An egg-cellent time in Marine Park

An egg-cellent time in Marine Park
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Hundreds of kids celebrated the holidays with an Easter egg hunt at Marine Park on March 28.

Temperature dipped down to the mid-30s but the frigid weather didn’t stop the temperate tykes from enjoying the festivities.

“The kids don’t feel it,” said Chris Ward, who attended the hunt with his children Thomas and Victoria.

The kids, who were bundled up in their winter attire, searched high and low in the park for the colorful eggs, which were stuffed with tickets that the youngsters could redeem for prizes. There was a limit of five eggs per child, but one father said he was just grateful that there were any prizes at all.

“You gotta appreciate it for what it is,” said Joe D’Arrigo, who brought his son Joey to the event. “It is free — it doesn’t cost us any money as parents.”

Eager for eggs: Victoria Ward drops an egg into her basket.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), who sponsored the event, enjoyed seeing the kids’ faces when they collected their hard-earned prizes, according to his spokesman.

“The senator was as excited as the children as he greeted them when they claimed their prize,” said spokesman John Quaglione.

After the hunt, kids played on the inflatable toys in the park, including a bouncy house and an obstacle course.

D’Arrigo said the day was a great way to get his son excited about the approaching visit from his fuzzy friend.

“He is really looking forward with all the stuff for the Easter Bunny — he is going to be here next week,” he said.

Teamwork time: Keri Kaplan and her daughter Olivia Cutrone hunt for eggs together.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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