It's going to be an egg-citing weekend for kids and the young at heart.
Get those Easter baskets ready. The Easter Bunny is hiding eggs all over Battleship Park for the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. There are three hunts Friday. The 11:30 a.m. hunt is sold out. A few walk-up sports remain for 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. It's for children ages 2-9. Admission is $5 per child.
Kids aren't the only ones who celebrate Easter. Animals do, too. Head to Halyburton Park for "Easter in the Woods." Children will learn how animals celebrate Easter and prepare for the warmer months ahead. It runs from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Take an Easter Bunny drawn tour this weekend. Meet at Market and Water Streets in downtown Wilmington. The tours are Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
It's $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
If you're near Pleasure Island, don't miss the big Easter egg hunt in Carolina Ceach.
It's for children 12 and under. Besides an egg hunt, there will also be games, crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny. It starts at 11 a.m. at Mike Chappell Park on Dow Road.
The 26th Annual Southport Spring Festival is Friday and Saturday. Help the city celebrate the arrival of spring and the flowering of the azaleas. More than 100 arts and crafts vendors will be there. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The festival is free.
Saturday it's the Cape Fear River Shad Festival. It includes a fishing tournament, food, a history lesson and even the Army Corps of Engineers will be there offering water safety tips to kids. It's from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at lock and dam #1 in Riegelwood. Admission is free.
Sunday, if you want to walk off your Easter meal, join a park ranger on an easter bird hike. Meet at Carolina Beach State Park at 2 p.m. for a stroll along the Cape Fear River. Bring your binoculars.