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April 8, 2009 > Have a hoppy Easter

Have a hoppy Easter

By Meenu Gupta

The Tri-Cities area will transform into a children's Easter wonderland this holiday weekend.

Union City
Union City Leisure Services is organizing its annual Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza on Saturday, April 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Kennedy Community Center and Park, 1333 Decoto Road.

Hop with bouncing bunnies and scour the lawn for colored eggs. Exciting prizes, chocolate, bubble gum, stickers, rings, and bracelets will be hidden inside the hunted eggs. A mini carnival will offer about 35 booths, including bunny dart throw, jelly bean guessing, big bunny face throw, pin the tail on the bunny, the golden egg and the spring match hunt.

Bring home a bag full of goodies and participate in an exciting egg hunt lead by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. There is something for kids of all ages: Wee Little Hare Egg Hunt for ages 1-2, Cottontail Egg Craze 3-4, Bouncy Bunny Egg Bamboozle 5-7, and Really Rowdy Rabbits Egg Relay for ages 8-10.

Cost is $10 for advance registration and $13 the day of the event.

A bake sale hosted by "Friends of Drigon Dog Park," games, and exciting raffle prizes will follow the egg hunt. "The fundraiser will raise money for lights for the park," said Marissa Vera, program coordinator. Friends of Drigon Dog Park will sell doggy cookies and sweet treats for pet owners.

"We will be selling books for kids of preschool to grade 3 reading level" at a Scholastic Book Fair, she added.

For more information call (510) 675-5329 or (510) 675-5488.

Hayward
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District's Youth Program will host its 64th annual Easter Bonnet Parade and Egg Hunt Saturday, April 11, at Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd.

Registration for the parade begins promptly at 9 a.m. and the procession, led by the Easter Bunny, starts at 9:30. Participants must be six years and younger. Bonnets should be homemade and worn during the parade to qualify for the prettiest, most unusual, and most colorful homemade bonnet awards.

"There will be one prize per category. Prizes include Easter baskets filled with candies and activities," said Mike Maine, recreation coordinator.

An egg hunt will immediately follow. Age categories are 3 to 4, 5 to 6, and 7 to 9 years old.

"Prizes will also be awarded for the golden egg hunt," said Maine. For more information call (510) 888-0211.

Fremont
Spring announces renewal when flowers bloom and trees begin to leaf. Furry, fuzzy farm animals will be all around as participants take part in traditional Victorian Easter activities at Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd.

"We have newborn lambs," said Christina Garcia, naturalist and docent coordinator of the farm. "There are adult rabbits, goats, cows and chickens as well."

Eggs and natural farm-made dyes will be provided from 1:30 - 3 p.m. for decoration on Saturday, April 11.

Cap the weekend with a hand-crafted Easter bonnet parade from 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. on Sunday, April 12. Search for the golden egg will be from 1:30-2 p.m.

"The search for the golden egg is a group treasure hunt for a single golden egg hidden somewhere on the farm. I will be the bell-ringer," Garcia said. So listen for clues when you hear the bell clanging in the farmyard, because whoever finds it gets to keep it. The golden egg is believed to bring good luck all spring.

Hop on over to the hay circle to meet the farm's rabbits from 2-2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Then kids of all ages are welcome to take part in the Easter egg roll from 2:30-3p.m. The 128-year-old White House tradition involves rolling a hard-boiled egg across the fabulous green lawn and big white house of the farm.

Bring a picnic and enjoy holiday fun. For more details visit www.ebparks.org or call (510) 796-0663.

Happy Hopping this Easter!

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