GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - No matter what the weather is like, this year's Easter extravaganza is expected to be a big hit for children in the area. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the school field outside of Grand Canyon School. The annual Rotary Easter Egg Hunt, organized by Rotarian Brent Kok, is for ages preschool through fifth grade.
Rotarian Craig Andresen said parents need to be out on the school's field just before 10 a.m. with their own baskets.
"I would caution parents not to be late. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes and the Easter Egg Hunt is done. These kids go through these fields at a pretty high rate of speed picking up eggs. We've got tons of goodies and candies and eggs for the kids to find. We'll also have several fun games that kids can participate in. We'll have prizes to give away for each age group. Kids need to bring their own baskets for gathering the eggs," Andresen said. "This is something that Rotary has been doing up here for years and years. It's just really a blast. The kids look forward to it and, I've got to tell you, we at Rotary kind of look forward to it, too. It's fun."
Members of the Grand Canyon Rotary Club, along with high school students from Grand Canyon High School, plan to stuff eggs for the event tomorrow, Andresen said.
"We do that over at the community center inside the park. More time is spent in actually preparing it than there is in actually Easter egg hunting," Andresen said. "The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. We all meet at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning and go into the business of hiding the eggs and setting up the games, getting the different age group locations set up."
A number of cool prizes will be secreted away in a number of the eggs, Andresen added.
"Some of the eggs are going to have little prize slips in them, some of them will have candy in them, some of them will have little different colored dots in them and that is kind of special surprise. It's something we haven't really done before. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but kids that collect those dots are in for a treat," Andresen said.
Andresen also suggested that hunters wear jackets on the off chance there is cold weather.
"It will probably be a little bit chilly out at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, but just on the off chance that we have rain or snow or some sort of inclement weather, we all meet at the multi-purpose room at the school," Andresen said. "We had a pretty good crowd last year even though we had to do it indoors. Weather does not seem to stop the kids from wanting to get eggs. It's looks like it's going to be a perfect day for an Easter Egg hunt."