March 28, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Long Island City will see two free Easter egg hunt events this Saturday, with both sites sharing about 25,000 decorated eggs.
Gantry Park will host its ninth annual massive egg hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. on March 31, with time slots divided by age. The first group, for 2 and 3 year olds and crawlers, will hunt for eggs at 10:30 a.m., with the 4 to 5 year old group following at 11 a.m. The final group, for children ages 6 to 10, will start the hunt at 11:30 a.m. Festivities, however, will begin at 10 a.m. and go through midday.
At the Queensbridge Park, where the egg hunt is in its fifth year, the hunting will begin at 2:30 p.m. for children under 3, including crawlers. At 3 p.m., children ages 4 to 10 will be up to hunt. The festivities here, however, will begin at 2 p.m. and go on until 3:30 p.m.
Renew Queens, the non-profit that co-organized the events with Wellspring Church, says this year will see expanded activities to be able to cater to more people.
“We’ll have live music, carnival games, face painting, and the Easter bunny,” said Seth Bazacas, Executive Director of Renew Queens.
Those interested in the egg hunts must register online prior to the event, as walk up registration is prohibited. No registration is required for the rest of the festival’s activities.
Bazacas says the event is a great way to bring families, children, and local businesses together. A group of local volunteers, for example, have helped stuff goody bags and organize the event, while local businesses helped provide funds for the day.
“It’s by and for the neighborhood,” Bazacas said.
Volunteers are still needed for Saturday’s events. To sign up, visit the Queens Easter Festival’s page.