By Mary Heyl
There’s no reason to wait until summer to visit Erie County’s best attractions, like the Buffalo Zoo, the Aquarium of Niagara and the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. These and other fun places in the Greater Buffalo area have so much in store for you this Easter season, including breakfast with the Easter Bunny, egg dying, egg hunts and so much more!
Enjoy Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 8, 9 and 15 at the Buffalo Zoo! Two seatings will be held each day from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ticket prices for non-members are $17 for adults and $14 for children. Member prices are $12 for adults and $9 for children. Children under the age of two are free. Due to limited seating, pre-paid non-refundable tickets are required. The Buffalo Zoo, located at 300 Parkside Avenue in Buffalo, can be reached at 837-3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aquarium of Niagara, located at 701 Whirlpool Street in Niagara Falls, is hosting its annual Seaster Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be there from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and it’s just $5 for a photo with the Easter Bunny. New for 2017: take part in the Jello Egg Toss and toss a tasty Jello egg to the sea lions and seals! No reservations are needed, and eggs can be purchased at the Aquarium for $5 each. All proceeds will be donated to the Marine Mammal Care Center in California and the Riverhead Foundation. The Seal Toss runs from 10:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., and the Sea Lion Toss runs from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Call the aquarium at 285-3575 to learn more!
Visit the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, located at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew, for a unique egg hunt that the whole family will enjoy. The Preserve’s Geo-caching Egg Hunt takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. Participants will learn how to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit to search for hidden eggs in the Preserve. The fee is just $2 per person and free for members of the Preserve. Registration is required; call 683-5959 to sign up.
The following Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m., the Preserve will be hosting a fun hands-on activity: Natural Egg Dyeing! You and your family can discover how spices, fruits, vegetables and other natural materials can create distinct natural colors and patterns as you dye your eggs. Please bring your own hard-boiled eggs (limit of 6 per person). This fun event is free but registration is required: call the preserve at 683-5959 to sign up.
Want to stay even closer to home? On April 8, head to the Collins Public Library for their Easter Egg Hunt, beginning at 10 a.m. Children Ages 0-10 are invited to join in the great hunt to find all the lost eggs that have been misplaced at the library! Prizes and free basket raffle will also be available. For more information and to register, contact the library at 532-5129.
Also on April 15, you can check out the Springville Community Easter Egg Hunt. The Concord Legion #431 and its Auxiliary, along with the sons of the Legion, will be holding their annual egg hunt for kids 12 to 2 p.m. at Fiddler’s Green Park.
If you’re up for a little road trip, join in the 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunts on the mini golf courses of Adventure Landing-Buffalo! Located at 2400 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, Adventure Landing will be hosting two egg hunts at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 for children ages 3 to 10. Bring your own basket and be sure to arrive early! Although there is no admission charge for this event, a $3 per child donation will benefit the Variety Club of Western New York. To learn more, contact Tom Santa Lucia at 832-6248.
Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown invites you to celebrate the Easter season at The Broadway Market! Located at 999 Broadway in Buffalo, the Market is famous for its Easter Festival, which runs now through Dyngus Day, April 17 (closed Easter Sunday) and includes all kinds of fun for the family. Easter Bunny visits and photos take place daily from 10 a.m. until closing, and live music and entertainment are scheduled daily. During the Easter season, thousands of visitors flock to the 128-year-old market to get their Easter must-have goodies, such as the famous Broadway Market horseradish, freshly made Polish sausage and pierogi, Malczewski’s Easter butter lambs, and the Chrusciki Bakery’s Placek, a sweet bread served on Easter. For more information about the Market’s festival hours and vendors, visit www.broadwaymarket.org.
Celebrate the Easter season with one or many themed activities this weekend and next. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a hoppin’ good time!