Children age 8 and younger can hop along with the Easter Bunny at the 18th annual Easter egg hunt at 5:30 p.m. March 29 at Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. Farm-to-Market 2410.

More than 13,000 eggs filled with wrapped candies and toys will be divided into four age brackets, each on its own baseball diamond, including an adaptive area for mentally- and physically-challenged children of all ages.

“The adaptive area was new last year and was pretty well received,” said Nichole Broemer, Heights Parks and Recreation activities coordinator. “Kids can take their time there, and their siblings can help.”

Broemer, who began working for the city in 2006, is a veteran of the Easter egg hunts.

“Prior to working here, I assisted by working fields with the egg hunt and entertaining crowds,” she said. “I have a nephew, and he participated before, when he was young enough.”

Harker Heights Library Director Lisa Youngblood has worked at the Easter egg hunts for at least 13 years.

“We like to be visible in our community, and we just love to be out there and see the families come together,” said Youngblood, adding that the library will host Easter egg hunts for preschoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday inside the children’s area.

After they hunt for eggs next Friday, children can also register for Lemonade Day, said Heather Cox, activities center coordinator. Lemonade Day is a joint venture between the city, Fort Hood National Bank and First National Bank that teaches young entrepreneurs how to start and operate their own businesses.

The Easter egg hunt is free, but children need to bring baskets.

For weather notifications about the event, call the Sportsline at (254) 953-5660.

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