Baskets, bunnies and bonnets galore – sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Easter a little early.
Children searched high and low at during its annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning. Dozens of children of all ages eagerly looked around the nursery, filling their baskets with some of the hundreds of eggs hidden in trees, bushes and other plants.
A few lucky kids discovered three of the coveted “golden eggs.” The winners received a gift basket from filled with candy and Easter themed items. All of the children who participated walked away with their own basket full of found eggs, courtesy of the nursery. Prior to the egg hunt, parents had the opportunity to take pictures of their children with the Easter Bunny.
John Nunnenkamp, the manager of the garden center at , said that they have been doing the Easter egg hunt “for many years.”
“It is just our way to give back to the community and get involved with all of the children in the area," he said. "They just love to come…We just love to see the smiles on their faces. Mr. and Mrs. Cipriano started this a long time ago and we just wanted to continue in the tradition.”
Originally cancelled on Saturday due to inclement weather, families came out in full force on Sunday to enjoy the holiday tradition.
“The kids seem to like it,” Nunnenkamp continued. “We basically love to, weather pending, just get everyone together and get involved and kind of give back in a way. It is just a fun event.”
Debbie Soldner, of East Meadow, who brought her three young children along, said that this was their first time at the egg hunt.
“It is usually when we can’t make it,” Soldner said. “Like yesterday [my daughter] had soccer, so it worked out that it rained.”
East Meadow resident Shelini Delrosario said she came because “it is a tradition now" for her family.
“We moved into the neighborhood two years ago and we attended last year – a lot of fun,” Delrosario added. “This is the first time for the little one -- he is going to be three – so we brought him along just to take a look and meet the Easter Bunny and have a good time.
Adrienne Sinnott, of East Meadow, said her six-year-old daughter woke up early this morning saying that she wanted to go to the Easter egg hunt.
“She was all excited,” Sinnott added.
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