10 don't-miss Easter egg hunts
Look no further than the list below for a place to take your kids or grandkids for a great Easter egg hunt. Keep in mind that Easter egg hunts are not just about finding eggs anymore – many been glammed up to include bounce houses, Easter Bunny appearances and even Bunny limbo. (That's right -- Bunny limbo; see the last event.) Easter falls on April 16 this year, so many Easter Egg hunts are scheduled the day before Easter or on Sunday following church services. (This is not an exhaustive list of church Easter egg hunts.) It's time to get your baskets set, your shoes on and your attitude tuned to hoppy.
If you want a truly unique opportunity to search for eggs, then head to an egg hunt in the desert environs of Washoe Lake State Park. (Eggs hidden in sagebrush, anyone?) Sponsored by the South Valley Volunteer Fire Department, the event is scheduled for April 15 and kicks off with the Easter Bunny's appearance at noon, followed by an egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. The regular park entrance fee is waived, and to prevent kids -- or parents -- from going hungry, food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Where: Washoe Lake State Park, four miles North on Eastlake Boulevard from Exit 44 on I-580. Park entrance will be on the left.
This egg race is never a bore. With egg hunts available for multiple age groups on the green grassy fields of Damonte Ranch High School, every child will go home with a plastic egg or eggs, and candy. Parents also can get in on the fun, with an adult egg race occurring as the last of all the races. A massive volunteer force from LifeChurch Reno makes the Great Egg Race possible, and these volunteers wear color-coordinated shirts in case someone feels the need to ask: "And this all really is free?" The event is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 15. Additional activities at the Great Egg Race include bounce houses, pictures with the Easter Bunny, pony rides and free snacks, such as cotton candy.
Where: Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway
Pancakes are a standout feature of the Easter Egg Dash, scheduled to occur at Comstock Park from 9 to 11 a.m. April 15. The event is sponsored by Hope Community Church, and the bonus is the adjacent playground that offers fun for kids before and after the dash. There's nothing like a kid and an Easter basket on a slide.
Where: Comstock Park, at the intersection of Carat Avenue and Double Diamond Parkway
Sponsored by The Bridge Church and The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, this egg dash is a must-attend for preschool through sixth-grade kids. Expect games, bounce houses, prizes, and, of course, candy. Up to 30,000 eggs will be hidden on April 15 at Idlewild Park. The event starts at noon, but the dash for eggs is scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m. A nonperishable food drive for The Bridge Food Pantry also is planned, so bring your Easter baskets and cans of food to donate.
Where: Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive
Grace Church sponsors this Easter Egg hunt, scheduled at Canyon Creek Park. This second annual event includes more than 10,000 eggs to be put out in an egg hunt for kids ages 1-12. The park is located right across the street from the church, and the event is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. April 16.
Where: Canyon Creek Park, 1485 Robb Drive
This Easter Egg Hunt, scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 15, includes a number of activities, such as an egg hunt for kids up to age 12, games, prizes and refreshments. Sponsored by by the Women's Ministry at Sparks Nazarene Church, the fun takes place at Oppio Park in Sparks.
Where: Oppio Park, 2355 18th St., Sparks
Although ticket purchase is required for this event at Mormon Station State Historic Park, in Genoa, this celebration includes a pancake breakfast, Easter Egg hunt, face painting, games, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. April 15. A local craft fair and farmers market also will be taking place, creating more opportunities for fun during the day. Click on the link for details about ticket costs.
Where: Mormon Station State Historic Park, 2295 Main St., Genoa
The 34th annual Kay Jones Memorial Easter Egg hunt is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. April 16 at Out-of-Town Park in Fernley. Included will be music, an egg hunt, face painting and more. Children up to age 10 are invited, and members of the Lions Clubs will have more than 15,000 plastic eggs to hide. The Lyon County 4-H Club also will be bringing small animals.
Where: Out-of-Town Park, at the intersection of Farm District Road and Highway 95A, Fernley
The Tahoe City Golf Course will be covered in eggs on April 15 as part of it Golden Egg Hunt. Free coffee and hot chocolate will be available before the beginning of the hunt, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Making this event more fantastic is family-friendly games and a chance to pose with the Easter Bunny. Be sure to bring a camera along. Large inflatable slides also will be up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the first ever Snowball Drive, a chance to hurl snowballs from slingshots, is taking place this year. The Snowball Drive starts at 11 a.m., and provides the opportunity to score prizes.
Where: Tahoe City Golf Course, 251 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
10. Easter Fiesta
Be sure to check out the Easter Fiesta, a happening event scheduled to occur on the Rotary Plaza of Western Nevada College's Carson City campus. Put on by the Association of Latin American students, the event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15, and includes three egg hunts, musical chairs, a piñata, a coloring contest, Bunny limbo, face painting and more. Tickets cost $1 per person.
Where: Carson City Campus of Western Nevada College, 2201 W. College Parkway, Carson City