Annual Draper Easter egg hunt promises egg-cellent fun
The Easter Bunny is coming to Draper and bringing goodies with him. DraperCity’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held this year on March 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Galena Hills Park at 12452 South Galena Park Blvd. (550 West).
Special Events Coordinator Stefania Wilks said this year’s event will feature more than 20,000 eggs for children ages 0-12 to fill their baskets with. The event is free.
“Come rain or shine, the Easter egg hunt will kick off at 10 a.m. sharp,” she said. “This is always a very popular event, and we encourage families to arrive early to participate in the fun.”
To make this a fun event for all the children participating, Wilks said she will be setting up five different areas for children to find eggs, depending on age. The areas will be for children age 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and a separate area for special needs children of all ages and children younger than 1.
The Easter Bunny and some of his friends will be hopping around, visiting children and their families during the event.
Wilks said this is one of the most popular events that the city puts on and because of the response from Draper residents, it’s become a priority for the city.
This year’s event will be held at GalenaParkto give people enough space to move around comfortably. Wilks said in the past, parking has been an issue since the event is so popular, which is one of the reasons city officials decided to make the change to GalenaPark.
“This year, we’ve got plenty of parking to accommodate anyone that wants to come,” Wilks said. “This is one of the most well-attended events we have in the city. Plan to come early for a good parking spot and then just sit back and enjoy the egg hunt and character visits.”
In the past, the Draper Youth Council has helped in planning and executing the event. This year, the youth council will be helping out by setting up and assisting egg hunters, but didn’t have a hand in planning it. Wilks said large events like this were a challenge for the council to plan in addition to the other projects it works on.
Wilks said she relies on volunteers such as the youth council to help out during large events like the Easter Egg Hunt. Volunteers save Draper City money, and it’s a way to connect with other members of the community, she said.
“It’s wonderful to have the Draper Youth Council and the other people that volunteer to help out,” she said. “We’re always on the look-out for people willing to help us celebrate our city.”