More than 80,000 Easter eggs will be waiting to be found and gobbled up by hungry kids April 21, when Venue Church holds its first ever Airdrie Family Experience and Easter Egg Hunt.
The event, which will be held at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will follow a 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday service hosted by Venue Church at Bert Church Live Theatre.
Other than the chocolate egg hunt, the event will include fun for the whole family, including a petting zoo, a bouncy castle, face-painting, an obstacle course and Henna art. There will also be plenty of food available, with food trucks and cotton candy on-site.
According to Venue Church Pastor Erin Kope, the event follows in the tradition of the annual Living Springs Family Easter Egg Hunt, which was cancelled in 2018. She said Venue Church's goal through the event is to connect people in Airdrie.
"We want to serve our community and create some fun after a long winter, but we also want to provide the opportunity for non-profits and businesses to be face-to-face with families in Airdrie," she said. "It’s been a hard time in our economy and people like to do business with people they’ve shaken hands and spoken with.”
Despite a short time-window to prepare, Kope said Venue Church is excited to host the Easter shindig.
“We only had about four weeks to prep and get businesses involved, but businesses in Airdrie have been phenomenal in reaching out and sponsoring the event, helping us make it a reality, because it’s a big undertaking just as a church," she said. "We’re more than happy to do it, but this makes it a lot larger-scale and a lot more fun."
The event is free to attend and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mall hosts egg huntAt New Horizon Mall (NHM) in East Balzac, the shopping centre will celebrate Easter April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Festivities include an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. and a crafts table for kids, as well as an Easter basket giveaway.
But the highlight of the afternoon, according to NHM Marketing Manager Alexandra Winn, will be a live performance from the Dueling Piano Kings at 2 p.m.
“They recently won the 2019 Canadian Entertainers of the Year, so we feel very honoured to have them join us for this Easter celebration,” Winn said.
Since NHM opened in May 2018, the venue has made a point of hosting special events to celebrate seasonal holidays like Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. In October 2018, the mall hosted the Fall Festival and Halloween Family Event, which included a Kids Play Zone, face painting, a bouncy castle, photo booth, food and beverage booths and cultural performances.
In December 2018, NHM celebrated its first Christmas with a series of cultural performances throughout the month.
“We like to be a destination that is [not just] for shopping, but for entertainment and community events, as well,” Winn said.
Winn added registration for the April 20 event is not necessary and it is free to attend.