Community Easter egg hunts are returning to both Marysville and Arlington for families to enjoy on April 13 and 20.
Local organizations and cities are working to put on several free events this year.
City of Arlington Easter Egg Hunt
The city of Arlington’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held on April 20 this year at 11 a.m. at the Arlington Airport field.
“It will be the same format as last year with three different sections for the different age groups,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city.
Kids are released onto the field at exactly 11 a.m. to rush for the many plastic eggs.
“People should come early so they can get parked and get ready before we go because we start at exactly 11 a.m.” said Lopez.
The city has prepared about 10,000 eggs for children to collect at the event, either filled with candy or prizes like a Walmart gift card or an arts basket from the Arlington Arts Council.
The Easter Bunny will also be available for family pictures before and after the egg hunt.
Volunteers from Youth Dynamics help run the event and the Arlington United Church will serve some light refreshments as well.
Cars should enter the parking area from 51st Avenue around 172nd Street, said Lopez.
Marysville Easter Egg Hunt
Children age 0 to 8 can come to the Marysville Easter Egg hunt on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jennings Park.
The format is the same as previous years, with children getting a maximum of eight eggs each and without all of the kids being released to hunt at once.
The city has prepared about 13,000 eggs this year, according to Jim Ballew, director of the Marysville’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.
“We feel like we have a great venue,” he said. Much of the hunting will again take place in the Jennings Park master garden.
“We are generally surprised at how many people turn out,” he said, “it seems like a primary stop for many families' holidays.”
Activities like face painting and meeting the Easter Bunny will also be available at the event.
“There’s a lot of things to do, it’s not just a traditional Easter egg hunt,” said Ballew.
The event is free, but donations to the Marysville Community Food Bank are collected.
“We ask people to bring a canned food item to help with those efforts,” said Ballew.
Ballew also asks that families leave their dogs at home for the event.
The event is also supported by the local Rotary club who are a big part of making it happen, said Ballew.
Arlington Assembly Easter Egg Hunt
Arlington Assembly will hold their annual egg hunt at Arlington’s Presidents Elementary from noon to 2 p.m. on April 13.
They plan to have 15,000 eggs to hunt. Each egg hunt is divided by age brackets and they are staggered throughout the event.
“We start with the youngest group,” said Taunya Sanchez, children’s director at the church. “That gives everyone an opportunity to get their kids out there."
Food from Stick It or Stuff It will be available, as well as games and activities.
The local church has offered the egg hunt for many years.