Weekend planner: Easter egg hunts, the Earth Fair, and the start to the Overland Park Farmer’s Market season

It's time for some Easter egg hunt hopping.
It’s time for some Easter egg hunt hopping.

Spring is here, and northeast Johnson County residents won’t want for excuses to get out of the house to enjoy the season. Here are some of the best bets for family fun this weekend:

Easter Egg hunts galore. Several cities will be hosting Easter egg hunts this Saturday — and the northeast Johnson County events are spaced out so you can go hunt hopping! (which is a great new term I just invented!) Fairway kicks the day off with its first-ever egg hunt, which will be held at the Shawnee Indian Mission. There will be three sessions broken up for kids of different ages. The hunt for kids 4 and younger starts at 9:30 a.m.; the hunt for kids 5 to 8 will be at 10:15 a.m.; and the final session, for kids 9-12, will be at 11 a.m.

Mission is taking a similar approach with its Bunny Eggstravaganza at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, where it will commence its first round of hunting at 10:15 a.m., with hunts for different age groups running up through 11:30 a.m. See the city’s event flier for a summary of when each age group’s hunt is scheduled.

Roeland Park area residents can bring their little ones to Nall Park for that city’s event starting at 11 a.m. (Organizers will yell “GO!” at 11:30 a.m. sharp). In the event of rain, the Roeland Park hunt will be relocated to the Roeland Park Sports Dome. Westwood’s annual hunt returns to Dennis Park at 50th Street and Rainbow Blvd. at 3 p.m.

A burrowing owl was among the feathered friends on display by Operation Wildlife at the 2014 Earth Fair.
A burrowing owl was among the feathered friends on display by Operation Wildlife at the 2014 Earth Fair.

Earth Fair returns to Shawnee Mission East, to feature presentations on “immediate actions” people can take to help environment. Back for its 16th year, the Prairie Village Earth Fair will return to Shawnee Mission East Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair, which is put on by the Prairie Village Environment and Recycling Committee and Shawnee Mission East student organizations, is organized around the theme “United for the Earth: A Call to Heal and Conserve Our Natural Home” for 2017. In addition to the gymnasium packed with exhibitors, there will be crafts, live music, performance art and an e-car show. New this year will be a slate of performances people can attend to learn about “immediate actions they can take” to help the environment. You can find out more about the event on the Earth Fair website here.

The downtown Overland Park Farmers Market. Photo via Downtown Overland Park Community Partnership via Facebook.
The downtown Overland Park Farmers Market. Photo via Downtown Overland Park Community Partnership via Facebook.

Overland Park Farmers’ Market opens for 35th season. Downtown Overland Park will for the 35th year in a row play host to the Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday. To commemorate the milestone anniversary, the market has a number of special events scheduled for its 2017 kick off. There will be an Easter egg hunt with prizes, live music, food samples and a cooking demonstration. Organizers will also be handing out free reusable shopping bags to the first 150 attendees. The market opens at 7 a.m.