A new community Easter event that combines elements of a traditional egg hunt with geocaching is being offered in Springbank this year.
The Great Springbank Easter Hunt will run from April 2 to 5. According to co-organizer Heleen Erasmus, members of Westlife Church are putting the community-focused event together. As the church’s annual egg hunt was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, Erasmus said this was a way to offer a fun, COVID-safe alternative event to celebrate the holiday.
“We’re hoping a lot of people come out and have some fun as a family, just to forget about what’s been going on around us,” she said. “We usually have an Easter egg hunt on the premises for the local community. This year, it’s just not possible because we’d have to make sure people keep their distance and things like that. Numbers are climbing again.”
Participants will sign up at springbankeaster.com, where they will download a list of clues and an instruction sheet. In order to take part in the scavenger hunt, according to the website, people will need the clue sheet, a Smartphone with maps or GPS, a pencil and paper.
Once signed up, participants will have to solve riddles that direct them to a local landmark or point of attraction in Springbank. According to Erasmus, they will then travel to that landmark, where they will find a hidden letter.
There are 11 landmarks in total. After finding all 11 letters, Erasmus said participants will be tasked with solving a word puzzle. Once they have successfully cracked the word puzzle, they will be able to submit their answer to springbankeaster.com and be entered into a prize draw.
“The idea is to get some prizes from local businesses, as well as do gift certificates from local restaurants so we can support local as well,” Erasmus said.
While having a car is ideal to participate in the event given the size of Springbank, Erasmus noted it would also be possible for a group to complete the hunt on their bicycles.
“The whole idea was doing it over a few days, so this will be over a period of three days,” she said. “People can do it at their leisure with no crowding whatsoever at the different places where they have to find the [letters].
“It’s for all ages, so even a bunch of teenagers could come together to do it and enter their names for the draw.”
For more information, visit springbankeaster.com