Egg-cellent Easter festivities abound

April 19, 2011

By Staff

Children gather for a local Easter egg hunt. File

Hop to Easter egg hunts throughout the Issaquah area before the holiday dawns April 24.

The holiday is celebrated against a backdrop of baskets, bunnies and goodies at numerous churches and community organization.

Splash into the Underwater Egg Hunt & Carnival at Julius Boehm Pool, as the family tradition is brought indoors and into the shallow end of the pool. The underwater egg features prizes and carnival games, in addition to the submerged eggs. Organizers recommend participants bring plastic Easter baskets.

Meet the Easter Bunny at the 20th annual Gilman Village Easter EGGStravaganza. Children can also stop at participating shops and businesses for Easter treats.

The annual EGGStravaganza at Gilman Village is not the only eggs-travaganza in town.

On the plateau, the Sammamish YMCA hosts the Sammamish Eggstravaganza, a free community celebration.

Everyone is welcome to join the fun. The organization plans separate egg hunts for toddlers and children 3 and older. The festivities also include bounce houses, carnival games, community guests, and, of course, the Easter Bunny and friends.

Children and pets can meet and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Earth Pet in Issaquah. Call 369-0208 to make sure the bunny will be there.

Churches also plan Easter festivities to celebrate the holiest Christian holiday.

Eastridge Church on the Sammamish Plateau is holding a pair of Easter egg hunts Saturday. In addition to thousands of candy-filled eggs, the festivities include face painting, inflatable games and train rides. Seattle Sounders FC Steve Zakuani forward is expected to appear, too.

In Newcastle, Seattle Revival Center Easter egg hunt plans to place more than 2,500 eggs — including 50 golden eggs — for young revelers to find.

If you go

  • Underwater Egg Hunt & Carnival, 6:45 p.m. April 22, Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.
  • Sammamish Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23, 4221 228th Ave. S.E.
  • Seattle Revival Center Easter egg hunt, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23, 12636 S.E. 89th Place, Newcastle
  • Eastridge Church egg hunts, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 23, 24205 Issaquah-Fall City Road
  • Gilman Village Easter EGGStravaganza, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Live Easter basket goodies can pose a problem

Easter baskets full of goodies make for a time-honored tradition, but bunnies, chicks and ducklings do not always belong.

Regional Animal Services of King County is asking residents to think before including live animals in Easter baskets.

“Young animals are often given as pets this time of year,” Ken Nakatsu, Regional Animal Services manager, said in a release. “While they are cute and cuddly as babies, they eventually grow up. Pets require a long-term commitment to proper care and feeding. Too often, those adult rabbits, chickens and ducks end up in shelters or worse.”

Instead of buying a live chick or bunny for a child, consider giving a stuffed animal for Easter. Or parents could also set up a trip a petting zoo or farm to see animals in a more natural setting.

People should also be aware of the salmonella risk in birds.

“Many birds, like chickens and ducks, carry salmonella,” he added. “These bacteria can make people very sick,” Nakatsu said. “Every spring, there are a number of children who catch salmonella after receiving a chick or duckling for Easter.”

Check out the Regional Animal Services shelter in Kent if considering pet adoption. The shelter is open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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