Next two weekends rich with Easter egg hunts for children

PARKERSBURG – Easter Egg hunts and related activities are scheduled for the next two weekends in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Most of the events will be held on the next two Saturdays, while a special Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired children will return for a second year on Sunday.

The Parkersburg Lions Club will hold its second annual Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired children from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg.

“We’re hoping to have several participants this year,” said Kevin Clem, event organizer for the Lions Club.

Lions Club International has a long history of working on its mission to help people who are visually impaired. Clem said the egg hunt began last year as an outgrowth of that mission for the local club.

For visually impaired children to participate in the hunt, Lions members will set up stations with beeping “eggs” so they can follow the sound to the beeps and will receive candy-filled plastic eggs. The children will have a partner to help direct them.

During last year’s event, some children with normal vision participated in the hunt while wearing blindfolds to see what it was like. Clem said the organizers may try that this year as well.

Other Easter Egg hunts and other activities scheduled in the next two weekends include:

* Mountwood Park will hold its Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the park on Volcano Road off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Shelter 1. There will be five age groups: 0-2 years and special needs children; 3-5 years; 6-8 years; 9-11 years; and 12 years and up.

Bring your own basket or bucket to collect eggs. Prizes will be awarded for each age group. For more information, call the park office at 304-679-3611 or Lorrie Arthur at 304-588-1403.

* The Castle will hold a Family Easter Tea and Tour from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at 418 Fourth St. in Marietta.

The cost is $15 a person. For tickets, call (740) 373-4180. The event features a tour of The Castle and an elegant tea with sandwiches, tea and sweets. Games will be played in the side yard after the event.

* In Marietta, a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Ewing School, 1601 Colegate Drive. Admission is $5 for a pancake breakfast.

* In Belmont, the Carehaven of Pleasants Community Easter Egg Hunt will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be three age categories (2-4, 5-8, 9-12), the Easter Bunny, face painting and a bunny sack race. Bring your own basket and find the golden egg. For more information, contact Missi Stanley at 304-665-2065.

* In Marietta, the Gospel Mission Food Pantry will have a visit from the Easter Bunny and a basket giveaway from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the pantry at 309 Lancaster St.

* Torch Baptist Church will hold a community Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church on Ellis Road at Coolville.

The hunt is for children of all ages and will include prizes like bicycles, sports gear, DVDs and Easter baskets. The rain date is March 30.

* The city of Spencer will hold its Easter Egg Hunt at noon March 29 in downtown Spencer.

The hunt for ages 1-4 will be on the front lawn of the Roane County Courthouse. The hunt for ages 5-7 will be on the Spencer Municipal Building lawn. The hunt for ages 8-10 will be at Heritage Park. For more information, contact 304-927-1640.

* In Parkersburg, First Baptist Church of Parkersburg will hold a community Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m.-noon March 30 at Quincy Park.

* The Belpre Easter Egg Hunt will be 1 p.m. March 30 at the Civitan Park Gazebo in Belpre.

The Easter Bunny will be present. There will be a prize egg for each age group, from zero to preschool, from kindergarten to third grade and from fourth to sixth grades.

* In Williamstown, a community Easter Egg Hunt will be 11 a.m. March 30 at First Presbyterian Church at 314 West Fifth St.

There will be separate hunts for different ages. For more information, contact 304-375-6211.

In Reno, the Reno Lions Club will old a pancake breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on March 30 at the former Reno School on Sandhill Road.

The pancake breakfast will be by donation from 8-11 a.m., with proceeds supporting the club’s community projects. The Easter Egg hunt will be 11 a.m. for children in the community ages 12 and under, with their own containers.

* In Beverly, the Beverly-Waterford Easter Egg Hunt will be noon March 30 at Dodge Park.

The hunt is open to children from preschool through fourth grade. Participants must bring their own baskets. The event is sponsored by the Beverly Lions Club and the Muskingum Valley Leo Club.

* In Newport, the Newport United Methodist Youth and the Frontier Lions Club will hold an Easter Egg Adventure at 11 a.m. March 30 at the Newport Elementary School playground.

The event is for children from toddlers to fourth grade. In the event of bad weather, it will be held in the school’s old gymnasium. There will be an egg hunt, the Easter story for children, cupcake decorating, games and gifts. Parents should bring a basket for their children.

* Also in Newport, Newport Baptist Church will be hold an “Easter EGGstravaganza” at 2 p.m. March 30 at the church on Green Street.

There will be a traditional egg hunt, game booths, treats and prizes.

* In Marietta, North Hills Baptist Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt from 2-4 p.m. March 30 at the church at 108 Stonecrest Drive.

The event is for children up to 12 years old. For more information, contact (740) 373-9816 or