The Friday 5 — March 25-27

By: Jennifer Sigouin, | Online Only | Published March 24, 2016

1. Spend a day in Bunnyville
March 25-26 • The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo’s 25th annual Bunnyville celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 and 26 inside the zoo at the corner of Woodward Avenue and 10 Mile Road. More than 100 golden eggs will be hidden throughout the zoo each day, and new this year is an additional egg hunt for children ages 2-5. The event will include treats, games, live entertainment, zookeeper talks and whisker painting, as well as photos with the Easter Bunny for an additional charge.

Egg hunts will take place at noon and 2 p.m., and the Off Broadway Productions musical “The Bunny Follies” will be performed in the Main Picnic Grove at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Those who bring a canned good or nonperishable food item for donation to Gleaners Community Food Bank will receive a reduced admission price of $9.


2. Participate in a prayer procession
March 25 • Grosse Pointe City

Clergy members from a variety of denominations will come together for a public procession called Stations in the Streets this Good Friday, March 25, in Grosse Pointe City.

Participants will use the nonvehicular portion of Kercheval Avenue from Fisher to Neff roads between 3 and 4:30 p.m. that day, where they will stop 15 times for a few minutes apiece to read from scripture and reflect, explained the Rev. Andrew Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. Representatives from nine local churches are scheduled to contribute reflections during the event.


3.  Experience an ‘EGGstravaganza’
March 26 • The Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield

The City of Southfield Parks and Recreation Department will present EGGS’travaganza from 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Southfield Pavilion.

EGGS’travaganza is open to kids ages 14 and younger, along with their families. The event will include an obstacle course, themed games and activities, a moonwalk, face painting, a prize station and Miniature Motorways slot car racing. Food and additional craft activities will also be available for an extra cost. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children’s tickets cost $7 for Southfield residents or $9 for nonresidents. Admission is free for adults. Call the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 796-4620 for more information.


4. Hunt for eggs
March 26 • Metro Detroit

• The St. Clair Shores Easter egg hunt is at noon March 26 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. The event will be divided into three age-group areas: infants to 3 years old, 4-7, and 8 years and older. In addition, every child attending will receive a raffle ticket and at the end of the hunt, 25 girls and 25 boys will win Easter baskets.

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 47120 Romeo Plank Road in Macomb Township, will hold an Easter egg hunt for children from 10 a.m. to noon March 26. The event will also feature crafts, face painting and more. For more information, call (586) 286-4231.

Keego Harbor’s community-sponsored egg hunt will be held at Rose Sorter Park, located behind Roosevelt Elementary, 2065 Cass Lake Road, at 11 a.m. March 26. The event is free for Keego Harbor residents and Roosevelt Elementary students.


5. Say cheese with the Easter Bunny
March 25-26 • Metro Detroit

Parents, this weekend is your last chance to snap a photo of your kids with the Easter Bunny before he hops out of town. The following locations will offer photo opportunities through Saturday, March 26.

Oakland Mall, 412 W. 14 Mile Road, Troy
Visitors can meet the Easter Bunny in his whimsical spring village from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through March 26. Visit www.oaklandmall.com for information on photo packages or to make a reservation to skip the line.

Macomb Mall, 32233 Gratiot Ave., Roseville
Visitors can find the Easter Bunny at the Dick’s Sporting Goods court from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit www.shopmacombmall.com for information on photo packages.

Somerset Collection, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
The Easter Bunny will be in the Somerset Collection’s North Grand Court during regular mall hours through March 26. In addition to having their photo taken, children will have a chance to visit the jelly bean bar and will each receive a special gift bag filled with plastic eggs containing coins to toss into the fountain. The eggs are also redeemable for treats at participating stores.

Eastland Center, 18000 Vernier Road, Harper Woods
Visit the Easter Bunny in his “bunny hut” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, March 26, in the Eastland Center’s Grand Court. Visit www.shopeastland.com for more information.

Lakeside Mall, 14000 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights
Lakeside Mall visitors can find the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the lower level near Bath & Body Works. Visit www.shop-lakesidemall.com for more information.


For more local events, visit our Community Calendar.

C & G Staff Writers Victoria Mitchell, Kristyne Demske, Kayla Dimick and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.