CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's Easter weekend in the Lowcountry and that means Easter services and egg hunts. We have a few ideas for places to take the kids, plus a look at other events happening Around Town.
FAMILY CIRCLE CUP
The Family Circle Cup begins this weekend on Daniel Island with qualifying matches scheduled Saturday through Monday. This year's field includes eight of the top 20 players in the world. The gates at the grounds open each day at 9 am. In addition to qualifying, this is also Family Weekend at the Cup. Kids and parents can enjoy activities from 10 am - 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, including balloons, face-painting, climbing walls, jump castles and more. Sunday will also include an Easter Egg hunt. Admission is Free for kids 15 and younger, and $10 for adults. Fans are also encouraged to be on the Grand Lawn at 3 pm Saturday for the Draw Ceremony. Player names are drawn to set the matches for this year's Cup. Find out more on the tournament website.
CHARLESTON FARMERS MARKET
The Charleston Farmers Market returns to Marion Square in downtown this weekend for the 2015 season. It's open every Saturday through November, from 8 am to 2 pm. The market will always feature best in locally grown produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers. You can also enjoy live entertainment as well. April is also "Eat Local Month" and to help kickoff the year for the Farmers Market, Lowcountry Local First will host "Plow to Chow" at Marion Square. Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress and Chef Chris Stewart of the Glass Onion will prepare tastings using fresh, local produce. Go to charlestonfarmersmarket.com for more information on the weekly markets.
The Charleston Battery hopes to continue the hot start to the season Saturday night with a match against the Harrisburg City Islanders. The Battery is 2-0-0 on the young season and prepares to face last year's USL PRO runner-up. The gates at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island open at 6 pm and kickoff is at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here.
OSCAR SHORT FILMS
Even the most avid movie buffs can struggle to find screenings of some of the more obscure Oscar nominated films. Saturday night, Park Circle Films gives you the chance to screen all five nominees for best Best Short Film: Live Action. The films range from 14 to 39 minutes. The program begins at 7:00 pm at the Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue General Admission tickets are $6.00. For more information, go to parkcirclefilms.org.
The Charleston Hat Ladies are holding their annual Easter celebration Saturday from 10:30 am to 12 pm. You're encouraged to grab a hat and join them at Marion Square. The ladies will stroll downtown wishing you a "HaTpy Easter." Ladies (and gents) can gather for photo ops and then join the Promenade down Meeting, King, and Market Streets.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is hosting and Easter Egg hunt for kids on Saturday and an Easter Sunrise Service Sunday morning. More than 5,000 plastic eggs with candy and prizes will be scattered on the lawn at the main house. Two 30-minute hunts are schedule for different age groups. Children 2 and younger start at 10:30 am and kids 3-5 years old will hunt at 11 am. The Easter Egg Hunt is free with garden admission. The Old St. Andrew's Parish Church and St. Andrew's Mission Church will gather at 6:30 am Sunday on the lawn outside the Carriage House. Those who attend the service will also be offered free admission to the gardens following the service.
Middleton Place is holding its Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday at 10:30 am. You're encouraged to bring a basket to collect eggs hidden in the Gardens. The hard-boiled eggs can be dyed at the Stableyards. Kids can join the egg toss and egg roll games, make crafts, and play other colonial games. The Eggstravaganza activities are free with general admission.
Hampton Park is holding the city of Charleston's largest Easter egg hunt Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm. The free event is for kids 12 and younger. In addition to the egg hunt, kids can enjoy jump castles, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Call (843) 734-7327 for more information.
The Bees Landing Recreation Center in West Ashley will feature an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. The event from 2-4 pm will include the egg hunt, jump castles, arts and crafts, relay races, face painting and more! Kids are encouraged to bring their own basket for the hunt. Call (843) 402-4571 for more information.
Park Circle has a picnic and egg hunt Saturday at the North Charleston United Methodist Church. The free picnic is 11 am to 2 pm in Park Circle. The Easter egg hunt is at 1:00.
The Lowcountry Kids Expo is at Omar Shrine Center at Patriots Point on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. The free event includes an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, bounce houses, stage performances, games and more. The egg hunts will be staggered by age groups. Ages 3 & under go from 12:30-1:00 pm, ages 4-6 from 1:00-1:30 pm, and ages 7-9 from 1:30-2:00 pm. Be sure to bring your basket. Kids of all ages are welcome at the Expo. Click here for more information.