Communities celebrate spring with Easter egg hunts

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 29, 2013

 Emma Fries, 7, counts her eggs and searches for prizes after the Eastpointe Memorial Library’s Easter Egg Hunt March 23.

Emma Fries, 7, counts her eggs and searches for prizes after the Eastpointe Memorial Library’s Easter Egg Hunt March 23.

Photo by Sara Kandel

On March 23, Roseville and Eastpointe celebrated the coming of spring with Easter egg hunts that brought out dozens of kids from the two communities and beyond for some seasonal fun.

At 10 a.m., the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe kicked off its annual egg hunt, which was held for the first time at the recreation center in Roseville.

“We have always held the Easter egg hunt in Huron Park, but with how the weather has been, we weren’t sure what to expect, so we thought it would be better to hold it at the rec center this year. We had it in the soccer fields behind the building, but we had a plan to move it inside if we had bad weather or the fields were too muddy,” said Tony Lipinski, recreation authority director.

Kids at the hunt were divided into four age groups: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-10 years old. Lipinski managed the hunt for the older kids.

“I had about 100-150 kids in my age group alone, and we probably had about 700-800 altogether,” he said. “It was a success.”

In addition to the hunt, which featured eggs stuffed with goodies and raffle tickets, kids were treated to a visit from the Easter Bunny and coloring books from MiDog, a local group hoping to open a dog park in Eastpointe.

“It was a great way for the community to come together,” Lipinski said. “The Roseville Fire Department transported the Easter Bunny to the event, and the kids got to see him and some kids walked away with prize baskets from the raffle, sponsored by the Roseville Caring Klowns.”

At 1:30 p.m., the Eastpointe Memorial Library rang in the start of spring with their annual egg hunt, which brought out 60 kids ranging in age from 1-12.

“I’ll probably find at least 11, because that’s my age,” said Raejon Lavender, a regular at the library, before the start of the event. “I come here all the time. I live just up the street, so I usually come here every day of the week except Thursday, because I have something to do on Thursdays, and Sunday. It’s silent here and I like that.”

“I don’t know how many eggs I’ll find,” said 6-year-old Kailei Coklow. “A lot, maybe. Maybe not a lot because I’m small.”

Coklow and the other kids her age didn’t have to worry. Youth Services Librarian Abby Bond planned for a range of ages.

“We divide between the ages so the little ones have a good chance of finding eggs, too,” said Bond. “After that we are going to have some craft tables, where they can just wander and do whatever they want. The egg hunt tends to go a lot quicker than we ever plan for, so we hid extra eggs this year.”

Bond, with the help of brothers Raymon, Rayshawn and Rayvon Williams, who volunteer at the library, hid 800 eggs stuffed with candy and other surprises in the library’s community room, courtyard and front lawn.

Toddlers and children 4 years old and younger searched for eggs in the community room, children 5-8 had their egg hunt in the courtyard and kids 9 years old and older had a their very own egg hunt on the library’s front lawn.

“The twins (Raymon and Rayshawn Williams) were really helpful with the filling of them, because it would have taken me about 10 hours to do them all by myself,” Bond said.

Despite having extra eggs this year, the hunt was still wrapped up in less than 10 minutes, and all the kids gathered back in the community room to check what treasures were hidden inside their plastic eggs. Once all the eggs were emptied and returned, the children gathered around the three large tables Bond and the Williams brothers had set up for crafts.

“We have butterflies on a ribbon, some coloring pages with stickers for the younger kids, and some egg shapes that have little bunnies that you can put on them,” Bond said.

The hunt might have been over in minutes, but the crafts had staying power. An hour after the hunt ended, groups of kids were still gathered around craft tables creating colorful spring décor.