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Passover and Easter events for the family

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  March 15, 2013 10:39 AM

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John Tlumacki/Boston Globe staff

Eggs spread out for the annual Easter egg hunt in Dorchester in 2012 at Pope John Paul ll Park.

With Passover and Easter right around the corner, there's a lot of celebrating to do! Here are some Boston-area events and activities that are perfect for the holiday you observe:

PASSOVER EVENTS:

"A Passover Celebration," Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. Sun., March 24, 3-4 p.m. Ages 2-8. $4. Learn about the history and traditions of Passover, then make a fun related craft. Optional (discounted) pottery painting of Kiddush cups and Seder plates. www.barefootbooks.com

"Passover Community Seder," Chai Center, 105 St. Paul St., Brookline. Mon., March 25, 7 - 9:30 p.m. Adults $55, children $45. A seder that has the family in mind! Celebrate our freedom from Egypt in a warm, family oriented environment. Drink the 4 cups of wine (or grape juice), ask the 4 questions (or answer them), eat some hand made Shmura Matzah all the way from Israel, and a bit of horseradish to spice things up! www.getchai.com/CommunitySeder


EASTER EGG HUNTS:

"21st Annual Spring Egg Hunt," DCR Pope John Paul II Park, 763 Gallivan Blvd, Dorchester. Sat., March 23, 11 a.m. Free. Over 10,000 eggs to find, and many special surprises. Immediately following the hunt, the Phillips family invites kids and parents to join them at the Candy House for photos and a meet and greet with the Easter bunny. www.mass.gov/dcr/events/pjp3-23.pdf

"Egg Scavenger Hunt," Roger Williams Park Zoo, Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI. Sat., March 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Follow the clues to different locations around the Zoo to claim your eggs. Several golden eggs (while they last) hidden around the zoo will win the finder an extra special prize. When your hunting is through, collect a goodie bag and enjoy the rest of the festive Spring activities. www.rwpzoo.org

"Roslindale Egg Hunt," Adams Park, Washington St. at Cummins Highway, Roslindale. Sat., March 30, 10 a.m. Free. Join the Bunny as tots ages 2-6 hunt for 5,000 treat-filled eggs, and families compete in a parent/child egg tosses and bunny hop races. There will be special prizes for the winning teams, arts and crafts, refreshments, and photo ops with the Bunny. www.roslindale.net

"Third Annual Easter EggStravaganza," Cambridge Common, Cambridge. Sat., March 30, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Games, prizes, an enormous Easter egg hunt featuring over 10,000 eggs, and a whole lot of fun for the family. www.aletheiaboston.com/media/blog

"Easter Egg Hunt," Titus Sparrow Park, West Newton St., Boston. Sat., March 30, 10 a.m. Free. Meet the Easter Bunny and gather eggs hidden in the park. Enjoy refreshments and crafts as well. www.facebook.com/titussparrowpark

"Easter Egg Hunt," Tufts Park, 449 Main St., Medford. Sat., March 30, 1-2 p.m. Free. Egg hunt, free candy, food and prizes. www.redemptionhillchurch.com

"Easter Egg Dash," Paragon Carousel, Nantasket. Sun., March 31, 12:30 p.m. Free. Colored eggs full of candy are scattered all around the lawn that rings the Paragon Carousel. How may can your basket hold? www.paragoncarousel.com

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EASTER ACTIVITIES:

"Easter Storytime and Banana Hunt with Curious George," The Curious George Store, 1 JFK St., Cambridge. March 27, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & noon. Free, but RSVP is required. Ages 2-6. Easter-themed storytime and then our special banana hunt. Curious George will be there himself to lend a hand. www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com

"Bunny Bonanzoo!" Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Sat., March 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. With Zoo admission: Adults $14; ages 2-12, $10; seniors $12; under age 2, free. Children’s activities include holiday games, crafts and other fun surprises. Guests may take photos with their own camera for a suggested donation of $5. All of the proceeds will benefit Stone Zoo. www.zoonewengland.org

"Easter Gifts and Crafts," ArtBeat, 212A Mass. Ave., Arlington. Open daily. Mon. - Thurs., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun., noon - 6 p.m. Prices vary. Make favorite crafts featuring eggs, flowers and spring animals. In studio or take home projects. www.artbeatonline.com

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Have you taken photos of your child hunting for eggs or sitting on the Easter Bunny's lap? Share your Easter photos with us! (Photo: John Tlumacki/Boston Globe staff)

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