By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer
(April 18, 2019) An assortment of activities for the entire family will take place throughout Worcester County this weekend in celebration of Easter.
- The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual Easter and Spring Celebration, Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in White Horse Park, 235 Ocean Parkway.
There will be several free activities for children including egg hunts, carnival games, moon bounces, face painting, pony rides, arts and crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny.
The egg hunts are for children up to age 10. There are designated times for each age group. The egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. will be for toddlers ages 1-3; noon for children ages 4-6; and children ages 7-10 will begin their hunt at 1 p.m.
An Easter bonnet parade and contest open to children 10 and younger will begin at 12:30 p.m. In addition, the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines and Ocean City will be selling hot dogs, snacks, cupcakes and drinks.
There is no cost to attend, although there is a small fee for some activities.
In conjunction with the Easter celebration on Saturday, the Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market will offer goods from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White Horse Park with seasonal produce, baked goods, floral arrangements, eggs, seafood, meat, pet treats and bath products.
Children can fill their Easter baskets with homemade chocolate candies. Baker John DelVecchio will provide a free demonstration and tutorial during the Market Open-Air Kitchen on April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Volunteers are still needed. In the event of rain, the festivities will be moved inside the community center, including the moon bounce, egg hunt and carnival games.
For more information or to volunteer at the Easter and Spring Celebration, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.
- Young divers and snorkelers ages 11 and under can dive into the Egg-stravaganza Dive and Pool Party for a chance to fish out to brightly colored eggs from the indoor heated pool located at 11144 Cathell Road on Friday, April 19, from 5:30-8 p.m.
Swimmers at the annual Easter Egg-stravaganza Dive and Pool Party will be divided into different age groups to ensure everyone has a chance to collect eggs.
The cost of the special event is $6 per swimmer and $3 for non-swimmers. Children under age 6 must have an adult in the water with them. Life jackets are available at no charge.
- The Berlin Chamber of Commerce will host its 24th annual Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 20, on Main Street.
Main Street will be closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free games, crafts, and other activities provided by a variety of nonprofits and businesses in the area.
A pancake breakfast with Peter Rabbit at Rayne’s Reef restaurant will kick off festivities. There are 8:40, 9:30 or 10:15 a.m. seatings available. A reservation is required and can be made by calling 410-641-4775. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children.
An Easter egg hunt sponsored by On What Grounds will take place at 1 p.m. on the corner of Washington and West streets in addition to free pony rides on Commerce Street from 1-3 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to bring an Easter basket to collect their eggs.
There will be an Easter Mad Hatter parade kicking off at 3 p.m. outside of Worcester Youth and Family. Prizes from On What Grounds will be given out to winners in four categories: greenest, cutest, most original and best Mad Hatter. Register 15 minutes before the event begin.
There will also be games, crafts, face painting, a moon bounce, live music, a petting zoo, food and a Cupcake Walk.
For more information, contact the chamber at 410-641-4775 or email@example.com.
- The Evergreen Lodge #153 of Berlin recently received training from The Grand Lodge of Maryland to provide the Maryland Child Identification Program (MD CHIP), which will offer the program in its building at 109 N Main Street on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of Berlin’s Spring Celebration.
When a child participates in the program, all vital statistics are recorded. The child is photographed, and digital fingerprints are taken. Additionally, a video recording of the child speaking will be made. All of the information is then put onto a CD. A cheek swab of the child’s DNA will also be collected. Everything is then sealed in an envelope and given to the parent.
For more information about this process, contact Pete Jones at 410-726-3269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check out Ocean City’s 20th annual Easter Art, Craft and Kids Fun Fair on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, with more than 15 Easter egg hunts, musical chairs, hula hoop and limbo contests, in addition to a number of other activities at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days with Beanny the Easter Bunny kicking off the festivities each morning.
There will be jelly bean guessing contests, coloring tables, egg spoon races, fastest dresser relays, balloon games and appearances by Sponge Bob.
For adults, more than 70 vendors will be featured in the art and craft show offering a wide variety of gifts and accessories including jewelry, art, décor, toys and florals. There will also be door prizes.
Admission costs is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 4-18, and includes most activities. Children ages 3 and under, and members of the military, police or fire department are free with an ID. Seniors (60 and older) pay $3.
There will also be pay-as-you-go activities, including sand art, face painting, hair wraps, temporary tattoos, figurine painting, make-your-own crafts, photos with the Easter bunny, moon bounces, an obstacle course, swings, a rock-climbing wall and a shark slide.
Visit www.oceanpromotions.info/events/easter-arts-crafts-and-kids-fair/ for a full list of events and times, and participating vendors.
- Everyone’s favorite bunny will make his annual visit to Northside Park, Saturday, April 20, during Ocean City Recreation and Park’s annual Easter Bunny Fun Shop from 1-3 p.m.
The event on 125th Street is sponsored by the Ocean City Recreation Boosters and includes an egg hunt, arts and crafts, face painting, temporary tattoos, the chance to dye Easter eggs, and nearly a dozen carnival games such as a pin-the-tail-on-the-bunny, a duck pond, Easter egg ring toss, bunny putt-putt, bean-in-a-basket, bunny hoops, a jelly bean guessing contest and bunny darts.
In addition, refreshments, visits from the Easter Bunny and acts from Magician Tom Foolery, courtesy of Dickens Parlour Theatre, will close out the festivities for children 2-10 years old and their families.
Ocean City residents pay $6 and non-residents $8 per child to enter the Fun Shop. Everyone must pre-register and space is limited to 230 children. Participants can register in person at the Northside Park Recreation Complex on 125th Street or online at http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/recreation-parks/.
For more information, call Ocean City Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125.
- The Ocean City Christian Ministers Association will host a community Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 21, from 6-7 a.m. on the Boardwalk at North Division Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Ministers and musicians from several Ocean City churches will participate in the service that combines preaching and singing. Bleachers and chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket.
If it rains, the sunrise service will take place in the Atlantic United Methodist Church on the corner of Fourth Street and Baltimore Ave. Call 410-289-6573 for more information.