A Coon Rapids church will be hosting its first “eggstravaganza” Saturday, March 31.
Northstar Community Church, which holds its services at the AMC Showplace Theater, is staging the family event in the open area between Northdale Middle School and Eisenhower Elementary School off Northdale Boulevard and Dogwood Street.
The free “eggstravaganza” starts at 10 a.m.
The event includes a 10,000 Easter egg hunt with areas set aside for three specific age groups.
The three hunts will have staggered times, according to Rev. Shannon Velsor, who is co-pastor of the church with her husband, John.
The plastic eggs will be stuffed with either candy or raffle tickets for prizes of gift cards donated by area businesses, Velsor said.
There will also be live music; a bunny tent, where kids and parents can take photos with the Easter bunny; bouncy houses; face painting; and prizes and giveaways.
In addition, all children taking part will receive a registration bag, which, among other items, will include a gift card for a free sandwich at Pot Belly Sandwich in Riverdale, Velsor said.
The Coon Rapids police and fire departments will be bringing a squad car and fire truck, respectively, for children to explore, she said.
In February, the church marked its first anniversary at its AMC Showplace location.
According to Velsor, one of the church’s core values is to be involved in the community, not just be in the community.
“This family activity for children is way we can give back to the community,” Velsor said.
And the church has a great team of volunteers who are putting the event together, she said.
According to its website, the church’s mission is to lead people “toward a transformed life in Christ” through community gatherings (Sunday services), community groups (small groups) and community outreach (service and evangelism outreach).
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