Thousands of kids and parents hippity-hopped to Shore Road Park on April 13 for the 12th annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge).
Organizers scattered some 6,000 eggs — stuffed with small candies or prizes, or tickets to win big Easter baskets — around the greenspace, and let more than 1,000 children search for them.
“There wasn’t one kid who went out there and couldn’t find at least three or four eggs,” said Chip “Festival Guy” Cafiero, who oversaw the event with help from the Fort Hamilton High School Reserve Officer Training Corps. “It was packed, really mobbed.”
But there was more to the six-hour egg-stravaganza than finding plastic-shelled prizes. Kids got their faces painted, went on rides, and even saw the Easter Bunny.
Twelve tots participated in the new Easter Bonnet Contest, adorning straw hats, baseball caps, and even paper bags with rabbit and egg designs — with three taking home prize Easter baskets.
Cafiero said that every child at the event was smiling.
“If you look at the kids faces, just out there finding eggs,” said Cafiero. “They get so excited.”
But no one was more pleased than Golden himself.
“What a great day and what a great event,” he said. “The hundreds of families who joined us at Shore Road Park were part of an extraordinary community event, and I am already looking forward to next year.”