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Several Easter egg hunts planned throughout week

By Carolina Astrain
April 14, 2014 at 3:03 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2014 at 11:14 p.m.

Connor Smith, 5, gathers eggs into his basket during the Easter egg hunt at Torres Elementary in Victoria in 2013.

IF YOU GO

Here are a list of Easter Egg hunts nearby. Happy hunting.

• WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

• WHERE: Victoria College Quad area, 2200 E. Red River St.

• COST: Free

• NOTE: The hunt begins at 5:45 p.m. with separate sections for younger and older children. Children up to 13 years old can compete in the egg hunt. The carnival features refreshment booths and games such as sack races, bean bag toss, ring toss and an egg-on-a-spoon race. There will be a charge for spring carnival booths, games, food and drinks. A portion of the carnival proceeds will benefit the Victoria College Relay for Life Team and VC clubs. The event is hosted by the Victoria College Student Activities Office. For more information, contact Elaine Everett-Hensley at 361-572-6440.

• WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Friday

• WHERE: Riverside Park special events area

• COST: Free

• NOTE: Bounce houses, 20,000-egg egg hunt, games and a celebration service will begin at 7 p.m. Hosted by Parkway Church.

• WHEN: Noon-2 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Children's Discovery Museum, 204 N. Main St.

• COST: $2 per child

• NOTE: Photos with the Easter bunny will be from noon-4 p.m.; bubbles and crafts will be available outside the museum. Call 361-485-9140 or email cdm204@sbcglobal.net for more information.

• WHEN: 2-5 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Twin Pines Nursing and Rehab Center, 3301 E. Mockingbird Lane

• COST: Free

• NOTE: Prizes will be awarded to different age groups up to 12 years of age. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Maggie Torres at 361-652-0824 or Gary Moses at 361-573-2853.

• WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Church chapel, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St.

• COST: Free

• NOTE: Bring one dozen filled eggs. Worship, stations, food and egg hunt.

• WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

• COST: Tickets for adults are $10; children between 3 and 10 years old are $5; children under 3 years old get in free. Attendees can purchase tickets at the door, Taqueria El Rodeo, Guzman Western Wear, Crazy Jump, Chavana's Grocery and Market or Vicky's Fit Club in Port Lavaca and Taqueria El Huasteco in Bloomington.

• NOTE: Easter eggs will be filled with coins ranging in value between $1 to $10. More than $2,000 worth of coins have been donated by sponsors. Call 361-237-0351 for more information.

Easter egg hunters, prepare yourselves.

Several Crossroads hunts are scheduled starting as early as Wednesday and throughout the weekend. For some, like Twin Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Fiesta Del Rancho, this is a first-year attempt.

"We hope to make it an annual tradition," said Maggie Torres, a coordinator of the Twin Pines event. "We're going to have lots of goodies."

Torres said the free event is the center's way of thanking the community for its continued support.

Frank Salazar, of Frank Salazar Promotions, said this will be the first year for Fiesta Del Rancho to host a coin-filled Easter egg hunt.

"It's never been done here before," Salazar said. "Especially in the Mexican and Spanish-speaking community."

Martin Guzman, owner of Guzman Western Wear, said he decided to make a donation to the Fiesta Del Rancho event for the children to benefit the Hispanic and Spanish-speaking community.

"It's good for the kids," Guzman said in Spanish, "so that they're happy."

Parkway Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt at Riverside Park on Friday, and the Children's Discovery Museum festival will host an Easter egg hunt in conjunction with Jam Fest on Saturday.

The event is at Riverside Park instead of Ethel Lee Tracy Park this year, said Chris Williams, event coordinator.

"There is more parking there," Williams said. "The food is not free, but the hunt is."

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