CORRECTION: An earlier version of this online story incorrectly reported the time of the Grace Point NW Church egg hunts. The story has been updated.
As we lope into the second year of pandemic-related event closures, simply finding an Easter egg hunt can be a hunt of its own.
The city of Bonney Lake’s annual egg hunt and the East Pierce Fire and Rescue egg hunts in Sumner, Edgewood and South Prairie have all been cancelled this year.
But don’t count the big bunny out just yet: here’s a list of Easter weekend events open to the public this season.
(If you know of a public egg hunt we missed, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to this list.)
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
In addition to the slopes, skiers and snowboarders at Crystal Mountain will have something else to look forward to if they visit on April 4: Roughly 2,500 easter eggs.
That’s how many the resort will place on the ski trails throughout the day, hidden for eagle-eyed people to find as they ride down the slopes, according to Christy Pelland, who is in charge of the resort’s events and partnerships. The eggs will contain candy and prizes.
A single golden egg hidden in the snow will grant its lucky recipient a 2021-2022 season pass.
Along with the egg hunt, visitors to the resort can also sign up for an Easter brunch. For more information, visit https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/things-to-do/event-calendar/easter-brunch-2021.
GRACE POINT NW CHURCH
Grace Point NW will be hosting in-person egg hunts after the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on the morning of Sunday, April 4th at the Historic Fieldhouse located at 1456 Roosevelt Ave (HWY 410).
There will also be an online egg hunt at 9 a.m., according to the church’s website. For more information, visit www.gracepointnw.org.
CITY OF ENUMCLAW
The city of Enumclaw has a hunt planned the morning of Saturday, April 3 at the Boise Creek Park six-plex.
Kids who are 3 years old or younger get to go first, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 4 through 6 go next, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Finally, kids between 7 and 9 will get to hunt for eggs from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
The city asks participants to wear masks and notes that details may change according to COVID-19 guidance. Also, be aware that this is a first-come, first-serve event, and each age group has a limited capacity.
THOMASSON FAMILY FARM
Thomasson Family Farm in Enumclaw will host their “Bunny Patch” from March 26 through 28, and on April 2 and 3, and they promise far more than just egg hunting.
Admission to the The Bunny Patch, which is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a coupon for hunting up to a dozen eggs, tractor train rides, cattle roping, laser tag, photo opportunities and other seasonal fun. Because the egg hunt takes place all day, kids can hunt at their own pace, and kids can buy coupons to hunt more eggs at a rate of $5 per dozen eggs.
“In a year where they’re limited in what they can do, it’s nice to offer them something outside,” said Kathy Thomasson, one of the owners of Thomasson Family Farm.
Thomasson said they’ll practice COVID protocols they developed back when they opened the farm up again in October. Eggs will be handled with gloves and kids will be instructed to take any that they touch. Activities will be sanitized once per hour, and guests will be required to wear masks at the entrance and activities like the tractor train ride. Signs will instruct guests on how to follow state mandates throughout the farm.
“We, like everyone else, want to be as cautious as we can, but we believe having an event where people can be outside and be spread out allows us to offer the public somewhere we can feel they can stay safe,” Thomasson said.
There’s even an adult flashlight egg hunt, with the opportunity to win cash or other prizes. The $25 tickets for that hunt must be purchased online.
Regular admission tickets are $10 and the farm is open to all ages, although the kid’s egg hunt is for ages 1 through 12.
Sign up at thomassonfamilyfarm.com or call 360-802-0503.
ECHO RIVER RANCH
Echo River Ranch in Enumclaw puts a spin on their egg hunt formula: Horses.
Through the end of April, the ranch is offering guided horse rides through a forest trail, and riders can collect more than a dozen eggs on horseback along the way.
The regular ride is $60 per rider and lasts about 45 minutes. Novice riders and very young children can also try the $45 starter ride, which lasts 20 minutes and has a horse led along the trail.
All rides require reservations. You can call 360-367-1201 to schedule a time, and for more information, visit echoriverranch.com.