Swim your way to Easter eggs
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
BASALT, Colorado” How many times have you watched in horror as bigger kids on a regular Easter Egg hunt pushed their way to grab all the eggs and candy from smaller kids?
Katie Workman of Snowmass Village Parks and Recreation has a cure for all that. Last year she organized the first Underwater Easter egg hunt.
She organized traditional egg hunts in the past. But now with more resources, she decided to offer a new twist to the old event.
The Snowmass Village Recreation Department has a 64,000 gallon leisure pool with features including tumble buckets, spray arches, a waterfall, bubble rock, a down spout, and a water slide. All pools are outside and are salt water.
“I just thought, ‘How cool would that be, to use all these pools?'”
Last year, Katie purchased six dozen weighted eggs and scattered them in the different sections of the pools, appropriate to four age groups. She also put hundreds of plastic eggs in the pools.
Sixty to seventy children aged 8 months to 13 years participated in the first Underwater Easter Egg hunt.
Babies were in the baby pool, with their parents showing them how to discover the eggs. Older age categories searched for eggs in the other pools.
Katie believes the water helps promote a sense of fairness to the event.
“It was very interesting last year,” she said. “It was so much fun and all the kids seemed to really enjoy it.”
Obviously, the candy was not inside the eggs. Children took candy from egg baskets available after the event, and every child left with a prize.
This year, four grand prizes were donated by Weiner Dog Group for the winners who find golden eggs.
Katie heard parents commenting last year: “I can’t believe this!” “Where else would this happen? An outside, underwater Easter Egg Hunt in the snow? Only at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center!”
And a final memorable parental comment, “What a great turn out, our kids had a blast. … They didn’t want to get out of the water!”
For more information, call Snowmass Village Parks and Recreation at 922-2240.
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