All year long, we try frantically and in vain to keep our kids from eating things they find in the bushes, then we release them like packs of dogs to hunt colored eggs and goodies. We're weird, but we're fun. On Saturday, April 19, kids all over the county will be rooting around for treats and keeping an eye out for that other elusive, furry creature, the Easter Bunny.
At 10 a.m., McKinleyville is dividing the field for different age groups and abilities at the free hunt at the Safeway shopping plaza. Good news, because as much as kids want to punch above their weight, they also want to score some eggs. The Great Egg-stravaganza gets wild at the Sequoia Park Zoo at noon ($5, $3 kids, free for kids under 3). Kids watch the animals go after "eggs" and then fill their own baskets, followed by more games and activities.
In Ferndale, the Scouts have hidden the eggs for the little ones over in Fireman's Park, and the search begins at 10:30 a.m. (free). If it rains, don't fret. Just swing by Valley Lumber, the alternative location. For the fast and the furious, the Fortuna Lions Club hosts a 10-minute frenzy at Rohner Park starting at 10 a.m. sharp. Don't be late, and don't get in the way.
And in Garberville, kids up to 12 can roll into Tooby Memorial Park at noon for games, pony rides and face painting on top of the hunt (free). Who knows, maybe a visit from the Big Bunny himself. Adults will want to stay for Arial Antico's aerial arts, music from DJ RunDat and all the yummy food. Enjoy it. You'll be eating egg salad for a while.