AUDUBON — With kids home from school and many area residents practicing social distancing or working from home, finding things to do might be hard.
The Iowa Egg Council and area communities have an idea that fits the season, and can add a family activity to do — Easter Egg Hunts you can do without being in a group.
The Iowa Egg Council is holding a virtual Easter Egg Hunt and Coloring Contest due to Egg Hunts being cancelled around the state due to COVID-19. In an effort to keep a tradition alive, the Egg Council’s contest has families downloading an egg coloring sheet, coloring the egg, and placing it in a window in their home that is visible from the street. Then they share a picture with the Iowa Egg Council on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. If going outside is not an option, participants can color their egg and share it to one of the Iowa Egg Council’s social media account using ##IowaEggHunt or #IowaEggColoring.
The virtual hunt kicked off March 20 and egg entries must be posted by midnight April 11. A winner will be selected randomly and announced on April 17. The winner will receive an egg swag bag that includes: a tote bag, Amazon gift card, t-shirt, coloring book, pencil and stress egg.
“We hope to spread positivity and enjoyment with this contest and continue the tradition of Easter despite the current state of the world right now. We look forward to finding and seeing all of the beautifully colored Easter eggs and encourage families to decorate hardboiled eggs and cook plenty of egg friendly recipes with your families at home. For recipe and egg decorating ideas visit Iowaegg.org or IncredibleEgg.org,” Egg Council officials said.
Around the area communities are jumping in to participate with window egg hunts as well.
In Audubon an egg hunt got rolling thanks to the Broadway 312. Area families are encouraged to put an Easter Egg in their window facing the street, and then drive or walk around looking to see how many you can find.
In Exira, the Exira Community Club is also trying to spread some happiness.
Families are encouraged to draw or print off coloring pages, with any kind of Easter egg picture, and hang them in a window.
“The more people that participate the more fun it will be! We thought this would be a fun activity to do with your family that keeps you isolated from others. “We hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!” Exira Community Club officials said.
They are hoping to be able to have a more traditional egg hunt on April 11 in the Exira City Park, but area residents will have to stay tuned for updates on the Exira Community Club Facebook page as things may change due to COVID-19.
In Atlantic the egg hunt will run March 28 through April 12. Carol Reinart said she’d seen a posting on Facebook about other communities participating in similar activities and encouraged Atlantic residents to try it.
“Since we can’t do the regular Easter Egg hunts,” Reinart said she thought this would give parents something to do with their kids between now and Easter Sunday. Families are reminded to practice social distancing, stay in your car or walk in groups under 10.
If you want to participate and hang up an egg or two of your own, contact Reinart at 712-304-5377. Participating addresses will be on a list available through the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce so families can go out for a drive and see how many they can find. The listing is in the form of a Google doc that and additional addresses can be added to the list.
Reinart said the list got started and has really grown — eggs-sponentially? There are well over 100 places listed including homes and businesses.
Those interested should go to the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page to check out the listing.
Anita Town and Country officials are also planning a virtual hunt, and families are encouraged to put up a colored egg in their window, then take the family on a walk or drive to look for eggs. Snap a picture, and tag Anita Town and Country and the family who finds the most eggs will win a gift basket.