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Originally published Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 9:38 AM

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Free and easy: Daffodil boats, egg hunts and adventure race

Here's a sampling of free events not far from Seattle, for the weekend of April 14-17.

Gas prices gouging a hole in your wallet? Here's a sampling of free events not far from home:

Daffodil Marine Regatta: Boats decorated with flowers parade along the Tacoma waterfront Sunday as part of the Daffodil Festival. See www.daffodilfestival.net.

International Migratory Bird Day: Kirkland's lakefront bird haven, Juanita Bay Park, is a place worthy of a world celebration of winged wonders. Take a guided walk with Eastside Audubon. Details at www.eastsideaudubon.org.

Easter comes early: It's time for the egg hunts to begin. Bunny Day is officially more than a week away still, but the kids can hunt for Easter eggs this weekend in a couple Seattle neighborhoods and at Bellevue's children's museum. See "Easter/Spring events" in our online Weekend Calendar.

Free weekend at Bloedel: The 150-acre estate garden on Bainbridge Island, which usually charges $5 to $13 admission, is free this weekend, coinciding with a spring plant sale. Details at www.bloedelreserve.org.

Environmental Adventure Race: No charge to compete in this "HP3" (Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Healthy Planet) Challenge, which involves teams pushing wheelbarrows, carrying buckets of gravel and planting trees in Seattle parks (and helping with some sneaky park maintenance while they're at it). See hp3challenge.com.

Pike Place Market scavenger hunt: Follow clues to get your "passport" stamped at 10 Market destinations to be eligible for a prize. Look for more details at pikeplacemarket.org.

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