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Egg hunts abound across county


Kids can revel in an underwater event at Shute Park and another at county fairgrounds

The Easter Bunny will be hop, hop, hopping along at a number of locations across western Washington County this Saturday, March 30. Check out these family-friendly opportunities to hunt for candy and prizes:

Great Westside Easter Egg Hunt — Grab your kids (age 10 and under) and head out to the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro, 873 N.E. 34th Ave., at 9 a.m. The hunt features candy and prizes for kids, who can also get an up-close look at a fire truck and a police car. Pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny are part of the fun. There's a hunt for moms, too: you can find certificates for jewelry, trips, day spa packages and more. This outside-only event will happen rain or shine. Admission is free, but some attractions carry a fee. Call Alisa Umbarger at 503-640-1360 for more information, or visit kuik.com.

Underwater EGGstravaganza — Ever hunted for Easter eggs underwater? Here's your chance. Come to the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center in Hillsboro, 953 S.E. Maple St., from 12:15 to 3:45 p.m. and get in on the fun. For details, visit ci.hillsboro.or.us/ParksRec/SHARC.

North Plains hunt — Washington County Fire District No. 2 and the North Plains Events Association will hold an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. at North Plains Elementary School, 32030 N.W. North Ave. Open to children age 0 to 10.

Marquis Forest Grove — The post-acute rehab and assisted living center will host its annual "Eggstravaganza" at 10 a.m. for children 10 and under. Photos with Bob the Bunny, Mickey, Minnie and friends are planned, as well as a tattoo tent and prizes for parents. Kids can hunt for 13,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs. Bring your own basket. The center is at 3300 19th Ave. in Forest Grove. Call 530-357-7119, Ext. 251 for details.

Kiwanis Club Egg Hunt — The Forest Grove Kiwanis Club will be hiding more than 3,000 chocolate and plastic eggs on the Pacific University campus, including a dozen eggs containing special prizes. The fun starts when the Forest Grove Fire Department blows the whistle at 9 a.m. on the main quad on campus, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove.

Gaston Fire — If you have kids 12 or under, come to Brown Park for an Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Gaston Rural Fire District volunteers. The hunt starts at 10 a.m., so you'll want to get there early to find parking. The hunt will happen rain or shine, but will move inside the station, 102 E. Main St., in the event of wet weather. Free, but BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket).

— Nancy Townsley