Kids to scramble for Easter eggs at local parks

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 13, 2018

GROSSE POINTES — The recent weather might make it feel more like Christmas, but Easter is actually right around the corner, and that means bunny visits and egg hunts at local parks.

Things are literally looking up in Grosse Pointe Park, where the city is introducing an egg-citing new activity to its annual Easter event. In an email interview, Parks and Recreation Supervisor Chad Craig said they will have a marshmallow drop at Patterson Park at noon March 24. Children ages 1-5 should arrive no later than 11:45 a.m., while children ages 6-10 should arrive by noon and will conduct their marshmallow hunt starting around 12:15 p.m., he said.

“Marshmallows will literally be dropped from the sky by helicopter, and once they are dropped, our staff and the Easter Bunny will do a countdown and then kids will be able to run up the hill and grab their marshmallows, which they will exchange for their gift bag,” Craig explained. “We will have 10 golden eggs, and the winners of those will receive a special gift as well.”

Along with the marshmallow hunt, kids can enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, costumed characters, a photo station and balloon creations by Grosse Pointe South High School teacher Ryan Wheaton and student volunteers. The whole event will run until 2 p.m.

“We usually have around 250 children at our Easter events, and we expect even more this year with having a new twist on it,” Craig said.

The cost is $10 per child, and parents can register their children at the Lavins Activity Center, which is open evenings and weekends as well as weekdays. For more information, visit www.grossepoin tepark.org or call (313) 822-2812.

Grosse Pointe Shores will have its annual Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 24 at Osius Park. The cost is $5 per child, and the event is for kids ages 10 and younger. Besides the egg hunt, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and a chance to get photos taken with the Easter Bunny. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Shores City Hall, or on the day of the event at the park entrance. For more information, visit www.gpshoresmi.gov or call (313) 881-6565.

Grosse Pointe Farms youngsters are invited to Pier Park for the city’s annual Easter egg hunt, which will start promptly at 10 a.m. March 24, so attendees should arrive by 9:45 a.m. Children will search for eggs by age group, with a chance for each age group to find hidden golden eggs. Chocolate bunnies will be distributed to the first 250 children through the gate. Participants should bring Easter baskets or bags to collect their eggs, and they should dress for the weather, as this event will take place rain, snow or shine. There will be snacks available for children with food allergies, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to meet with kids.

“No registration is required,” said Chris Galatis, the Farms director of Parks and Recreation, via email.

The city’s standard guest privileges apply. For more information, visit www.grossepointefarms.org or call (313) 343-2405.

Grosse Pointe City will host its 14th annual Spring Egg Hunt March 29 at Neff Park. The ribbon will be cut to start the hunt at 5 p.m., so kids should plan on arriving beforehand. Children will be able to collect eggs in different areas, based on age groupings, and they will need to return their bags of eggs and golden eggs for candy and prizes. There will be photo opportunities with Peter Cottontail, and a petting zoo with farm animals. Children who meet Peter Cottontail can also get an Alinosi chocolate bunny lollipop.

City Parks and Recreation Director Christopher Hardenbrook said by email that “no registration is required” for the City’s event, but “standard guest privileges” apply for any residents bringing a family member or friend. The cost is $5 per child, and children must use the bags provided by the City to collect eggs.

For more information, visit www.grossepointecity.org or call (313) 343-5257.