Egg hunts, festivals and photo ops are among the many ways to celebrate Easter in central Arkansas. All of the egg-cellent fun is getting started this weekend and continuing through Easter Sunday on April 20.

Keep checking back as we add even more events throughout the month!

Easter Bunny Sightings

Bunny Photo Experience at McCain Mall -- From April 5-19, the Easter Bunny will pose for photos with children in the mall's Center Court. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. On April 13, children with special needs are invited to participate in the Caring Bunny event, for which many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers and create a comforting environment. The event will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and families can sign up for free here. For info: Simon.com/Mall/Mccain-Mall.

Easter Bunny Photos at Bass Pro Shops -- Kiddos can pose with the Easter Bunny, and receive a free 4x6 photo from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12-13, 19-20, 6-8 p.m. April 14-17, and 2-7 p.m. April 18. Plus, they'll be able to participate in free egg hunts and crafts (see details below). For info: BassPro.com/Easter. FREE!

Easter Bunny Photos at Park Plaza Mall -- The big bunny hippity hops into Park Plaza from April 5-19 for photos with little ones. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-6 p.m. Sun. For photo package information, click here.

Easter Celebrations

Ongoing

Drop-in Family Program: Naturally Dyed Eggs! at Garvan Woodland Gardens -- Learn more about the powerful dye in certain plants and uses the dyes to decorate eggs. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5, 25 & 26. $5 per child plus admission to the Gardens. For info: (501) 262-9606, GarvanGardens.org.

Easter at Bass Pro Shops -- In addition to snapping a few free photos with the Easter (see description above), kids ages 2-10 can search for eggs during an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt from 2-3 p.m. April 12-13 and 19-20. Registration begins at the main entrance at 1:30 p.m.; kids that find five eggs can return them for candy. Visitors can also color an Easter Egg from 1-4 p.m. April 12-13, or make bunny arts & crafts from 4-7 p.m. April 18 and 1-4 p.m. April 19-20. For info: BassPro.com/Easter. FREE!

Easter Weekend at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock -- Join the church for Easter Weekend with Good Friday worship on April 18 and a special Easter Egg Hunt April 19 for the kiddos. Easter Sunday service will be from 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. on April 20. For info: AGilmore@2bclr.com, www.2BCLR.com. FREE!

Saturday, April 5

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at McCain Mall -- To celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny, children and families are invited to dine on breakfast 9-11 a.m. in Center Court. Proceeds benefit the Simon Youth Foundation. Interested attendees can make a reservation here. $6.27 per person.

First Saturday Crafts at The Knowledge Tree in Little Rock -- Drop in anytime during store hours to make an Easter placemat. Bring a special photograph, drawing or picture and the store will provide all other materials. At 12:30 p.m., kids can also learn in a Rainbow Loom Basics workshop; at 1:30 p.m., they'll make a cross charm in the advanced Rainbow Loom class. For info: (501) 663-2877, TheKnowledgeTree.com. FREE!

Friday, April 11

Egg Hunt at The Wonder Place -- An eggstra-special event with surprises for children, this hunt gives kids a chance to find a $50 admission punch card. 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 11. $5, second adult & children under 1 are free. For info: (501) 225-4050, TheWonderPlace.com.

Saturday, April 12

4th Annual "Support Our Sistahs" Easter Egg Hunt at UALR Housing Grounds and Commons Building -- This is a free community event sponsored by the UALR Support Our Sistahs and Housing Activities Council. The event includes Easter egg hunting, crafts, inflatables, and food for the kids to enjoy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12. For info: (501) 681-8210, 4thAnnualEggHunt.Tumblr.com. FREE!

9th Annual Easter Family Festival at Clinton Presidential Center -- This giant egg hunt features thousands of eco-friendly eggs hidden on the lawn of the Presidential Park. Children can also win prizes, and participate in games and activities. Rain date: 1-4 p.m. April 13. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12. For info: (501) 374-4242, ClintonPresidentialCenter.org. FREE!

