Area churches and organizations are getting a jump start on the Easter bunny, offering fun weekend activities to celebrate Easter.

Participation is free, unless otherwise noted. Events include:

HERMISTON

Butte Park

•1245 N.W. Seventh St.

•Friday, 8:15 p.m.

The Easter bunny is getting an early start, hopping on over to Butte Park for the annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the Simmons Agency, thousands of filled eggs will be hidden in the dark. Children 10-and-under are invited to bring a flashlight and gather eggs. Don’t be late because the Easter bunny won’t wait. (541-667-5018)

United Methodist Church

•191 E. Gladys Ave.

•Saturday, 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Hop on over for the 32nd annual Peter Rabbit Breakfast. The all-you-can-eat meal features pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice for $5 (children under 5 are free). In addition, there will be face painting, crafts, an egg hunt and a visit by Peter Rabbit. Money raised goes to Methodist church camp scholarships and Made to Thrive. (541-567-3002)

Hermiston Church of the Nazarene

•1520 W. Orchard Ave.

•Saturday, 10 a.m.

Families with special needs are invited to an Easter egg hunt. The event, which is wheelchair accessible, is designed to offer Easter fun in a supportive environment where parents, siblings and friends may assist. (541-567-3677)

Living Faith Church

•1611 Diagonal Blvd.

•Sunday, 9 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

After the children’s Easter programs, which feature a “Toy Story” theme, those attending are invited to participate in Easter egg hunts. There are 5,000 eggs with chances to win special games and prizes, including a giant Easter basket filled with goodies. (541-567-4486)

BOARDMAN

Boardman Marina Park

•1 Marine Drive, N.E.

•Saturday, 9:15 a.m.

The event begins at 9:15 a.m. with a meet-and-greet with the Easter bunny, face painting and bouncy houses. Bring your smiles for photos with the Easter bunny. There is a suggested donation of $5 for pictures, which helps with purchasing specialized equipment for the Boardman Rural Fire Protection District. The egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. and features thousands of eggs hidden in the park. (541-481-3014).

ECHO

Community Easter Egg Hunts

•Downtown Echo

•Saturday, 9 a.m.

The Echo Community Church and Echo Volunteer Fire Department are teaming up to organize Easter egg hunts. The hunts are divided up by age groups with infants through age 4 at the church, 21 N. Bonanza; ages 5-7 at George Park, North Dupont Street; and ages 8-12 on the Echo High School football field, 600 Gerone St. (541-376-8108)

IRRIGON

Irrigon Marina Park

•430 Eighth St. N.E.

•Saturday, 11 a.m.

The Community Easter EGGstravaganza offers fun for infants and children through fifth grade. (541-922-3054)

STANFIELD

Coe Park

•West Coe Avenue

•Saturday, 10 a.m.

Kids up to age 12 are invited to a community Easter egg hunt. Coordinated by Stanfield Moose Lodge #920, the event features lots of eggs and some special prizes. Volunteer opportunities are still available. (541-449-3304)

UMATILLA

Nugent Park

•725 Eighth St.

•Friday, 8 p.m.

A Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will offer kids ages 12-and-under a chance to search in the dark. Be sure to bring a flashlight and an Easter basket. (541-922-3226).

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