When: Sat., April 23, 1-3 p.m. 2011
For the other 364 days each year he may be the most elusive member of the species known as Sylvilagus floridanus, but there’s no such thing as overexposure for the Easter Bunny today — not with two huge-scale egg hunts set to accommodate thousands of Middle Tennessee kids. At the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere’s 13th annual Eggstravaganzoo, things will get “hopping” (geddit?) with 10 separate Easter egg hunts for children in five different age brackets. Zoo officials will distribute more than 30,000 plastic eggs throughout their Festival Field — according to the 2000 census, that’s roughly one egg for every two 1- to 10-year-old living in Nashville — along with prize packs that will make sure no child leaves empty-handed. The event is free with zoo admission ($9 kids 2-12, $14 adults). Meanwhile, at Belmont Mansion’s 2nd annual egg hunt, free and open to the public, the lawns will be dotted with more than 5,000 candy-stuffed eggs (including 10 that offer special prizes). There’ll be baby ducks, face decorating, and opportunities for kids to accessorize with beaks and bunny ears — not to mention three separate egg-hunting areas staggered at half-hour intervals starting at 1:30 p.m. Both events will continue rain or shine.
D. Patrick Rodgers