Kids comb Blaine, Spring Lake Park for Easter eggs

Nearly 1,000 kids looked high and low for Easter eggs in Blaine and Spring Lake Park April 12.

Blaine’s Easter egg hunt, put on by the Blaine Parks and Recreation Department, drew 650 kids to Airport Park at 10 a.m.

Sisters Hailey, 3, and Emily Lund, 1, sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap after the egg hunt. Photos by Olivia Koester
Sisters Hailey, 3, and Emily Lund, 1, sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap after the egg hunt. Photos by Olivia Koester

Half an hour later, the park was nearly deserted, and all 6,000 eggs were gone.

A number of eggs were “golden eggs.” They contained golden coins that kids could redeem for stuffed bunny toys.

Kaia Bollmeier, 4, of Blaine, looked up at her dad incredulously as she opened each egg, then paused to appreciate her candy haul. After opening several eggs, to speed up the process, dad Jeff Bollmeier told her that there would likely be candy in every one.

Griffin Schlichting, 2, of Ham Lake, had to be convinced to greet the Easter Bunny. With a little nudge from mom and encouragement from sister Sydney, 4, he managed to smile while mom took a photo.

Spring Lake Park held its first Easter egg hunt, co-sponsored by the SLP Parks and Recreation Department and Lions.

Three hundred kids rooted through different areas of the park. Children ages 2-4 hunted first for eggs in plain sight. Next, 5-7 year olds searched for eggs that were hidden a little more cleverly. Finally, the oldest age group, 8-12, had a chance to gather eggs.

When Aaron Breedlove, 8, of Mounds View, finished collecting eggs, he saw a girl walking away from the park who hadn’t found any herself. He offered some of his, and she walked away grinning.

Chad and Carrie Sogge weren’t going to be able to spend Easter with their kids, Cheyenne, Eden and Wyatt, when the children went to spend the holiday with their other set of parents, the Sogges said. Having the hunt the weekend before Easter allowed them to have their own celebration a week early, Chad Sogge said.

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Approximately 650 kids scramble to fill their baskets will eggs at Airport Park in Blaine April 12. Kaia Bollmeier, 4, of Blaine, is surprised to find candy in her egg. Each and every one will have candy, her dad told her. Trinity Reinsch-Johnson, 6, of Blaine surveys her loot. Brothers Leo, 4, and Henry Milner, 3, hold up their bunnies, prizes they received for finding golden eggs. The two were chilly and ready to go home. Stephanie Schlichting tries to convince her son, Griffin, 2, to pose for a picture with the Easter Bunny, while her daughter, Sydney, 4, watches. The Bunny gives Griffin a thumbs up to further encourage him. Kids ages 2-4 are off and running in Spring Lake Park’s first Easter egg hunt, co-sponsored by the SLP Parks and Recreation Department and Lions April 12. Alison Moody, 3, of Blaine, finds a pink Easter egg at Lakeside Lions Park. Casey Lundberg, of Blaine, helps her son, Max, 2, open his eggs. Alyssa Silver takes a selfie with the Easter Bunny and her daughter, Norah, 2. Plucking an egg off of the tree, Evelyn Quito, 6, of Fridley, gathers eggs as quickly as she can. The oldest group of kids takes off to find as many eggs as possible Saturday afternoon.
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Stephanie Schlichting tries to convince her son, Griffin, 2, to pose for a picture with the Easter Bunny, while her daughter, Sydney, 4, watches. The Bunny gives Griffin a thumbs up to further encourage him.