This could be the year you hand paint those elegant, gilded Russian Easter eggs and serve that gorgeous Instagram-crushing brunch you've been virtually assembling on your Pinterest board. Unless you have small children, in which case you need to jam some candy into plastic eggs, find some new hiding places, run interference so the eldest doesn't snatch up all the chocolate bunnies and brace yourself for what the ensuing sugar rush will do to your home.
Or you could grab your camera and take the kids out for a community egg hunt in the sunshine with friends, photo ops and plenty of room to bunny hop around. On Saturday, March 26, you've got plenty of choices.
In Eureka, the Carson Park Easter Eggventure goes from 10 a.m. to noon, with games, egg hunting and an Easter Bunny meet and greet. Like all these hunts, it's free, but BYO basket. The holiday hide and seek at McKinleyville Safeway Shopping Plaza has age and special needs groups, and starts at the kiosk at 10 a.m. Catch your breath afterward with an Easter Bunny withie. The Ferndale Easter Egg Hunt gets cracking at 10:30 a.m. at the Firemen's Park with prizes to win in all age groups. The resourceful Ferndale Scouts are doing the hiding, so bring your A-game. The Soroptimists host the Eel River Valley Egg Hunt in Fortuna's Rohner Park at 10 a.m. — don't be late for the scramble — and all ages are welcome to look for goodies at the Loleta Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. at the Loleta Downtown Park.
Over in Rio Dell's Fireman's Park, the hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. with more prizes, nibbles and games. Want the little ones to eat something more substantial than jelly beans? Shake a cottontail down to Bridgeville Elementary School, where a 10:30 a.m. breakfast ($4, $3 kids) precedes the noon hunt (free).