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Eggs-travagant kids festival set for Saturday

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2006-04-15

More than 10,000 Easter eggs filled with candy are the prime drawing cards for kids this weekend at Camp Foster’s Field House Complex.

Marine Corps Community Services is staging the extravaganza, a day-long festival for kids of all ages. Four Easter egg hunts will give youngsters a chance to find eggs not only filled with chocolates, but with special prizes or tickets redeemable for toys and games. Organizers say lucky eggs could be worth entire Easter baskets filled with goodies, Barbie Dolls, Hot Wheels, Game Boys, bicycles, portable CD players, and even PlayStation 2 game consoles.

A $5 entry fee per child opens the day’s excitement with game booths, amusement rides and participation in the Easter Egg Hunt. Organizers emphasize that “all inclusive” means just that; there are no extra charges for kids to enter the bouncy, trip their way down the tiger slide, climb a ‘rock wall’ or enjoy airplane and parachute rides. The festival runs 10am~6pm.

Four Easter Egg Hunts are scheduled, with participation by ages. Children 1-3 will start at 11am, followed by youngsters 4-7 at 12:30pm. Eight- to ten-year-olds will search for eggs at 2pm, while those 11-15 will enter the hunt at 3:30pm.

Mr. Bunny will be wandering the festival grounds throughout the day, giving goodies to good boys and girls. MCCS promises plenty of fun games, free face painting, cotton candy and clowns giving away balloons. Mr. Bunny and MCCS remind participants to remember to bring a big basket to collect the eggs.

A family trip to Club Med Ishigaki is being provided by Club Med Kabira. It’ s the grand prize for the day, with the drawing to be conducted in the afternoon. The event is sponsored, in part, by Verizon, Club Med Kabira, Usborne Books and Mattel.

MCCS says the Easter Egg Hunt is one way it is recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child, showing kids how much their sacrifices are appreciated as they support their military parents. All children with valid SOFA ID, and their bona fide guests, may participate in the day’s activities. No pets, outside food, bottles or coolers will be allowed.

Further information is available from MCCS Special Events, 645-5827 or 645-5828.

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