Huntington Beach Easter Egg Hunt Annual Event Central Park

The annual Easter Egg Hunt in Huntington Beach's Central Park is sponsored the Kiwanis, and City of Huntington Beach Parks and Recreation Department. The event is free, and offers fun for youngsters.


Parents have to contain their pride and eagerness to help their kids get some prize candy in the annual Huntington Beach Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park. Held in the huge grassy lawns of park on the west side of Golden West Street next to Lake Huntington, the attendance is huge, with an estimated 5,000 people attending. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club Huntington Beach, the City of HB promotes the event, distributing information in the Sands event guide.  Other beach cities along the California coast hosting Easter Hunts include Encinitas, where Easter Eggs are hidden in the grass.


Parents dress their kids in cute attire such as derbies for the boys, and Easter bonnets or sun hats for the girls. Face painting, food booths and other simple pleasures are offered at this fun event that  allows children to run and grab candy in wrappers sprinkled on the lawns of the park, where real bunnies live. During the event, the rabbits reportedly hide, clear of the fierce competition to run and grab the prize. Bringing baskets, buckets and bags, children aged 0 to 8 are invited to come and participate in this annual event that's been around for decades.


Many years, Huntington Beach's beauty queens selected in a competition in February get one of their first opportunities to get out and meet the public. Showing up looking very pretty, the young ladies meet and greet children who are most interested in the hunt but are entertained by the young women while they wait.


What's so special about this event is the community spirit that goes into purchasing several thousand pounds of candy, the volunteerism of the Kiwanis, the participation of City members who distribute information and help the event go smoothly, and the opportunity for kids ranging from tourists to local residents to enjoy the outdoors, and hunt for candy in the roped arena where they are free to roam under the guarded watch of their parents.


Volunteer Chris MacDonald of Huntington Beach helped at a recent event and supplied the photos on our web site. MacDonald said there were thousands of people attending and the work was strenuous, with the goal to quickly spread big, heavy bags of candy while eager children waited, held only by a thin plastic flag rope. "It was a wonderful experience watching the excitement of the little kids, but a toss up of who was more excited, the parents or the kids," he said.

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