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Eggstravaganza at Kimball Jenkins. Courtesy photo.




Egg-static for Easter
Hunts, festivities and more

04/06/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 From egg hunting to meeting with the Easter Bunny, there are plenty of fun family-friendly festivities in the Granite State to celebrate Easter this year.

 
Town egg hunts 
• Bow – Saturday, April 8, at Bow Elementary School (22 Bow Center Road). Hunts begin at 10 a.m. Other festivities will include face-painting, Easter crafts, and a breakfast buffet in the school’s cafeteria from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. courtesy of the Bow Men’s Club (admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under). Visit bownh.gov.
• Exeter – Friday, April 14, at Swasey Parkway. Hunts start at 4:30 p.m., and the event will include light refreshments and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
• Hooksett – Saturday, April 15, at the Hooksett Public Library (31 Mount St. Mary’s Way). Hunts start at 9:30 a.m. for babies and toddlers, 10 a.m. for preschoolers and 10:30 a.m. for ages 6 and up. There will be games, crafts, visits with the Easter Bunny and more from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Visit hooksettlibrary.org.
• Hopkinton – Saturday, April 8, at Hopkinton Middle High School (297 Park Ave., Contoocook). Hunt starts at 10 a.m. and is open to grade 3 and under. BYO basket. Photos with the Easter Bunny offered 9:30 to 10 a.m. Visit hopkintonrec.com.
• Hudson – Saturday, April 8, at Dr. H.O. Smith School (33 School St.). Hunts start at 11:30 a.m. for age 4 and under, noon for K through grade 2 and 12:30 p.m. for grades 3 through 5. BYO basket. Visit hudsonrec.com.
• Manchester – The Spring Celebration takes place on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Manchester City Library (405 Pine St.). It features stories, crafts and an egg hunt for kids ages 2 through 7. Registration is recommended. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us.
The Friends of Stark Park’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Stark Park (River Road, Manchester), and is open to age 8 and under. Visit starkpark.com.
• Merrimack – Saturday, April 8, at Wasserman Park (116 Naticook Road). Hunts start at 10:10 a.m. for ages 1 through 3, 10:30 a.m. for ages 4 and 5, 10:50 a.m. for ages 6 and 7 and 11:10 a.m. for ages 8 through 10, and are open to residents only. BYO basket and camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Visit merrimackparksandrec.org.
• Milford – Saturday, April 15, at Keyes Park (Elm Street). Hunts start at 11:15 a.m. for toddlers, 11:45 a.m. for pre-K to Grade 1, and 12:15 p.m. for grades 2 through 4, and are open to residents only. BYO basket. There will be a bake sale, raffles, photos with the Easter Bunny ($3) and field games from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit milford.nh.gov.  
• New Boston – Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. on the town common (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road). The Easter Bunny will lead kids in an Easter bonnet parade. An egg hunt will follow. BYO basket. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative bonnets and for finding special eggs. Visit newbostonnh.gov.
• Pelham – Saturday, April 8, on the Village Green (in front of the Town Hall). Hunt begins at noon and is open to age 8 and under. There will be visits with the Easter Bunny, fun activities and prizes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The inclement weather date is April 15. Visit pelhamweb.com.
• Salem – Saturday, April 15, at Soule Elementary School (173 S. Policy St.). Hunts start at 11:30 a.m. for age 5 and under and 1 p.m. for ages 6 through 10. There will be a bounce house, face-painting, live music and balloon animals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit rccsalem.com/egghunt.  
• Windham – Saturday, April 8, at the Town Hall (3 N. Lowell Road). Hunts start at 9:45 a.m. for ages 3 through 5, 10 a.m. for age 2 and under and 10:30 a.m. for ages 6 through 9. BYO basket and camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Visit windhamnewhampshire.com.
 
Other egg hunts and events
• Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, 669-4820, aviationmuseumofnh.org) will hold its Easter Egg Hunt at the Museum on Saturday, April 15. Hunts begin for ages 4 and under at 10 a.m., and for ages 5 and up at 10:30 a.m. There will be crafts and treats until 1 p.m. BYO basket. It’s free with regular museum admission, which is $5 for adults, $4 for veterans and seniors 60+, $2.50 for ages 12 through 16, free for ages 11 and under and $15 maximum for a family.
• Beaver Brook Association (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, beaverbrook.org) has its Easter Egg Trail Hunt on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Eggs will be hidden along the decorated trails and replenished throughout the day. It’s free and open to all ages. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
• Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia, 483-5623, visitthefarm.com) presents the Egg-Citing Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, Sunday, April 9, and Saturday, April 15, with check-in times from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be visits with the Easter Bunny and live animals, horse-drawn wagon and tractor train rides, and an egg hunt for ages 2 through 10. BYO empty dozen egg carton. Tickets cost $19, free for babies under age 1. 
• Concord Community TV will hold its second annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Friday, April 7, from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 9, from noon to 5 p.m. at Bektash Shrine Center (189 Pembroke Road, Concord). The fundraiser will feature more than 200 Easter gift baskets to win, in addition to kids’ activities, raffles, live entertainment and more. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for kids under 12. Visit yourconcordtv.org or call 226-8872 to buy tickets.
Kimball Jenkins Estate (266 N. Main St., 225-3932, Concord, kimballjenkins.com) throws an Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15. The hunt begins at 10:15 a.m. and is open to ages 1 through 11. There will be a bounce house, face-painting and photos with the Easter Bunny from 10 to 11 a.m. Admission is free.
• Next Level Church presents the Helicopter Egg Drop on Sunday, April 16, in Concord, Epping, Portsmouth and Somersworth. Thousands of eggs will be dropped from a helicopter onto a grass field for kids to collect. Drops are held at 9 and 10:30 a.m., and the exact locations will be announced that weekend. To participate, register online at 2017eggdrop.com and attend an NLC service during Easter weekend. NLC in Concord meets at the Mill Brook School (53 S. Curtisville Road).
• Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation (NH Sportsplex, 68 Technology Drive, Bedford, 785-4249, ourpromisetonicholas.com/eggs2017) holds its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It features ongoing egg hunts, live entertainment, visits with the Easter Bunny and other special guests, a bounce house, games, raffles, a silent auction and a bake sale. Tickets cost $8 per person or $28 per family in advance, $10/$32 at the door. 
• St. Joseph Hospital (172 Kinsley St., Nashua, 882-3000, stjosephhospital.com) will hold its Easter Egg-citement event on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Atrium. There will be face-painting, games, cookie-frosting, arts and crafts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and more. Admission is free. 





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