Cities across the metro are gearing up for Easter egg hunts. Norman’s Best Easter Egg Hunt has been a tradition for more than 30 years, and city recreation supervisor Jeff Hill said it draws a crowd every year.
“They love going to find the candy,” said Hill. “It’s fun for them, and we keep the event short and sweet for the parents.”
Moore is another city with a long tradition of Easter egg hunting. Every year on the Saturday before Easter, thousands of eggs as well as wrapped candies are hidden for the children to find.
“For some kids, this is their first ever Easter egg hunt,” said Teresa Smith, special events coordinator. “We want to make it a great experience for them.”
Following is a list of some of the free egg hunts offered by city parks and recreation departments. Other Easter egg hunts may be offered by churches or other organizations. For more information about egg hunts in your area, contact your city’s parks and recreation department.
Norman’s Best Egg Hunt
•Where: Andrew’s Park
•When: 5:30 p.m. April 11.
Children 8 years and under are invited to participate in Norman’s Best Easter Egg hunt. Bring a camera — the Easter Bunny himself will be available for photos. There will be a moon bounce and games, and the Tobacco Free Cleveland County Commission will host a giveaway. The egg hunt begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be divided by age group. About 200 golden eggs will be redeemable for a special prize.
Easter Egg Scramble
•Where: Buck Thomas Park in Moore
•When: 10 to 11 a.m. April 12.
Children from toddlers up to age 12 can join in the scramble for candy-filled eggs, as well as prize-winning golden eggs. Separate fields will be prepared for children of different age groups, and the event will begin with an egg hunt for children with disabilities and their parents. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures, and a DJ will provide music. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to find parking.
Choctaw’s 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
•Where: Choctaw Creek Park
•When: 11 a.m. April 19.
Children from toddlers up to 12 years old can search for 10,000 eggs hidden throughout the park. Parents are invited to accompany young children and children with disabilities.
Easter on the Prairie
•Where: Kirkpatrick Family Farm, Yukon
•When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 19.
Easter on the Prairie features two egg hunts, one at 11 a. m. and another at 1 p.m. There are 40,000 eggs, so be sure to bring a basket. There are separate areas for different age groups, including an egg hunt area for children disabilities. Drinks and snacks are provided, and kids will also have a chance to check out a police car and fire truck.
The Hound Hunt
•Where: Edmond Dog Park
•When: 2 p.m. April 12.
Dogs will have fun sniffing out treat-filled eggs. Make sure you bring a basket to take home Fido’s goodies. All dogs must be leashed, and behave well around people and other pets.