Monday, May 12, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt excites kids, draws thousands

by Amy Lieu

Kids hold on tight to their bright Easter baskets.
They’re ready to hunt for colorful pastel eggs, but those round treats won’t be lying there for much longer.
The high-spirited Easter Egg Hunt happens every year, when the City of El Segundo splashes eggs across Recreation Park.
 “It was fun. It was really challenging to find all the candy, but we got a lot,” egg hunter Kylie said.
 Kylie also said she is glad that her sister, Alexa, was there with her.
 “I like it because it’s all Easter and tomorrow is Easter and it’s going to be really fun,” said Alexa, who was also an egg hunter just like her sister.
 The family-friendly event has been happening for over 20 years and continues to draw thousands of people from the community.
 “We have groups between walkers and crawlers all the way up to 12 and up,” said Shawn Green, who is the event’s organizer and the Recreation Coordinator for the El Segundo Teen Center. “We come out every year and chase eggs around.”
The egg hunt also borrowed a page from Willy Wonka.
 “We throw the eggs out there with the candy, and the kids look inside and they get the golden ticket and they get a basket,” Green said.
Green said this year is special because it’s the first time that the event has sponsors. Kumon of El Segundo and were the two inaugural sponsors.
 For Green, today’s egg hunt is all about the people.
 “…the young kids, families and the community gets to come out and support each other,” Green said. “I see the kids that are smiling and parents come up and tell us that they had a great time, so that’s all we can ask for.”
Parents and kids posed with the Easter Bunny to top off an eventful day.
See you at next year’s Easter Egg Hunt!