Easter celebrations set throughout county

Elisha Morrison
Staff Writer

With Easter just around the corner, several organizations in Saline County are offering Easter egg hunts for area children to enjoy.
The Golden K Kiwanis Club will put on the Saline County egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon March 24 at the Saline County Courthouse. Randy Mitchell, coordinator for the hunt, expects to put out around 10,000 Easter eggs during the free event.

The hunts for children age 4 and younger will be at 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Hunts for children 5 to 7 years old will be at 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. Hunts for children age 8 to 12 will be at 11 and 11:15 a.m.
There will also be hunts for special needs children and adults at 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.

In addition to the hunts, there will be bounce houses, booths and a disc jockey.
First United Methodist Church in Bryant will hold and Easter egg hunt and Palm Sunday potluck at noon March 25. Debbie Owens, children’s minister, said the event has always been open to the community.

The potluck will be barbecue with church members providing sides including beans, potato salad, coleslaw and rolls, along with dessert.
The meal and hunt are both free to attend.

There will be bounce houses and games as well. The Easter Bunny will be posing for pictures with children in the prayer garden. Owens said last year that location provided really nice pictures. Parents can take their own pictures. The church will have a photographer at the event and photos will be put on the church’s Facebook page.
Children can bring out their kites to fly during the event.

The egg hunt will be divided into four age groups. The first hunt will begin at 12:45 p.m. Participants can be pre-kindergarden through fifth grade. Church youth will hold signs directing children where to hunt.
The church plans to have 1,000 candy-filled eggs.

“It is a great way to fellowship with our church family and get to know who we are,” Owens said.
Empire Cheerleading’s second annual glow-in-the-dark Easter Bash will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 29. Empire Cheerleading is located at 3524 Alcoa Rd. in Benton.
Benton Parks and Recreation Department will host a unique Easter event with the underwater Easter egg hunt from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 31 at the River Center. The hunt is free for River Center members and $5 for nonmembers.

Eggs will be divided between the competition pool for ages 10 and older, the leisure pool for swimmers age 4 to 10 and the splash pad for nonswimmers age 6 and younger. Parents can assist children at the splash pad area only. No grass is allowed.
Lifeguards will be on duty to keep all children safe.
Eggs will be turned in for prizes.

While the children wait to hunt eggs, they can take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Midtowne Church will host its Eggstravaganza from 9 a.m. to noon at Tyndall Park in Benton. The free event is open to the community.
Brook Tropp, children’s ministry leader, said the church wants to reach out to the community, especially those with no church home.

The event will include four large inflatables, popcorn, water, a petting zoo provided by Cockrill Country Critters, and Bible stories. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Parents can take their own photos and a photographer will also take pictures. The photographer’s photos should be available for free two weeks following the event.

Egg hunts will begin at 9 a.m. with toddlers up to 2 years old. Three to 5 year olds will hunt at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., kindergarden through first-grade children will hunt. Second- and third-grade hunts will be held at 10:30 a.m. and fourth- and fifth-grade students, along with special needs children will hunt at 11 a.m.

While the children wait their turns, the church will give out door prizes for each age group, including gift certificates to child-friendly restaurants and age-appropriate gift baskets.
Tropp said anyone interested in donating additional door prizes can contact her at 501-416-2410.

The eggs will contain candy and prizes. Each age group will also contain gold eggs containing $1, $5 or $10.
Tropp suggests children wear casual play clothes where they can run around and enjoy inflatables.