By Samantha Johnson
The hunt for brightly colored eggs begins this weekend.
And even if the weather doesn’t hold out, the kick-off begins with the Easter Egg Splash on Saturday at the pool in the Stateline YMCA from 1-2 p.m. in Beloit.
For Mary Geyer, aquatics director at the YMCA, it’s an annual tradition she always looks forward to.
“We’ve been doing this for at least 15 years,” she said. “It’s a nice little social event for children and parents.”
Children will dive for plastic eggs in the pool and then participate in an open swim. At the end of open swim at 2 p.m., children can turn in their eggs to receive a drink, cookie and goodie bags with candy.
There will be a maximum amount of eggs based on how many kids sign up.
“We’re using plastic eggs, but we’re filling them with rocks so they sink,” Geyer said with a laugh.
There will also be floating eggs for the younger children, and even golden eggs in the deep end as a challenge for older children.
The splash is limited to the first 60 kids who sign up.
“Safety is our biggest concern,” Geyer said. “We’ll have several lifeguards on duty.”
Pre-registration is required. The cost is $4 per child for Y-members, and non-members are $8. Any child under the age of 7 has to have an adult with them in the water.
For more information, call 608-365-2261.
The 8th annual Carver-Roehl Park Easter Egg Hunt, 4907 S. Carvers Rock Rd, Clinton, is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 28.
Sharon Jones is the chair for the Easter egg hunt and a volunteer with Friends of Carver-Roehl Park.
The hunt will also feature plastic eggs with candy and the kids will be able to meet the Easter bunny, who will dole out goodie bags.
“I sit on the floor for 3-1/2 hours filling the eggs,” Jones said. “But it’s all worth it on that day. These kids are the future of that park.”
Jones looks forward to giving back to the community each year by providing the event.
“We just love to get the kids involved, and it’s a chance to get the parents out there, too.”
And the event is free for the children, to enjoy a good family place.
“It’s a wonderful little park to have this event.”
On Friday, April 2, The Beloit City Wide Male Chorus will hold the 12th annual Citywide Easter Egg Hunt for children from noon-4 p.m. The hunt will take place at McKearn Park, on North Park Avenue.
Floyd Sandlin, director of the Beloit City Wide Male Chorus, looks forward to Easter every year, waiting to see the youngsters dash about in their dress clothes.
“They kids are all so small and pretty,” Sandlin said. “We just enjoy helping the kids, and watching them hunt.”
The hunt will features hot dogs and numerous side dishes.
Better yet, real boiled eggs will be hidden around the park.
Those interested in donating food for the sides dishes can call Sadie Gates at 608-364-0567 or Sadie Martin at 608-365-9716.
“Everybody’s welcome,” Sandlin said. “And it makes you feel special when you do something good.”
Wrapping up the egg hunts will be the Beloit Jaycees on Saturday, April 3 at Turtle Island at Riverside Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
“We’ve been doing this for eons,” said Kim Deremo, 2010 president of the Jaycees.
The Easter bunny and Scoopie from Culver’s will be on hand as the children hunt for eggs filled with candy.
“A lot of the eggs are in plain view, so for the little kids it’s not going to be so difficult.”
There is also a prize: each year the kids fill out their names to be drawn for a bicycle. There will also be face painting, a bounce house and an egg toss for different age groups.
“It’s a long-standing tradition for the Jaycees and the area kids,” Deremo said.
And as for the weather?
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”