Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
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Hernando Today correspondent
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Round up the kids for a glorious Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

To find a special golden egg.

Over 10,000 eggs are just waiting to be found at the annual Easter egg hunt at the park. And over several hundred kids are expected to come out to find them.

Susan Strawbridge, park services specialist at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, said,

“Children will be divided into three age groups, children ages 1 through 4 years, children ages 5 through 8 years, and children 9 through 12 years. For each age group, we hide one gold egg and one silver egg. The finders of these eggs win a cash prize of $100 for gold and $50 for silver.”

The plastic eggs that the children find will then be redeemed for a variety of Easter candy.

Costumed characters, including the Easter Bunny, Rocky and Rosie, the manatees, Priscilla, the panther, Biddie, the bear, and Terrence, the turtle, will be on hand to encourage the kids. Moms and dads, be sure to bring the camera to take photos of the Easter Bunny and costumed characters with the kids, showing off their proud accomplishment in finding all the eggs.

Strawbridge said, “The children and the adults are so excited and have so much fun! There is no charge for the children to participate in the Easter egg hunt. They love being able to meet and have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny and other costumed characters.”

The Easter Egg Hunt at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The egg hunt will be held on the green located near the park’s visitor parking area, located at 4150 South Suncoast Boulevard (U.S. Hwy. 19) in Homosassa. Children age 12 and under are welcomed and should bring their own Easter egg baskets. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is free. For more information, contact the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park at (352) 628-5343 or visit floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/events.cfm.

Kids can also search for candy and prize-filled Easter eggs at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park’s “Eggs in the Park” event on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Kristin Wood, administrative assistant at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, said that last year, “the kids loved searching for the eggs, and a few eggs were “hidden” to make it a bit more challenging. After the event families can take advantage of the free park entry to picnic, hike the trails or visit the museum.”

Prizes, such as games, books, gift certificates, or scholarships to the park’s summer day camps, will be awarded to the winner of each age group who finds the most eggs or finds special designated eggs. Children should bring their own Easter egg baskets to this free event. The Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located at 7200 Battlefield Drive (County Road 603) in Bushnell, at exit #314 off of I-75. For more information, contact the park at (352) 793-4781 or visit floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield/events.cfm.


Heather Francis is a correspondent for Hernando Today. She can be reached at toheatherfrancis (at) gmail.com.

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