Easter Craft Activities at The Knowledge Tree in Little Rock -- Join The Knowledge Tree team for: spring bunny crafts at 11 a.m.; a Rainbow Loom Basics class at 12:30 p.m.; and an Advanced Rainbow Loom class to make Easter egg bracelets at 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12. For info: (501) 663-2877, TheKnowledgeTree.com. FREE!

Sunday, April 13

First United Methodist Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Allsop Park -- All families and friends invited to this Easter Egg Hunt, complete with a special furry guest. 2 p.m. April 13. For info: FUMCLR.orgFREE!

Saturday, April 19

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Burns Park -- Meet at Pavillion 10, where kids ages 1-9 are divided into three age groups, with only 25 children seeking out Easter eggs at any given time. When they aren't on the hunt, children can participate in various games and holiday activities, enter to win prizes and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. 8:30-11 a.m. April 19. For info: (501) 753-7307, NLRPR.org. FREE!

Author Meet-and-Greet and Easter Crafts at The Knowledge Tree Little Rock -- At 11:30 a.m., meet local author Carol Dabney, as she talks about her book, "Pablo, the Donkey Used by God." Families can also drop in for arts & crafts all day to make a "peek-a-boo chick" to celebrate Easter. For info: (501) 663-2877, TheKnowledgeTree.com. FREE!

Community Easter Egg Hunt at MacArthur Park -- Be a part of the annual MacArthur Park Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Second Baptist Church. Enjoy games, crafts, inflatables, and of course, candy-filled eggs. The egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m. on the front lawn of the park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19. For info: (501) 374-9284, 2BCLR.com. FREE!

Easter Egg Hunt and Roller Skating Party at Arkansas Skatium -- Children 8 years and younger are invited to bring along riding toys, scooters, anything with wheels, except bikes. Roller skates are included in the admission fee. 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 19. $5, kids 2 and under are free. For info: (501) 227-4333, ArkansasSkatium.com.

Easter Egg Hunt at Rolling Oaks Sports Complex in Maumelle -- Children 10 and under can hunt in three different age divisions at this Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Maumelle Parks and Recreation. In the event of rain, the hunt will be moved to the Jess Odom Community Center. 9 a.m. April 19. For info, click here. FREE!

Easter Egg Hunt at St. James United Methodist Church -- Bring your little egg hunters to this community-wide event. Children ages 2 years-3rd graders are invited to participate. Snap a pic with the Easter Bunny, snack on hot dogs, and bounce on inflatables. 10 a.m. April 19. For info: (501) 217-6700, StJames-UMC.org. FREE!

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Capital Hotel -- At 11 a.m., children can join in the free Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny. Keep an eye out for two golden eggs, one of which includes complimentary lunch at Ashley's following the hunt. The Children's Bunny Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Ashley's, and will include a special menu with banana pudding and strawberry tart for dessert. 11 a.m. April 19. To make reservations, call (501) 370-7011.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Whole Foods -- Join the free Easter egg hunt around the store with the Easter Bunny. There will be 3 golden eggs hidden with special prizes. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 19. For info: WholeFoodsMarket.com. FREE!

Sunday, April 20

26th Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service at First Security Amphitheatre -- Rise early and head to this 7 a.m. sunrise service, held at the RiverFest Amphitheater overlooking the Arkansas River. This year's participants include: Georgia Mjarten, Director of Our House; Mr. Steve Straessle, Principal of Catholic High School for Boys; Erin Hawley, News Anchor for Channel 7; and Kathy Webb, Former State Representative. The Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service is an ecumenical worship service sponsored by Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. The service will also be broadcast live on KATV Channel 7. 7 a.m. April 20. For info: CommunitySunriseService.com. FREE!

Easter Egg-stasy at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck -- A host of programs and activities will focus on spring themes, with eggs taking center stage. Look for lake tours, hikes, demonstrations, crafts, games, and non-traditional egg hunts, including one just for big kids and adults. Contact the park for a detailed schedule. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20. Most events are free. For info: (501) 865-5810, DeGray.com.

For even more family-friendly events in central Arkansas, see our full online calendar here.