(WFXR) — Easter isn’t until April 17, but communities around southwest and central Virginia are already gearing up for a number of holiday events, especially Easter Egg Hunts!
Here is a list of upcoming Easter festivities across the region as of Friday, April 15:
Amherst County’s annual Eggstravaganza will be held at the Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.
Children in the fifth grade or below are invited to participate in the annual Egg Hunt starting at 2:30 p.m., so they should bring a big bag or basket to collect candy-filled plastic eggs. In addition, a prize basket will go to the kids who find the specially marked eggs.
Bedford County Parks and Recreation is hosting a toy-filled Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Elks Home starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. Following the hunt, the Easter Bunny will be available for free family pictures! For more information, call 540-586-7682.
On Saturday, April 16, the Easter Bunny will stop by the Bedford Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which means you can grab a photo with him and your favorite fire truck at no cost — although donations will be accepted.
The Bland County Public Library is holding an Easter Egg Hunt and Storytime event at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, featuring fun crafts and a movie.
Botetourt County Parks and Recreation is hosting a free Egg Hunt, complete with amazing prizes, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 in Blue Ridge Park.
Yellow Branch Baptist Church on Wards Road in Rustburg will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at noon on Saturday, April 16.
Danville Parks and Recreation says the Easter Bunny will visit the River City on Saturday, April 16, issuing the following statement about his trip:
Danville Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the Easter Bunny will be visiting the city this Saturday, April 16. The Easter Bunny and Danville Parks and Recreation have developed a strategic plan to help community members enjoy the upcoming holiday.
Therefore, per Danville Parks and Recreation’s contract with the Easter bunny, he will hide Easter eggs at 12 parks throughout the City of Danville. Although the names of the parks he will be visiting cannot be confirmed at this time, the Easter Bunny has assured the department that these parks will be fully stocked with eggs by early Saturday morning. Furthermore, the names of the parks he has visited will be revealed Saturday morning through Danville Parks and Recreation’s Facebook and Instagram.
“We’re so excited to be able to collaborate with the Easter Bunny once again,” said Special Events Coordinator, Taylor Roberts. “It’s important to Parks and Recreation that we help provide fun and safe activities for our community to enjoy.”
Those wishing to stay up-to-date on the Easter Bunny’s event this weekend are encouraged to follow the Danville Parks and Recreation social media pages:
The South Boston Public Library invites community members of all ages to stop by and see if you can find one of the hidden Easter eggs, each of which has a library surprise inside.
Henry County Parks and Recreation and 4H are ready to present their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Registration is not required, but you are encouraged to show up early.
The park will be divided into three parts based on age. Any child who finds the golden egg will receive special prizes. If you don’t have any egg hunting baskets, they will be provided.
For more information about this event, call Henry County Parks and Recreation at 276-634-4640.
From Wednesday, April 13 through Friday, April 15, the Highland County Recreation Commission and the Highland County Department of Social Services are sponsoring the annual Bunny Trail. Golden eggs will be laid along the Highland County Community Walking Trail throughout the week, which you can then redeem at the DSS office.
In order to help put some ‘peep’ in the Lynchburg community’s step, River Ridge Mall will offer photos with the Easter Bunny in the West Court — in front of Kay Jewelers, Sunglass Hut, and GNC — from Friday, April 1 through Saturday, April 16 at the following times:
- Monday through Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.
- Good Friday (April 15) and Holy Saturday (April 16): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, Lynchburg Parks and Rec will host the second annual Lynchburg Bunny Hop, inviting families and trail users to hop along the Blackwater Creek Trail and Percival’s Island for an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt.
In addition, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Ed Page Trailhead, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Percival’s Island, and during other appearances along the trail.
Organizers say eggs will be hidden along Percival’s Island Trail and on the Blackwater Creek Trail between the Ed Page entrance to downtown.
This event is free of charge and open to all ages.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library invites community members to stop by the Martinsville Library starting Tuesday, April 12 to pick up a ‘Take and Make’ kit for yarn-wrapped eggs.
Martinsville Uptown is also holding an Easter Eggstravaganza, asking people to find the eggs hidden at five uptown businesses between Tuesday, April 12 and Saturday, April 16. The eggs hold various items, such as Uptown Bonus Bucks, gift cards, and candy. You can find clues for the eggs’ locations on the Martinsville Uptown Facebook page.
