Make sure to grab your favorite bonnet and basket and hop on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf Saturday, March 30 for an Easter Explosion.

"This event is a great way to kick off the Easter weekend," said Brittany Byrd, events coordinator for Baytowne Wharf. "It provides an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some outdoor fun."

With spring officially in the air, grab the entire family and spend the afternoon strolling the streets of Baytowne Wharf, while bouncing your way through the inflatable fun zone or challenging your friend to a game of cornhole before visiting the Easter Bunny.

Plan to let loose and participate in activities and games galore, as Abrakadoodle will be on hand to paint faces and Easter eggs at no charge. A variety of lawn games, such as chess and ladder ball, will be set up across from the events plaza stage where DJ Spintel will be spinning his distinct blend of tunes. And don't forget to pay a visit to the stilt walker, who will be handing out prizes and making balloon art.

Easter Explosion will take place from 12-3 p.m. For more information on the event call 850-267-8117 or visit

So, skip, hop or jump you way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter celebration.

"Baytowne will be full of activity on Saturday," Byrd said. "From zip lining across the lagoon to dancing on the stage, we will have activities for all ages to enjoy."


Easter on the Emerald Coast: Celebrations and services


Easter at Bass Pro Shops

Bring the kids to Bass Pro Shops March 23 through March 31 to take part in the free activities for the whole family.  From 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, bring the kids to have their free 4x6 photo taken with the Easter Bunny. An old-fashioned Easter Egg hunt for kids ages 2-10 will be held from 1-2 p.m. March 23, 24, 30 and 31. Registration for the hunt will begin at 12:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy fun crafts like making a bunny magnet.


Easter Egg Hunt

The Destin Library has scheduled its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 4 years and under from 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 27 inside the library. Pre-registration is required and may be made in person at the library or call 837-8572. Program will include an Easter Hat contest for children — a crazy hat, a floppy hat, an upside down hat, a beautiful hat, a huge hat — plus a visit from the Easter Bunny, free balloons and door prizes.


Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for youth ages 12 and under begins at 9:15 a.m. March 30 at Morgan Sports Center. A special egg-hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers will be available. Call 654-5184 or email


Easter Egg Hunt

The Emerald Coast Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30 at Emerald Coast Baptist Church at the Buck Destin Facility on 734 Legion Drive. A hot dog lunch will be served and there will be inflatables, cotton candy, lemonade, face painting and more.



The Art of the Egg

A true Eggstravaganza, The Art of the Egg, a fundraiser for Alaqua, will be held from 6-9 p.m. March 30 at Donna Burgess Gallery, 585 Grand Boulevard, Suite 102. Thirteen local artists will transform eggs, laid by Alaqua's resident emus, Eva and Zsa Zsa, into works of art. The egg creations will be available for purchase through a silent auction along with original paintings. Local artist and musician, Cody Copeland, will provide musical entertainment. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided, along with sweet treats. Suggested donation at door is $10. There will also be an Easter Bonnet contest.


Easter Explosion

Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 12-3 p.m. March 30. Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone, plus a stiltwalker making balloon animals and a visit with the Easter Bunny.


Easter in Rosemary

A non-denominational church service will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 31 on the Eastern Green in Rosemary Beach. Bring a low-rise chair. An Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:45 a.m. on the Western Green, rain or shine. Several Town Center restaurants offer a special Easter Brunch.


Easter service

Emerald Coast Baptist Church, 734 Legion Drive in the Buck Destin facility, will have services at 10: a.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 31.



A sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. March 31 on the beach at Beasley Park on U.S. 98 on Okaloosa Island. Good Shepherd Lutheran, Shalimar; Grace Lutheran, Destin; Holy Trinity Lutheran, Fort Walton Beach; and St. Paul Lutheran, Niceville, will sponsor the service. Bring chair or blanket and please stay off the dunes.


Easter Brunch

The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village will host an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 in the HarborView Room. Call 424-0613 for reservations.