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Raleigh plans second round of healthy, candy-free egg hunts

Posted March 31

Kids have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny following the Pullen Park Egg Hunt Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013.  The annual event is held for children ages 10 and under with the eggs containing healthy snacks and other prizes.  (Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati)

When Raleigh parks holds its slew of egg hunts on April 12, kids won't be filling their baskets with sugary treats.

For the second year, the city will continue to provide healthier snack options and prizes instead of candy for its annual egg hunts at 10 parks across the city this year. The switch is part of the city's efforts to emphasize the importance of physical activity and healthy eating.

In addition to the healthy snacks and prizes, a portion of the eggs will be "Eco Eggs," which are made of plant instead of petroleum-based materials. They also are BPA free, have 100 percent renewable content and are fully compostable after use, a press release says. 

At last year's egg hunts, kids took home stickers, tattoos, erasers, bubbles, crayons, finger puppets and bouncy balls. Some eggs had pretzels, Goldfish crackers or fruit snacks. 

For more Easter fun, check Go Ask Mom's Easter event database.

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  • Fireflies Rock Apr 1, 4:58 p.m.

    Easter egg hunt without candy?! I'm glad my kids are not young anymore and missing out on a real egg hunt! Really, this will make up for anyone's poor eating habits? Pooh.

  • IndependentAmerican Apr 1, 3:28 p.m.

    Perfect! Let them eat Tofu...after all what are traditions if not made to be broken.