It’s All About Eggs! Three Hunts This Weekend

Kids scramble for candy filled eggs at last year’s Eggstravaganza at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report:

It will be all about the eggs for Los Alamos youngsters this weekend. Three separate egg hunts are scheduled.

The first is the annual Elk’s Lodge Easter Egg Hunt plus Wildfire 2016. Activities start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park

This will be a fun event for the entire family with the Easter Egg Hunt, a bicycle rodeo, children’s bicycle helmet giveaway, the LAPD bomb truck, the LAFD public education trailer, bounce houses, Classic Air Medical helicopter on display, Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog and much more.

Then youngsters can move on to the Aquatic Center for Egg Splash, with warm water, floating eggs and great prizes. This is an annual event for the community, and children up to 16 years of age are encouraged to participate. The event begins promptly at 1 p.m. with the youngest age group. The cost is $2.50 for each participant (16 years and younger). For more information about this event or to buy tickets in advance, contact the Aquatic Center at 505.662.8170.

The weekend hunting season will be capped off by the Golf Course Easter Eggstravaganza. The event will feature fun, games, food and of course, the Easter Bunny. Festivities are 1-3:30 p.m. with the Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. on the greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The event is sponsored by New Beginnings Church and the Los Alamos Golf Association.

According to Wikipedia, the egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in pre-Christian celebrations of spring. However, the Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus: the egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ arose.

Lizette Larson-Miller, a professor with the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, traces the specific custom of the Easter egg hunt to the Protestant Christian Reformer Martin Luther, but has also has been popular with spring time birthday parties.

At least since the 17th century the idea of the Easter Bunny to bring the Easter eggs has been known in Europe.