Four sports fields at the School Age Services on Fort Stewart were filled with thousands of eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Just as many people were there to partake in the hunt, and other fun games held Saturday.
The hunt was divided into age groups 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10. This is where the chaos began. Parents were only going to be allowed on the field with their children in the 0-2 group. The plan was for the other groups to have the children line up around the field and go find eggs while the parents stood outside the fence. Well, that plan failed miserably.
First, as a parent, I was very uncomfortable watching my child be led away to the far end of a field while I was stuck behind many adults, rubbernecking it to see where she had gone. Then other parents began to trickle in to the field, which led to others and eventually all parents were on the field. I heard them yelling no parents on the field, but it was useless at that point. I found my daughter in the crowd, but many parents stood around desperately looking for theirs. Many parents said that this was not okay, and I agree. There has to be a better way than what I can only describe as pandemonium.
Nobody seemed too out of sorts, and after the egg hunt the crowd descended upon the other festivities set up. The Easter Bunny was on hand for photographs, and a fire truck was also set up for tours and photo opportunities. There were games such as the ring toss, egg relay and fishing. Bounce houses, and the bounce slide were big hits with exceptionally long lines.
This year, the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division also had its second annual Earth Day Festival, along side the festivities. There were games, and a play put on about the importance of recycling.
Besides the crowd, which is to be expected, and the temporary chaos, the weather was nice and there was plenty of food, and fun activities for the kids.