A Very Special Easter Egg Hunt set for March 19 in Pelham

Published 4:13 pm Thursday, January 18, 2024

By RACHEL RAIFORD | Staff Writer

PELHAM – A Pelham Easter egg hunt will soon provide an opportunity for families that have children with disabilities to have a safe, fun space to celebrate the holiday among other community members.

On Tuesday, March 19, Pelham Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt for families with special needs children. The event will run from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at the Pelham Park football field.

This is a family-centered event with the focus being on active participation for children with disabilities or limitations. There will be an egg hunt for all ages, and siblings are also encouraged to attend and join in on the fun.

Alicia Walters, assistant director of Pelham Parks and Recreation, is excited to be able to offer an event catered to these families.

“Each year we have seen an increase in the families that participate,” Walters said. “This event is special, and we try to plan an event that is fun and comfortable for each child.”

In addition to the egg hunt, there will be crafts, a cake walk, face paint, games and prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance for photo opportunities. The eggs will not contain candy or treats to stay cautious of allergies, but they will hold toys and stickers.

In order to accommodate for everyone, there will also be eggs tied to balloons, so wheelchair users will be able to hunt independently.

“We will have lots of eggs and the kiddos will not be disappointed, Walters said. “We also have lots of ‘special’ eggs to be found with special prizes.”

Although the event is free, Pelham Parks and Recreation asks that participants register online or at the recreation center due to space being limited. Registration will begin on Friday, Feb. 2 and run through Friday, March 15.