It’s enough to make a bunny hop. Upcoming Easter events, plus some tips on making your eggs something to dye for
By Peter Covino
It isn’t always the Easter Bunny who pays a visit on Easter.
Youngsters will get an inside look at some holiday traditions, especially when it comes to the egg, as a holiday workshop just for kids at the Orlando Science Center, Saturday, April 12.
The special workshop is $25 ($20 for Orlando Science Center members and the fee covers both a preschool-aged child and an adult.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. Space is limited and reservations are required.
There is more information at www.osc.org/holidayworkshops. Or call the reservations office at 407-514-2112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.\
In Osceola County, the city of Kissimmee’s big Easter event for kids, The Easter Eggstravaganza, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 19, on the lawn at the Kissimmee Lakefront, 201 Lakeview Drive. The event is from noon until 3 p.m.
The city of St. Cloud will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt, April 19, at 9 a.m. at Stephanie Leigh Rothstein Memorial Park (2701 Missouri Ave.) Egg hunt times will be by age starting at 9 a.m. with the youngest children first. Cost is $2 per child and it also includes face painting, crafts and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
There are four days of Easter Egg fun at Green Meadows Farm, April 17-20. It is a bring your own basket event and is included with admission to the farm. The farm is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the 407-846-0770 for more information about Green Meadows Farm and the daily Easter Egg hunt.
For a different take on the Easter Egg hunt, Peghorn Nature Park in St. Cloud will host a Geocaching Egg Hunt, April 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The event, for children 10 years and older, features a game where players will be given the geographical coordinates of a cache of eggs that they will search for with a GPS device. The cost is $2 per child.
There is more holiday fun for children and adults too, and you won’t even have to leave the house to do it.
Coloring and decorating eggshells actually dates back some 60,000 years with the discovery of engraved decorations on ostrich eggs, but the Christian tradition of the Easter egg, was officially adopted by Pope Paul V in 1610.
The coloring of eggs has changed a lot, and while the basics are still the same — dropping a boiled egg into a mixture of boiling water, food coloring and vinegar, the end result goes far beyond a red, blue or yellow-dyed egg.
McCormick & Co, who seemingly have been making food coloring almost as long as there have been eggs, are giving Easter eggs a complete makeover this year with a wide variety of new spring colors and designs.
“With our new colors and design tips, it’s easy to make fashionable Easter eggs. Plus, it’s fun to experiment with different color combinations you can’t get from a kit – like our take on Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens, in a press release.
To create vibrant dyes inspired by must-have spring colors, mix food color with ½ of cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Submerge eggs for at least five minutes:
Radiant Orchid – 7 drops blue, 3 drops neon purple.
Hemlock – 3 drops blue, 12 drops green, 6 drops yellow.
Cayenne – 14 drops red, 1 drop blue, 1 drop yellow.
Dazzling Blue – 20 drops neon blue, 1 drop neon purple
Violet Tulip – 2 drops red, 20 drops blue.
Freesia – 1 drop red, 45 drops yellow (25 drops equals one-quarter teaspoon).
Celosia Orange – 2 drops red, 17 drops yellow.
Placid Blue – 4 drops blue.
“Get the kids involved – and avoid messy hands – by covering the table in plastic and using a whisk instead of a spoon to dip your eggs into the dye,” said Harrington.
Paint: To create mini works of art, mix food color and one-half teaspoon of vinegar in a small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab to create a watercolor effect. To achieve the same effect with spring colors, check out the To-Dye-For Eggs color guide at http://www.mccormick.com/food-coloring-and-extracts/easter.
Stripes: Before dyeing, place rubber bands on the eggs to create a design. Once dry, remove the rubber bands to reveal the pattern.
Marbled: Mix 1/4 cup of boiling water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon of oil and 4 to 8 drops of food color in a shallow bowl. Gently roll each egg in the mixture for about 30 seconds, or until it is the desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second color mixture and repeat the process. Allow the egg to dry then wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.
Two-Tone or Three-Color Eggs: Dip top half of a hard-cooked egg in one color and the bottom half in another. Or, dip each half of the egg in the color for different lengths of time, creating different shades of the same color for an ombre effect.
For more egg dyeing tips and Easter recipes, visit www.McCormick.com, www.Facebook.com/McCormickSpice and www.Pinterest.com/mccormickspices.