Spring break is in two weeks for students in Kings County and local recreation departments have activities to keep them busy when schools are closed.
The Lemoore and Hanford Recreation Department will have their annual egg hunts later this month followed by a few other activities to keep kids busy before school starts back up after Easter.
The Lemoore Recreation Department will have its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on March 26 at Lions Park. During the egg hunt people will be able to enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn and prizes.
“The unique thing about our Easter egg hunt is that we hide 25,000 eggs,” said Recreation Coordinator Sheila Taylor.
Taylor said more than 1,500 children attend and it keeps growing each year. The recreation department partners with the Lemoore Lions Club, South Valley Community Church and Bressler & Company to hold the event for the community.
“We have so many community members volunteer that they all have bags of eggs,” Taylor said. “We make sure every kid goes away with their share. No child goes away empty handed.”
The free hunt will start at 9 a.m. for children ages 5 and younger. Children ages 6-12 will be able to hunt for eggs at 9:30 a.m. Parents must provide baskets for their children to participate.
“It’s a great celebration for our town,” Taylor said. “Our job is to give community members every recreational opportunity that we can.”
The Hanford Recreation Department will have several Easter events during spring break. One being their annual Easter Eggstravaganza on March 25 at the Hanford Civic Park for kids ages 2-10. The event will include an egg hunt, games, face painting and other activities.
“We get all kinds of kids coming to this thing,” said Recreation Supervisor Susie Chavez. “It’s like a carnival atmosphere.”
Chavez said she recommends people to pre-register before the event to prevent from having to wait in line to get in. It is $5 to pre-register and $10 at the event. People can pre-register at the recreation department in person or call over the phone. Parents need to provide Easter baskets to this egg hunt as well.
“It gives the kids a chance to practice their Easter egg hunting skills before Easter,” Chavez said. “Older kids get competitive. There are some kids who are really, really quick and some who aren’t.”
Children will also have a chance to attend the second annual Spring Kids Fest on March 19 and Hidden Valley Park in Hanford. Kids will have the opportunity to ride a pony, play in bounce houses, rock climb and see a reptile show along with many other activities.
Pre-sale is $3 and $5 at the event. Tickets can be purchased at the recreation department. Attractions are geared toward ages 2-12.
“It’s just a great family experience,” said Parks and Recreation Director Craig Miller. “We are hoping that is just gets bigger and bigger.”