The Easter Bunny is hopping into town and bringing a glorious four day long weekend to feast on chocolate and spend time with family and friends. When not hunting Easter eggs, munching hot cross buns and attending Easter mass, what else is there to do?
Here are not one but eleven excellent events, activities and outings, hand-picked by the Easter Bunny, for you to enjoy over the 2013 Easter long weekend.
There will be around a hundred stalls at the Meadows Four Day Easter Fair with craft, collectibles, produce, plants and much more. Admire floral and artwork displays while the kids are entertained with face painting, animals and a clown.
When: Friday March 29-Monday April 1, 9am-4pm Where: Meadows Memorial Hall, Mawson Road Cost: Free entry
2. Adelaide International Kite Festival The whole family will be amazed at the sight of thousands of colourful kites filling the sky at the Adelaide International Kite Festival. With kite flying, displays, workshops, stalls, food, carnival rides and even a circus, there will be lots to see and do.
When: Friday March 29- Monday April 1, 10am-5pm
Where: Semaphore Foreshore Reserve, Semaphore Esplanade Cost: Free entry, charges may apply for some activities
3. Barossa Vintage Festival The Barossa Vintage Festival is a week-long celebration of everything Barossa. There will be local arts and crafts, food and wine, music and even a scarecrow competition. More than 150 events have been scheduled, visit the Barossa Vintage Festival website to plan your trip.
When: Saturday March 30-Sunday April 7
Where: Barossa Valley, various locations
4. Barossa Vintage Festival Carnival
The official opening, and a highlight for many, is the Barossa Vintage Festival Carnival. It is a free family fun day held on Easter Saturday. Enjoy local music and gourmet food and wine while the kids have fun with grape treading competitions, horse carriage rides, Easter egg hunt and much more.
5. Coober Pedy Opal Festival Coober Pedy comes alive to celebrate the end of a stifling summer and the beginning a rewarding opal mining season. The Coober Pedy Opal Festival features a street parade, comedy acts, live music and entertaining activities such as sumo suits, noodle pit and the Opal King and Queen iron person competition.
When: Saturday March 30, 1pm onwards
Where: Hutchinson Street, Coober Pedy
Cost: Adults $7, children $3
6. Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival
Head for the hills this Easter for what is considered the largest picnic racing event in the world. Along with the thrill of the races, the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival also offers family entertainment, activities and rides.
When: Saturday March 30 & Monday April 1, first race 11am
Where: Oakbank Road, Oakbank
Cost: Adults $30, children $10 (packages available)
7. Urimbirra Wildlife Park
Everyone will love a trip to Urimbirra Wildlife Park, where you can feed kangaroos, watch the koala show and hold a snake. The open range and interactive Urimbirra Wildlife Park has hundreds of native animals in natural surroundings.
When: Everyday, 10am-5pm
Where: Adelaide Road, Victor Harbor
Cost: Adults $12, children $6
8. Movie Marathon at Event Cinemas
On Easter Sunday, Event Cinemas will be holding movie marathons. There are three different marathons to choose from: -Ted, Identity Thief and Pitch Perfect -Hansel & Gretel, G.I Joe: Retaliation and Jack Reacher -Die Hard, Die Hard 2 and A Good Day to Die Hard
When: Sunday March 31, 11pm onwards
Where: Event Cinemas, Arndale and Marion
Cost: $20 plus booking fee, 3D and VMAX surcharges apply
9. Harbourtown Harbourtown will be open over the long weekend to fulfill your shopping urges. As well as plenty of sales and bargains to be had, the Easter Bunny will be visiting each day to pose for photos and with treats for the kids.
When: Saturday March 30-Monday April 1, Easter festivies 12-3pm
Where: Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach
Cost: Varies according to your shopping habit
10. Second Valley
If the weather is nice, consider a drive to the lovely beach at Second Valley. Here you can traipse the rocky inlets, try your luck fishing, have a swim and go snorkeling. The jetty and causeway at the beach are heritage listed and a rusty winch is a reminder of the old boat sheds that once dotted the bay.
When: When the weather is fine
Where: Finnis Vale Drive, Second Valley
11. Hallett Cove Conservation Park
Burn off all those Easter eggs and hot cross buns with a trek through Hallett Cove Conservation Park. It is about a three kilometre walk with stairs and hills to get your heart pumping. Along the way you will see many fascinating geological sites, with interpretive signs to keep you informed, that date back millions of years.
When: Open every day of the year
Where: Heron Way, Hallett Cove