Festivities to mark Passover, Easter

Enough celebrations around town to fill a basket

Family: events, activities

April 17, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Things will be hopping this weekend at holiday happenings around the area. Kid-friendly and fun Easter and Passover events are taking place all over. Here's just a sampling:

Downtown's the place to be if you want to meet the big furry one himself -- the Easter Bunny -- who'll be making his way through Harborplace and the Gallery, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Also, visitors to the Inner Harbor can watch performances by street performers and live bands throughout the day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free event. Call 410-837-4636 for information.

Got fidgety kids? Head to the "Easter Eggstravaganza" Saturday at Ballestone Manor, 1935 Back River Neck Road, Essex. The kids won't know what to do or see first. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they can participate in Easter egg hunts, jump around the moon bounce, take pony rides, go through an inflatable obstacle course, see and touch the animals at a petting zoo, watch a karate demonstration and magic show and, of course, have pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. The event is sponsored by MIX 106.5, with radio personalities leading the egg hunts. Admission is free. Call 410-825-1065 or log on to www.mix1065.fm for more information.

It's bigger than a bonanza. It's a "Bunny BonanZOO!" And it's running tomorrow through Sunday at the Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park. The zoo's annual celebration of spring features a Mary Sue Egg Hunt, crafts, games, a visit from costumed characters and live children's entertainment, including a performance by Flumpa and Friends. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days. Event is free with zoo admission: $11; $9 seniors; $7 ages 2-11; free for ages under 2. Call 410-366-LION.

This one's just for the little tykes: Rockfield Manor presents its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday for kids ages 6 and under. The Easter Bunny makes a visit, as does the Balloon Woman, Mrs. Twister, who'll bend and shape amazing balloon creations. Kids can have their faces painted and enjoy cookies and punch. The egg hunt takes place on the grounds of Rockfield Park at Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Road, Bel Air, which opens at 1 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 410-638-4565.

Celebrate Passover Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. The Passover family program will feature the interactive puppet show "Locusts and Frogs and Vermin, Oh My," and kids can join in songs with Becky Gordon. There will also be puppet-making workshops for kids to create their own Passover puppet shows. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 15 Lloyd St. Admission is $10 for non-member families or $5 for member families. Call 410-732-6400.

For more family events, see page 50.

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