Easter activities abound in Royal Oak, Clawson

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 9, 2019

 Kinley and Kerris Adamcyzk, 4, of Clawson, participate in the city’s  annual Easter egg hunt at Clawson City Park last year. This year,  the event will take place at 11 a.m. at Clawson City Park.

Kinley and Kerris Adamcyzk, 4, of Clawson, participate in the city’s annual Easter egg hunt at Clawson City Park last year. This year, the event will take place at 11 a.m. at Clawson City Park.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — While it may still be Lent, cities are already looking ahead to Easter with a slew of community events planned for families.

Both Royal Oak and Clawson will be hosting Easter egg hunts, and Oakland County Parks and Recreation will sponsor its annual marshmallow drop at Worden Park in Royal Oak.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Clawson’s Easter egg hunt, sponsored by Clawson Youth Assistance, will kick off the festivities at Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave., near 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

The city encourages participants ages 1-12 to arrive early with their baskets, as the event lasts mere minutes, and for families to remember their cameras to capture the mad dash. The Easter Bunny also will be hopping about.

“As we like to say, starts at 11, over at 11:02, so be there early,” Clawson Mayor Debbie Wooley said.

The annual Easter Bunny Brunch was canceled this year due to a lack of interest, but Wooley highlighted that Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts donated the booked entertainer to the pediatric wing of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

“I really wanted to give kudos to Kathy for giving something back,” she said.

At 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, a helicopter will drop 15,000 marshmallows from the sky above Worden Park, located at Lexington Boulevard and Crooks Road.

John Federe, Royal Oak superintendent of recreation, said the event is open to all Royal Oak residents, as well as anyone outside the city, and will be facilitated in three waves: children 4 years old and younger, children ages 5-7 and children ages 8-12.

“The kids essentially race to grab the marshmallows once the helicopter leaves the premises,” Federe said. “They just have to turn in one marshmallow for a prize.”

At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, the Royal Oak Kiwanis Club will welcome kids of all ages to round up as many eggs as they can and meet the Easter Bunny at Starr Jaycee Park, off 13 Mile Road, east of Crooks Road.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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