Whidbey offers Easter extravaganza for all

Oak Harbor residents have until Friday to help cheerleaders raise money for uniforms.

Spring has sprung and the Easter Bunny is carrying a pretty heavy basket on its way to Whidbey Island, where it will hide thousands of eggs for children and adults to find.

Oak Harbor residents have until Friday, March 29, to help the Oak Harbor Football and Cheer League’s cheerleaders raise money to buy their uniforms. Homeowners can buy a number of eggs that the cheerleaders will hide in their yard. In the morning, children can wake up to a fun Easter egg hunt challenge.

People can donate via the PayPal link paypal.com/pools/c/92m2jAmq2N and email their name, number, address and number of eggs purchased at ohfclcheercoordinator@gmail.com.

Friday, grown-ups can bring out their inner child and invite friends to Whidbey Farm and Market, where they can experience the thrill of looking for eggs in a field at night.

The farm’s first-ever Adult Night Easter Egg Hunt will take place between 7 and 10 p.m. at 1422 North Monroe Landing Road in Oak Harbor. According to Owner Shannon Hilborn, an egg may contain a joke, candy or a raffle ticket with prizes like steaks, gift bags and gift certificates.

Friends can get cozy around a campfire and celebrate their harvest, challenge each other to a game of corn hole and snack on some s’mores while swaying to music.

Tickets can be purchased online at whidbeyfarmandmarket.ticketspice.com/adult-easter-egg-hunt, and cost $26.50. For an additional $15, guests can purchase a s’mores kit that includes roasting sticks, a bag of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers and a variety of chocolate bars.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, families can join the Easter Festivities event, searching for eggs scattered around the farm that can be exchanged for a goodie bag with toys and candy.

The event will also feature a bouncy house, face painting, a barrel train for kids, giant bubbles, a photo booth and access to the market and the coffee stand. Children can pose for photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in a rubber ducky race, build a Peep house and pet piglets, baby goats, cows and sheep.

Kids 2 years and under are free, while everyone else can purchase their tickets at whidbeyfarmandmarket.ticketspice.com/easter-2024. General admission tickets cost $15.50, while general admission tickets without the egg hunt cost $11.50.

Saturday, March 30, parents can spend some fun time with their young children aged up to 10 years old at the Easter Egg Hunt event at Smith Park, located at 950 South East Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor.

Children who experience sensory processing difficulties can join the fun at 11:30 a.m. with the sensory-friendly hunt, which will have much less noise. Starting at 12:30 p.m., children can join the regular hunt in different age groups, 1 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 10.

There will be a total of about 3,000 eggs hidden around the park, some of them containing candy, little toys and gold coins — which can be exchanged for a prize.

The Garry Oak Society will also be there, sharing information about Garry Oak trees, while Macaroni Kids will provide free books, according to Margaret Livermore, the executive director of Oak Harbor Main Street Association.

Saturday, members of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island community can enjoy a Brunch with the Bunny at the Bakerview Event and Conference Center, located at 1080 West Ault Field Road, Building 138.

Brunch sessions take place between 10 and 11 a.m. and between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., costing $12 per adult and $6 for children aged 10 and under. Adults can also enjoy a mimosa or a Bloody Mary, while kids can meet the Easter Bunny and collect eggs by participating in a variety of activities. People can register at MyFFR#999922-02.

That same day, the Meerkerk Gardens, located at 3531 Meerkerk Lane in Greenbank, is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. open to children aged 10 and under, with over 3,000 eggs hidden around. Children aged between 6 and 10 can roam around the field in search of eggs while younger children will inspect the events area.

Hunters may get their hands on the rare golden eggs, which can be exchanged for a prize.

Children under the age of 10 are free of charge, while older visitors can purchase their $10 tickets at meerkerkgardens.org/events.

The Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club, located at 3334 East Brooks Hill Road in Langley, welcomes guests to bring their children aged 11 and under to an Easter Egg Hunt, which will also feature free hot dogs for children and a petting zoo. The event starts at 10 a.m. and the egg hunt kicks off at noon on Saturday. Adults pay by donation.

The Easter Bunny also pays a visit to Goose Community Grocer. Saturday, community members of all ages are invited to find all the eggs hidden in the field right next to the store’s location at 14485 WA-525 in Langley.

Children aged up to 12 years old start at 11 a.m., while those aged 13 and older start at noon. The event is free of charge.

In Clinton, the Chamber of Commerce will provide family fun while also promoting local businesses. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Thirsty Crab Brewery & Event space. The egg hunt will take place in the adjacent field. There will be an area where families can customize their own shirts, enjoy food from food trucks, refuel with some free doughnuts and coffee, stop by the local businesses’ booths to learn more about them and hang out with animals brought by Ballydídean Farm Sanctuary (including lambs and baby goats) and Critters & Co. Pet Center and Rescue.

On Sunday, HomePlace Oak Harbor Memory Care is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The event takes place at 171 South West Avenue in Oak Harbor and is open to residents, family members and the greater community.