It’s time for an Egg-cellent Adventure
With mostly sunny skies and spring like temperatures predicted, Saturday promises to offer fine hunting conditions.
Egg hunting, that is.
The practice of hunting eggs to celebrate the Easter holiday dates back to the Protestant Reformation and community events in Eagle and Gypsum have been treasured local happenings for decades. So grab the kiddos and head out to hunt some eggs this Saturday.
Eagle Easter Egg Hunt
The community hunt is planned Saturday, April 4 at Eagle Town Hall. Organizer Mary Lou Yeik said its a BYOB — Bring Your Own Basket — affair for kids age toddler to 10.
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The hunt is divided into age areas and the event gets under way at 10 a.m.
“The Easter Bunny will be there and the eggs will contain prizes,” Yeik promised.
Following the hunt, the annual Eggernaut Competition is planned. Kids are invited to invent an egg protection contraption and their handiwork will then be dropped from the Greater Eagle Fire Departments 50-foot ladder truck.
The egg hunt is sponsored by the town of Eagle, Beverage Real Estate and Yeik Flooring.
Gypsum’s Annual Easter Egg-stravaganza returns Saturday, April 4 with a few fun changes. Rather than offering a traditional egg hunt, there will be age-appropriate activities with prizes for each and every participant.
The fun begins at 9 a.m. with an egg hunt for toddlers and preschool age kids. Kids up to 5 years old will be provided an Easter basket by the town and released in groups of 20 in an area where they can easily grab filled eggs.
At 9:15 a.m. scavenger hunts are plans for kids ages 6 to 12. Kids will be placed groups of six and assigned a group leader and a starter egg which has their first riddle clue. The starter egg will send them on their journey to find the next egg with the next clue. Once they go through several clues they will reach the final destination and receive a prize.
The Easter Bunny will be available for photos and a craft tent will be set up for kids to devise some for fun, take-home creations. The Gypsum Fire Department will host the annual Easter pancake breakfast starting at 9 a.m.
Western Eagle County Municipal Recreation District will host Eggquatics, an underwater egg hunt, at the Gypsum Recreation Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be prizes for kids ages 0 to 2 , 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12.
“Easter is a time to welcome spring and the sunshine. We look forward to this great family event and welcome our families to participate in this new approach to the traditional Easter Egg hunt where every child walks home with a good experience,” said Gypsum Special Projects Coordinator Krista DeHerrera,
For more information about the Easter Egg-stravaganza and for those interested in volunteering contact Krista DeHerrera at 970-524-1727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Egg Hunt Etiquette
It is sad to report that during the past few years, some egg hunts around the country (including Colorado) have been canceled due to aggressive parents. Here are some tips to make the Easter Egg Hunt a good time for all kids
Be nice: All kids want as many eggs as they can grab, but it is important that consideration and kindness take place in the process of the hunt. This is a good opportunity for parents to teach their kids about generosity. Helping other kids who are having a hard time finding eggs also makes kids feel great. Encourage this behavior.
Follow the rules: Talk to your kids ahead of time about the importance of rules. There are typically rules in place at various egg hunts, and just like board games or school games, rules matter for everyone to get a fair chance.
Hunts are for kids: Parents, unless your child needs assistance or is too small to do it on his/her own, let them run. Stay behind and watch the fun.
Spectate, don’t dictate: Parents, enjoy watching the hunt. Don’t call out to your kids, point out eggs or yell at other kids. Allow your kid to fill the basket and enjoy the event.
Photo opp: Use this time to get some great pictures from the sidelines. Stay out of the way. Cute photograph opportunities will be everywhere.