42nd Santa Clara Easter Egg Hunt Not for Slow Pokes
Story and photos by Diane Andrews
At exactly 10 a.m., at the count of ten, City Councilmember Teresa O'Neill blew an air horn signaling the start of Santa Clara's 42nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park on April 15. An estimated 1,500 really cute kids aged three to eight bolted like race horses at the starting gate. They ran as if their lives depended on it towards pastel-colored plastic eggs scattered on the ground inside three gigantic, roped-off circles on the softball fields.
And in a flash–maybe 60 seconds max–thirteen thousand Easter eggs had all disappeared into Easter baskets. Inside the eggs were treasures such as erasers, fake silver coins and tattoos. To keep it fair, one circle of eggs was for kids three to four, one for five to six-year-olds and one for seven to eight-year-olds.
"It's a big crowd, and the kids do feel they really have to compete for the eggs, but [my daughter Anjali] seems to have a good time," said Cupertino resident Ranjini Krishnan.
"I got 14 eggs," said five-year-old Anya Malhotra from Sunnyvale, Anjali's new friend. "I feel happy because I got so many eggs and inside are toys."
"I want her to experience the Easter things," said Anya's mom, Giovanna Malhotra. "We're Buddhist."
In the grassy meadow area of Central Park, a fenced-in "bunny trail" for special needs kids and those two and under was a popular addition this year. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., six families at a time were admitted, allowing parents to assist their babies and toddlers.
"This is a well-thought out arrangement for families with kids under two," said Santa Clara resident Praveen Kumar, attending the Easter event with his wife, Swetha Kumar, and their six-month old daughter, Prajna.
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Story and photo by Maria Judnick
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