VERDE VALLEY - Easter weekend throughout the Verde Valley will provide several Easter Egg Hunts and thousands of eggs and prizes for children to find. Except for the Egg Hunt at Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome, which will be on Easter Sunday, all of the egg hunts are planned for Saturday, April 23.
Riverfront Park will again be the location of the Easter Egg Hunt April 23 in Cottonwood. The hunt is presented every year by the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department. This year, a large cash donation from Friends of Cottonwood has helped keep the annual event alive. Also helping with donations are the Verde District Kiwanis Club, Wal-Mart Super Center, Pizza Hut, Planet Video & Music, Arby's, Sonic Drive-In, Taco Bell and others.
The egg hunts is divided into five age categories: 1-17 months, 18-35 months, 3-4 years, 5-6 years and 7-8 years.
The hunt begins at 10 a.m., beginning with the youngest and moving on through the older age groups. More than $2,500 in toy-filled baskets, videos, stuffed animals and food coupons will be given away. In addition, candy and plastic eggs filled with special prize tags and coupons will be given away.
All of the fun takes place on the Ramada and soccer field area within the park.
In Sedona, the Celebration of Spring will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 on the multi-use field at Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road. The main events will be an egg hunt and carnival. Admission is $2 per child.
Inflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, hayride and much more are included. Some vendors may charge for their goods.
The official egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. for children 8 years and younger. Parents will only be allowed to search with the 2 and under age group. Children will be divided into age groups, and there will be thousands of eggs waiting to be found.
For siblings 9-12, there will be a scavenger hunt while the little ones hunt for eggs. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for picture taking.
Cornville will hold its ninth annual Easter Egg Hunt in Windmill Park April 23. This hunt is for children up to age 7 from Cornville and Page Springs only. The park will open at 10:30 a.m. Baskets will be furnished so there's no need to bring baskets or bags to collect eggs. Many prizes will be given away. This event is sponsored by the Cornville Community Association and the Community.
The Beaver Creek Egg Hunt will be April 23 in Sycamore Park, next to the bridge to Lake Montezuma. The K-Kids Club (Kiwanis) from Beaver Creek School put on this event. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the hunt starts at 10. Children 12 and under may participate.
The first race will be for those ages up to 3, followed by 4-6, 7-9 and then 10-12. There will be lots of eggs stuffed with candies and trinkets. The event is free.
Children with an adult may be dropped off at the park so that cars may be parked at the BC Baptist Church next to the Rimrock Post Office. A free shuttle will return drivers to the park.
The only egg hunt held on Easter this year is in Jerome at the Haven Untied Methodist Church, and it will be part of a full morning of Easter activities and services. A Sunrise Service will be held at 6 a.m. at the 300-foot level parking lot.
After the Sunrise Service, a Continental breakfast will be provided at Haven United Methodist Church at 597 Main St. Easter service will be held in the church from 9 to 10 a.m.
Joan Evans, who will once again provide her yard at 101 Juarez (across the street from the church), said the Easter Egg Hunt will start about 10:30 a.m. She said different areas will be set up for the little kids and the older kids for the egg hunt.
Following the egg hunt, people will gather back at the church for coffee and social time.