BRISTOL – Families hopped over to Indian Rock Nature Preserve’s Easter Egg Hunt in droves this Good Friday for a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and win prizes.
It was a warm day with clear skies Friday as children scampered into the apple orchards in search of Easter eggs to fill their baskets. The eggs could then be turned in for a variety of toys and gifts. The day also offered craft activities, ring toss and other games, face painting and opportunities to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
“It went great,” said Scott Heth, executive director of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, which includes the Indian Rock Nature Preserve and Barnes Nature Center. “It was a beautiful day, we had a great crowd and we saw a lot of smiling kids. It was a great start to Easter.”
Heth said that over 500 children and their parents came to Indian Rock throughout the day. Indian Rock Nature Preserve was decorated with trees adorned with cutouts of colorful eggs and signs saying “Bunny Xing.” There were also standing boards where children could put their faces in holes to look like they had the bodies of chickens, pigs or cows.
Krista Katsoras brought her seven-year-old son, Bodhi and 19-month-old daughter, Mira to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
“We’re having a good time with the bun-buns,” said Bohdi.
Tricia Carson, who came to Indian Rock with her seven-year-old son, Luca and four-year-old son, Gino, said that the kids had a great time at the Easter Egg Hunt.
“We got a bunch of Easter eggs and went to the gift shop to get a bunny,” said Luca. “We also got to go to the farm and see the animals, play Flamingo ring toss and we made a wreath at the arts and crafts table. We also did dart throwing.”
Dan Race and his wife, Gail also brought their grandchildren, Landon, 3, and Josie, 6.
“We had a great time,” Race said. “The kids got their face painted and they got to hunt for Easter eggs and win a prize at the end. It was good fun for everyone.”
One of the highlights, Race said, was when the children visited the farm at the nature preserve.
“They loved seeing the farm animals,” he said. “They tried to talk to the sheep and cows, saying ‘baa’ and ‘moo’ and telling me that they spoke their language.”
Shakeemah Winter and her husband, Matt, brought their one-year-old son, Mav, to Indian Rock for the Easter activities.
“He’s a covid baby so he’s not used to being outside, but he’s very observant and he’s taking it all in,” said Winter. “It was a good time. It was a beautiful day so it was an excellent experience being able to bring him here to enjoy being outdoors.”
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