Union Democrat staff

Make way for spring and the Easter egg hunts that help usher in the new season

Here’s a roundup of where this year’s eggy events are being held:

Railtown or bust

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation will host their event on Easter Sunday, April 21.

Railtown offers an egg hunt for children, train rides behind a historic diesel locomotive, hands-on crafts and an opportunity to meet the Easter bunny.

To accommodate the various ages of children, there will be an egg hunt for ages 4 and under, one for ages 5 to 7 and another for ages 8 to 11.

With special activities happening all day long, the egg hunt begins at noon and excursion train rides behind 1952 Baldwin Whitcomb No.1265 historic diesel locomotive depart at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Train ride take guests on a six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad.” Excursion train ride tickets for Easter Sunday are available online or at the Depot Store and are first-come, first-served. All train ride tickets include park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17. Children five and under are admitted free.

For more information about special Easter Sunday activities or excursion train rides at Railtown 1897 SHP, call 209-984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org for updated information.

Fairground fun

Creekside Community Church will presents its Resurrection Sunday Funday at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21, at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora.

The event will include Easter egg hunts of children ages birth to 12, a bounce house, auction, raffle for a flat-screen TV (Tickets cost $10 each or three for $20), free lunch and worship.

For more information, call (209) 352-6675 or (209) 559-7770, or email creeksidechildren@yahoo.com .

Parks and Recreation

Tuolumne Park and Recreation District will hold Easter egg hunts Saturday, April 20, at Westside Memorial Park in downtown Tuolumne; hunts for ages 5 and younger begin at 11 a.m., ages 6 to 10 begin at 11:10 a.m., and ages 11 to 13 begin at 11:20 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Historic hunting

Columbia State Historic Park will host their Victorian Easter Parade Sunday, April 21.

The public is invited to dress up in their Easter finest (period costumes encouraged) for the march down Main Street.

The Easter Bunny will be on hand and prizes will be awarded for fanciest Victorian hat and best dressed couple, boys, girls, group and pets. There will also be a golden egg that includes a prize for its finder.

Registration for the parade starts at 11 a.m. and the parade starts at 12:30 p.m. The egg hunt for ages 3-5 starts at noon, before the parade. Ages 6-8 have their hunt post-parade at 1 p.m. and ages 9-12 start their search at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call (209-536-1672.

Twain Harte, with a toss

Eproson park in Twain Harte will be the host venue for the town’s annual egg hunt. The free event offers a hunt for kids through sixth grade as well as an egg toss for all ages and starts at noon Sunday, April 21. For more information, call (209) 586-3181.