Hunters and gatherers of the wee kind will be out in force next weekend, tracking down the rarely elusive Easter egg.
Easter egg hunts are among the most traditional of spring events. Several organizations and churches plan to open their grounds for community children and let them run wild seeking colorful eggs, often with treats hidden inside.
One Modesto church will delight young seekers by dropping eggs from the sky via helicopter. Shelter Cove Church launched its egg drop last year and brings it back this season. Here’s a look at some of the egg hunts planned in the greater Modesto region:
Modesto Farmers Market – April 20: Special Easter celebration market features egg hunts with prizes hidden inside the eggs. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; hunts begin at 9:20 a.m., with different times for different age groups. Live music. 16th Street, between H and I streets. Free. modestocfm.com.
Modesto Reservoir – April 20: Stanislaus County Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department hosts egg hunts with more than 10,000 eggs to gather. Other free activities include face painting, train rides, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Food and beverage vendors on site. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Modesto Reservoir Regional Park, 18143 Reservoir Road, near Waterford. $15 per carload; egg hunts, games and activities free.
Boomers Bunny Bash Eggstravaganza — April 20: Event begins with an 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfast with the Bunny (registration from 8-9 a.m.). Egg hunt registration 9 a.m.-9:45 for breakfast attendees and season pass holders, 9:30-11 a.m. registration for general public. Free egg hunts begin at 10 a.m. for age 3 and under; 11 a.m. staggered start for older ages. DJ with games and raffle. Advanced purchase tickets for breakfast $7.99, day of $9.99. 209-545-5248.
Funworks Easter Egg Hunt – April 20: More than 3,000 eggs will be hidden for ages 5 to 12. Attractions, prizes, candy and other specials. Freddy Foreman will make an appearance. 9 a.m. Funworks, 3407 Coffee Road, Modesto. Free. 209-549-7888.
Columbia’s Victorian Easter Celebration – April 21: Dress up in Easter finery to be part of a Victorian era promenade on Main Street in Columbia State Historic Park. Prizes awarded for fanciest Victorian hat, best-dressed couple, lasses and lads, groups and pets. Thaddeus E. Hare (Columbia’s version of the Easter Bunny) will be out and about town. Egg hunts begin at noon, 1 and 1:30 p.m. by age group; Victorian Easter Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia. Free. visitcolumbiacalifornia.com.
Eggstravaganza – April 20: The Eggstravaganza features a helicopter flying over to drop 35,000 eggs onto the property at Shelter Cover Church. Four hunts will be held every half hour, based on age, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration at 8:45 a.m. Shelter Cove Community Church 4242 Coffee Road. 209-567-3200.
Easter Family Fun Day April 20: Easter egg hunt, inflatables, balloon art. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave. Modesto Free admission. 209-521-9148
Easter Kidz Blitz – April 20: Neighborhood Church puts on this community egg hunt with thousands of hidden eggs, games, face painting and more. 10-11:45 am. at Sisk Elementary School, 5337 Sugar Creek Lane, Salida. Free. 209-529-8900.