It's egg-salad time!
Although Easter egg hunts will continue to be one of the most anticipated events each spring - there are chocolate bunnies, after all - there's one hunt that probably can't be replicated in too many parts of the country: The Golden Egg Hunt on Mt. Baker. (There is also one on Crystal Mountain).
Amy Trowbridge, marketing director for Mt. Baker Ski Area, is the brainchild behind the hunt.
"I had the idea, well, 14 years ago, a few weeks before Easter," she said. "I was talking to a friend about how much I loved egg hunts as a kid, and how I would still love to do egg hunts as an adult, but there were none available.
"Hence the idea of doing an all-ages hunt at the mountain," she said. "It's evolved over the years into five separate hunts. The main hunt has about 4,000 eggs with $10,000 in prizes and is for all ages of people riding the chairlifts at Mt. Baker on Saturday, April 19 (with a lift ticket or season pass). We also have four separate hunts for kids ages 10 and younger, broken down into age groups."
The kids' hunts are free and are just a short walk from the White Salmon Day Lodge, and there's no need to be on skis or snowboards to reach them, she said.
For the kids' hunts, there will be eggs with candy, coins or temporary tattoos inside, and each kid participating gets a T-shirt, a cool activity book and crayons. There also will be a golden egg grand prize for each kids' age group.
One of Amy's favorite memories she had over the years was a family that did the hunt for about five years in a row (a dad and two kids about 12 and 15).
"They would show up around 7:30 in the morning, be first in line at Chair 7, and they all carried bug-hunting nets to scoop up eggs," she said. "They won the first-come, first-served prize several years in a row and won tons of main hunt prizes. I loved how they strategized and used family teamwork to find tons of eggs and win so many prizes!"
(All are free, in Bellingham and on Saturday, April 19, unless otherwise noted.)
-- Mt. Baker Ski Area Golden Egg Hunt, 9 a.m., Mt Baker Ski Area. 360-734-6771, winter.mtbaker.us/events and click on 2014 Golden Egg.
-- Lettered Streets Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Fouts Park, Ellsworth and H streets. For ages 10 and younger. Crafts, special hunt area for toddlers, snacks, prizes from neighborhood businesses for parents. Host: Lettered Streets Covenant Church.
-- The Great Community Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Ferndale Boys and Girls Club, Pioneer Park, 2015 Cherry St. For ages 1-12. More than 5,000 eggs. 360-734-2043. Hosts: Industrial Credit Union and Ferndale Boys & Girls Club.
-- Easter Extravaganza, 10 a.m. and noon, North County Christ the King Community Church, 1835 Liberty St., Lynden; For age 2 through fifth grade. Performance, too. More than 7,000 eggs stuffed with candy. firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-318-9446, ext. 133.
-- Third Annual Kids Easter Fair, 10 a.m., St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. Suggested donation: $5 per child. Indoor egg hunt, with pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, prizes, coloring contest and treats. Hosts: PeaceHealth and Friends Relay for Life Team, as a fundraiser for American Cancer Society.
-- Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt at BelleWood Farms 10 a.m. BelleWood Acres & Distilling, 6140 Guide Meridian Road. For ages 10 and younger. Cost: $8 for kids, adults free. Tickets include a ride aboard the apple-bin train express and a goody bag. 360-318-7720.
-- Bellingham Health Care Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m., Bellingham Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, 1200 Birchwood Ave. No age limit. Three areas to hunt, plus visits with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a hot dog stand. Proceeds go to Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk. 360-734-9295.
-- Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m., Bellingham Elks Lodge, no. 194, 710 Samish Way. For ages 11 and younger. Colored hard-boiled eggs and plastic eggs with prizes will be hidden. The Easter Bunny and a photographer will be available for photos. 360-733-3333.
-- Community Easter Egg Drop, 3 p.m., City Bible Church North Sound, 1986 Main St., Lynden. All ages. Face painting, balloons, giveaways, super slide, bouncy house, music and food. Highlight: a helicopter will fly by to drop thousands of eggs onto the field (eggs will be exchange for candy). Pre-register at citybiblechurchns.org. 360-354-2373.
-- Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Louisa Place, 2240 Main St., Ferndale. For ages 1-10. Cupcake decorating, coloring pages. Look for golden eggs to earn special prizes. All children must have an adult with them. 360-384-9017.
-- Easter egg hunt, Sunday, April 20, 11:30 a.m., Bay Horizon Park activity center, 7511 Gemini Road, Birch Bay. All ages. Host: Water's Edge Church. 360-389-3529.
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