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Celebrate Easter at the Chino Valley Community Center ballfields
More than 10,000 eggs

Celebrate Easter with the annual Free Easter Egg Hunt at the Chino Valley Community Center Ball Fields.

Carrie Barnes, coordinator for the event, said this year is pretty much the same as it’s been, though the jump castles are going to be in a different location. Still, the event does grow every year and this year will see a little more than 10,000 eggs.

“We’re just trying to be prepared,” she said. “We should have more hardboiled eggs for egg decorating this year than we did last year.”

The event is at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, and features games, train rides, activities, the Easter Bunny, face painting, story time and prizes. At the story time, there’ll be a giant stuffed bunny that the kids will have a chance to win, Barnes said. Parents can sign their kids up to be entered into a drawing for it, she said. It’s free to attend and the only cost is for the face painting, which is $3, or for concessions.

The egg hunts begin at 10 a.m. for kids ages 1 and 2; at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 and 4; at 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 8; at 11:15 for special needs kids; and at 11:30 a.m. for kids ages 9 to 12. Barnes said she really enjoys watching the little children participate in their first egg hunt. The Community Center Ball Fields are located at 1615 N. Road 1 East.

“It’s something new,” she said, calling it “a wonderment for them.”

As an event that Chino Valley Word of Life Assembly Church has been putting on for nearly a decade, it really just comes together when planning it because they’ve been doing it for so long, Barnes said.

It takes about 30 volunteers to make it happen and there are even people at the event who jump in to help, she said. When the egg wranglers are in the middle of something else, those people will help to scatter the eggs.

She also mentioned that Chino Rentals has a hand in making the event what it is. It has been providing the jump castles every year for free, Barnes said. It’s all in the name of being able to let the kids enjoy themselves at an event that families can not only afford to go to, but bring everybody out to.

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