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Marysville, Arlington plan annual Easter Egg Hunts

 

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Jaiziah Ancheta runs to collect Easter eggs at the Arlington Airport field during the city's annual Easter egg hunt on March 26, 2016.

Marysville and Arlington kids can go out hunting for eggs on April 15 as both cities are bringing back their annual Easter Egg Hunts that weekend.

Arlington

The city of Arlington's annual Easter Egg Hunt returns on April 15.

The event will be held at the Arlington Airport Field again and participants should enter at 51st Avenue and 172nd Street.

The egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. and is free.

Parents can bring their camera to get pictures with their children and the Easter Bunny. Arlington's police department and fire department will also likely be available at the event to show local kids their emergency vehicles and other equipment and visit.

Additional prizes are provided by the Arlington Arts Council.

"It's an important event for the community and a good family gathering event," said Arlington's recreation and communication manager Sarah Lopez. "It benefits a lot of people in the area."

Because of some traffic changes in the airport field area, the layout of the event will be changed this year, said Lopez, but the entrance and exit will remain the same for the event.

Lopez said that people like the hunt because it's the first real outdoors event of the year.

"People look forward to the Easter Egg Hunts because it signifies the beginning of spring," she said. "It's really the first thing in spring that allows people to get out."

It also gives people a chance to come together. "People like to get together in the community," said Lopez.

The event is co-sponsored by the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation and the city of Arlington.

"The city is happy to provide this event for people," said Lopez

For more information call the city of Arlington at 360-403-3448.

Marysville

About 12,000 Easter Eggs will be hidden around the Jennings Park barn and the park's garden on April 15 for Marysville's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The day is for children age 8 and under, and there is a limit of eight eggs per child.

The event will be at Jennings Park and runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Extra parking is available at Marysville Middle School and parking is usually crowded for the day. There is no charge for the event.

"It's always fun to have families here. Children, parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles come out, so it's really an event where the whole family can get together," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the City of Marysville.

"This has been such a long-running event that we now have people who come out that came here as children," she said.

The day also serves as a community get-together.

"It's an opportunity to see your neighbors and a wonderful way to kick off spring," said Kingsford.

Additional activities will presented by the Marysville School District, Smokey Point Dentistry and other county organizations.

The "Bunny Hop Challenge" returns as a physical activity for kids as well.

"There's lots of great ways for kids to engage," said Kingsford.

The Easter Bunny will also be at the event and available for pictures with the kids.

"I always love to see how excited the kids are," said Kingsford. "They love to visit with the Easter bunny."

They are usually excited for the day and some even get dressed up. "Their energy and excitement spreads from person to person," said Kingsford.

The Marysville Community Food Bank will be at the park and visitors are encouraged to bring a canned food donation.

The food bank will also bring their "giving garden" to hand out seeds that kids can plant and grow.

Kingsford wanted to thank Grove Church volunteers who have helped fill more than 12,000 eggs with candy and prizes.

Marysville Rotary is also one of the primary sponsors of the event.

"They have been our sponsor for a number of years now and they really make this event possible," said Kingsford.

Other sponsors include Steve Fulton State Farm Insurance and Grandview Village.

For more information about the event call 360-363-8401.

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