MODESTO — Forget Peter Cottontail there will be crowds of pastel-donning kiddies hopping down the bunny trails in the greater Modesto region next weekend as basketfuls of Easter egg hunts and parties sprout up.
Churches, organizations and businesses are sponsoring events leading up to Easter. Here are some of the events planned, including one being held today:
VFW EASTER EGG HUNT 1-3 p.m. today. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. Easter egg hunt with two age categories. Find the "Golden Egg" to win a grand prize. (209) 537-3360
EASTER KIDZ BLITZ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.March 30, Neighborhood Church, 5901 Sisk Road, Modesto. Egg hunt with over 9,000 eggs. (209) 529-8900 or www.yourmnc.com
MODESTO CERTIFIED FARMER'S MARKET EASTER CELEBRATION 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30. Downtown Modesto, 16th Street between H and I streets. Kick off the annual farmer's market with a visit from the Easter Bunny, along with photo opportunities and eggs. There will be an Easter egg hunt with the Golden Egg winner receiving a basket of goodies. Egg hunt sign up begins at 9:30 a.m. with the hunt at 10 a.m. A drawing for gift certificates will be held throughout the day. Call (209) 605-8536 or visit www.modestocfm.com
EASTER EGG & SCAVENGER HUNT 10 a.m.-noon, registration at 9 a.m., March 30. Boomers, 4215 Bangs Ave., Modesto. Hunt for special prize-filled eggs and more. (209) 545-5248
EASTER EGG HUNT 1-3 March 30. Turlock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5059, 1405 E. Linwood Ave., Turlock. Hunt, games, refreshments and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. (209) 380-6777
FUNWORKS EGGSTRAVAGANZA 9 a.m. March 30. Funworks, 3407 Coffee Road, Modesto. Children age 12 and younger invited to two staggered hunts: one for children age 5 and younger, one for age 6-12. (209) 549-7888
EGG HUNT, BREAKFAST 8 a.m. March 30, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. Breakfast from 8-10 a.m.; egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Breakfast $4 for adults, $2.50 ages 3-10 and free for ages 2 and under. $10 for families. (209) 524-6841
EGG HUNT, CARNIVAL 9 a.m. to noon March 30, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Ave., Modesto. For ages 2 through sixth grade, Eggstravaganza includes egg hunt and carnival, with offering going to help buy backpacks for needy children. (209) 529-3228
EGGSTRAVAGANZA 10-11:30 a.m. March 30, First Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Berkeley Ave., Turlock. Egg hunt, puppet show, bounce house, crafts, games,face painting, snacks, etc. Free. (209) 632-2324
EGGSTREME EGG HUNT 10 a.m. March 30 for preschoolers, noon to2 p.m. for elementary-aged children, The House Modesto, 1601 Coffee Road, Modesto. Nearly 45,000 eggs hidden, plus inflatables, face painting, kiddie train rides, carnival games, appearances by popular cartoon characters. Free. (209) 529-7346
EGGSTRAVAGANZA 10 a.m. to noon March 30, Ceres Christian Church, 3502 Roeding Road. Easter egg hunt, games, prizes, candy, visit by Easter bunny for preschoolers through sixth grade. (209) 537-8931
FAMILY FUN Noon-2 p.m. March 30, Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Easter egg hunt, bounce house, games and food. Free. (209) 521-9148
EASTER EGG HUNT 11:15 a.m. March 31, First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. Children's Easter egg hunt on front lawn of church. Free. (209) 522-9046
EGG HUNT 12:15 p.m. March 31, Denair Missionary Baptist Church, 3516 N. Gratton Road. (209) 404-2985
EASTER BRUNCH and EGG HUNT 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 31. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. Brunch includes an Easter egg hunt and the Easter Bunny. Reservations required. $12 child, $22 adult (209) 578-5801
COLUMBIA'S VICTORIAN EASTER CELEBRATION 11 a.m., egg hunt registration; 12:30 p.m., parade, March 31. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. Egg hunt, parade and contests. Prizes will be awarded for fanciest Victorian hat and best dressed couple in various age categories. Free. (209) 536-1672
MURPHYS EASTER EGG HUNT 11:30 a.m., 4 and under; noon, 5-8 years; 12:30 p.m., 9-12 years March 31. Family friendly event offering a hunt in various age categories. Ironstone Vineyards,1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys.
EGG HUNT 10:30 a.m. March 31, Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave. Traditional Easter service, followed by Easter egg hunt for children through age 12. (209) 394-2264
Bee reporter Sue Nowicki contributed to this report.