg hunt gets wild at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens from April 3-5. The zoo’s animal ambassadors will be tearing into over-sized Easter eggs, filled with their favorite treats—think large egg-shaped piñatas stuffed with fruits, veggies or meats. The paper-mâché eggs, created by zookeepers and residents from Brookdale Senior Living communities, are not only great fun for visitors to watch the animals claw, gnaw and rip, but is also a part of the zoo’s animal enrichment program, with the decorated eggs encourage the animals to actively forage and play—who says playing with your food is a bad thing?
Concurrently, the Naples Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day, April 4, joining all the accredited AZA zoos and aquariums across the country to “Party for the Planet”—the largest combined Earth Day party in North America. Conservation-based groups from Southwest Florida will join the zoo onsite to discuss ways to make a green impact at home and be Earth-friendly. Admission is free for Collier County residents.
Make this spring an enchanted one for the little princess in your life at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. On Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and her army of cards for the magical Wonderland Tea. The kid-friendly tea will include Alice in Wonderland-themed sandwiches, cookies and teas (and traditional afternoon tea service for adults), character visits, a mini egg hunt and a story read by Alice. Tea times are as follows: 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3 p.m. Admission is $49 per person. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com.
For the hungry, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples’ Easter brunch is not to be missed. The buffet-style brunch includes all those springtime favorites, live jazz entertainment, and a few Easter surprises along the way. A seat at the table costs $139 for adults, $59 for children. Seatings: 10:30-11:30 a.m., 2:30-3:45 p.m. Reservations are required; call 239-598-6644 to book your seats.
On April 4, Collier County will be hosting four different spring-themed events at community parks. For more information, visit colliergov.net.
The Golden Gate Community Center’s spring festival will be filled with fun events to keep everyone hopping along. Scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m., kids can participate in Easter-themed kids arts and crafts, join in games and races, take some pictures with the Easter bunny, get their face painted, hop along the inflatable bounce houses, and much more. Admission costs $3; bring a basket (no egg hunt).
Bring the little ones to Immokalee Community Park for its “Eggs-travaganza” event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Filled with fun Easter-themed activities, face-painting and crafts, there will also be an Easter egg hunt for kids, ranging in age from toddlers to 12. Admission is free; bring your own Easter egg basket.
Party on at Peter Cottontail’s Garden Party at Vineyards Community Park from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Join the spring fun and search for Peter Cottontail on the “bunny hunt”—a fun take on the egg hunt—as well as take part in arts and crafts, games and more. For kids ages three to seven. Admission costs $15.