Area children and their families will have the opportunity to have some fun this Easter as a number of area organizations will hold Easter egg hunts.
Brightly-colored plastic eggs containing candy, chocolate and prizes will be hidden throughout various areas in Clark and Cowlitz counties, just waiting for eager children to find them and peek to see what’s inside.
Some of this year’s egg hunts coincide with religious celebrations, while others are held by non-profit organizations.
The following is a partial list of 2012 Easter egg hunts and other Easter festivities throughout the area:
The North Clark Lions Club will have their Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 10 a.m., at Amboy Territorial Park. Children up to the age of 10 will be able to hunt for 1,200 eggs and there will be three separate areas for each age group. Children ages 1-3 will hunt in the beer garden area, children 4-6 will hunt for eggs in the trees by the entrance and children 7-10 will search in the logging arena. The Easter Bunny will make a visit to say hi to the children and there will be a free flower for each child. Special eggs may be turned in for a prize.
Battle Ground Kiwanis Club members will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt and activities Sat., April 7, 9 a.m., at Kiwanis Park, 422 SW 2nd Ave., Battle Ground. From 9-10 a.m., there will be children’s games, a 4-H petting zoo and children can read with the Battle Ground Rose Float Princesses. Children in various age groups can start their “Egg Dash” at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Battle Ground Kiwanis and Key Clubs, 4-H, Scouts and the Battle Ground Rose Princesses. (360) 687-2044.
Battle Ground Baptist Church will hold a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 10 a.m., at the church, 1110 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground. (360) 687-7124.
Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church will host their Children’s Easter Egg Hunt Sun., April 8, noon-1 p.m., at the church, 10300 NE 199th St., Battle Ground. (360) 687-2542.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 10 a.m., at 14208 NE 249th St., Battle Ground. (360) 687-7455.
Bethel Lutheran Church will hold their Children’s Easter Egg Hunt Sun., April 8, 10 a.m., at the church, 12919 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie. (360) 892-4231.
Hockinson Community Church will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt/Carnival/Program Sat., April 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the church, 15918 NE 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie. The morning will include face painting, animal balloons, crafts, games, prizes and food, two Easter egg hunts and a program featuring Hockinson Community Church youth. Everyone is invited and this event is free of charge. Sign up online at www.hockinsoncommunitychurch.org or call (360) 256-4421.
Members of the La Center Lions Club will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Sat., April 7, 7-10 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. egg hunt, at Holley Park Community Center, 1000 E. 4th St., La Center. Children ages 1-10 are eligible to hunt for eggs and attendees can purchase breakfast for $5 per person. Amy Chase, Achase@tds.net.
Highland Lutheran Church will hold their Easter Egg Hunt Sun., April 8, 10 a.m., at the church, 38809 NE 41st Ave., La Center. (360) 263-2302.
Ridgefield Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene will hold their Community Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 10 a.m., at the church, 747 Pioneer St., Ridgefield. (360) 887-3576.
Autism Empowerment will host their first annual Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 4-5 p.m., at McKenzie Stadium, 2205 NE 138th Ave., Vancouver. This event is open to extra special children with any special needs looking to have fun. The first egg hunt will start around 4 p.m. and last about 15 minutes and will include those with special needs and caregivers. There will be a separate hunt afterwards for siblings and friends.
The Easter Bunny will be in attendance and professional photography is also available. There will also be a coloring table, games, drinks and extra surprises. This event is free, donations are accepted, but not required. John Krejcha, (360) 852-8369, email@example.com.
Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene will hold their Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 10 a.m.-noon, at the church grounds, 12401 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. (360) 574-9302.
LifePoint Church will hold two Easter Egg Hunts Sat., April 7, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., at the church, 305 NE 192nd Ave., Vancouver. (360) 892-7100.
The Woodland Moose Lodge will sponsor the annual Woodland Community Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 10 a.m., at Horseshoe Lake Park off of Park Road in Woodland. Children will hunt for more than 6,000 plastic eggs filled with goodies and prizes. There are four age groups – 2 and under, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11. Dale Jefferies, (360) 609-7238.
The Yacolt Citizens Committee will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 7, 9 a.m., at the North Clark Little League Fields, 202 W. Christy St., Yacolt. Participating age groups are 4 and under, kindergarten, first/second grade and third/fourth grade. Plastic eggs filled with candy will be hunted and there will be two prize eggs for each age group to win if they find the “special egg.”
The Easter Bunny will be present and there will also be face painting. North Clark Little League will also be holding their opening ceremonies that day at 10 a.m. and will have a barbecue lunch available for purchase. Donations are accepted as the Yacolt Citizens Committee is a non-profit organization that relies strictly on donations and fundraisers.