After a cold winter, nothing says spring like the annual Easter Eggstravaganza at The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island.
The hippity-hoppity flower-filled festival attracts not only happy children with brightly colored baskets but also a visit from Sir Walter “Peter” Wabbit, who is happy to have a photo snapped with children of all ages.
“Children and families keep coming back to enjoy this event. Children enjoy the egg scavenger hunt, and they have a wonderful time walking the gardens in its fresh spring beauty,” says Carl Curnutte III, executive director of the 10-acre soundfront botanical treasure. “For folks coming from the sandy beach, our garden is such a different place of green, trees and blooms, too.”
Curnutte says classic games, like the cakewalk and egg spoon races, “are fun for all ages. Kids are involved in active play and parents enjoy the experience. The whole experience is really designed with families in mind.”
The event is from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, on the grounds of the gardens, 1411 National Park Drive, within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
The festival — which attracts up to 1,000 people each year — features a hat contest, live music by Club Violin and the Mustang Music Program, dancers, make and take crafts, egg roll race, Easter egg hunt with prizes, gift certificates, stuffed animals and more.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a basket for collecting eggs and prizes, and a camera for free photos with Sir Walter “Peter” Wabbit.
Leashed pets are welcome for an addition $3.
This year’s event includes more vendors and more prizes at the prize table, the latter courtesy of the Outer Banks business community.
“Funds raised at the event will help with our education projects in the Gardens, like our new butterfly house,” he says.