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No joke: the Easter bunny will still come this weekend


The other day I was thinking about how great it would be if adults got to have a Spring Break. Just take a week off and party or head to the coast and sit on a beach or do some spring skiing.

But then the question popped up in my head: If all the adults were on Spring Break, who would be working to run the things and places we want to enjoy? It couldn’t be the kids, they are on Spring Break, too. Then I pictured millions of hungry, thirsty, sad people wearing shorts and sandals sitting at home yearning for robots to open the restaurants and bars. Yeah, we aren’t going to be getting a week-long adult Spring Break from reality any time soon, are we?

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the weekend, especially this coming one if you have kids. Easter is upon us and there’s one awesome event here in Golden that has become an annual tradition.

By now we have all heard someone mention that Easter is going to fall on April Fool’s Day this year, and jokes about not hiding eggs but sending the kids out to look for them anyway have been the chuckle of the past month. But, fear not, there will be a real Easter Egg hunt scheduled for this year, too.

The Golden Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 31, in Parfet Park. The event is sponsored by the Golden Kiwanis Club. On the morning of the hunt, Kiwanians (yes, that‘s what they call themselves), along with members of the youth groups they sponsor, will be hiding thousands of plastic eggs filled with goodies all over the park. The hunt areas will be divided into age groups, which is a nice touch, so the little ones don’t get trampled and run over by the older kids. Once the bell rings, they’re off!

OK, now this is a fun and exciting event, but be aware of something before you make plans to attend. I don’t want parents to spend the rest of the day with miserable kids because they messed up.

The event time is actually posted on the calendar as happening from 10 a.m. to 10:03 a.m. That’s right, it’s a three-minute event. In reality, it probably won’t even last that long. Even though they hide thousands of eggs, they also have a lot of kids looking for them and it doesn’t take very long for all the eggs to get scooped up. So if you think this thing is going to go on all morning, forget about it.

Get there at least a half hour ahead of time.

Remember, you need to find a place to park, walk the kids over there and have a few minutes to sort out the situation. You don’t want to see those shocked looks kids get when they arrive somewhere five minutes too late and realize they missed the whole thing. Trust me. If that happens you’ll be hearing about it for the next six months. Maybe longer. My wife still talks about the time her dad got the kids to a similar thing too late and she missed it. That happened almost 50 years ago. Get there early.

Also, remember this is going to be a scramble in the grass and bushes in a park. Dress your kids appropriately. It’s happening on the Saturday before Easter, so they don’t need to be wearing their Sunday-best clothes to the event.

If your kids like to dress up in some kind of costume, like a bunny or whatever, make sure they can move around easily and see well enough to have fun participating. Also make sure they are wearing shoes they can comfortably run in. Flip flops will end up scattered all over the starting line.

Parfet Park is at 701 Washington Ave. at the corner of Washington Avenue and 10th Street in downtown Golden. Parking is available in several places nearby as well as on the streets close to the park.

After the Easter Egg Hunt, you will want to head downtown because a lot of the merchants are sponsoring events that will add to the fun and excitement.

It’s just a short walk across the bridge and there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. It should be a great day to make a family adventure out of a visit to downtown Golden.

And, yes, there will be adults there working, and everything will be open becauss we don’t get a Spring Break!

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com.


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