The Town of Christiansburg is holding the Great Easter Egg Hunt from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 in Kiwanis Park. Kids ages 12 and under will bring their baskets to the park to search for surprises the Easter Bunny left behind, as well as get pictures with the Easter Bunny, all for free.
Children can only hunt in their age group, which is scheduled as follows:
- Ages 3-5 at 10 a.m.
- Ages 6-8 at 10:15 a.m.
- Ages 9-12 at 10:30 a.m.
- Ages 3 and under at 10:45 a.m.
The Pulaski County Library system is holding several children’s events in the days leading up to Easter, which you can sign up for by calling 540-994-2458 or emailing email@example.com:
- Egg dye event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11
- Storytime and Egg Hunt
- 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at the Dublin Library
- 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Pulaski Library.
Thornspring Pastures in Pulaski is opening up for an Easter event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.
A helicopter will drop candy-filled eggs for different age groups at the times listed below:
- Ages 5-6 at 2 p.m.
- Ages 7-8 at 2:20 p.m.
- Ages 9-10 at 2:40 p.m.
- Ages 11-12 at 3 p.m.
There will also be an egg hunt in a separate location for those ages 2-4 at 1:15 p.m., along with other exciting activities. Admission for the event costs $5, but the owner of the helicopter will also offer rides for $30 per person.
The Town of Pulaski will also host an Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, complete with photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, a chance to win tickets to Dollywood, Bunny Hop sack races, face painting, and appearances by the Pulaski Fire Department and local authorities with K9s. Here is the schedule for the egg hunts:
- Ages 3-5 at 12 p.m.
- Ages 6-8 at 12:15 p.m.
- Ages 9-12 at 12:30 p.m.
- Ages 3 and under at 12:45 p.m.
The City of Radford and the Radford Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to hold an Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in Bisset Park. There will be food trucks, fire trucks, police cars, bounce houses, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and plenty of sweets to enjoy before the egg hunts get underway at noon, with the age groups scheduled to participate as follows:
- Ages 3-5 at 12 p.m.
- Ages 6-8 at 12:15 p.m.
- Ages 9-12 at 12:30 p.m.
- Ages 3 and under at 12:45 p.m.
The Glenvar branch of the Roanoke County Public Library is holding an Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.
Firehouse Skate ‘N Play Family Fun Center in Vinton will hold an Easter Bunny Skate Party from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, with skating rentals, playground access, a 12-credit game card, pizza, and drinks.
The Town of Glasgow says the 4-H Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Locher Pavilion on 9th Street. Attendees will be divided into age groups with color-coded eggs hidden in different areas.
In addition to the egg hunt, there will be a spring bake sale, special prizes, and family fun for everyone!
If you have any questions about this event, you can call Megan Sheets, Rockbridge 4-H Extension Agent, at 540-463-4734.
The City of Salem’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is coming back to the Moyer Sports Complex this spring with excitement on all four diamonds. This year’s free event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, rain or shine. A number of vendors are set to attend, including Little Critters Petting Zoo, Creative Expressions Face Painting, along with concessions from The Tailgate and Tropical Sno Shaved Ice, inflatables, crafts, and the Easter Bunny.
The egg hunts will be spread out to ensure that all children have a fair chance to participate. Parents are allowed to enter the hunt area with their kids, but only the kids can collect the eggs. In addition, kids are only allowed to hunt for eggs in their respective age groups.
The youngest age groups will hunt for eggs on the front fields at the Moyer while the oldest age groups participating on the back fields. If you are in one of the young groups, please park in the front lots and older group attendees should use the back lots:
- Ages 3-4 on Field 1
- Ages 5-6 on Field 4
- Ages 7-8 on Field 2
- Ages 9-10 on Field 3
As of Tuesday, March 29, Wytheville Parks and Rec says there are still several spots open for the Crystal Springs Hike and Hunt, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 10. Those available time slots are for 1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m., and 4-5 p.m. at the Crystal Springs Recreation Area
This event is free, but you need to pre-register by calling 276-223-3378.
Wytheville Parks and Rec is also holding an Easter Extravaganza with the Easter Bunny in Withers Park on Saturday, April 9, with kids ages 6-9 hunting for eggs at 10:30 a.m., followed by kids ages 5 and under at 11 a.m. You need to bring your own basket for the eggs and stay on the walking track until the signal is given to collect eggs.
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