Peyton Carnes, 5, hunts for eggs Saturday at the Easter Eggstravaganza. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Middle School for all ages.

Peyton Carnes, 5, hunts for eggs Saturday at the Easter Eggstravaganza. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Middle School for all ages. Photo by Joel Reichenberger. |

Egg-cellent events and services going on this Easter Weekend

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— Easter Weekend is here, and between dressing up in your Sunday best, chocolate bunnies, pastel-colored candies and Marshmallow Peeps will consumed in excess. Just want the Easter Bunny had in mind.

“One of my favorite things about Easter is watching the kids hunt for eggs,” said Alex Mathisen, an organizer for the North Routt Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast. “It’s just great to see them having so much fun, no matter what age they are. They love it.”

Another Easter tradition Mathisen recalls is decorating eggs with her family each year when she was growing up in England, and in preparation for the North Routt event, she has about five dozen eggs for children to decorate.

The North Routt festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday with a Pancake Breakfast, followed by the Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m., at the Vista Verde Ranch. Snow permiting, Mathisen said attendees are invited to bring skis or snowshoes to use the trails at Vista Verde following the hunt. Classic Air Medical will also be landing its helicopter on site for everyone to see and tour. The North Routt fire trucks will also make an appearance. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children or $35 per family, with all proceeds benefiting the North Routt Preschool.

With 25,000 eggs full of sweet-treats for an annual gorge-fest, the Steamboat Christian Center will have its Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, with a helicopter adding hundred of new eggs to the hunt.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Todd Gollnick, who helped organize the event with the Steamboat Christian Center, said the Easter Eggstravaganza will continue regardless of the weather. Children will be divided into four age groups that will start the hunt at varying times.

“It’s always fun seeing the kids and the smiles on their faces when that helicopter comes over and hovers down,” Gollnick said. “Seeing that amazement on their faces is a great sight to see.”

In addition, there will be bounce houses, face painting, a variety of children’s activities and a variety of donated prizes, including 100 bikes.

Registration is encouraged to automatically enter names for the bike raffle and to avoid long lines in the morning. For more information, visit steamboatchristian.com/eggstravaganza.

Egg-cellent events this weekend:

Locals Lunch and Ski

Thanks to the recent snowfall, the Home Ranch will open its trails this weekend. Enjoy an Easter brunch beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. Cost for the day is $45 per person, and reservations are required

Locals Lunch and Ski | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 | The Home Ranch, 54880 County Road 129, Clark

Anytime Fitness Easter egg hunt

Take a tour and hunt for eggs at Anytime Fitness.

Anytime Fitness Easter Egg hunt | 11 a.m. | Friday, March, 25 | Anytime Fitness, 1875 Central Park Plaza.

Easter egg hunt

For children 12 and younger. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt | 10:30 a.m. | Saturday, March 26 | Decker Park, Oak Creek

Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Egg Hunt with 25,000 eggs, a helicopter egg drop and more than 100 bikes to be given away to those in attendance. For more information and to register, visit steamboatchristian.com.

Easter Eggstravaganza | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Saturday, March 26 | Steamboat Springs Middle School, 39610 Amethyst Drive

North Routt Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast

Join the North Routt community for a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. and Easter Egg hunt at 11 a.m. Classic Air Medical and North Routt fire trucks will be on site to tour. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children or $35 per family.

North Routt Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast | 10 a.m. | Saturday, March 26 | Vista Verde Ranch, Located on Seedhouse Road/ County Road 64. 5 miles from the Clark store.

Easter Sunrise Services:

Concordia Lutheran Church

6:30 a.m. sunrise service, 7:30 to 10 a.m. Easter breakfast, 8 a.m. traditional service, 10:30 a.m. contemporary service. 970-879-0175. 755 Concordia Lane.

Easter Sunrise Service

7:30 a.m. Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.

Holy Name Catholic Church

8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Holy Name, 524 Oak St.

United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs

7:15 a.m. sunrise service in Gondola Square, 9 a.m. traditional service at the church, 10:45 a.m. contemporary service at the church. 970-879-1290. Eighth and Oak streets.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

6:30 a.m. Easter Vigil, 8 a.m. brunch followed by piñata for the children at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. Easter Day service followed by Easter Egg hunt for children of all ages. Ninth and Oak streets.

Steamboat Christian Center

8:30 and 10 a.m. 970-879-0063. 821 Dougherty Road.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

9 a.m. 970-879-0220. 1155 Central Park Drive.

Hayden Congregational Church

The sunrise service will be held at the Haven Community Center at 6:30 a.m., followed by a breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. A regular service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church, followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. 970-276-3510. 300 South Shelton Lane, Hayden.

Yampa Bible Church

9:30 a.m. breakfast, 11 a.m. service. 970-638-4411. 341 Moffat Ave., Yampa.

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church

11 a.m. 970-879-0671. 400 S. Sharp Ave., Oak Creek.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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