Spring is finally here, as is the milder weather that comes with it. It's the ideal time of year to enjoy nature and spend some time outdoors. With Easter falling early this year, egg hunts are a great way to experience the season with your family in tow. The lure of plastic eggs filled with candy is a guaranteed way to get your TV-and-tablet addicted kids outside for a few hours. Check out our list of hunts and other holiday celebrations to get you on your way.

EASTER WEEKEND AT THE ARBORETUM

Spend the holiday weekend taking in beautiful scenery at the Dallas Arboretum, where you'll find plenty of Easter-themed activities for both kids and adults. Don't miss your chance to get pictures with live bunnies Friday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. On Good Friday, little ones can enjoy child-friendly concerts by Eddie Coker at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Groove to country tunes by Zach Coffey on Saturday at 2 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, compete in games on the lawn, including a beanbag toss, potato sack races, an egg relay and a ring toss. The lawn will also feature face painting and a petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Easter Sunday, brunch will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required; call 214-515-6511 to book a reservation.

March 30-April 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $15, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12, free for kids 2 and younger; photos with bunnies and Easter brunch are not included in admission price. Parking is $15, $9 if purchased online in advance. 

GOOD FRIDAY IN THE PARK

Fellowship Church will host a citywide Good Friday celebration at Klyde Warren Park. The event features an egg hunt, food trucks, kids' activities and live music. Families are invited to take a blanket and find a spot on the lawn, where Pastor Ed Young of Grapevine's Fellowship Church will share an empowering message to kick off Easter weekend.

March 30 at 7 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Free.

EASTER AT THE CATHEDRAL

More than 100,000 candy-filled eggs will be scattered across the lawn at Elevate Life Church. The egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. and is open to kids 12 and younger. Other family-friendly activities include bounce houses, Easter Bunny photo ops and a classic car, truck and motorcycle show, plus snacks and beverages from a variety of food trucks.

March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elevate Life Church, 8500 Teel Parkway, Frisco. Free. 

EASTER BACON HUNT

Enjoy a day of Easter-themed activities with your pooch, including a doggie's version of an egg hunt —  a bacon hunt. There will be a canine costume contest at 1 p.m., so dress up your pup for the chance to win prizes. At 3 p.m., dogs and their owners can line up and get ready for a mad dash as the bacon hunt begins. Get a photo with your four-legged friends and the Easter Bunny, then be sure to check out the adoptable dogs looking for a new home. If your pup is still hungry after that bacon feast, the Snackin' Waggin' food truck will be selling dog-friendly treats. All dogs must remain on leash.

March 31 from noon to 4 p.m. at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. $10 admission, $15 for photos with the Easter Bunny. 

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Kiddos are invited to hunt for more than 40,000 eggs at First United Methodist Church of Plano, with additional activities including inflatables, train rides and a rock-climbing wall. Concessions will be available for purchase at food trucks. There will be a special egg hunt area for children with special needs.

March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Plano, 3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Free. 

EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA

Thousands of prize-filled eggs will be hidden at the ballpark for children 10 and younger. Kiddos can also look forward to arts and crafts, face-painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. The hunt will be divided into age groups, with a different time slot for each group.

March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at AirHogs Stadium, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. Free. 

EASTER OPEN SKATE

Hop on over to Allen Community Ice Rink for a special Easter-themed skating session. Be sure to get your picture with the Easter Bunny, too. All on-ice participants must wear skates.

March 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Allen Community Ice Rink, 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen. Admission is $5, skate rental is $3. Donate a nonperishable food item and receive a free skate rental. 

Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

EGG HUNT AND BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

Kick off the holiday weekend at breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Post-meal, kids 10 and younger can participate in an egg hunt. Take your basket for collecting eggs and your camera to snap photos with the bunny. Tickets are required for all guests, regardless of age. For an additional fee, guests can add games and rides to their event ticket.

March 31 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Amazing Jake's Food and Fun, 831 N. Central Expressway, Plano. $6.99.

MIRACLE WEEKEND EASTER EGG HUNT

Children 10 and younger are invited to an Easter egg hunt at Virginia Weaver Park, where a helicopter will drop more than 30,000 colorful eggs. Bounce houses, food trucks and Easter Bunny photo ops are among the event's other attractions. The hunt will be divided into age groups, with a different time slot for each group.

March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Weaver Park, 631 Somerset Drive, Cedar Hill. Free. 

ST. ANDREW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT

Children are invited to take their baskets and hunt for more than 5,000 treat-filled eggs at St. Andrew United Methodist Church's annual egg hunt. The event also features bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides and the Easter Bunny. The egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. in the church's north parking lot.

March 31 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. $5. Register online to reserve a spot. 

UNDER THE SEA EASTER ADVENTURE

Dive into Easter fun at this aquatic egg hunt. Kids 1-12 are challenged to collect as many eggs as possible in the allotted time, with a time slot for each age group. After you're done hunting for eggs, be sure to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. All kids are required to wear swim attire; kids 6 and younger required to be accompanied by a parent in the pool. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before their age group's designated time slot.

March 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, 110 E. Rivercrest Blvd., Allen. $10. Online registration is required and must be completed by March 29. cityofallen.org.

Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival

VICTORIAN EGGSTRAVAGANZA AND SPRING FESTIVAL

Touted as Plano's largest historic Easter egg hunt, the Heritage Farmstead Museum's annual event features more than 5,000 eggs hidden around the grounds. In addition to egg-hunting, children 8 and younger can look forward to historical home tours, exhibits, wagon rides and face painting. Kiddos can interact with furry Easter friends at the baby animal photo booth, offering photo ops with chicks, lambs and bunnies. Animal lovers will also enjoy the selection of sheep-themed activities, from shearing and wool skirting to spinning and weaving. The egg hunt is divided up into time slots based on age groups, with four different time slots. The gates open at 10 a.m., with egg hunts staggered from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. $7, includes the egg hunt; $5 for adults, children older than 8 and children not participating in the egg hunt. Online registration is required to participate in the egg hunt. heritagefarmstead.org.

EASTER AT THE FARMERS MARKET

Start your Easter Sunday at the Dallas Farmers Market, where you can browse fresh produce and artisanal goods while enjoying themed activities. Head to the Shed -- the market's open-air pavilion -- to march in the Easter hat parade at 10:30 a.m. Bring your favorite bonnet from home, or make your own when you get there. Kids 2-7 can hunt for eggs at 11 a.m., while guests of all ages can enjoy live music, face-painting, a balloon artist and a live bunny.

April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas. Free. 

EASTER BUNNY TRAIN

Hop aboard the Easter Bunny Train for a one-hour ride with games and sweet treats. The bunny himself will make an appearance at this special seasonal event. The train departs at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

April 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine. $14. 

Easter in the Park and Pooch Parade

EASTER IN THE PARK AND POOCH PARADE

Bring a picnic basket and blanket for an afternoon of Easter festivities in Oak Lawn Park (formerly Lee Park). Kids 10 and younger can enjoy an egg hunt, as well as DJ music and photos with the Easter Bunny. Tasty treats will be sold by food trucks including Bellatrino, Easy Slider, Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, Snowie Naturals and So Cal Tacos. Dress your pups in their Sunday best and strut down Turtle Creek Boulevard for the annual Pooch Parade, where prizes for best costume will be awarded in several categories. Registration starts at 1 p.m. and the parade starts at 2 p.m. Each (dog) entry must be accompanied by one (human) adult. Visit the event website to register your dog in advance.

April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oak Lawn Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. Event is free to attend, but dog contest entry has a cost; registration is $10 per costume entry in advance, $15 at the event. leeparkconservancy.org.

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