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Hit the bunny trail for Easter weekend fun

Tucson will be hopping with kids hunting for Easter eggs this Saturday with holiday celebrations set to be held all over town and up and down the bunny trail.

1. EGGstravaganza at Mansfield Park - 2000 N. Fourth Ave. Sat. from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Easter egg hunts, music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, and the Easter bunny. Free.

Now in its 17th year, this event has become one of the largest and most popular Easter activities in Tucson, according to Sierra Davenport of Tucson Parks and Recreation.

"It started small but its really grown into a community wide thing," Davenport said.

Last year the event attracted over 2,500 kids.

"Ours has been around for so long that people know what to expect," said Davenport, "We have a lot to offer and we try to give back to the community."

2. International Wildlife Museum Eggstravaganza - 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. Easter events will occur on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the candy hunt will begin at noon.

Games, crafts, the Easter bunny inside and a candy hunt outside the museum. Activities will include an egg toss, bobbing for apples and face painting. 

"This is our sixth year," said exhibit specialist Amy Soneira, "it has been growing ever since we started."

Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to take pictures with the Easter bunny. All Easter activities are included with paid museum admission.

"It's a fun event for the community and we hope that people who haven't been to the museum before may come to experience this event and then get to see the museum as well," Soneira said. 

3. Easter Eggstravaganza at Pusch Ridge Golf Course - 10,000 N. Oracle Rd.  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at

An Easter egg hunt and petting zoo. Free.

4. Garden Eggstravaganza at the Tucson Botanical Gardens - 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

An Easter egg hunt through the gardens, spring themed crafts and games. Included with paid garden admission.

5. Rincon Valley Farmers Market Easter Egg Hunt - 12,500 E. Old Spanish Trail. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An Easter egg hunt behind the barn and community sale, plus live Native American flute music. Free.

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6. Cragin Elementary School Neighborhood Easter Party hosted by Northminster Presbyterian Church - 2945 N. Tucson Blvd. Saturday from 9:30 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m.

Egg races, crafts, games, seed planting and snacks. Free.

7. The Big Hunt at Fruchthendler School hosted by the Sabino Road Baptist Church - 7470 E. Cloud Rd. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Hunt begins at 10 a.m.

Over 5,000 eggs, egg hunts, games, crafts and prizes. Free.

8. Children's Museum Easter Event and Egg Hunt - 200 S. Sixth Avenue. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Crafts, Easter bunny photos and an egg hunt at 11 a.m. Included in paid museum admission. 

9. Christ Community Church Easter Egg Hunt - 530 S. Pantano Rd. Saturday from10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Carnival games, popcorn, cotton candy, jumping castles and an egg hunt with thousands of eggs. Free.

10. Harlow Gardens Easter Egg Hunt - 5620 E. Pima St.  From 10 a.m - 11 a.m.

An Easter egg hunt through the gardens.  Free.

11. Easter Egg Hunt at Bookmans on Ina - 3733 W. Ina Rd.  Saturday from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Easter eggs hidden around the store and an appearance by the Easter bunny. Free.

12. Purple Heart Park Easter Egg Hunt - 10,050 E. Rita Rd. Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Easter egg hunts, concessions, crafts, face painting, games, train rides and a visit from the Easter bunny.  Free.

13. Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene Easter Egg Hunt - 500 W. Calle Concordia. Event starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Easter egg hunts, inflatables, snacks and crafts. Free.

14. Pantano Christian Church New Life Celebration - 1755 S. Houghton Rd. Saturday from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Easter egg hunts, egg dying, crafts, petting zoo, inflatables, train rides, ventriloquists and food. Free.

15. AZ Air Time Easter Egg Hunt - 3931 W. Costco Dr. Event starts at 10 a.m.

Easter egg hunt, Easter bunny and prizes. No admission is required for the egg hunt.

16. Catalina Foothills Church Easter Eggstravaganza - 2150 W. Orange Grove Rd. Saturday from10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Over 10,000 eggs to hunt, Easter stories, food trucks, face painting, inflatables and crafts. Free.

This event stands out from the rest for the sheer number of eggs. 

"It's really big," explained Anna Johnson, Children's Coordinator at the church. "We have 10,000 eggs that we had our high schoolers at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy fill as part of their service project and they're all ready to go."

The event is free. Food can be purchased from food trucks, including one specializing in gelato. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own baskets to collect eggs. 

Catalina Foothills Church is putting on the event, but the hunt will actually take place just across the street at a local school. Last year 200 to 250 people attended the event, and the Church is hoping the event will continue to grow according to Johnson.

"We want to encourage developing community relationships, we want to provide fun activities for the kids and we want to share the gospel and the truth about what we believe," Johnson said. The event is free and open to everyone.

There is also an Easter Egg hunt held at Reid Park Zoo, but it is already sold out for this year. 

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