This story has been updated to reflect changes to some events in light of this week’s snow storm.
No one’s quite sure why bunnies and Easter go hand in hand, but some sources say the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s.
German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs.
Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping, according to History.com.
Here are a few local activities for you to enjoy:
Hop on down to the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library to listen to Easter stories and songs. Play a game, make a craft and, of course, there will be an Easter egg hunt. Refreshments will be served. Kids need to register. Call 410-386-4460.
When: 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 23
Where: Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg branch, 6400 West Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg
Breakfast with Easter bunny and egg hunt
When: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24
Where: Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead
For more information, call 410-374-2424.
Easter Egg Glow Hunt
Bring your flashlights and get ready to hunt in the dark! Snacks, games and activities will also accompany the egg hunt.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24
Where: Sandy Mount United Methodist Church, 2101 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
For more information, call 410-861-5788.
Update: Because of wet ground conditions, this hunt has been canceled.
Easter egg hunt
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25
Where: Lazarus United Church of Christ, 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro
For more information, call 410-374-1304.
Update: Because of wet ground conditions, this hunt has been relocated to inside the church.
City of Westminster’s egg hunt
Don’t forget to bring your basket to collect all the eggs. Each age group will have one golden ticket egg hidden among the eggs. The event also includes inflatables, crafts, games, prizes, and the 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Club’s petting zoo.
When: 10:30 a.m. ages 1 to 4 egg hunt; 11:30 a.m. ages 5 to 8 egg hunt, Saturday, March 24
Where: 11 Longwell Ave., Westminster
Update: Because of wet ground conditions, this hunt has been relocated to the gyn or parking lot of the park.
Enjoy seasonal crafts, snacks and games plus an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny. Space is limited. All attendees must register in advance at www.ymaryland.org/register.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24
Where: Hill Family Center Y, 1719 Sykesville Road, Westminster
Update: Because of wet ground conditions, this hunt has been relocated to inside the facility.
Glow In the Dark Egg Hunt
For third- through fifth-graders. There will be games, snacks, crafts and other activities as well.
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 30
Where: Elders Baptist Church, 1216 Liberty Road, Sykesville
Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt
The hunt is open to all individuals with disabilities. Participants must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please RSVP with how many will attend and the disability to Wendy Messersmith at 410-984-4369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Where: Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court St., Westminster
Easter egg hunt
For middle schoolers and younger. Rain or shine.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31
Where: Mayberry First Church of God, 2428 Mayberry Road, Westminster
For more information, call 410-756-2077.
Sykesville Megga Hunt
Some of these eggs will have candy while some will have larger prizes such as a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Beats headphones.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 31
Where: Freedom Park, 100 Raincliffe Road, Sykesville
For more information, call 443-952-7225.
A hunt for toddlers through fifth-graders. Rain or shine. There will be games, face painting, crafts and an Easter egg hunt. Canned food donations are being accepted to support the needs of Carroll Food Sunday.
When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31
Where: 65 Washington Road, Westminster
For more information, call 410-861-5600.
Terra Rubra Lions Club’s egg hunt
Children ages 12 and younger will hunt for eggs filled with a variety of goodies. Categories are ages 4 and younger, ages 5 to 8 and ages 9 to 12. A grand prize for the most eggs found in each category will also be awarded. Each participant will also receive an Easter treat bag at the end of the hunting.
When: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Where: Terra Rubra Activities Building and Ballpark, 6300 Middleburg Road, Middleburg
For more information, call 410-775-0650.