Easter egg hunts easy to find

A basketful of events for youngsters are scheduled throughout Clark County

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator

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The Easter Bunny will be hopping across Clark County this weekend, with a variety of public Easter egg hunts for children to enjoy. From downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park to Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park, there’s a community event for every kind of egg hunter. Autism Empowerment and the Miracle League of Vancouver will be hosting an Easter egg hunt for all abilities, open to families and individuals of all ages with any special needs.

Other Easter egg hunts will include storytime tales, Easter crafts and real bunny rabbits. Families can also enjoy a morning breakfast, offered by the La Center Lions Club and the Washington Masonic Lodge before their events.

While most of the egg hunts will take place Saturday morning, the annual Crown Park Easter Day hunt in Camas will begin Sunday afternoon, complete with Easter bonnets and robots.

And remember, most of the Easter events are B.Y.O.B — Bring Your Own Basket. All hunts are free unless otherwise noted.

9 A.M. Saturday Start

• Kiwanis Park, 422 S.W. Second Ave., Battle Ground, 9 a.m. The Battle Ground Kiwanis Club Easter egg hunt is an annual event that features games and storytime for the children before the hunt for eggs begins at 10 a.m. Call 360-342-5380 or 360-574-3227.

• Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $11.50, $10 for seniors, $8.50 for children 11 and younger, free for ages 2 and younger. The Oregon Zoo hosts its annual Rabbit Romp with candy egg hunts taking place every 20 minutes for children ages 3 to 10, divided by age groups. Toddlers 2 and younger will have a separate hunting area. The event also includes bunny crafts, games and bunny petting. Call 503-226-1561 or visit http://oregonzoo.org.

• First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There will be crafts, snacks and a story followed by the egg hunt by age groups, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. The Easter egg hunt is open to children from toddlers through fifth-graders. The hunt will take place rain or shine. Call 360-694-3363 or visit http://1stpresvanc.org.

10 A.M. START

• Esther Short Park, W. Eighth and Columbia streets, 10 a.m. The Vancouver Farmers Market will host an Easter egg hunt in the park, with start times divided by age group, open to children 12 and younger. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance. Call 360-737-8298 or visit vancouverfarmersmarket.com.

• John Ball Park, W. 23rd Street and Kauffman Avenue, 10-11 a.m. March 30. The Activate Church hunt will have more than 10,000 eggs and 20 golden eggs will be hidden in the park for children ages 12 and younger. The event will also include prizes, hot chocolate, face painting and balloon animals. Call 360-989-9414 or visit http://activatechurch.org.

• Vancouver Masonic Lodge No. 4, 2500 N.E. 78th St., 10 to 11 a.m. The Washington Masonic Lodge No. 4 will host an egg hunt with more than 2,000 eggs, grouped by ages 1-3, 4-6, 7 and older. Before the event, the DeMolay boys’ youth group will be offering breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. for $6. Call 360-574-9972.

• Holley Park Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St., La Center, 10 to 11 a.m. The La Center Lions Club will host an Easter egg hunt and breakfast. The breakfast will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. for $5, followed by the hunt open to ages 10 and younger. There will also be a petting zoo featuring Curly the Camel and friends. Call 360-263-3788 or visit http://lacenterlions.org.

11 A.M. START

• Hough Elementary School Field, 1900 Daniels St., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Egg Hunt will be open to children in the fifth grade and younger. There will also be prizes, food available for purchase and photos with the Easter Bunny. Visit http://compassv.org.

• Heron Gate Office Building, 2 S. 56th Place, Ridgefield, 11 a.m. to noon. More than 4,000 eggs will be hidden outside for children ages 2-9, with special eggs that earn prizes of cash and candy. Bring a bag or basket to collect eggs. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos, along with live bunnies for children to pet. Call 360-695-3441.

AFTERNOON

• Vancouver Elks Lodge, 11605 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., noon. The Vancouver Elks Lodge will host an Easter egg hunt featuring more than 2,000 plastic eggs, each with a prize inside. The hunt will be divided by ages 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11. The first 100 children will receive a free bag of goodies. There will also be hot dogs, chips and soda available for purchase. Call 360-256-0823 or 360-798-9305.

nMcKenzie Stadium, 2205 N.E. 138th Ave., 2 to 4 p.m. Autism Empowerment and the Miracle League of Vancouver will host an Easter egg hunt for all abilities, open to individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum or with any special needs, their siblings and families. The Easter Bunny, magician Alexander Master of Marvels, the Portland Winterhawk cheerleaders and community resources will also be in attendance. The hunts will grouped by age. Call 360-852-8369 or visit http://autismempowerment.org.

SUNDAY

• Steamers and Screamers, 8400 N.E. Vancouver Mall Loop, Suite 105, Vancouver, noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 3-6, $5 for ages 2 and younger. Children can hunt for 300 eggs hidden throughout the play area. Egg baskets and treats will also be offered. The hunts will be divided into ages 2 and younger,and ages 3 to 6. Admission includes free play following the hunt. Call 360-597-4521 or visit http://steamersandscreamers.com.

• Crown Park, N.E. Everett Street and 17th Avenue, Camas, 1:30 p.m. The 22nd annual Easter Day egg hunt will feature more than 10,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs hidden in designated egg-hunting areas marked for age groups 2 to 12. The event also includes the annual Hat and Bonnet contest, where participants can show off their fanciest headwear, and Sir Launch-a-Lot, the egg-launching robot from the Camas High School Robotics club. Bring a basket for collecting eggs. Call 360-834-5307 or visit http://cityofcamas.us/parks.