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story.lead_photo.caption Children enjoy finding eggs at the 2018 Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Jefferson City Jaycees and Jefferson City Parks and Recreation department.

Easter is two weeks away and families have many opportunities to enjoy the holiday at church and in the community.

Several area churches will host Easter egg hunts during the holiday weekend and Easter Sunday (April 21), however, there are many community hunts and unique Easter related events taking place the next two weekends.

Don't miss out on seeing the Easter Bunny at Capital Mall now through April 20. He will be available to visit with guests and take photos from 4-8 p.m. today, Monday, Tuesday and April 17; from noon-7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and April 19-20; and from noon-6 p.m. Sunday. The mall will be closed Easter Sunday.

Families are invited to "get messy" during the Messy Church Easter event at 5:30 p.m. Friday at City of Jefferson's Green Berry Acres Cabin, 1915 Green Berry Road. The event begins with an hour of Easter crafts for all ages, followed by a family dinner, storytelling and singing. Parents and guardians must attend with their children. The event is free and open to the public.

From 6- 8 p.m. Friday, the community is invited to a KidsFest event called "Building Easter" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1529 Southwest Blvd. This family-friendly event begins with a provided meal, continues with crafts and ends with a program that includes skits, songs and readings to retell the Easter story.

Solid Rock Family Church will host a community egg hunt from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday at its property, 508 Hunters Road. The event will include a photo booth, cotton candy, bubble booth, music and a dance party, live bunnies and the hunt, which begins at 10 a.m. Children in second through fifth grades are welcome to join in the fun.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, families are invited to the 2019 annual Easter Egg Hunt at Greenway Park in Holts Summit. Children ages 10 and younger are encouraged to participate, and the Easter Bunny will be there for visits and pictures.

Mid Mo Maker Labs, 115 West Dunklin St., is hosting a free community event at 11 a.m. Sunday where guests can decorate a 3D printed egg in time for Easter. As organizers said on their Facebook event page, "paint it, light it up, whatever your imagination can come up with!" Eggs are pre-printed, so guests can pick the one they want and start decorating.

Jefferson City Jaycees and Jefferson City Parks and Recreation will co-sponsor the 32nd annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 at Memorial Park. Starting at 11 a.m., this event is open to children up to 9 years old. Children will be divided into age groups and the park will be divided into four sections. Parents will not be allowed in the hunting area except for the age three and younger area. Admission is $1 per child, and all proceeds will benefit community projects in Jefferson City.

Scuba Adventure will host an underwater Easter egg hunt for divers and a surface interval Easter egg hunt for the little ones at 1 p.m. April 20 at Scuba Adventure Dive Park in Jefferson City. Activities also include cleaning the quarry and getting it ready for the dive season. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, call 573-634-3483.

Following the morning worship service on Easter Sunday at Second Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Jefferson City, the annual Easter Fashion Show will take place. The show is expected to start at approximately 12:30 p.m.

This only scrapes the surface of community related events going on locally and throughout Mid-Missouri. To discover more events, visit our "Go!" Events calendar, at

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