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8 free Easter weekend events in Steamboat Springs

Ellie Hunt, 2, reaches to deposit an egg in her basket at the annual Steamboat Christian Center's Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Pastels, chocolate bunnies and Marshmallow peeps – the dawn of Easter weekend is here, and the Easter Bunny is ready to hop to it. Are you?

If Easter snuck up on you this year, don’t fret. Explore has rounded up a list of festivities and ways to celebrate for everyone from basket-toting Easter egg hunters to the mimosa enthusiast.

Egg-cellent Easter events

Friday, March 30

Eggcellent Adventure

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave.

Natural Grocers hosts an egg-citing Easter egg hunt and every-bunny in the family is welcome. The event includes a coloring station and snacks.

Saturday, March 31

Oak Creek Easter Egg Hunt

10:30 a.m. | Decker Park, 305 Moffat Ave., Oak Creek.

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Oak Creek will host an Easter Egg Hunt that’s fun for the whole family with a chance to win prizes. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10:30 a.m. followed by judging of best-dressed egg and best decorated Easter bonnet. The Easter egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. for children age 12 and younger, followed by a teen scavenger hunt for those age 13 and older. Easter basket drawing and prize pick-up will be at 11:30 a.m.

North Routt Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast

10 a.m. to noon | Vista Verde Ranch, 58000 Cowboy Way

This event includes Easter activities for all, including a pancake breakfast and egg hunts. Weather permitting, the trails at Vista Verde will be open for skiing and snowshoeing. North Routt Fire will be on-site for kids to explore the fire truck starting at 10 a.m., and Classic Air Medical will land their helicopter around 10:30 a.m. Kids can talk to the pilot and crew, find out what the helicopter does and sit in the helicopter and have their photo taken. The Easter egg hunt will start at 11 a.m. and kids will be separated by age.

Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunts

4 and 6 p.m. | Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road

Steamboat Christian Center’s community-wide Easter egg hunt will feature four hunts instead of the large event at the Strawberry Park Middle School. However, organizers plan for the super-sized event to be just as egg-cellent. They expect 100 kids at a time to participate in the hunts, which will be held in Steamboat Christian Center's new Family Life Center where the floor will be covered with fake grass, perfect for hiding eggs. Twenty-five bikes will be given away at each hunt.

Sunday, April 1

Easter Sunrise Service

7:30 a.m. | Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square, 72305 Mount Werner Circle

The Heart of Steamboat Springs United Methodist Church will host a service in Gondola Square. All are welcome.

Easter Worship Services

A list of Easter services at area churches can be found on page B12 of Friday’s Steamboat Today.

Hayden Easter Egg Hunt

8:30 a.m. | Hayden Town Park, 229 S. Third St.

Festivities kickoff at 8:30 a.m. where kids can join the Easter Bunny for a light breakfast before the community Easter egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. Children in fifth grade and younger should bring their own baskets to search for numerous hidden eggs. Find the golden egg for a chance to win special prizes.

Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunts

8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1 | Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road

Steamboat Christian Center’s community-wide Easter egg hunt will feature four different hunts instead of the large event at the Strawberry Park Middle School. However, organizers plan for the super-sized event to be just as egg-cellent. They expect 100 kids at a time to participate in the hunts, which will be held in Steamboat Christian Center's new Family Life Center where the floor will be covered with fake grass, perfect for hiding eggs. Twenty-five bikes will be given away at each hunt.

Local Easter traditions

Shannon Lukens

Steamboat Radio personality Shannon Lukens remembers having a neighborhood Easter egg hunt with all family and friends included.

"The moms would get together the night before and bring a bag of candy and a bottle of wine, and we would have a huge egg-stuffing party," Lukens said. "We would stuff about 3,000 eggs and get them all ready to go for the Easter egg hunt. It was a huge event, and my kids loved it."

Alex Mathisen

“It’s my daughter’s favorite time of year, and she begs to dye eggs all year," said said Alex Mathisen, an organizer for the North Routt Easter egg hunt and breakfast. "It took us an hour to dye 100 eggs. We have it down and are very efficient."

Mathisen said to use vinegar to make the color on the eggs more vibrant.

"I grew up decorating eggs in the Slovak style as my great grandmother was from Slovakia, and the tradition was passed down," Mathisen said. "You blow out the egg, then design a pattern on the shell with a wax using a special tool/pin and then you dye them. Jade is still a little young, but we plan to do this next year."

Scott Parker

"One of our morning traditions is after the kids find all the Easter eggs, we have Nutella and fresh strawberries on croissants," said Scott Parker, executive director of the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs.

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