I feel like I have grown a little closer to each of my fellow Central Pennsylvanians over the course of this unusually harsh winter. We weathered it together, and now it is time to enjoy spring — and with special events coming up in April, special locations to visit and special sports to try, Bellefonte is a great place to experience the season with your family this year.
You’ll find several big Easter egg hunt events in the area this year.
On April 12, New Hope Methodist Church will host a spring craft show and egg hunt including a free lunch, door prizes, vendors and free pictures with the Easter Bunny.
The craft show starts at 9 a.m., the hunt starts at 11 and pictures start at 1 p.m. Visit www.new hopegrows.com for more information.
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The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bellefonte Legion will be hosting its eighth annual egg hunt at noon April 13 at Talleyrand Park, including pony rides, a bounce house, 15,000 eggs and the Easter Bunny.
Historic Bellefonte’s annual community Easter egg hunt will take place April 19 at Talleyrand Park. Children ages 12 and under will hunt for eggs, including golden eggs containing coupons and gift certificates. The event is free and starts at 2 p.m.
Looking ahead to May, mark your calendars for the Big Spring Festival, an event celebrating Bellefonte’s bountiful supply of water with entertainment, water sports, crafts, fish stocking of Spring Creek and more. This year’s event is scheduled for May 18.
If you are looking for signs of spring, you will soon find them blooming at the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden. Located behind the Bellefonte Historical Library, the garden is a place where kids can plant and learn about flowers, vegetables and other things that grow. Their upcoming spring and summer programs should soon be available on the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden Facebook page.
Another Bellefonte organization offering special programs for kids is the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County. On the first Sunday of each month, the museum offers free art classes for kids from 1 to 3:30 p.m., featuring a different artist teacher and theme each month. Located in the Historic Linn House at 133 N. Allegheny St., the museum also offers summer camps for kids ages 6 to 10. Find out more at www.bellefontemuseum.org.
Finally, this is one of my favorite tips about what seems to be a well-kept secret: Bellefonte has its own kayaking and canoeing league in which kids 10 and up can learn the sport of paddling. If you are looking for a sport to entice your tween or teen but want to get away from the traditional spring youth sports of baseball, softball, track or lacrosse, you may want to introduce them to the Mach 1 Slalom Team. Drop by Sunnyside Paddling Park’s year-round training course (across from Tussey Mountain Outfitters on Sunnyside Boulevard) on weekdays between 4 and 6 p.m., or visit http://www.mach1team.org to learn more.