Hoppy days are here again

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 2, 2019

GROSSE POINTES — It’s so close, you can almost smell the jellybeans!

Easter is just around the corner, and with it are the annual egg hunts where children can collect candy and meet some of their favorite seasonal characters.

If you live in Grosse Pointe Park, it’s time to race at rabbit speed to the Lavins Center for tickets to the second annual marshmallow drop April 13 at Patterson Park. Parks and Recreation Supervisor Chad Craig said via email that last year’s event sold out at 300 — 150 children for each of two age groups — “and we expect to sell out again with the popularity of the event.”

Last year was the first time the Park had a marshmallow drop.

“Marshmallows will literally be dropped from the sky by helicopter, and once they are dropped, our staff and the Easter Bunny will do a countdown, and then kids will be able to run up the hill and grab their marshmallows, which they will exchange for their gift bag,” Craig explained by email last year. “We will have 10 golden eggs — (five for each age group) — and the winners of those will receive a special gift as well.”

Kids are asked to turn in the marshmallows, not eat them — they’ve been on the ground, after all.

“Every child will receive a goodie bag when they turn in their marshmallow bags,” Craig said by email.

There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, as well as pony and pony cart rides, camel rides and a petting zoo.

Children ages 1-5 should arrive by 11:45 a.m. April 13 for their hunt, which will begin right at noon. Children ages 6-10 should arrive by 12:15 p.m. for their hunt, which will start at 12:30 p.m.

Even if you don’t have little ones, if you live in the Park, you might still want to stop by. Craig said DTE Energy is the sole sponsor this year, and DTE will be bringing its energy den and booth to the event. DTE “will be informing residents about their gas renewal project,” Craig said in an email.

The cost is $10 per child, and parents can register their children at the Lavins Activity Center, which is open evenings and weekends as well as weekdays. For more information, visit www.grossepointepark.org or call (313) 822-2812.

In Grosse Pointe Farms, children are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets or  bags to collect candy-filled eggs during the annual Easter egg hunt, which will start “at 10 a.m. sharp” April 13 at Pier Park, according to the city’s newsletter. Children should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. so they’re ready to go when the hunt begins. The event is free.

“No registration is required,” Chris Galatis, the Farms director of Parks and Recreation, said via email.

Standard Farms park guest privileges apply to this event. For more information, visit www.grossepointefarms.org or call (313) 343-2405.

Grosse Pointe City’s 15th annual spring egg hunt “will be Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m.” at Neff Park, City Parks and Recreation Director Christopher Hardenbrook said during a March 18 City Council meeting. The event will start immediately, so participants should arrive at the park before 5 p.m.

Children of all ages will be welcome to collect eggs left throughout the park that can be turned in for a bag of treats and a chance at an additional prize; egg hunts will be divided among different age groupings. A select number of golden eggs will be hidden in the park as well, and kids who discover those can turn them in for a special prize. All participants will receive a chocolate sucker, and there will be photo opportunities with Peter Cottontail. The fee is $5 per child. No outside bags will be permitted; the City will supply children with bags to use for egg collection. For more information, visit www.grossepointecity.org or call (313) 343-5257.

Grosse Pointe Shores invites youngsters to “hop on down” for its annual Easter egg hunt from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 at Osius Park. The cost is $5 per child, and the event is for kids ages 10 and younger. Besides the egg hunt, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and a chance to get photos taken with the Easter Bunny. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Shores City Hall, or on the day of the event at the park entrance. For more information, visit www.gpshoresmi.gov or call (313) 881-6565.