Ella Scoville

Easter fun brightens West Shore weekend

Variety of events planned for upcoming holiday weekend

One of the most family friendly weekends of the year promises an array of entertaining events on the West Shore.

The Kinette Club of Juan de Fuca hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at West Shore Parks and Recreation tomorrow (April 19) from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is open to those 13 and up. Meet before 10 a.m.  on the upper hill behind the Juan de Fuca library branch. Entry is by donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The Easter Bunny stops by Westshore Town Centre that day for a Children’s Easter Tea Party in the centre court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children can have their photo taken with the famous rabbit and enjoy some free chocolates and treats.

Church hosts egg hunt at Ruth King school

The West Village Church is once again hosting its massive egg hunt on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at Ruth King elementary, corner of Jacklin Road and Goldstream Avenue. The event includes live music, food, face painting, a bouncy castle, games and prizes. As many as 5,000 eggs are up for grabs, so attendees are encouraged to get there early.

Easter Seals fun run Saturday

Also on Saturday, the Easter Seals Splash of Colour Family Fun Run fundraiser takes place around Royal Roads University in Colwood starting at 10 a.m.

Everyone from casual walkers to serious runners is invited. The five-kilometre trail through the forest includes five colour stations, where volunteers brighten up participants’ new white T-shirts with clouds of coloured powder.

Easter fun follows the run, with kid’s entertainment, chocolate and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

The $35 registration fee (signup is at 9 a.m.) includes a shirt and a pair of sunglasses. All money raised goes towards Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan. For more information and to register visit victoria.splashofcolor.ca.

Little ones join Easter egg hunt

On Sunday, the annual Easter Egg Hunt at City Centre Park will see children up to age 12 hunt for chocolate. The search starts at staggered times based on age. Kids three and under go first at 10:15 a.m.

When not searching for eggs, families can enjoy a bouncy castle, inflatable football, face painting, craft tables and more from 10 a.m. to noon, all free. Those who donate a non-perishable food item will also be entered into a raffle draw for prizes. For more information visit citycentre park.ca or call 250-391-1738.

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