This year Easter will be an early one, falling on Sunday, March 31. As most gather with family and friends, there is one thing the youth always look forward to — the excitement of Easter egg hunts. Most local communities have something to offer.
In East Jordan, the East Jordan Lions Club will sponsor an Easter egg hunt and games with the help of the East Jordan Lioness Club at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in the East Jordan High School gymnasium.
There's also an annual Easter egg hunt in Charlevoix, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the city's downtown East Park.
"Northwestern Bank has been sponsoring the Charlevoix annual Easter egg hunt for many years. It has always been one of the first outdoor spring events that many local families participate in. It's great fun to watch the young people make a mad dash for the multi-colored Easter eggs that our staff spends many hours packing with special treats," said Steve Weber, vice-president of the Charlevoix Northwestern Bank. "This year there will be 200 special eggs containing either a one dollar coin or special Kilwin's treats. Once again, this year's special guest will be the Easter Bunny."
Boyne Mountain Resort will host an Easter egg hunt at noon on Sunday, March 31, complete with candy, indoor waterpark passes, arcade tokens, a ski pass and more. Fritz, the resort's waterpark mascot, will attend the hunt and the day's events also includes live music and story time with milk and cookies. Family portraits also can be purchased.
While Easter egg hunts typically don't last long, they do bring smiles to faces.
"It's so much fun just to watch an Easter Egg Hunt — most of the kids are all dressed up, and they run like mad to find those eggs. It makes for great photo ops, too. We have four different hunts in and around Boyne City, so people sure have lots of choices," said Jim Baumann, executive director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.
The following are additional Easter egg hunts across the region:
A community Easter egg hunt and party is from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Kiwanis Park in Harbor Springs. $5 per family, or five non-perishable food items. (231) 526-0610.
An Easter egg hunt is from 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Best Friends Daycare, 9689 Pickerel Lake Road, Petoskey. Event includes Easter bunny photo opportunity, games, cookies and more. For ages 1-8. Free. (231) 590-6710 or www.bestfriendsdaycare.vpweb.com.
An Easter egg hunt and lunch is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Church of the Straits, 307 N. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City. Cakes, cupcakes or fancy cookies needed for the cake walk event. (231) 436-8682.
An Easter egg hunt is from 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the community club at 1716 Montgomery Road, Afton. Event includes prizes and more; bring a snack to share.
An old-fashioned Easter egg hunt will be at Young State Park. Children are separated into age groups to find eggs hidden within the park. The event will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Young State Park at 02280 Boyne City Road. Call the park at (231) 582-7523 for more details.