Easter egg hunt 're-do' scheduled in St. Albans

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A belated Easter egg hunt for children is scheduled for Saturday at St. Albans City Park. File photo

If you can’t have the Bunny, then why not bring in the Bat?

In lieu of the Easter Bunny appearing as the star of the show, the Batman is expected to be on hand for a better-late-than-never Easter egg hunt hoping (though not hopping this year) to happen this Saturday at St. Albans City Park.

Hosted by the St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department, a “re-do” egg hunt, canceled over the Easter season due to the sweeping COVID-19 pandemic quarantine restrictions, is slated to take place on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. at the park.

Plenty of eggs will be hidden in a designated area of the park. Prizes will be given out to participants in each age group (listed below). Candy will be available for the youths as well.

“We’re not going to put candy in the eggs, because of the heat and the candy melting,” St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Kevin Pennington explained in a telephone interview. “We’ll have bags of candy for everyone afterward, instead.”

The times for respective age groups for Saturday’s hunt are:

• 3-4-year-olds: 10 to 10:30 a.m.

• 5-6-year-olds: 10:30 to 11 a.m.

• 7-9-year-olds: 11 to 11:30 a.m.

• 10-12-year-olds: 11:30 a.m. to noon

• Special needs youths: Noon to 12:15 p.m.

Arriving in his Batmobile, Batman is scheduled to appear at the event as well, to meet and greet and egg on the young hunters and their families.

To adhere to social distancing guidelines, groups of 20 to 25 individuals will be permitted at one time in the egg hunt area, although that is subject to change; if there are more children in a certain age group, another opportunity will be made to accommodate them. Masks are not mandatory, but participants are allowed to wear them if they wish.

Egg hunt organizers said Saturday’s event may be altered or canceled if current social distancing regulations change this week. Updates are available on the St. Albans Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page.

St. Albans City Park is located at 931 Observatory Drive in St. Albans.