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The Great Egg Chase

Searching for a kid-friendly way to celebrate Easter? Look no further. These local events promise plenty of eggs and visits with the rabbit of the hour.

Lake County
Clearlake Five thousand eggs will be waiting to be found at Austin Park on April 20. The Clearlake Youth Center partners with the First Assembly Church for this annual hunt. Call 994-5437 for time.

Clearlake Oaks The Moose Lodge's Second Annual Spring Festival on April 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., will feature not only arts and crafts booths, but also egg hunts. At 2 p.m. there'll be a Bunnywalk for ages 0-3 and a Scavenger Egg Hunt for ages 10-12. Then at 3 p.m., there'll be a Field Hunt for ages 4-9. The Special Needs Booth will hand out pre-bagged eggs at 1 p.m. Pre-register kids between noon and 2:30 p.m. for the hunts, which are free and will be held at the Moose Lodge. Call Cheryl at 302-519-5319 for details.

Hidden Valley Lake This free hunt on April 20 at Hartmann Baseball Field will be divided into four age groups, babies to sixth graders, and will start at 10 a.m. sharp. Bring your own camera for photos with the Easter Bunny, 9-11 a.m.

Lakeport For close to a century, the Lakeport Rotary has been holding a free Easter egg hunt. This year it'll be held on April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Bring baskets and get there early; there'll be a lot of kids ready to track down the 4,800 hidden eggs. Ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12 will each have their own field. For every age group, one golden egg worth $10 and two silver eggs, each worth $5, will be part of the pickings.

Middletown The free Easter Eggstravaganza at the Twin Pine Casino and Hotel is not a hunt, but it does have plenty of spring cheer, including photos with the Easter Bunny, gratis baskets, bouncy houses, and other kids' activities. The event goes on April 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn more at twinpine.com.

Mendocino County
Fort Bragg Forty grand prizes will be up for grabs at the free Fort Bragg Leo Easter Egg Hunt, set for April 20 at 10 a.m. at the field between the C. V. Starr Center and Redwood Elementary. Kids will be grouped according to age: 0-2, 3-5, 6-7, 8­-10. The Easter Bunny himself will oversee the chaos. See facebook.com/ftbraggleoclub for more info.

Eggs are not hidden behind bushes, but in a pool at C. V. Starr Center's Easter Egg Splash. The hunt will be held on April 20 at 10:30ish a.m. (Bring a waterproof container for goodies.) Afterward, there'll be a Rubber Duck Race in the Lazy River. Standard drop-in admission fees ($6-$12, 4 and under free) apply.

Hopland Campovida will be opening its gardens on April 20 for its annual egg hunt. Don't expect candy, just fresh hard-boiled eggs and time in nature. The hunt, which starts promptly at 10:30 a.m., is $7 per child. Bring your own baskets. See campovida.com to learn more.

Ukiah The First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah knows that running around in search of eggs builds up an appetite. So it's serving lunch after its hunt. On April 13 at 10 a.m. kids of all ages will look for eggs at McGarvey Park, and then the whole family can eat, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the church. Both the hunt and lunch are free. Go to fpcukiah.org for details.

Though there won't be a hunt at the free Sixth Annual Children's Expo, the Easter Bunny will be around. And there will also be music, games, a face painter, and other activities for kids. Find the fun on April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Mr. Bunny arrives at 11 a.m.) at the Pear Tree Center. Call 391-7211 for further information.

Willits A whopping 20,000 eggs will be for the taking at Calvary Chapel of Willits' mega-hunt at Willits High School football field on April 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Besides the abundance of Easter loot, there will also be music, games, food, bouncy houses, and prizes.

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