*Readers – You have found our 2016 post.  To find information on 2017 Easter Egg Hunts, click here.

Every year, children swarm to local parks, churches, and even shopping centers to take part in local Easter Egg Hunts. Many of these hunts include lucrative prizes, but for many, collecting the most eggs is reward enough. Check out the many hunts taking place across Thurston County all month long.

For the Kids

Providence logo (2015)Bayview Thriftway is your one stop shop to fill your Easter basket. On Saturday, March 19, 2016 the Easter Bunny will be on hand to spring into the holiday spirit. Eggs will be ready for discovery beginning at 10:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend and the event is completely free.

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Children across Thurston County will be on the hunt for coveted Easter Eggs.

On Saturday, March 26, Capital’s Easter Bash will take place at West Olympia’s Capital Mall. From 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. families can take part in a variety of free arts and crafts and Easter themed activities. This includes face painting, bunny photos, and a Frozen extravaganza provided by Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes where kids can meet their favorite princesses of Arendelle and the author behind the fairytale, Barbara Jean Hicks.  This event is free for children ages 2 to 10 years old.

A family hunt for children will take place at South Sound Church on Saturday, March 26, at noon. Over 10,000 eggs will be hidden on the campus. The egg-cited kids will be put into three age groups to compete to win a bike. Free face painting and inflatables will also be on hand for the whole family to enjoy.

The 20th Annual Easter Egg Dash boasts 20,000 colorful eggs filled with toys and candy on the field of Tumwater High School on Saturday, March 26. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance and pose for photos to round out the egg-cellent day of fun. This free event begins at 11:00 a.m. Be sure to bring your own baskets to collect all of those eggs.

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Kids of all ages will spring into action to find hidden eggs across the county.

The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police will sponsor an Easter Egg hunt on the grounds of the Capitol Campus. An estimated 200 people will attend, searching for their prized eggs throughout the well manicured lawns, fountains, and gardens. This free search begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016 and is open to the public.

Over 40,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes will line the fields of Lattin’s Cider Mill during their annual hunt. The March 26, 2016 event begins promptly at 1:00pm and welcomes anyone from the age 2 to 10. Once the hunt is over, eggs will be collected and attendees can enjoy food, vendors, and a carnival of activities. Admission is free, but parking costs $5 and space is limited.

On March 27, 2016, families will enjoy the historic Eagles Easter Egg Hunt at Priest Point Park.  (Read a complete story about the nearly 50-year history of the event here.)  If parking has deterred you in the past, take advantage of the new shuttle service from the Port of Olympia over to the park.  More than 21,000 plastic Easter eggs are hidden through the park.  Be there for the 2:00 p.m. start time.

For the Adults

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Many eggs featured in upcoming hunts include a wide variety of prizes.

It’s time for the big kids to get in on some of the fun. South Sound Church presents their annual Xtreme Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt. On Friday, March 18, 2016, the hunt takes participants through the woods and swamp completely in the dark. Prizes include cash, a 50-inch television, gift cards, and a trip to Great Wolf Lodge making the trudge through the mud well worth it. Entry cost $10 and the hunt begins at 8:00 p.m.

For the Animals

Not all hunts are created equal. The 9th Annual Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt is all for the furriest family members. With two doggie hunts and one for the kids, this family-friendly event is focused on bringing joy to the whole family. Along with the eggs, dogs can take part in a fashion show, take photos with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy agility demonstrations. Prizes, swag bags, food vendors, and activities will be offered to the entire family from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. The cost for this event is a $4 donation directly benefiting Concern for Animals, Feline Friends, and For Heaven’s Sake Wildlife.

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