The Easter Bunny will jump into Taney Co. this weekend | Free News

With a watchful eye and a basket in hand, kids can show off their hunting skills as they search for eggs, candy and prizes dropped by the Easter Bunny at area Easter events this weekend.

Forsyth kicked off egg hunt season March 27 at Shoals Bend Park, but there are still upcoming Easter events open to Taney County families scheduled for this weekend.

The Branson Department of Parks and Recreation will host the 5th Annual Branson Community Easter Egg Hunt presented by Branson United Methodist Church and Tri-Lakes Christian Church. This free event opens April 3 at 9 a.m. at the Branson RecPlex ballpark complex for children 10 and under.

The event will include hunts for different age groups, as well as prizes, inflatables, family activities and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny.

There will be over 12,000 candy-filled eggs and hundreds of prizes available. Participants will be required to provide their own basket or bag for eggs and prizes.

Attendees will be required to wear face coverings during events and social distance where possible. Hunts will be spread over separate fields to provide adequate space for social distancing.

For more information, call the Branson RecPlex at 417-335-2368 or visit

The Hollister Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 35th Annual Great Hollister Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 at the Hollister High School Football Field.

Children will be able to hunt 10,000 eggs in three age groups and meet the Easter Bunny during this free event.

This year the event has new additions including: an obstacle course, coloring contest, scavenger hunt, photo backdrop and a performance by Disky the Wonder Dog.

The provisional schedule:

– 11:30 a.m. Doors open

– 12:30 p.m. Arrival of the Easter Bunny

– 1 hour hunt for 1 to 5 year olds

– 1h20 of hunting for 6 to 8 year olds

– 1h40 of hunting for 9 to 11 year olds

Masks are mandatory where social distancing is not possible.

For more information, visit

Grace Community Assembly will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Eiserman Park. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the egg hunt will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. This is a free event for children up to 12 years old.

This event will feature an egg hunt for different age groups with 10,000 eggs, big prizes including a hoverboard and scooters, free popcorn and candy.

For more information, contact Grace Community Assembly at 417-336-2422.

This year, even fur babies can join in the fun as Branson Parks and Recreation hosts its first Easter egg hunt for dogs.

This event will take place at Stockstill Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. Dogs will chase fun treats around the park. All dogs must remain on a leash. When your puppy touches an egg with his nose, he goes into the basket. Open eggs for treats and other prizes for your dog.

A minimum donation of $5 is suggested per pet or bring one or more items to donate to the Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society.

For more information, go to

Alicia R. Rucker