Activities abound Easter weekend

Lots to do in the Cloverdale area and beyond, from train rides and egg hunts to animal pals and picnics.

Care for a spring fling? A mallard duck and a rabbit enjoy a chance Easter encounter in Ladner.

With at least four family-friendly Easter egg hunts to choose from, not to mention promises of candy, crafts and diversions in every direction, it’s shaping up to be a busy Easter weekend.

The fun begins on Good Friday, April 22, with the 2011 Easter children’s festival at the Bear Creek Park Train, which is offering spring-themed train rides, “bunny ears” headband crafts, and a visit from the magical furry rodent himself all weekend long.

The train is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 to April 25.

Closer to home, two local churches host Easter egg hunts and activities on Good Friday. Sonrise Church at 5588 188 Street hosts its annual Family Fest, starting at 10:30 a.m. with an egg hunt, followed by lunch for the whole family.

A.J. McLellan School at 16545 61 Avenue in Cloverdale is the location for the Easter Egg Hunt and Toonie Pancake Breakfast hosted by Coast Hills Community Church.

Free activities include Easter crafts and games, face painting, egg decorating and a chance to visit with members of the Surrey Fire Department, who are bringing along a fire truck. New this year is a bike decorating contest. Supplies provided.

That’s all from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22.

It’s an animal extravaganza over at the Surrey Museum (17710 56A Ave.), hosting its sixth annual Easter Fair Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.

It’s a biggie – between 400 and 600 participants visit each year. The idea is to let children meet the “real” Easter bunny by inviting local animal rescue organizations to the museum for the fair. It began as a way to educate the public on responsible animal care, according to Surrey Museum programmer Oana Capota, who began coordinating the event in 2006. The event has since expanded to include not just rabbits, but dogs, cats, rodents and other animals.

There will be family crafts, colouring and an egg hunt for the little ones. And there will be ample opportunity to learn more about and local wildlife and caring for rescue animals – rabbits, chihuahuas, airedales and an assortment of other rescue animals will be on hand, thanks to the participation of 12 rescue organizations.

“People should adopt instead of shop,” says Delta’s Jennifer Kaiser of Without Borders Boxer Rescue. “By rescuing, you save a life, and do your part in combating overpopulation.”

Entrance to the museum is free in 2011 – it’s sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum Society.

Call for more info at 604-592-6956 or visit the website at heritage.surrey.ca.

The Surrey Nature Centre hosts an Easter Egg Hunt, also on April 23. Egg-themed crafts, activities and entertainment. Call ahead for egg hunt times: 604-502-6065.

Last but not least is Township 7 Vineyards and Winery’s fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, April 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Register your child by April 21 by calling 604-532-1766. Wait! There’s more: chardonnay seminars and live music, plus home baked goodies and picnic basket fare, so you can spread out on the Langley winery’s new deck.

Wine tastings by the glass will be available all day. See township7.com for more details.Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.