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Originally published April 4, 2012 at 7:02 PM | Page modified April 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

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Easter bonnets, egg hunts and lots of spring fun

Snohomish Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Contest and Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce and Easter treats for animals, April 7.

Seattle Times staff

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Kids, adults, dogs, cats and at least one llama are expected to be among the many heads adorned with colorful spring headgear at the Snohomish Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Contest on Saturday.

The Easter Bunny leads the celebration of spring, believed to be the only Easter parade in Washington state, along First Street in historic downtown Snohomish. People of all ages and pets of all kinds are encouraged to wear their best hats and compete in the Easter Bonnet Contest immediately following the parade.

Animals and kids can also get in on Easter fun at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. Saturday, the zoo hosts its annual Bunny Bounce for kids, and also provides Easter-themed treats for zoo animals. Egg hunts for ages 3 and younger are at the picnic shelter near the North Meadow from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with egg hunts for ages 3 to 6 and 6 to 8 in the North Meadow every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all on a first-come, first-served basis; bring a bag or basket for each child. Crafts, bunny encounters and other zoo programs welcome families all day, including Easter-themed treats for orangutans, lions, wolves, bears, elephants, penguins, gorillas and other zoo animals as an enrichment activity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities are free after paying zoo admission.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has events at several locations, many of them free. West Seattle community centers host a festival with bouncy toys, egg hunts for all ages (including adults) plus music by Caspar Babypants, at the Southwest Athletic Complex. Other regional events include treats from the Easter Bunny at Country Village in Bothell and Gilman Village in Issaquah, along with an egg hunt staged by Shoreline Firefighters Association at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. For details on all events, seeCommunity Datebook.

For all egg-hunt events, bring a bag or basket for each child and arrive 15 minutes before starting time to find your starting place and be ready to go.

The details

Snohomish Easter Parade: Easter Bunny leads parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, First Street, Snohomish; Easter Bonnet Contest, no age limit, pets welcome, sign up 10 a.m. Saturday, judging after parade, First Street and Avenue A, Snohomish (360-568-2526 or www.cityofsnohomish.com).

Bunny Bounce and Easter treats for the animals: Egg hunts, crafts, zoo programs, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; Easter-themed treats for animals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.50-$11.50 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).

West Seattle Spring Egg Hunt and Festival: Egg hunt for all ages, carnival games, bouncy toys, entertainment, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Southwest Athletics Complex, 2801 S.W. Thistle St., Seattle; $3/advance, $5/day of event, per person (www.seattle.gov/parks).

Egg Hunt, Richmond Beach: Shoreline Firefighters Association egg hunt for children by age group, 1 p.m. Saturday, Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 2021 N.W. 197th St., Shoreline; free (206-801-2600 or www.shorelinewa.gov/parks).

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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