Video: Kids hunt for eggs in Lakeside Lions Park

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Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

While youngsters toddled blissfully toward colorful eggs sprinkled on the Lakeside Lions Park softball field in Spring Lake Park, older kids strategized how they might fill their bags with as many eggs as possible.

Several boys reached a consensus that they would run past the eggs scattered near the starting line because everyone would go for those.

Separate egg hunts were scheduled for children 2-4, 5-7 and 8 and up.

Held back by caution tape, the oldest group of kids was itching to fly across the park.

“How many more minutes?” a young girl asked. When the reply was 15 minutes, she was incredulous; it might as well have been forever.

“We are very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very impatient,” a young boy told Spring Lake Park Lions Club volunteers, who ran the afternoon egg hunts with the Spring Lake Park Parks and Recreation Department for a fourth consecutive year.

Eventually kids were given the OK to take off, and the ground was cleaned up in a flash.

Most eggs were filled with candy, but a lucky few received a wooden nickel, allowing them to redeem a larger prize basket.

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Kyra Lee, 3, bags an egg at the Spring Lake Park’s fourth annual Easter egg hunt in Lakeside Lions Park. Haley Smith, 2, masters the concept of collecting Easter eggs in her first ever hunt and manages to collect a basketful. Rick Frith tries to convince son Grant Frith, 2, that Easter egg hunts are fun. Grant’s twin brother, Clark, not pictured, had the time of his life. Bentley Bergerson, 4, surveys his Easter egg haul. Boys in the 5-7 age group plot out their course before being given the OK to start collecting eggs. Hunter An, 5, finds a Twix candy bar inside a green egg. Tyler Textor helps his daughters Emily, 6, and Lauren, 4, sort through their eggs. Joseph Quevedo, 6 months, peers up curiously at the Easter Bunny while his big brother Carlos, 6, stands smiling by the bunny’s side. Kids in the oldest age group, 8 and up, are off and running, ready to scoop up as many eggs as they can carry.
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Rick Frith tries to convince son Grant Frith, 2, that Easter egg hunts are fun. Grant’s twin brother, Clark, not pictured, had the time of his life.