This Sunday will mark 24 years that the Camas Parks and Recreation department has offered a free Easter 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.
The event will be held rain or shine at 1:30 p.m. sharp, with no registration required.
“I always enjoy seeing the littlest ones hunt for their first egg on Easter Sunday,” said Krista Bashaw, special events coordinator. “They seem to pick up quite quickly what those colorful things in the grass are all about, especially when they discover the treats inside.”
She reminds parents and guardians that adults are only allowed in the section with children 3 and younger. All other “hunting” areas are for the kids only.
Designated hunting areas will be set by age groups of 2 to 3, 4 to 5, 6 to 7, 8 to 9, and 10 to 12. All ages begin at the same time.
The annual hat and bonnet contest will be held immediately after the egg hunt. Prizes will be awarded.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, and no animals are allowed in the park.
Bashaw recommends arriving early to find parking.
“The closer to the event time, the harder it is,” she said. “Late arrivals typically have to park up to four blocks away from the park.”
Other egg hunts happening this weekend include:
o Columbia Ridge Senior Living egg hunt and brunch: 2300 W. Ninth St., Washougal. Brunch runs Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the egg hunt is from 1 to 2 p.m. RSVP by Wednesday for brunch. For more information, call 335-1238.
o Egg hunt at Hathaway Park: The hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at 2451 “G” St., in Washougal. There will be Easter eggs for ages 0 to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. For more information, call the Washougal Eagles at 835-9653.
o Harvest Community Church: The hunt will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, 2463 N.W. Astor St., in Camas. For more information, call 834-4081.
o Vancouver Farmers Market: A hunt will be held Saturday, at Esther Short park, 610 Esther St., in Vancouver at 10 a.m. There will be hunts for age groups including birth to 3, 4 to 8 and 9 to 12. Attendees are encouraged to donate new stuffed animals for the Children’s Center.
o Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities: This free event, which is open to those with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities or special needs of any type, their families and community members, will include an Easter egg hunt, resource fair and entertainment. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, at McKenzie Stadium, 2205 N.E. 138th Ave., Vancouver. For more information, visit www.autismempowerment.org.