Easter celebrations have the South Okanagan hopping

Monday's Easter egg hunt at Penticton's Loco Landing will benefit the OSNS Child Development Centre

Volunteers (left to right) Mary Gegenheine

Volunteers (left to right) Mary Gegenheine

It’s BYOB, bring your own basket, to recover the 10,000 Easter eggs that will be scattered at Loco Landing in Penticton on Monday.

The second annual Easter egg hunt at Loco Landing will be held at noon for children 10 and under. The event also acts as a fundraiser for the OSNS Child Development Centre, with the cost of $5 per child or $10 per family all being donated to the organization. Families are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to register. If the maximum number of participants is reached, a second hunt will take place.

“We are thrilled. As you know, we have to fundraise a significant amount of money to maintain our services and it is something we need partnerships with the community in order to be successful,” said Judy Sentes, OSNS executive director.

“This is a wonderful example of community spirit. Diana Stirling of Loco Landing is very generously making this event a total support for the child development centre. So all monies raised will ensure children who have special needs will  still have access to their services.”

OSNS is a not-for-profit organization that was established so children in the South Okanagan and Similkameen can access services closer to home. Funding for the centre is provided by the Ministry for Children and Families and through community-based fundraising activities.

In addition to the Easter egg hunt, Loco Landing is charging $2 per fun zone activity which includes spider mountain, aeroball, rock climbing, cannonball and some additional bouncy houses. Mini-golf, monkey motion and go-karts are $4 with all the proceeds from this and the fun zone activities also going to OSNS. For more information, email info@locolanding.com or visit their website www.locolanding.com. Last year, Loco Landing donated the money raised at the Easter event for a water filtration system project in Thailand.

There are also a number of other opportunities for families to join in Easter egg hunts over the long weekend.

On Sunday, the second annual Easter brunch and courtyard Easter egg hunt is set to take place at the Ramada Penticton. While goodies will be hidden in the courtyard for just the kids to find, there will also be a buffet brunch for everyone. The Easter egg hunt starts at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. For more information contact the Ramada at 250-492-8926.

Also on Sunday, the Penticton Lakeside Resort will be hosting their Easter Sunday lunch buffet in the Lakeside Grand Ballroom.

Harpist Ingrid Schellenberg will be performing and there will be plenty for kids to do including getting their picture taken with the Easter bunny, whisker painting, cotton candy and prizes for best bonnet.

On Saturday at the Summerland Museum will host an Easter bunny hunt with prizes handed out from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Oliver Community Centre is also hosting an Easter event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Children aged three to 12 years and their families are welcome to join the Easter egg hunt at Oliver Community Park. Each age group will also be looking for one special golden egg which the lucky finder can trade in for a special prize.

“We had so much fun at the event last year and have added more eggs to our supply in anticipation of more children attending this year,” said event co-ordinator Carol Sheridan. “There will also be a basket-decorating station, a station to make bunny ears and a chance to get a photo with the Easter Bunny.”

Children will be instructed on how many eggs they can bring back from the fields to trade in for an Easter treat bag. Admission to the Easter egg hunt is by donation, however, families are asked to pre-register their child at the Oliver Community Centre to ensure enough supplies are available on event day. Children must be accompanied by an adult to the event.