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Hop in the hunt for Easter around JBLM

Aquatic Egg Hunt returns, but already full

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:01PM April 17th, 2014

Hop on out of your winter coat and into spring to celebrate Easter with exciting events this weekend.

One Joint Base Lewis-McChord event in particular was so popular last year that event organizers have doubled the number of participants allowed this year, and the slots for most age groups have been filled as of three weeks before the start of the event.

The second-annual Aquatic Egg Hunt at Kimbro Indoor Pool on Lewis Main gives kids a new challenge, as they must navigate through water to claim their eggs filled with candy prizes.

Jessica Rockhill, JBLM aquatic director, who came up with the idea for the event while she was an intern in college, said she loves this twist on the traditional egg hunt. Apparently so do parents, who have rushed to get their kids out of the grass and into the pool.

“I started it for the Navy while in Naples, Italy, then brought it to Fort Bragg (N.C.) and now here,” Rockhill said. “It’s always really popular and fills up fast. The best part is that this event is very controlled. It helps with the chaos of traditional hunts; all kids get to go home with something.”

During the egg hunt, plastic eggs are tossed all over the pool. Some float, some have holes and weights in them so they sink, and one egg in each age group is called the “magic egg,” because it yields a special prize if retrieved.

“All the kids will get eggs and a goodie-bag just for participating, and whoever gets the magic egg will get a large Easter basket,” Rockhill said.

Because of the ever-increasing popularity of the event, Rockhill said they hope to increase participants again next year.

“Last year we allowed 100 participants, this year we doubled it to 200, but with everything filling up so fast we will look at increasing participants again next year,” Rockhill said.

Although virtually every age group is full, with 40 participants each, ages 9 to 10 are still being accepted. If you have kids in this age range wanting to participate then register online, at, so they can participate in this “splashtastic” event. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter bunny.

So however you prefer to find your eggs, or if you just want a tasty Easter brunch, listed below are some of the Easter events happening around the area. Even if you couldn’t get into the aquatic hunt this year there are many more eggs to find.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Second-annual Aquatic Egg Hunt

n Saturday, 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. (hunt times vary by age)

n Free event at Kimbro Indoor Pool., 2161 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main.

n Online registration required at 253-967-5026.

Easter Dash

n Sunday, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (hunt times vary by age)

n Bring your own basket to this free event at Cowan Stadium.

n Bldg. 3236, 2nd Division Dr. & Handrich Ave., Lewis Main. 253-967-5636.

Easter Brunches

n Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at McChord Club, 700 Barnes Blvd.

n Or 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. at the American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road.

n Adults/$24.95; seniors/$23.95; kids 6 years old -10 years old/$13.95; kids 3 years old-5 years old $5; kids 2 and younger eat free.

n Reservations required. Call McChord Club at 253-982-5581/2795 or ALCC at 253-964-1209 for reservations.


40,000-egg Easter Eggstravaganza

n Saturday, 9 a.m.- noon (hunt times vary by age)

n Sound Life Church, 3425 176th St. East, Tacoma. Free. 253-531-1412.

The Great Egg Hunt

n Saturday, 11 a.m.

n Lakeview Church of Christ baseball field, 1709 112th St. S, Tacoma. Free. 253-537-6868.

Easter Egg Hunt at Wright Park

n Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.

n 501 S. 1st St.. Tacoma.

n Large-scale inflatables, face painting, balloons and more. 253-365-2553.


Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show

n Saturday, 9 a.m.

n DuPont Fire Bay, 1780 Civic Drive

n $10; ages two and younger eat free. Buy at City Hall. 253-964-1289.

Annual Egg Hunt

n Saturday, noon-1 p.m. (hunt times vary by age)

n Powderworks Park, 1775 Bobs Hollow Lane.

n All ages can hunt for eggs, including adults. 253-964-1289.

Puyallup and South Hill

Spring Eggstravaganza

n Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (hunt times vary by age)

n Puyallup Recreation Center, 808 Valley Ave. N.W.

n Featuring games, crafts, snacks, Peter Rabbit and more.

n Carnival games range from 1 to 5 tickets; get 5 tickets for $1. 253 841-5457.

Easter Eggstravaganza

n Saturday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

n Sunrise Village, on grassy area near Qdoba, 10507 156th St E, South Hill, Wash.

n Bring your camera and meet the Easter Bunny, visit the radio station SPIRIT 105.3, the petting zoo or get your face painted. 253-904-8923.