Easter is fast approaching and with it comes many fun activities from making Easter baskets, to painting eggs, to the ever-enjoyable Easter egg hunt. Although Easter 2013 is not until March 31 and egg hunts can be conducted in backyards or even inside the house, some public parks have made an effort to host massive egg hunts that welcome local children to partake in the Easter festivities. Belmont State Park, located in North Babylon Long Island, is set to host just such an event and has been doing so for the past 20 years.
On Saturday March 23, 2013, between the hours of 12pm and 2pm the park will be hosting egg hunts with children sorted by age groups. According to the official park website:
“Egg hunts will be every 15 minutes, beginning at 12:15 pm. Children will be hunting for eggs in three groups; ages 4 and under; ages 5-6, and ages 7-9. This event is co-sponsored by radio stations WBAB (102.3FM) and WBLI (106.1FM), and the Natural Heritage Trust. In addition to the hunt, there will be a petting zoo, temporary tattoos, pony rides, environmental crafts, a visit by the Spring Bunny and more. All activities are free!”
For more information call 1-(631) 321-3510. You can also visit the website: http://nysparks.com/parks/88/details.aspx
Hunting for Easter eggs might not be educational but it provides an excellent opportunity to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Finding Easter eggs (and the delicious candies inside of them) is a delightful memory that children will not soon forget. By making happy memories one becomes a happier person and is subsequently more likely to be more self-assured and confident which ultimately leads to better self-efficacy and a greater ability to focus equaling a better student. Having fun is important for overall character development and holiday actives such as Easter egg hunts are a staple of many people’s childhoods. A day of activities such as those offered at Belmont State Park is certainly worth exploring, especially since it is free of charge.