Easter egg hunts, fun, games abound in Omaha area - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:28 am
Easter egg hunts, fun, games abound in Omaha area

Easter egg hunts are traditional for families and groups.

With the forecast calling for temperatures in the upper 30s and a chance for snow, some of the list events may be postponed.

Here's a sampling of some that are open to the public.

TODAY

• 10 a.m., Ralston High School. The JCI Ralston Jaycees Chapter will have its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. Kids should bring their own bag or basket and may get in line for the hunt by 9:45 a.m. In the event of rain, the hunt will be held in the school gym.

• 2 p.m., Lakewood Villages Park next to Bellevue Elementary School, 12001 Timberridge Drive. Various age groups will be spread across the park to start at the same time. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item for the Bellevue Food Pantry. Thanksgiving Lutheran Church in Bellevue is the sponsor.

SUNDAY

• 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Camp Fontanelle, 9677 County Road 3, Fontanelle, Neb. Egg dyeing and tree climbing will begin at 2 p.m. Bring your own hard-cooked eggs or the camp can boil them for you. Dye and crayons will be provided, but bring your own egg decorations, if desired. Climb 40 feet off the ground in trees to get eggs between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting. Climbs are limited, so sign up upon arrival. Older children and adults can play laser tag from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in groups, weather and mud permitting. Egg hunts will be by age with ages 4 and younger starting at 2:30 p.m. Little ones also can participate in later hunts with older kids. Take part in campfire worship, s'mores and hot dogs at 5:30 p.m. Hayrack rides will be available. A team ga-ga ball tournament will begin at 2:30 p.m. For rules and to register your team (all ages) follow the link at Omaha.com/community. For more information on activities and times, plus directions to Camp Fontanelle, visit the website or call 402-478-4296 or 402-459-0686. The cost of all activities is a freewill donation.

• 2 p.m., Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 61st Street and Western Avenue. Hunt is for children through the age of 12. Cookies and punch for everyone will be served after the hunt.

• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 28th and Craig Street Park. Easter egg hunt for neighborhood and bounce house for ages 3-12. Sponsored by Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 7301 N. 28th Ave.

• 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Springs Assembly of God, 17515 Pacific St. Games, crafts, music, prizes, face painting, contests and an egg hunt. Free. Events go on rain or shine.

FRIDAY AND MARCH 30

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Village Pointe shopping center, 168th Street and West Dodge Road. The Easter Bunny will hop around Main Street with honorary bunny ears for children. Join Peeps, the Storyteller, who will share a tale at 2 p.m. each day inside DSW. He'll also be available for photos with the kids at an indoor display. Parents: Bring your camera. Free.

MARCH 30

• 9 a.m. to noon, Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft Streets. Easter Extravaganza begins with children's crafts, which run all morning. Egg hunts will be staged in different areas with these start times: 10:15 a.m., ages 3 and younger; and 10:45 a.m., ages 4 and older divided in two groups. An additional charge of $3 per child, on top of regular garden admission, is required to participate in the egg hunt and children's crafts. Advance registration is due by Wednesday for the events. Register by calling 402-346-4002 ext. 262.

• 9 a.m., Lake Zorinsky shelter No. 5. Alpha Xi Delta Sorority at the University of Nebraska at Omaha puts on a free egg hunt as part of its Step It Up 5K/10K race to benefit Autism Speaks. All children are welcome at the egg hunt even if no one participates in the fundraiser.

• 10 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 34th and Farnam Streets. Prizes will be given.

• 10 a.m., La Vista Sports Complex, just south of Harrison Street on 66th Street in La Vista. Children ages 4 and younger will start at 10 a.m. at Baseball Field No. 1. Ages 5 and 6 will start at 10:10 a.m. at Softball Field No. 2, followed at 10:15 by ages 7 to 8 on Softball Field No. 3 and at 10:20 a.m. by ages 9 to 11 on Softball Field No. 4. No preregistration is needed. Call the La Vista Recreation Department at 402-331-3455 with any questions.

• 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Skinner Elementary School, 4304 N. 33rd St. Hunt is for children in sixth-grade or younger. Abide Network is the sponsor.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive in Bellevue. Indoor games with free candy, inflatables outdoors, an opportunity to see a firetruck and helicopter, take photos with the Easter bunny and eat a free hot dog lunch. Egg hunts feature more than 6,000 eggs. Children age 4 and younger will start at 11:30 a.m. in an enclosed playground. The hunt for ages 5-7 will start at noon, followed by ages 8-10 at 12:30 p.m.

• Noon, Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center Streets. Also expect a bounce house, face painting and musician Chris Saub playing in the park. Sponsored by Aksarben Village.

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spring Lake Park, 13th and J Streets. Ages 1 to 12 can enjoy the egg hunt plus food, fun and rides. The Latino Peace Officers Association sponsors this event.

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the shelter at Halleck Park along Halleck Street in Papillion. No preregistration is required, but participants are asked to bring their own bags or baskets. Children 2 and younger will start at 1:05 p.m., followed by ages 3 and 4 at 1:15 p.m. Children 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 will begin at 1:25 p.m. Other family activities — game booths and cookie decorating — will be available. For more information, call the Papillion Recreation Department at 402-597-2041.

Compiled by Sue Story Truax with information from the World-Herald News Service

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