Eggs from the sky, other Easter events

There's plenty of fun to be had in Chilliwack for the long Easter weekend, including a helicopter egg drop on Saturday with 15,000 eggs.

There's plenty of fun to be had in Chilliwack for the long Easter weekend.

There's plenty of fun to be had in Chilliwack for the long Easter weekend.

You’re not going to want to miss this.

City Life Church is hosting their first Extravagant Easter Egg Drop on Mar. 26 at Townsend Park.

They’ll be dropping 15,000 plastic Easter eggs from a helicopter.

“As a church, we are always looking for ways to add joy and life to our community,” City Outreach Pastor Todd Lueck explained.  “That’s a big part of our mission.”

Being the largest Christian holiday of the year, City Life wanted to celebrate Easter with a fun event that thrived on the heart and spirit of family. They certainly went above and beyond for 2016.

Staff connected with a church in Lynden, Washington, which had hosted a successful helicopter egg drop last year.

“If they could do it, so could we,” Lueck laughed.

They firmed up the logistics of the event with the helicopter pilot and the City, sourced mountains of easter eggs and purchased heaping carts of chocolate, and now they’re good to go.

Kids and parents will wait in excitement behind a fenced area as the helicopter chops overhead, releasing thousands of colourful eggs into the park.

The first drop takes place at 2:50 p.m., for children up to Grade 1. Parents are permitted to accompany their young ones as they collect as many eggs as they can.

The second drop at 3:30 p.m. is for kids in Grades 2 to 6, and parents are asked to cheer them on from the sidelines.

The eggs themselves will be empty, but kids are invited to redeem their gathered eggs for candy after the drop.

Prior to the egg drops, attendees will also have access to bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses, bubbles and chalk play.

Participants are asked to register online in advance of the event (closes Mar. 24). Limited registration will be available on-site before the event.

“Bring your own baskets, get dressed up with bunny ears if you want – just come out and have fun,” Lueck enthused.

City Life Church is also using the egg drop event as an opportunity for guests to consider joining them for ‘The After Party,’ the Easter services that run on Mar. 27 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m at 46641 Chilliwack Central Rd.

The egg drop is weather-permitting. Visit City Life Church on Facebook or citylifechurch.ca for updates.

Find more information about this free event online at citylifechurch.ca/eggdropsignup/.

More Easter Fun

Happy Easter weekend, Chilliwack! Here are some events taking place over the long weekend.

Chilliwack Corn Maze

Head over the the Chilliwack Corn Maze (41905 Yale Road West) on Mar. 25 and 26 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Easter egg hunts occur throughout the day, with goody bags for each child. There will also be a giant jumping pillow, pedal carts, hay-bale maze, pictures with the Easter bunny and more. Free for parents and children under two. Tickets for kids two and older are $8.

Fantasy Farms

Visit Fantasy Farms this weekend for Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza (9423 Gibson Rd). Meet the Easter bunny, hop through the maze collecting eggs, and play in the bouncy castles or walk on water in the aqua balls. Take the bunny train to Fort Runamuk or score some BBQ.

Open Mar. 24 to 26 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Mar. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 per child, $2 per adults. Aqua ball costs $5.

Mill Street Village

Bounce like a bunny along Mill Street in their first Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt, continuing on Mar. 26. Visit the participating businesses (Apeldoorn’s Restaurant, Birdie’s Cottage Bakery & Catering, Cornerstone Custom Picture Framing, Did I Mention Flowers? and Little Village Shoe Boutique) and find the hidden eggs to collect a sticker. Collect all five stickers to enter into prize draws. Visit Mill Street Village on Facebook for prize info.

Promontory Heights Elementary

The Easter Eggstravangasa at Promontory Heights Elementary (46200 Stoneview Dr) runs on Saturday, Mar. 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, 4H rabbits, a magician and a visit from the Easter bunny at this free event. An Easter egg hunt will take place at 2:15 p.m.

Manning Park

Celebrate Easter at Manning Park Resort (7500 Hwy 3) Mar. 26-27 at the Nordic Centre. From Mar. 25-28, enjoy face painting, easter crafts, egg dying, colouring contest, make your own basket, and search for eggs on a cross-country ski or snowshoe route.

Salvation Army

Visit the Salvation Army Community Church (46420 Brooks Ave) on Mar. 26 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for an Easter carnival and egg hunt. Kids and families will enjoy this event in the church gym.

Rosedale Sportsfield

Rosedale United Church is hosting a community Easter egg hunt at the Rosedale Sportsfield (51548 Old Yale Rd) on Mar. 27 at 11 a.m., followed by a hotdog lunch. In inclement weather, the hunt will take place at United Church Rosedale (51351 Yale Rd).