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Guide to Sonoma County Easter egg hunts

The spring holidays are approaching, which means another round of hide-and-go-seek for the humble Easter egg, whether it be hard-boiled and dyed or, better yet, plastic and filled with jelly beans and Peeps.

From parks and churches to resorts and wineries, there are plenty of places in Sonoma County willing to fill your kids’ baskets with seasonal treats this weekend and next. Let the hunting begin.

Saturday, March 28

Easter Egg Hunt at Presbyterian Church of the Roses: Starting at 10 a.m., kids are invited to the front lawn of the church to find colorful Easter eggs on the church grounds. The church is located near Montgomery Village on Patio Ct. There will also be activities in Bowen Hall. Find out more at www.churchoftheroses.org.

Saturday, March 28

Annual Spring Festival and Egg Hunt: Hosted by the Petaluma Mother's Club, this yearly event takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will include jumpy house fun, a petting zoo, crafts, face painting, and, of course, an egg hunt. Plus, kids can get a photo with the Easter Bunny. The whole celebration takes place at McNear Park, and the egg hunt will be separated by age groups. To see all the details, visit petalumamothersclub.org.

Saturday, April 4

Kendall Cohn’s Easter Egg Hunt at B. R. Cohn: This free family event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday includes face painting for kids and wine-glass painting for adults and an Easter Egg Hunt in three age divisions: 3 and under at 10 a.m., 4-6 at 10:30 a.m. and 7+ at 11 a.m. Breakfast bites will be available for sale from food trucks. 15000 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen. 938-4064, ext. 124.

Saturday, April 4

Easter Egg Hunt for Tots at Howarth Park: This wildly popular hunt kicks off at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saturday for kids 3 and under (maximum two adults allowed per child) and continues at 11:30 a.m. for kids 4-5 (no adults allowed on field.) Other events include baby farm animal petting, springtime crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket. Tickets are $6 per child, pre-sale only at 543-3737 or ci.santa-rosa.ca.us/departments/recreationandparks. Howarth Park is located at 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.

Saturday, April 4

Glen Ellen Firefighters Association Easter Egg Hunt: This old-fashioned, free egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dunbar School, 11700 Dunbar Road, Glen Ellen. If you’d like to help dye the eggs, stop by the Glen Ellen Fire Station after 2 p.m. Friday at 13445 Arnold Drive. 996-9266.

Saturday, April 4

Easter Eggstravaganza at Spring Hills Church: A free, family event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday features giant egg hunts, games, petting zoo, bounce houses and more. 3700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. 579-5683.

Saturday, April 4

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Adobe Christian Center: This family event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday includes an egg hunt, games, giant slide and food for sale. $5 per family. 2875 Adobe Road, Petaluma. 763-2012.

Saturday, April 4

Easter Children’s Fair at Petaluma Outlets: The whole family can enjoy crafts and games, visits with the Easter Bunny, face-painting and balloon animals from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, 2200 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma. Free. 762-0287.

Saturday, April 4

Sebastopol Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt: Children of all ages are welcome to hunt for eggs Saturday at 10 a.m. sharp at Ives Park, 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol. Bring your own Easter Basket and a camera to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Free. (877) 828-4748.

Sunday, April 5

Easter Egg Hunt at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park: Kids 3 and older can visit with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs in a meadow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. There are three times: 11 a.m. for kids 3-5 (free), 11:30 a.m. for kids 6-9 ($5) and noon for kids 10 and up ($8). Meet in the campground’s Lower Meadow for the hunts. A barbecue lunch will be available for $10 a plate starting at 11:30 a.m.. 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. Reservations required: 833-6084.

Sunday, April 5

Easter at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn: Back by popular demand, Monsieur “Easter Bunny” will host a traditional Easter Egg hunt at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, the family can enjoy a Sunday buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $99 adults, $49 children 5-12, free for kids 4 and under. 100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma. 939-2415.

Sunday, April 5

Hunt for the Hare at Safari West: Kids of all ages can enjoy brunch on Sunday, followed by an egg hunt and a cross-country “Hunt for the Hare” on the African savannah of Safari West. Choose from the 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. start time. Cost is $68 for adults, $35 for kids 4-12. Brunch only is $40.50 for adults, $18.50 for kids 4-12. 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa. 579-2551.

Sunday, April 5

Peep Fling and Peeps Diorama Competition, plus Egg Hunt: The Rio Nido Roadhouse will celebrate “Peeps Through the Years” with a Peeps Diorama contest and a Peep Fling Competition at noon Sunday. Catapults must be safe and of original design, with no electricity, gas, explosives or compressed air allowed. For the dioramas, Peeps are available at the Roadhouse one week in advance. Maximum size is 12 square inches, and the spending cap is $30. 14540 Canyon Two, Rio Nido. 869-0821.

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com.

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