Hop over to a hunt

Several local organizations are sponsoring community Easter egg hunts

The Easter Bunny, along with other costumed characters, will be available for photos at most area hunts. (Post-Record file photos)

The "EGGSstravaganza!" will feature a hunt for 5,000 eggs. Kids in fifth-grade and younger will enter the hunt area in small groups to help keep the activity less chaotic, according to event organizers with the Downtown Washougal Association.

Even the youngest children enjoy activities at local egg hunts.

Easter is fast approaching, and with it, several community eggs hunts. These feature everything from a traditional Sunday event, to beeping eggs for those who are visually impaired.

In Washougal, the “EGGstravaganza!” will happen from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12. It is hosted by the city of Washougal and the Downtown Washougal Association.

Local families, with kids in fifth-grade and younger, are invited to partake in the hunt at Reflection Plaza.

“Last year’s event was so successful that we know many families are looking forward to coming again this year,” said Heena Dwivedy, DWA president.

The event will feature an egg hunt with plastic treat filled eggs hidden among straw bales. Some will find a coupon for a free plant from Washougal Hardware.

Children will enter the hunt area in small groups and be challenged to find eggs of different colors before they exit.

According to Dwivedy, this method helps spread the event over the whole afternoon, so families won’t miss out on any fun if they arrive after it begins.

Approximately 5,000 eggs will be on hand, and used to replenish the supply to keep the hunt going.

The event, which coincides with Washougal schools’ early release, includes cotton candy, photos with the Easter Bunny and other characters, treats, music and activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are needed and can contact organizers at dwavolunteer@gmail.com.

“We hope families come and have a great time at the egg hunt and then stick around for shopping or dining at any of our great downtown Washougal restaurants,” Dwivedy added.

Washougal Eagles Easter egg hunt at Hathaway Park

The hunt will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 15 at 799 25th St., in Washougal.

There will be 20,000 Easter eggs for children in age groups ranging from birth to age 12.

Children will have the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

The annual event is sponsored by the Washougal Eagles #4390. Video of the event will be posted on YouTube.

For more information, call Ron Hawkins at 910-1831.

Vancouver Farmers Market egg hunt

A hunt for goodies hidden inside 15,000 plastic eggs will be held Saturday, April 15, at Esther Short park, 415 W. Sixth St.

There will be hunts for age groups including birth to 3 at 10 a.m., 4 to 6 at 10:20, children with special needs at 10:20; and 7 and older at 10:40.

The free event will also include face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, balloon animals and a bounce house.

For more information, visit www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com.

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes beeping egg hunt

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes will host its third annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for children who are visually impaired.

It will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at the Washington School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver.

Activities include meeting the Easter Bunny, the egg hunt, and tandem cycling. It is open to all families with a child who has a visual impairment. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.nwaba.org or call 448-7254.

Camas Parks and Recreation egg hunt

More than 10,000 candy and prize filled eggs, stuffed by volunteers, will be tossed on the lawn at Crown Park, at the corner of Northeast Everett Street and 17th Avenue for the 24th annual Easter Day Egg Hunt.

This event will take place on Sunday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m.

There will be designated egg hunting areas for age groups including 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and they need to bring a basket or bag to collect their eggs. The traditional Easter bonnet and contemporary hat contest will take place immediately following the egg hunt. No animals are allowed in the park.

For more information, call 834-5307.

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