April is the best month in North Texas, and here's why: The temperature is not too cold and not too hot, bluebonnets are transforming fields into blankets of beauty, the Rangers are back to playing ball, and we're in the middle of spring festival season. Also, the Easter Bunny has returned, and he's hopping to events all over town. Want to find him? Here are some places and events where he's sure to make an appearance.
Easter in the Park
Free Now in its 53rd year, the beloved Dallas Easter tradition returns with emcees LeeAnne Locken (of Real Housewives of Dallas fame) and lifestyle maven Steve Kemble. The event features music by DJ Jennifer Miller, food trucks, a free Easter egg hunt and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. But the event is best-known for its parade of pooches down Turtle Creek Boulevard, which takes place this year at 2 p.m. Pups wear costumes and are judged in the categories of best look-alike, best Easter-inspired look, best spring costume, best group, most creative, best overall, and best child and dog costume pairing. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome, but no retractable leashes are permitted. If you don't have a pup, you can find one at the Dallas Animal Services area featuring adoptable pets. Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes Rescue will also have available dogs to meet, but applications are required for adoption. Take a blanket so you can relax on the lawn and enjoy all the event's offerings.
April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Turtle Creek Park (formerly Oak Lawn Park), 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. Free; registration for the Pooch Parade is $15 per entry in advance, $20 at the event. Find more information and register for the Pooch Parade at facebook.com/
Easter Weekend at the Arboretum
Celebrate Easter all weekend long at the Dallas Arboretum with music, professional family photos, face painting and a petting zoo in the garden. Begin on Good Friday with family-friendly concerts with Eddie Coker. On April 20, join the Easter Bunny in the garden and help him try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bunny hop. On Easter Sunday, enjoy a picturesque brunch at Restaurant DeGolyer and Rosine Hall. Although most of the arboretum's hippity-hoppity programming falls on Easter weekend, there are some egg-centric activities for kids that also happen the weekend before. On April 12-14 and April 19-21, kids can dye Easter eggs and perform egg-speriments in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden.
April 19-21 (see complete schedule here) at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children 3-12, free for kids 2 and younger (Easter brunch costs extra). Admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is an additional $3. Parking is $15 on-site, $9 if purchased online in advance. dallasarboretum.org
Easter at the Cathedral
Free You often hear the saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas," and this egg hunt - with 100,000 candy-filled eggs - proves the point. In addition to the hunt, geared for kids up to 12 years old (take your own Easter basket!), there will also be bounce houses; photos with the Easter Bunny; performances by Team Strike Force; a classic car, truck and motorcycle show; and a variety of food trucks on hand.
April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elevate Life Church, 8500 Teel Parkway, Frisco. Free. elevate.life
Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival
Touted as Plano's largest historic egg hunt, Heritage Farmstead Museum's event features 5,000 eggs for kids up to 10 years old to seek. In addition to egg-hunting, families can go on historical home tours and wagon rides, get their faces painted and interact with baby chicks, lambs and bunnies at an animal photo booth. There is also a series of sheep-themed activities, including shearing, spinning and weaving wool.
April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. $8 per child for the hunt; $5 for adults and children not participating in the hunt. heritagefarmstead.org
Texas-sized Easter Egg Hunt
Free Who knew the Wild West had egg hunts? This event for kids up to age 12 takes place at high noon in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. After the hunt, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy face painting, Old West gunfight shows and live music. Kids can also find entertainment by way of a cattle pen maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, a mini train and a mechanical bull.
April 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. Free. fortworthstockyards.com
OTHER EASTER EVENTS
EASTER BONE HUNT AND DOGGIE CARNIVAL Dogs can have all the fun at this Easter egg hunt and festival that includes more than 400 handmade dog treats, doggie limbo, carnival games and more. April 20 at Flag Pole Hill (near White Rock Lake), Dallas. $20 (for one dog and two people). spayneuternet.org/bonehunt.
Free EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Hunt for more than 40,000 eggs, jump on inflatables, take a train ride or go climbing on a rock wall. Food trucks will be on-site. A special egg hunt area is provided for kids with special needs. April 20 at First United Methodist Church, Plano. Free. fumcplano.org.
Free EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA Thousands of prize-filled eggs will be hidden for kids 10 and younger; when the hunt is over, there'll be arts and crafts, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. April 20 at AirHogs Stadium, Grand Prairie. Free. gptx.org
Free MIRACLE WEEKEND EASTER EGG HUNT A helicopter will drop more than 30,000 eggs for kids 10 and younger to hunt. There'll also be bounce houses, food trucks and photos with the Easter Bunny. April 20 at Virginia Weaver Park, Cedar Hill. Free. miracle-weekend.com.
Free EASTER AT THE FARMERS MARKET Browse fresh produce and artisanal goods, hunt for eggs and enjoy live music, face painting, balloon art and stilt walkers. April 21 at the Dallas Farmers Market. Free. dallasfarmersmarket.org/event/get-eggcited-for-easter.
Sara Frederick Burgos is the former Guide editor.