Springtime has arrived and that means … Spring Break!
The kids will be out of school in late March and early April for a week or two, so it’s time for Southwest Riverside County parents to plan some activities for the kids.
There are plenty of things to do locally, from joining an Easter Egg Hunt to celebrating the season with animals. Here’s a roundup of some springtime activities the entire family will enjoy.
If you’ve got a little one, there’s nothing like scrambling for eggs at an Easter Egg Hunt. The cities of Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore all offer free egg hunts at city parks.
In Temecula, Easter Egg hunts for kids ages one to 12 are held on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at three different parks: Temeku Hills Park, Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park and Harveston Community Park.
Kids can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy music, fun and games. Children should bring an Easter basket to collect eggs.
Murrieta’s Spring EGGstravaganza is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30 at Town Square Park. Kids can hunt for more than 10,000 eggs.
The city of Lake Elsinore also has an egg hunt for 8,000 candy-filled eggs at 10 a.m. on the same Saturday at McVicker Canyon Park.
A free Children’s Fair follows the Lake Elsinore hunt until 1 p.m., with activities, a bounce house and entertainment for the family.
Teens in Temecula have their own unique activity on Friday night, March 22.
The Teen Glow Egg Hunt is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Kent Hintergardt Memorial Park.
Teens will vie for thousands of dollars in prizes that are hidden in Easter eggs. Music and dancing start at 8 p.m. and the egg hunt is at 8:30. Teens are eligible for community service hours needed for school if they are interested.
Kids who like art can attend one of four separate Bigfoot Spring Break Camps for young artists of all ages, up to 17. Sponsored by the city of Temecula, the camps are at the Temecula Public Library or the Harveston Center, Monday through Thursday, for three hours a day. Supplies and a daily snack are included in the fee. Campers can either design their own video game, complete mixed media art projects, or learn to draw cartoons with a professional cartoonist.
The fees are $110 for Cartooning, $125 for Mixed Media, and $150 for Video Game Creator. For more information call 951-757-0764 or email TM@BigfootGraphics.com for information.
“We are very fortunate to have some amazing artists involved with the camps, who are also excellent with teaching kids and teens,” said Bigfoot Graphics Creative Director Tony Moramarco.
If your kids love animals, Animal Friends of the Valleys is offering a Spring Furry Friends Kids’ Camp. The weeklong educational session will be held at the shelter in Wildomar, 33751 Mission Trail, and costs $60 for sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp promotes responsible pet care, provides opportunities for interaction with animals, and includes art projects, a snack and more. Space is limited.
There are two sessions, one from March 25-29 and one from April 1-5. For more information, call humane educator Farren Mahone at 951-674-0618, ext. 210.
Finally, animal lovers who want a different experience should visit the Butterfly Jungle from March 16- April 7 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido. Mingle with more than 30 different species of butterflies in different sizes and shapes.
The park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido. Visit http://www.sdzsafaripark.org.
Amy Bentley is a local writer and regular contributed to SWRNN.