Children of all ages searched for roughly 15,000 eggs during Murrieta's annual Spring EGGstravaganza Saturday at Town Square Park.
Various age groups took turns hunting the eggs filled with candy, gift certificates and other prizes during 15-minute intervals. Along with the egg hunts, the event featured a smaller area designated for children 2 and younger and those with special needs, the Easter Bunny and a petting zoo.
“It is such a great idea to separate the kids by ages,” said Menifee resident Angel Warner, who brought her 6-year-old son Xander to the event. “I worried about him trampling the younger kids, but I also worried the older kids would trample him.”
Warner wasn’t the only one impressed with the Spring EGGstravaganza. Many in attendance enjoyed the open space Town Square Park provided while still maintaining a small-town feel.
“It does not seem as crowded as other egg hunts in the area,” said Murrieta resident Janell Gardner, who came with her husband and two children, Tavin, 6, and Taylor, 9. “It feels more close-knit and community-oriented.”
While the egg hunt and candy topped many of the children’s “best part” lists, the true meaning of the event was not lost on them.
“I like the candy and getting the eggs, but I also like getting to spend time with my family,” Tavin said.
Murrieta's Parks and Recreation Department was on hand for residents who wanted to learn more about the various classes and programs the city has to offer.
For more information on upcoming events or classes offered through the Parks and Recreation Department, visit www.murrieta.org.