Be it snow or green grass, an Easter egg hunt is planned for Saturday, April 20, at Gregory Park.

The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual event, also sponsored by the Brainerd Rotary Club and Sullivan Candy & Supply, at 10 a.m.

"Our rotary club models our 'service about self' motto by sponsoring events such as the Easter Egg hunt," Rotary Club President Carol Johnson wrote in an email. "Our club really enjoys hiding the eggs, giving out bags of candy and having an opportunity for children ages 2-9 to visit with the Easter bunny. The smiles on the children's faces keep us committing to do this year after year."

The event starts promptly at 10 a.m., so participants should plan to arrive early to receive instructions. Kids should bring their own bag or basket to gather eggs. Quadrants will be designated for the following age groups: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9.

This event is free and will feature a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny.

Last year, about 175 kids hunted for eggs in the snow.

"And this year if we still have snow, we would do the same thing," said Parks and Recreation Coordinator Katie Kaufman.

After the event, Johnson said the Easter Bunny will deliver leftover bags of candy to local nursing homes, PORT group homes and shelters.

Easter ball hunt

Not only kids, but canine friends can get involved in Easter festivities this year, too, during the first-ever Brainerd Easter Ball Hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Buster Park.

"Our City Administrator Cassandra (Torstenson) challenged our department with diversifying our special events, as well as our programming to meet the needs of different populations in our community," Kaufman said of the idea behind the event. "And we found there's a huge trend in humans choosing animals over having kids, and our dog park is probably our most heavily attended park year-round."

The Easter ball hunt, though low-budget, is a start toward that diversity of events, Kaufman said, adding the parks and recreation department will likely look to get sponsors for the event down the road.

All friendly dogs are welcome but must be on leashes, even inside the dog park, 2-3 p.m. during the event.

Each dog will get to hunt for tennis balls and take one of the coveted yellow balls home, thanks to a large anonymous donation of tennis balls. The Brainerd High School tennis team added to the collection.

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos with dogs, too.

In case of inclement weather for both Easter events, Kaufman said the event may be postponed. Call the Brainerd Parks and Recreation cancellation line at 218-961-6006 the day of the event for more information.