Hopping into Easter
HUNTINGTON — As West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Jack Rollins said so well in his song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hopping Easter’s on its way.”
With the live action version of “Candy Crush,” getting ready to happen this weekend, it’s a prime time to grab your Peeps, and head out onto a shaggy lawn and get your egg hunting game on.
Although a lot of places got the chocolate-covered Easter Party started last week, here’s a look at just a few of the big egg hunts left around the region — for the kids of all ages.
The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District’s annual egg hunt, long ago nicknamed “the fastest egg hunt east of the Mississippi,” goes off at exactly high noon Saturday, April 20, at Ritter Park shelter with KEE-100 morning show host Jennifer Seay doing the countdown. “We have a little over 20,000 eggs that will be hidden, and by ‘hidden,’ I mean scattered out in the field,” said GHPRD director Kevin Brady laughing.
In addition to pics with the Easter Bunny, there will also be a First Responder Touch-A-Truck event with firetrucks and other big trucks and vehicles, as well as inflatables (courtesy of New Heights Church), some pet adoption groups on site for families to take home a new family pet. Add in lunch and other fun and you’ve got a great family outing. “It’s
a good community effort. I am pretty sure it is the biggest Easter Egg hunt in the area and I am thoroughly confident that it the best because we all put a lot of work into it” Brady said. In addition to treats in the regular eggs, there’s also golden eggs hidden to win fabulous prizes including six bicycles, a couple stuffed bunnies, and more. “It is a lot of fun and there is a lot of participation — we feel the more the merrier,” Brady said.
Adult Easter Egg Hunt
Tickets are on sale for the second Adults Easter Egg Hunt set to run 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Gritt’s Farm, 864 Gritt Road in Buffalo, West Virginia. For the oldies who still know how to have fun, Gritt’s Farm is excited to announce the return of its adult egg hunt. Games and food will take place at the farm and there will be chances to win prizes from local businesses. There will be some local brews and wines available. There are two hunts set for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost is $40 and gives you entry into the egg hunt, a meal, one drink ticket, a door prize ticket for the big prizes and treats to bring home. A portion of the entry fee, $5, will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/GrittsFarm/ for more info.
History and eggs
Get some local history with your egg hunt, by heading over to Guyandotte where the Madie Carroll House, 234 Guyan Ave., Huntington, is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
There will be four age groups and a special needs section to make the hunt fair. Everyone is welcome. The Carroll House, which was built in 1810 and floated up the river, will open at noon for tours until the egg hunt and after the egg hunt.
On the National Register of Places since the 1970s, the Madie Carroll House has a great Civil War history as one of the few structures saved during the burning of Guyandotte by federal troops.
For more information about the egg hunt, please call Karen Nance, 304-412-1601 or email her at email@example.com.
Steak and eggs
Head over to Texas Road-house near the Ashland Town Center where the Roadhouse is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Get there early as the Easter Bunny will be there at 9 a.m.
The Texas Roadhouse will also be open for lunch immediately following the hunt.
Caves, brunch and eggs
Located just 40 minutes west of Huntington near Olive Hill, Kentucky, Carter Caves State Resort Park will be hosting Brunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 20. Begin the morning by arriving at 10 a.m. for photo time with the Easter Bunny. While you wait, enjoy some craft time with your child. Then, dine from a delicious buffet prepared by Chef Falon Brown at Tierney’s Cavern. Cost is $15/Adult S15/Child (Child’s cost includes a 5x7 picture with the Easter Bunny).
The annual Easter buffet is on Sunday, April 21, followed by the Easter egg hunt for kids age 12 and under at 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center sponsored by the Friends of Carter Caves. Family recreation programs will be offered throughout the weekend at the park, which has daily guided, family-friendly cave tours. Call for reservations at 606-286-4411.
Lakes and eggs
You can enjoy egg hunts at a couple Kentucky state parks along the Country Music Highway that are known for their picturesque lakes.
Just north west of Huntington about 40 minutes away is Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, Ky. The park is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at noon Saturday, April 20, at the amphitheater. The Easter Bunny will hide 2,000 eggs and will be there to greet you. Pictures with the Easter Bunny and crafts for the kids will start at noon followed by two egg hunts. The first hunt for ages 0-5 will start at 2 p.m. The second hunt for ages 6-12 will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Easter Egg Hunt is free. Photos and crafts are $5 each.
Greenbo also features lodge rooms, a restaurant, a lake, hiking and mountain biking trails, camping and more. Call 606-473-7324. About 90 minutes south of Huntington, and just off of U.S. 23, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, in Prestonsburg, Ky., is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at the park campground at 2 p.m. on April 20 They have hidden more than 8,000 candy and prize-filled eggs for kids ages 12 and under.
This event is sponsored by East Kentucky Archery and Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The park is home to the beautiful Dewey Lake, as well as hiking trails, a lodge, restaurant, as well as its almost famous Elk Viewing Tours. Call 606-889-1790.
Discs and eggs
Although well known throughout the region for having two 18-hole disc golf courses designed by world champion Johnny Sias, Rotary Park in the hills of East Huntington, will be filled with tons of wee tots come Saturday looking not for errant discs but for some egg-filled treasures.
ReClaim Church is hosting a community Easter Egg Hunt at the Rotary Park Shelter (by the Playground) and ballfields, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20. They will have over 5,000 eggs hidden with a separate area for toddlers to hunt. There will also be prizes, face painting and a free lunch.
Bring your discs, or stop by VanMan Discs in the neighborhood, and buy a couple discs to try out the free Disc Golf courses at Rotary Park after the hunt.
Flashlights, falls and eggs
Hit those Friday Night Lights for a unique egg hunt over at Blackwater Falls State Park in Canaan Valley as they host a Friday night egg hunt by flashlight, as dark approaches at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19. Hidden eggs contain treats and surprises. Hot chocolate and s’mores by bonfire complement the evening fun. Bring a flashlight and basket. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The hunt takes place at Black-water Falls Nature Center at 7 p.m. Get there a little early to get organized and learn where to go egg hunting with a flashlight. There is $2 fee per person. Children under five are free. The event takes place rain, snow or even sunshine.
While you are there, be sure to check out Blackwater Falls, one of the state’s most scenic sites.
Go online at https://wvstate-parks.com/park/blackwater-falls-state-park/
Dinner and eggs
The Boyd County Community Center will be hosting a Friday night, All About Easter! Free dinner and egg hunt at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19.
There will be an egg hunt for children ages 12 and under. Bring your own basket or bag.
After the hunt, enjoy a sit-down, catered family dinner while the story of Easter is discussed. There will also be a Resurrection Egg Activity set that has a symbolic part of Jesus’ journey inside. All families will receive an activity set to take home. The event is free but pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. The building is handicap accessible. Contact Jessica Lucas-Adkins via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 606.922.4853.
A downtown adult egg scramble
Step aside munchkins, mom and dad are getting in on the fun from 10 a.m. to. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20 as Resurrection Church is hosting an Downtown Charleston’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt.
You must get a map of participating locations at Taylor Books, Rock City Cake Co, or Buck & Bette to participate, and you can redeem your prize coupons at the Capitol Theater until 3 p.m. Saturday. The theater will also be open for tours.
There will be hundreds of eggs hidden along Capitol, Quarrier, and Summers Streets — in stores and on sidewalks. Many of the eggs will be filled with coupons to redeem great prizes and gift cards from local shops and restaurants.
The free event is rain or shine and families are welcome but children must be supervised as the streets will remain open and they must respectful of local businesses.
If you would like to volunteer to serve at the Capitol Theater or hide eggs or help people along the route, please email Jordan Craigo at email@example.com.