Easter Egg Hunts set for Verde Valley

VERDE VALLEY - Kids in Sedona and the Upper Verde Valley will have thousands of eggs and prizes to find on Easter weekend. Cottonwood, Sedona and Cornville all have egg hunts scheduled for Saturday, and Jerome has one set for Sunday. Camp Verde Parks & Recreation has cancelled the egg hunt for this year.

The great egg hunt in Cottonwood will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Riverfront Park. The Ledbetter Law Firm has stepped up again this year to help the Parks and Recreation Department sponsor the 17th annual hunt.

The Cottonwood egg hunt is open to all kids from 1 month to 8 years. Age divisions are set up to make the event manageable and fun for all kids. Divisions are 1 to 17 months; 18 to 35 months; 3-4 years; 5-6 years; and 7-8 years.

Hundreds of plastic eggs filled with candy, coupons and special prizes will be scattered in five separate sections of Riverfront Park. The hunt areas will be around the Ramada and soccer field area. More than $2,500 worth of toy-filled baskets, videos, stuffed animals and food coupons will be included in the Cottonwood egg hunt.

The Easter Egg Hunt in Cornville Saturday is open to children seven and younger from Cornville and Page Springs only. Windmill Park opens at 10 a.m. and the hunt begins at 10:30. Children should have a basket or bag to carry their eggs and prizes. The Cornville Community Association sponsors this event.

The Celebration of Spring in Sedona on Saturday will have eggs, prizes and activities for children. It's much more than an egg hunt, and it will run from 9 to noon at Posse Grounds Park at 525 Posse Ground Rd. The Celebration will include games, vendors, inflatable toys, petting zoo and pony rides. Admission is $2 per child, adults admitted free.

The official egg hunt for kids 7 and under will begin at 10 a.m. with children divided into age groups. While their younger siblings are hunting eggs, kids in the 8 to 12 age group will have a scavenger hunt to entertain them. The Easter Bunny will available for pictures with the kids.

In Jerome the Easter Egg Hunt will be Sunday, and it will be part of a full morning of Easter activities and services. A Sunrise Service will be held at the 300-foot level parking lot at 6 a.m. After the Sunrise Service, a Continental breakfast will be provided at Haven United Methodist Church. The Easter Service will be held in the church from 9 to 10 a.m.

Joan Evans, who provides her yard at 101 Juarez (across the street from Haven United Methodist Church), said the Easter Egg Hunt will start about 10:30 a.m.

After the egg hunt, people will gather back at the church for coffee and social time.

K-Kids Club (Kiwanis) from Beaver Creek School invites children to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt in Sycamore Park (next to the bridge in Lake Montezuma) on Saturday, April 3.  Registration is from 9:15 a.m. and the hunting starts at 10 a.m.  Children 12 years old and under may participate.  The first race will be for those ages 0 to 3, followed by 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. We have lots of eggs stuffed with candies and trinkets, and other nice prizes. This event is free. Please bring your children to enjoy this tradition.

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