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Five ways to celebrate Easter in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Family-friendly Easter celebrations and activities take place throughout the community this weekend, including the annual egg hunt in Whonnock. - TIMES files
Family-friendly Easter celebrations and activities take place throughout the community this weekend, including the annual egg hunt in Whonnock.
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Alex Skerdzhev / Special to The TIMES

With Easter just a hop and a skip away, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are set to celebrate the long weekend, with multiple family-friendly events scheduled.

Albion egg hunt

One of the biggest is the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Cops for Cancer at the Albion Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 26, on 23448 105 Ave. in Maple Ridge.

“Things are shaping up to be a really busy day on Saturday for Cops for Cancer,” said Const. Dayne Campbell, captain for Cops for Cancer Tour De Coast.

The second annual Easter Egg Hunt will include a visit from the Easter Bunny and Ronald McDonald, and feature free goodie bags for kids, prizes, facepainting, raffles, and the egg hunt.

This year, more than 5,000 eggs are expected to be laid around the grounds, over three times the amount from last year. Kids finding a golden egg will be awarded a prize. Hansel and Gretel Bakery will be present with an array of sweets, as well.

“As of this week we already have a massive RSVP list that far exceeds 2014 numbers and we are expecting an even larger number of drop ins as well,” said Campbell.

“We have a ‘Police tape’ maze for the kids, darts games, a fishing game, Ping Pong ball games … Police cars on hand as well as the Vancouver Police emergency response team armored rescue vehicle will be available for kids to explore.”

Sign-ins are 10 to 11 a.m. and the egg hunt takes place at 11:15 a.m. Kids under the age of two go in for free. A minimum five dollar donation is required, with all proceeds going to Cops for Cancer. Drop-ins are welcome.

RSVP to receive an egg at the door at albioneasteregghunt@gmail.com.

Whonnock welcomes

The other major event happens Sunday at Whonnock Lake Park.

The Whonnock Community Association is hosting a ‘bring your own basket’ egg hunt with games, prizes and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Last year saw more than 500 kids participated.

“We also have golden eggs that are turned in for large basket prizes. We usually have around 60 or 70 kids walk away with special prizes,” said Shelley Popadiuk, Whonnock Easter hunt event organizer.

“Last year it was crazy, I don’t even know if we have enough volunteers this time. It’s all volunteer-based, helping people and handing out chocolate.” said Popadiuk.

The hunt is scheduled for 1 p.m. rain or shine, and more than 400 kids are expected.

Harris hopping

On the same day, there is the Children’s Easter Fest, scheduled to take place at Harris Road Park in Pitt Meadows from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., rain or shine, and will feature an egg hunt.

Offered in partnership with Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services, the Easter Fest’s start times are 9 a.m. for children under 9, and 10 a.m. for those between the ages of 10 and 12.

Spring Fling

Osprey Village’s seventh annual Spring Fling is also taking place on Sunday at Waterfront Commons Park in Pitt Meadows.

The event features face painting, egg decorating and numerous other activities.

It takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an egg hunt at noon.

Katie's Place connection

Community members and leaders in Maple Ridge will host an Easter Egg-stravaganza on Easter Monday with an egg hunt and fundraiser for Katie’s Place at Albion Park on 102 Avenue in Maple Ridge

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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