By Sarah Heth / Sentinel staff / 616-546-4258
Before many dress in their finest and head to church Sunday morning to celebrate Easter, Saturday offers several less religious events to celebrate the holiday.
Hunt for Easter Eggs at the Cappon House or the Holland Aquatic Center. Or paint eggs at the Forever Curious Children’s Museum in Fennville. Even Virtue Cider is getting in on the action with Lapinette Weekend, with an expert on hand to teach the whole family all they need to know about rabbits.
Perhaps the most unique event taking place Saturday is at the Holland Aquatic Center. The Underwater Easter Egg Hunt has been taking place for at least five years, and this Saturday, it returns.
“We put a bunch of Easter egg hunts in the pool,” said Jen Counterman, customer service and community events manager at the aquatic center. There are different sections for different ages to hunt, so the little kids don’t get overrun by the big kids.
“Everybody jumps in and collects eggs,” Counterman said. Each child has a basket to fill, and once they do, they can turn the eggs in for a goodie bag of prizes — candy and toys.
And there are a few big surprises, as well. A couple golden eggs are hidden in the mix, and when they are turned in, they bring special, bigger prizes with them, from sponsors such as BAM!, The Lost City and Grand Rapids Public Museum.
The doors open at noon Saturday, April 20, and there will be two egg hunts, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The event ends at 3 p.m., but the Aquatic Center will be open until 7 p.m., and participants are welcome to stay as long as they like.
“If you come to the egg hunt, you’re welcome to stay all day,” Counterman said.
The event is fun for the whole community, she said.
“One thing we love to do for the community that supports us is to give them something to do that’s special,” Counterman said. “We can invite our community to come and see the pool and enjoy the pool and do something fun.”
She said they expect about 400 children to participate — bringing about 600-800 people to the pool Saturday. She said families love it.
“This is something really different with it being in the water,” she said.
The Easter Bunny and the center’s mascot, Josh the Otter, will be on hand, as well.
“The best part for me is seeing the really little kids jumping in the water. It’s so fun to see them participate,” Counterman said. “It’s so fun to see their faces and to see the excitement on those little 4-year-olds. It’s just so fun.”
Cost is $9.25 for participants and $8 for parents. It’s free for Aquatic Center members, and there’s a discount for those who live in the Holland Public Schools district: $6.25 for participants and $4.75 for nonparticipants. Holland Aquatic Center is at 550 Maple Ave. in Holland.
The Easter Bunny also will be at Cappon House’s Bunny Hop. That event, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, will include Easter egg hunts for different ages and outdoor games. Plus, tours of Cappon will be available. Tickets cost $8-$10, and children younger than 5 are free. Registration is required. Call 616-796-3329. Cappon House is at 228 W. Ninth St. in Holland.
The Easter Bunny will make appearances at Tip Toes store in downtown Holland on Saturday, as well. Bring the kids to take photos 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Tip Toes is at 60 E. Eighth St. in Holland.
Also Saturday, Forever Curious Children’s Museum in Fennville will host its annual Colorfest celebration. It will be an opportunity to paint eggs. Stations will include stickers and tattoos, shaving cream marbling, tie dye, traditional dyes and more. A limited number of eggs will be on sale for $3 for packs of them. However, it is recommended to bring your own eggs. Cost is $5 per person, including parents. Forever Curious Children’s Museum is at 202 E. Main St. in Fennville.
Virtue Cider has own Easter event with Lapinette Weekend. The business will host a day of celebrating the bunny. There will be an educational rabbit show featuring different breeds presented by an expert, a pop-up s’mores station and lots of Lapinette cider on hand. It will take place noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Virtue Cider is at 2170 62nd St. in Fennville.