In search of the perfect Easter egg hunt

From Alabama’s mountainous Cheaha State Park to New York City’s vast Central Park little girls in white dresses, and boys with untucked shirts will soon be screaming across the landscape in search of all manner of Easter eggs – real, chocolate, and plastic. The aim’s the same: gather up as many as you can, leave no prisoners and eat what you can manage before it melts.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening:

  • Saturday April 7 beginning at 1 p.m. kids start to scramble after eggs secreted atop Alabama’s Cheaha State Park, in the precincts to Bald Rock Lodge to be precise. The predicted weather is just about perfect.
  • About the same time, some 630 miles to the southeast, the Spring Extravaganza at Miami’s North Shore Park kicks off. The hunt begins promptly at 11 a.m. When your kids get tired they can get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
  • Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. is the time, and Palatine, Illinois Bunny Dash is the venue. The marquee 100-yard Dash Easter Egg Hunt starts at ten in the morning.
  • Mythic, magical San Anselmo, California hosts an April 7 hunt at the city’s Memorial Park. The quest for the eggs is followed up by a fair and children’s puppet show.
  • The day before Easter, assuming the weather cooperates, New York’s Central Park is packed. It shouldn’t be any different this year. The Great Central Park Easter Egg Hunt is one of the most popular in the country. Things get underway Saturday April 14 at 11 a.m. Head to he park at the Great Hill, that’s 106th Street on the west side.

Suggestions: take along sun hats, sunscreen, plenty of water and some of those pre-moistened wipes for the kids. All that melted chocolate tends to get a tad sticky.

Story by Jerry Chandler

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