Thousands of brightly-covered easter eggs will decorate the grounds of Amherst’s Maude Neiding Park for hundreds of eager young egg hunters to find.
The Amherst Lions and the Amherst Steele Leo clubs are busily preparing for the annual Amherst community Easter egg hunt, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26.
“This is the 20th year our two clubs have sponsorerd the Easter egg hunt,” said Lions president Lori Elswick. “We’re always excited to be able to put on this fun activity for the children of Amherst.”
Each year, Leo Club members stuff candy into some 10,000 plastic eggs to be spread across the park.
There are three designated areas for hunts: one for toddlers up to age three; a second for four-to-six-year-olds; and a third for seven-to-10-year-olds.
There will also be specially marked eggs that can be redeemed for prizes at the end of the hunt.
As always, the Easter bunny will visit with youngsters before and after the hunt, arriving at the park around 10:30 a.m. courtesy of the Amherst fire department. Parents are welcome to take pictures of their children with the furry holiday mascot.
Parents will again be asked not to enter the designated hunt area for the toddler-to-three-year-olds when the hunt first begins.
“This is for the kids to have fun and we don’t want over-excited adults spoiling the fun or accidentally knocking down the young hunters,“ says Elswick. Parents can help their youngsters a few minutes into the hunt.
Elswick suggests that those children who are too young to participate in the hunt without parental assistance visit with the Easter Bunny, who will have plenty of eggs to hand out. However, parents of children with special needs are advised to ask a Lions or Leo Club member for assistance so everyone can participate in the fun.
It only takes a few minutes for the excited hunters to sweep over the grounds scooping up their bounty. “We advise parents to arrive well ahead of the 11 a.m. start time,” said Elswick. “It breaks my heart to see a child running to one of the hunt areas just after it’s started knowing there will be nothing left to find.”
Parking at Maude Neiding is limited, so many may have to park along nearby city streets and walk.
P&J Sanitation of Amherst will provide portable toilets again this year since park restrooms will not yet be de-winterized.
In addition to the hunt activity, the Lions will have collection boxes set up for used eye-glasses, which are recycled to be distributed to people in developing countries. Be sure to take any unwanted glasses to the hunt.
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