Kailei Martin gets a close-up look at the Easter Bunny as her mom, Sybil Clarke, of Eastpointe, provides encouragement at last year’s Ferndale EGGstravaganza at Martin Road Park.

Kailei Martin gets a close-up look at the Easter Bunny as her mom, Sybil Clarke, of Eastpointe, provides encouragement at last year’s Ferndale EGGstravaganza at Martin Road Park.

File photo by Brandy Baker


Easter events coming to Ferndale, Berkley

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 9, 2019

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FERNDALE/BERKLEY — Ferndale and Berkley will have their fair share of Easter-related events in the month of April.

Ferndale’s long-held Easter event is its annual Eggstravaganza egg hunt, which will be held Saturday, April 13, at various parks within the city. Parents do not have to register for the free event.

The first hunt will be for children ages 1-4 only at Marie Park starting at 12:30 p.m. It will be followed by hunts for children of all ages at 1 p.m. at Wilson Park, 1:30 p.m. at Garbutt Park, 2 p.m. at Geary Park and 2:30 p.m. at Martin Road Park.

For each hunt, children gather as many eggs as they can; each contains a prize. There also is a golden egg that will hold a special prize for the child who finds it.

At the last hunt at Martin Road Park, children will be able to meet the Easter Bunny, as well as drink hot chocolate and eat senior bake sale goods.

“It’s one of our biggest events,” Parks and Recreation Director LaReina Wheeler said. “We normally, I’d say, bring in at least over 700-800 kids throughout the day. If the weather is great, as it is (recently), we’ll probably go over 1,000.”

Two Easter events will be held in Berkley, the first being the Breakfast with the Bunny at two different times, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 13. The event costs $5, and people are asked to register for it by Wednesday, April 10, which they can do at berkley.maxgalaxy.net.

Sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Berkley Junior Women’s Club, children will be able to do as the event’s name says.

“People get a photo with the Easter Bunny, and then there’s also a small petting farm, typically of baby animals, which is super cute,” Parks Director Theresa McArleton said. “It’s just an event that a lot of people in Berkley come to every year. They look forward to it … and it’s a really nice way to celebrate in the community.”

The other Easter-related event in Berkley is the Berkley First Community Egg Hunt, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Jaycee Park. The event is free and registration is not required.

Children’s Ministries Coordinator Julie White said that there will be two different egg hunting areas at the event: One area will be for elementary-school-aged children and one will be for toddler-aged kids.

“We’re trying to make it a little more toddler friendly,” she said.

In addition to the egg hunt, White said there will be some arts and crafts for kids to enjoy, and parents can take pictures of their children with the Easter Bunny.

“We’re very excited to get everybody from the community together,” she said.

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