Parents didn’t have to look long Saturday to find an Easter egg hunt for their kids.
At least 10 hunts took place across the Omaha metro area, from Skinner Magnet Center in northeast Omaha to Spring Lake Park in South Omaha to Aksarben Village in central Omaha.
The early spring day turned breezy but beautiful.
“Good morning, good morning everybodaaay!” Josh Dotzler said over the public address system set up outside Skinner Magnet Center.
Then Dotzler prayed: “Thank You for this day. Thank You for this sun. Thank You for this fun.”
The Abide Network and Bridge Church, of which Dotzler is a leader, oversaw the event at Skinner Magnet Center. Dotzler estimated that more than 1,000 children and adults attended, assisted by 200 volunteers from around the city.
Those who participated enjoyed hot dogs, children’s games, bounce houses, basketball and music booming from the speaker system.
Skinner Principal Tarina Cox surveyed the throngs of people swarming across her playground. “It’s wonderful,” Cox said.
At Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, Jones Bros. Cupcakes sponsored different hunts for three groups, the oldest being for those ages 8 to 10 years old.
Matthew Bezousek, 2, wore blue plaid shorts, a blue jacket and a Creighton Bluejays ballcap. He came up with eight plastic eggs.
“He did pretty well for his first Easter egg hunt,” said his dad, Joe.
Erin Brandenburg’s 19-month-old daughter, Emmie, acquired one plastic egg in her first hunt. Emmie, with a pacifier in her mouth, didn’t appear to mind.
In the older kids’ hunt, Emmie and her mom worked the fringes and acquired six more eggs.
Community celebrations centered on Easter bunnies or Easter eggs also took place at Spring Lake Park in South Omaha, the La Vista Sports Complex, Zorinsky Lake, the Ronald McDonald House, First Presbyterian Church near downtown Omaha, Halleck Park in Papillion, Lauritzen Gardens, Village Pointe shopping center and elsewhere.
The hunt at Stinson Park concluded within 45 minutes. Bill Jones, owner of the cupcake shop, said it’s a good way to show his appreciation to his store’s neighborhood.
“How’d it go?” he asked a boy. “Ya get eggs?”
– by Rick Ruggles / THE WORLD-HERALD
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