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Easter comes early this year – March 31 – but it might not be quite soon enough for kids impatient for baskets and bunnies. So get yourself warmed up for the big day with an Easter expedition. Here are six sweet opportunities across the North shore:

Spring egg hunt, North Shore Children’s Museum, Peabody | March 23

Hunt for candy-filled eggs throughout the fun-filled exhibits of the North Shore Children’s Museum. Find one of the golden eggs for a special prize. reserve your spot for the 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. hunt at

Firehouse Family Tea, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport | March 23

If you can’t choose just one way to celebrate, head to the Firehouse Center for the Arts for an event that combines teatime, an egg hunt, and Easter bunny dance party, races, crafts, stories, and, of course, photos with The Bunny. Reserve your spot at

Long Hill egg hunt trail | Photograph courtesy of the Trustees of Reservations

Spring egg hunt trail, Long Hill, Beverly | March 23 and 24

Celebrate springtime at one of the North shore’s most beautiful garden properties. Explore the specially decorated egg hunt trail and complete a scavenger hunt, then visit the on-site petting zoo and do a craft. Buy tickets at

Build a bunny with Create & Escape, The Gloucester House, Gloucester | March 27

Kids can have their photo taken with the Easter bunny then build their own rabbit stuffy, complete with adoption certificate, at this workshop hosted by DIY crafts studio Create & Escape. In addition to the bunny-based fun there will be pizza and drinks and plenty of fun. Tickets available at the Create & Escape website.

Easter egg hunt and goat hike, Goats to Go, Georgetown | March 30

Sure the Easter bunny is great, but this event might just make goats your new favorite holiday animal. Stroll through the scenic woods with some hooved companions and search for eggs along the way, and even get a chance to meet-and-greet some llamas, sheep, and horses back at the farm. Hikes are available at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Get your tickets at

Easter egg buoy painting, Art Haven, Gloucester | March 30

Come paint an egg-shaped buoy as a colorful Easter egg at Gloucester’s community art studio. All materials are provided, but be sure to wear clothes that can handle some paint splatters. Tickets are $5 and pre-registration is encouraged.