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March 19, 2012

Shelby Township, Utica events celebrate Easter

By Brad D. Bates
C & G Staff Writer

While lunch, games and pictures with the Easter Bunny are nice, the highlight for most kids around Easter is the mad dash for eggs.

Shelby Township Parks and Recreation will host its Easter Egg Scramble at 1 p.m. for kids 3 to 5 and at 2 p.m. for ages 6 to 10 March 31 at River Bends Park, and Utica will have its egg hunt at 11 a.m. March 31 at Grant Park.

“It starts at 11, but you better get there by 11:02,” Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said of the dash for eggs at Utica’s yearly hunt.

Before they go searching for his hidden treasures, youngsters get a chance to have lunch with the Easter Bunny at 11 a.m. March 31 at the Shelby Community Center at 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

“There will be enough time for anyone that attends (the lunch) to head out to River Bends Park for the Easter egg hunt,” Shelby Township Recreation Coordinator Mike Adams said.

Tickets for the lunch are $7 for residents and $12 for nonresidents, and include a pizza lunch and live entertainment. Tickets need to be preordered by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (586) 731-0300.

“At the lunch, we do not sell tickets at the door, so they want to get tickets,” Adams said. “But at the scramble, they can just show up.”

Both the Easter egg hunt at River Bends Park and the one at Grant Park are free events.

Another Easter egg hunt will take place April 1 at the Burgess Shadbush Nature Center at 4101 River Bends Drive in Shelby Township.

The hunt is part of the “Egg-Citing” program that runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $4 for children 3 and older. Along with the hunt, kids will learn different ways to dye eggs and have a visit from the Easter Bunny.

“Kids bring six hard-boiled eggs, and we show them four ways to dye them,” Nature Center Director Jo Burgess said. “And then we go out for a hunt, and the kids can collect 10 eggs with prizes inside along the trail.

“Then they come back in for actives and games, like the spoon and egg race and an egg roll. Then we close with breaking a piñata for different age levels.”

To register for the “Egg-Citing” festivities, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (586) 731-0300 or purchase tickets at the Nature Center. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (586) 323-2478.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brad D. Bates at bbates@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1029.