Two Easter egg hunts were held in Hoboken last Saturday for area tykes. Hoboken Grace hosted its seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt on Mama Johnson Field, an event that draws thousands. Uptown at Columbus Park, the Hoboken Family Alliance held their 18th annual hunt.
On Mama Johnson field, organizers hid over 30,000 candy-filled eggs for two scheduled hunts. Festivities also included four moon bounces, face painting, field games, arts and crafts, and four Easter rabbits for children to take pictures with.
According to Director of Community Outreach for Hoboken Grace Anthony Reiner, the committee of about 10 people starts planning in December for the event. He said it “has gotten bigger every year and has had some challenges.”
“This is actually the second year we have added a second hunt to accommodate the crowds,” said Reiner.
Attendees had to preregister.
“Preregistration is really because we don’t want to overcrowd everybody,” said Reiner. “Two years ago when we had one hunt only we hit really big capacity, and that’s when we really had to start to figure out how to make everybody comfortable in the hunt area and make sure this is a fun experience for everyone. And that’s why we added the second hunt.”
According to Reiner, each hunt saw roughly 2,500 participants. And while the hunt is the main event, children could enjoy other activities as well.
“I got so many eggs.” –Amelia, 5
The extra activities were added over the years, according to Reiner, because the hunt itself lasts such a short period of time.
“It’s a pretty cool endeavor we’ve got going on here, but you’ll be surprised as soon as the hunt starts, they will find the eggs, and it will be done in 5 to 10 minutes. It’s amazing,” said Reiner.
This year it took children nine minutes to find the 15,000 eggs amongst the hay during the 11 a.m. hunt.
“I got so many eggs,” said Amelia, age 5. “Lots of blue ones.”
“We just want everyone to get together and enjoy themselves,” said Reiner.
In their 18th annual egg hunt at Columbus Park, children were able to find the faux eggs and turn them in for a bag of goodies, allowing for the eggs to be reused.
Children could also pose with bunnies and spring themed props created by the Hoboken High School art department.
Participants could also hop in the bunny-hop and compete in egg races.
Marilyn Baer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.