CASA GRANDE — Easter is Sunday and throughout Pinal County, communities are gearing up for holiday events and celebrations.
While some communities are resuming traditional Easter egg hunt events, others are offering virtual, socially distanced or drive-thru events. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most Easter events were virtual, drive-thru or canceled.
In Apache Junction, city staffers will avoid large gatherings by offering a scavenger hunt that takes participants throughout the city.
“We are unable to have our traditional community egg hunt event, but we are still offering an Egg-Cellent Scavenger Hunt around the city and passing out Easter egg rec bags at our Multigenerational Center,” a press release from Apache Junction Parks and Recreation said. “Although we are not quite where we need to be in order to have our traditional community-wide, in-person Easter egg hunt, we are excited to be able to offer Easter activities for local families again this year.”
Below is a list of some of the events and activities throughout the county:
Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department offers its Easter 2021 event April 1-4 with a new “Egg-cellent Scavenger Hunt” in which numbered Easter eggs will be hidden. Residents may follow a worksheet of clues to find the eggs, hidden throughout town. From March 31 through April 2, people may pick up a special Easter egg bags that includes a prize or candy from the Multigenerational Center. Pictures with the Easter bunny will be offered on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Casa Grande Library has been offering a scavenger hunt. Children may visit the Main Library or Vista Grande Library to pick up a set of scavenger hunt clues and search for the hidden Easter eggs throughout the library. Once the clues have been uncovered, the clue sheet may be exchanged at the front desk for a pair of bunny ears to make at home.
Easter in the Park is Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at Kenilworth Sports Complex. The event includes egg hunts for children and an Easter craft.
Easter Curbside is Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last at Eloy Community Services Department, 100 E. Seventh St. Preschool through fifth grade children may receive a gift bag. Those who find the golden egg win an Easter basket. Students must be in the vehicle to receive an Easter bag. For more information call the Eloy Community Services Department at 520-466-7351.
In Florence, the Recreation Division hosted a visit from Hip Hop the Bunny, who cruised through Florence and Anthem last Saturday. People were able to see the Bunny as he drove through both towns throughout the day.
Queen Creek Botanical Gardens plans a Spring Harvest Festival April 16 and 17 featuring Scottish Highland games and other activities.
San Tan Valley
Easter Egg-citement at Schnepf Farms on Saturday begins at 9 a.m. This year, the annual Easter event celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Thousands of toy-filled eggs are hidden for the event. Children will hunt for them in small groups according to age. Tickets may be purchased online at schnepffarms.com.