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Egg hunts, inflatables, more at Raleigh Easter

Posted April 2, 2010

There are several egg hunts this weekend. But the three-year-old Raleigh Easter is turning into one of the largest.

The event is expected to draw as many as 4,000 people to Moore Square Saturday for an Easter egg hunt, inflatables, live music and more.

Ethan Perkins, event director and kids director at the church Vintage21, said he decided to double the number of colorful eggs to 10,000 this year, though even that number will likely disappear pretty quickly at the event's four scheduled egg hunts.

"We probably could do two million eggs and it wouldn't be enough," Perkins told me.

The event runs 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be four different egg hunts with zones for different ages at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. New this year will be a special zone for special needs kids.

The four egg hunts can get pretty crazy, Perkins said. "It's sectioned off so it's not such a crazy place to be."

At noon, Perkins will read the traditional Easter story on the stage. But, he added, "there's no hidden agenda. It's just a way for our church to give back and love on the city."

The event is free. Food and face painting will be available for purchase.

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  • anon1 Apr 5, 2010

    Terrible egg hunt on Saturday. Completely disorganized, my 2.5 year old didn't get any eggs. There were way to many kids in each section and not close to enough eggs available. Horrible set up too, big circle of people being funneled through one little entry area. We went to an egg hunt the weekend before Easter in Fuquay and it was way more organized than the Downtown Raleigh party. While the bluegrass band was nice, the park was just to small an area for that amount of people and the information about what to do, where to go etc was seriously lacking. Will not be back next year

  • sff809 Apr 3, 2010

    Chenlilu and UNC1ecu. I am so sorry your children didn't get eggs. I volunteered, and we tried very hard to love on the kids and make sure every single one got at least 3 eggs. I am so sorry we missed your children. We'd love a chance to do better for you. Please come to our Easter Service tomorrow at Vintage21 church and let us show you how well we can love you. There are services at 9:30 and 11:30, 5:00 and 7:00, with childcare provided. If not, please come back next year. The Vintage21 Kids Team is always planning and tweaking this very new, entirely volunteer staffed event. I know they'll use your feedback to do better.

  • chenliliu3 Apr 3, 2010

    Also - try telling three little kids who don't get any eggs in an egg hunt that there are balloons and music as a replacement. Big deal. That doesn't help. Just frustrated.

  • chenliliu3 Apr 3, 2010

    My three kids did not get an Easter egg either (none of them did) - I felt bad for them and told them we would have an egg hunt at home. The littlest one cried. And yes, I did see MANY other kids who did not get even one egg either. Better off doing it in your own yard at home. This was a waste of time.

  • tyler2 Apr 3, 2010

    unc1ecu,
    We are sorry that happened! We held 16 separate egg hunts with over 10,000 eggs given away. We realized in planning, that it is hard to guess how many people will come to a free event so we hosted the inflatables, balloons, live music and Frisbees hoping to ensure a good time. Again, we are sorry that your child did not get an egg.

    Tyler Jones

  • unc1ecu Apr 3, 2010

    Dont bother to go to this 'egg hunt'. My daughter just went and only got ONE egg, and that one was given to her by some nice person who saw that she and MANY other kids got NONE. Downtown Raleigh is a long way to go from Wake Forest to get no Easter Eggs! If the city is going to have an Easter Egg Hunt, then plan it right, so that all of the kids at least get something.