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Easter gets an early start for the Spring season on March 27 and there should be enough grass to look for eggs, and if not, follow the bunny tracks in the snow. There are exciting adventures in the Pittsburgh region for the entire family to enjoy the Easter celebration, and communities have arranged activities for kids of all ages. Be sure to bring your camera for some bunny photos and some extra clicks in all the in fields, farms, activity center, and historical places.

EGGstravaganza
National Aviary
Allegheny Commons West
700 Arch St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 323-7235
www.aviary.org

Date: March 19, 20, 25 to 27, 2016; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Price: Click here for prices

Families searching for a family-orientated Easter event can head on over to the National Aviary on the North Side of Pittsburgh. There is more than a bird party happening and there is action in the outdoors for an egg hunt. Make sure to bring a camera as the kids will be hopping along with the Easter bunny in a parade of fun, giggles, and a learning experience. The activities continue with a quacking good time with the Aviary’s duck contingent. After the eggs have been gathered, parade and duck encounter, it is time to relax with a storytime that comes complete with a live bird.

Old Economy Village
Easter Egg Hunt
270 16th St.
Ambridge, PA 15003
(724) 266-4500, ext. 101
www.oldeconomyvillage.org

Date: March 26, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Price: $5 per person

The egg hunt starts at 10:15 a.m. for kids ages 10 and under in the garden, which has historical significance in the Pittsburgh region. The kids will receive a free bag to capture the elusive hidden eggs throughout the spectacular view of the Old Economy Village. There are activities that include face painting, crafts, prizes and live bunnies. Another highlight is a visit from the Easter Bunny and parents can take some photos as a memory for the Easter event. It is recommended that reservations should be made by March 24.

Simmons Farm Easter Egg Hunt
170 Simmons Road
McMurray, PA 15317
(412) 941-1490
www.simmonsfarm.com

Date: March 19–26, 2016, Mon–Sat, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.; Sun, March 20, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Price: $12 children, adults are free

Just as the television advertisement suggests that you’re in goods hands, the Simmons Farm will be there to help you navigate through the egg hunt adventure. Simmons Farm does live up to that reputation as there is no registration and the kids can start at any time. Once again, the farm has you covered in the event of inclement weather, which will be in the orchard or the greenhouse to search for the eggs. There are prizes allocated and there are no worries if the kids don’t gather the prize collection of 12 eggs.

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Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
1 Museum Road
Washington, PA 15301
(724-228-9256
www.pa-trolley.org

Date: March 18–20, 2016, March 25 and 26, 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Price: $12 adults, $ 8 Children (1-15), $10 seniors (62+), under age 1 is free

Hop on the the trolley and make some tracks to visit the Easter Bunny and maybe the bunny left some tracks to direct you to the egg hunt. Along the way, families can learn about the history of the trolley and the railway system while viewing the scenery on the circular track. The Easter event includes live bunnies, egg hunt, activities, crafts and a special snack and even a chance to pose with the Easter Bunny. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time and there is an opportunity to purchase tickets online.

Wildwood Highlands Fun Center
2330 Wildwood Road
Wildwood, PA 15091
(412) 487-5517
www.wildwoodpa.com

Date: March 19, 9:00 a.m.
Price: $8.99, adult, $11.99, child

Children under age 12 are in for a wild ride at Wildwood Highlands for the egg hunt at the fun-filled activity center. There is action everywhere and the sounds of game systems, obstacle courses and a buzz of anticipation for the Easter event is contagious. Wildwood Highlands will provide the basket to gather the eggs so there isn’t a need to bring your own, and the Easter Bunny will be there for photos.  The price of the event includes the buffet,  egg hunt, and choice of one attraction for the children, and the adults are scheduled for the buffet and drinks.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.