Springtime means budding trees, green grass, warmer weather -- and Easter! Jacksonville, Texas, is situated about 100 miles west of the Louisiana border. When Easter comes around, this town and nearby areas host a wealth of Easter-related fun, including plays, games, outdoor activities and, of course, Easter egg hunts. Check with your local newspaper or television station for the exact dates and times for scheduled events, in case an event is rained out or rescheduled.
The First Baptist Church on Philip Street in Jacksonville hosts an annual egg hunt called the Easter Eggstravaganza, says the Jacksonville Daily Progress. The activities planned during this event, which are geared for toddlers up to third graders, include game booths, prizes, an egg hunt and giveaways. Refreshments are available.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Nearby Tyler, Texas, hosts an annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Lindsey Park, reports KETK News. This big event begins just before sundown, when young toddlers and special needs children search for their part of the 15,000 hidden eggs, then extends into nighttime for ages six through 10. Children should bring their own flashlights and baskets, says KETK, and parents aren't allowed on the field, so no cheating! A magician and a clown are on hand to keep the kiddos entertained, and the City of Tyler bunny will be there for picture taking.
Tyler is also home to the Tyler Jaycee Easter Egg Hunt. This special Easter event was created solely for the pleasure of blind and disabled children. It's held each year in Bergfeld Park. Children who are disabled get to search for colorful eggs while blind children search for special beeping eggs. Parents are encouraged to pack a bag lunch for their children for this delightful outdoor event.
Other Easter Events
The people of Jacksonville, Texas, and nearby towns don't limit themselves to just egg hunts during Easter. Easter services are held by St. John's UMC on Beaumont Street, the Ministerial Alliance also on Beaumont Street and the First Presbyterian on Bolton Street. The St. John's and First Baptist churches both plan free dramas, and East Baptist church will hold a drama at the Texas State railroad depot in Rusk.
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