Egg-citing Easter events will have kids hoppin’

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 25, 2015

 Alayna Smith, 9, of Shelby Township, turns in a special golden egg she found and receives a piggy bank full of candy.

Alayna Smith, 9, of Shelby Township, turns in a special golden egg she found and receives a piggy bank full of candy.


SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Local families can exercise a range of options for Easter activities this year, as several events will take place in the Shelby-Utica area.

Organizers are inviting families to come out and arrive early for the events, especially those that include egg hunts, because the kids claim the eggs quickly.

In Shelby Township, the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will host its annual Easter egg scramble event at River Bends Park on Saturday, March 28.

Scrambles will take place at 1 p.m. for children ages 3-5 and at 2 p.m. for children ages 6-10. Kids lucky enough to find special “golden” eggs will turn them in for prizes. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance. The free event will take place rain or shine.

“For the younger group, we have it in a more relaxed atmosphere — the kids walk through with parents,” Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department Director Joseph Youngblood said. “The older kids line up in a big line and, on the count of three, 10,000 eggs are all gone in 30 seconds.”

For more information, call (586) 731-0300. River Bends Park is located at 5700 22 Mile Road, west of Shelby Road.

At the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, an 11 a.m. March 28 egg-scramble slot is open for families and, if it fills up, the nature center will open a 3 p.m. slot, as well. The 1 p.m. slot already had reached capacity as of last week.

Park Interpreter Sarah Matuszak said the egg scrambles at each time would be divided into four sections for different age groups. She said there would be crafts, games, face painting and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

The cost for the Stony Creek scramble is $4 per child, and registration in advance is preferred. For more information or to register, call (586) 781-9113. Stony Creek Metropark is located at 4300 Main Park Road.

From 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will host an event geared to children ages 3 and older. Children will be able to dye eggs at several different stations, take photos with the Easter Bunny, create an Easter bag and go on an egg hunt along a nature trail.

“After they come in, the kids can play seven games in our indoor theater room, including a ring toss, pin the tail on the bunny, an egg toss and egg roll,” Nature Center Coordinator JoAnn Burgess said. “Outside, they do a relay-type event, and we have piñatas for different age levels, as well as a story of the Easter Bunny (legend).”

The cost is $4 per participating child. For more information or to register, call (586) 323-2478. The nature center is located at 4101 River Bends Drive, east of Ryan Road, between Auburn and 22 Mile roads.

In Utica, 1-year-old children to sixth-graders are invited to come to Grant Park at 11 a.m. March 28 for a free Easter egg scramble. Utica Deputy Clerk Nancy Carter, who sits on the Parks and Recreation Committee, said to come early.

Carter said the scramble would be divided into sections based on age groups and that the city would provide 3,000 eggs.

For more information, call (586) 739-1600. Grant Park is located on Hahn Street in downtown Utica, one block east of Van Dyke Avenue.