Families in Queen Creek can celebrate Easter without taking a hop, skip or jump outside their neck of the woods.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, a 10,000-acre swath of mountainous lower Sonoran Desert laced with hiking trails, is offering a morning full of activities geared toward small children and their parents. The Scrambled Egg-stravaganza Family Fun Day begins 10 a.m. Saturday and includes a hike with a treasure map, craft activities and egg hunts.
"It'll be kind of a different twist on the egg hunt," says park supervisor David Jordan. "We're tying it in with nature. So, for example, we're going to have the kids hop like bunnies or wander around like Gila monsters, who love to eat eggs."
The crafts, which include take-home magnets and jewelry, will tie in with the area's nature or history as well, while the 1-mile round-trip hike will challenge families to use a treasure map to find hidden clues at their own pace. Kids who can unscramble the clues can turn in their map for a prize.
The activities are free with a per-vehicle park entry fee of $6.
Water, sunscreen, comfortable hiking attire and a pen or pencil are recommended for the hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult and remain on designated trails at all times.