Visitors will find plenty of bunnies, as well as puppies, piglets, wagon rides and pictures with Peter Cottontail, at the Springtime Village at Purina Farms, Wednesdays through Sundays, March 29 - April 15 (the farm is closed on Easter). Reservations are required for this free event. Call 314-982-3232 to make a reservation. Purina Farms is located at 200 Checkerboard Loop, Gray Summit, MO, 63039.
Hoppin' along the safari trail
If your bunnies love to explore, check out Breakfast with Bunny at the Saint Louis Zoo April 1, April 8 and April 15. Breakfast includes photos, treats, costumed characters and free parking. Tickets are $25 per adult for zoo members and $18 per child for zoo members; nonmembers are $27 per adult and $20 per child; children under 2 are free. Call 314-646-4771 or visit www.stlzoo.org.
Families can also get their pictures taken with "Ambassador Cottontail" at the Wildlife Rescue Center (located at 1128 New Ballwin Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63021). During Spring Tails April 9, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., families will learn about Missouri's cottontail rabbits, go on a treasure hunt, make dyed eggs and have their photos taken with a bunny. Reservations are required. Admission is free; a donation from the wishlist is appreciated. Call 636-394-1880 for details.
The bunny will visit The Nature Institute (located at 2213 S. Levis Ln., Godfrey, IL, 62035), for breakfast and an Easter egg hunt, Friday, April 14, from 9-11 a.m. Visitors might spot a few real bunnies on guided hikes, and can learn more about nature during environmental education presentations. Admission is $10 ($8 for members). Registration is required.
Hang with your 'PEEPS' at Six Flags
PEEPS® fans are invited to an Easter egg hunt at Six Flags before the park opens Saturday, April. 15. The event will also feature music, games and giveaways. The hunt is limited to the first 250 guests ages 10 and under; park admission is required.
An Easter parade of a different variety
Spend Easter at the Concours d'Elegance in Forest Park on Easter Sunday, April 16. Held on the Muny lot, this vintage car show, sponsored by the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri, Inc., started as an Easter parade more than 50 years ago and now features 500 to 600 cars. Get the details.
Go on a roll
Rollers take your mark for the great Egg Roll on The Magic House's front lawn Monday, April 17, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free with museum admission, children are invited to hop over to roll eggs toward the finish line among the front garden's greenery. Enjoy a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. No reservations are required. The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO, 63122.
What better way to celebrate spring than with a stroll through the blooming dogwoods, azaleas, tulips and peonies at the Missouri Botanical Garden? Garden admission is $12 for those ages 13 and up, and free for kids up to age 12. Discounts apply to St. Louis City and County residents. The garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63110.
Adult Easter egg hunts
Why let the kids have all the fun? Grab a basket and a flashlight and compete for prizes at the Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Jefferson Barracks Park (345 North Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63125), from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 7. The cost is $10. Reservations are required. Adults can also experience the thrill of the hunt at the Eureka Adult Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Legion Pavilion (333 Bald Hill Rd., Eureka, MO, 63025). The event is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item.
Fill your basket with eggs during area Easter egg hunts. See "Your ulitmate egg hunting guide."
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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