A little hunting, a little reading – local Easter activities take shape

by Linda Hubbard on April 3, 2012

There are two local Easter egg hunts, both scheduled for Saturday, April 7. The City of Menlo Park hosts a free event at Burgess Park that starts at 10:00 am when the Bunny arrives, the bounce houses open, and the crafts begin. Egg hunts take place by age group beginning with the two and under set at 10:30, continuing in 15-minute increments up to ages 7-8. Kids can take a ride on Old Tom the firetruck and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

At Holbrook-Palmer Park, the Atherton Dames are hosting their annual hunt. Gates to the Park open at 9:30 am, and the hunt begins promptly at 10:15 am. There’s also live entertainment with Gerald the Magician and photos with the Easter Bunny. The event, for children third grade and younger, costs $10 per person for adults and children over 12 months.

Books to read to young ones waiting for the Bunny to arrive

Librarian Lauren John suggests these books for getting into the spirit of Easter and Spring, available locally at libraries and Kepler’s: “First off, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss isn’t really Easter themed, but it has a strong environmental message and the film is a hit, so this should work for kids of all ages.

Easter egg hunt in Menlo ParkPat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt  is a small ‘board book’ that has touch-and-feel textured pages with items that feel like fur and cotton tails. This is the first book I always buy for newborns. It came out in 1940 and has sold over seven million copies.

“Another  oldie but goodie — great for toddlers — is The Runaway Bunny, a board book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, who has redrawn some of his pictures for the latest edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny’s imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.

“With more of a spring than Easter them, there are those adorable ducklings in Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky, especially appealing to transplanted New Englanders as the the ducks walk around Beacon Hill and the Boston Public Gardens.

“A newer book is 10 Easter Hug Hunters by Janel Schulman, where kids are challenged to find the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden in time for the Easter Parade.”

Girl with Easter bunny in Menlo Park

Two top photos by Chris Gulker, taken in 2010 at Menlo Park egg hunt; bottom photo taken at 2011 hunt.

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