As western Montana families and friends gather for Easter weekend, they will join for springtime traditions short- and long-lived, not the least of which are Easter egg hunts.

This week, we asked Missoulian readers to share information on public egg hunts in the area. This is what they said:

Saturday, March 30

• 21st annual East Missoula Easter egg hunt, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lions Park, by Mount Jumbo School, 735 Michigan Ave. Free. Includes egg hunt for ages birth-12, games, prizes, free food, inflatables, gift basket, bouncy houses and more. Sponsored by the East Missoula Fire Department, East Missoula Lions Club and the River of Life Ministries.

For more information or to donate, call 549-5078.

• 13th annual Easter Eggstravaganza, 1 p.m., University of Montana Oval. There will be separate sections for birth-2, 3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9 age groups. One lucky child in each age group who finds an egg with a special coupon will win a brand-new bicycle. Children also can find special eggs with certificates that will bring them back to campus. UM has donated educational opportunities for children, including UM soccer and basketball camps, children’s dance lessons with UM Theatre and Dance, a birthday party at spectrUM Discovery Area, free passes to spectrUM and more.

During the event, parents can enter a free raffle for gift certificates to area businesses, including a $375 certificate for a family portrait session with Kristine Paulsen Photography. The Easter Bunny, as well as mascots Monte, Bolt and Red will be on hand for the fun. At noon near the grizzly bear statue, kids can explore with spectrUM Discovery Area and the Montana Natural History Center and take a tour of a Mountain Line bus. Call 243-5478.

• Third annual Missoula Phoenix Easter Egg Hunt, 3:45 p.m., Loyola Field. Stay after the hunt for the inaugural Missoula Phoenix RMFL Jamboree. The Phoenix along with the Glacier Knights, the Billings Bullets and the Utah Sting will play two games at the same time.

• American Legion Post 94 will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. at Lewis and Clark Park, Stevensville. Children ages birth-12 are welcome and the hunt is divided into four age groups. A total of 120 eggs will be hidden and special prizes awarded for those who find the special gold and silver eggs.

For more information call Dan at 777-2687.

• The Darby Community Public Library will sponsor Darby’s annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Tin Cup Park at 11 a.m. The egg hunt is open to all children ages 2-7. Children are reminded to bring their baskets. Community members donating colored hard-boiled eggs may take them to the park on Saturday at 10 a.m.

• The Three Mile annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. at 1064 Three Mile Creek Road. Ages birth-12 are welcome. Memorial donations from the family of Mary Susen helped make this event possible.

For more information, call Colleen at 777-3710.

Sunday, March 31

• The Bitter Root Eagles Lodge will sponsor its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt for children birth-12 at 1 p.m. at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Hamilton. There will be three age groups with prizes for each group.

• A Carousel for Missoula is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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