Upper Arlington News

Annual candy hunt slated April 19


The Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and Upper Arlington Civic Association will bring the Easter bunny to town as part of an annual candy hunt in Thompson Park.

For more than three decades, the city and UACA have partnered to spread some Easter-themed cheer with a candy hunt for children age 9 and younger.

This year, the hunt will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Thompson Park.

"We will begin promptly at 10 a.m.," said Tim Lauer, UACA Easter second-year director. "Children are divided up into four different age groups -- 2 and under, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 9 years and a special needs child area.

"Each age group is in a specific area of Thompson Park and there will be large circles marked out," he said. The children will line up around that perimeter and then as we signal the start of the event at 10 a.m., the children will all race to collect as much candy and prize eggs as possible."

Lauer added that for each age group, there will be one "golden egg."

"The child that finds that egg will bring it to the shelter house and be rewarded with a special prize," he said. "To sum it up, (it's) 'the fastest 55 seconds in UA.' "

No registration is necessary and there is no fee.

Over the years, Lauer said, the event has grown to now attract an estimated 1,500 children annually.

"It is a fantastic family event that has become a great annual tradition for many," he said. "It is a great way for families to begin their Easter weekend, (and it's) an opportunity for kids to meet the Easter bunny and have fun."

Additional information about the 2014 Easter candy hunt is available on the city's website at uaoh.net, at the UACA website at uaca.org, or by calling 614-583-5300.

In the event of inclement weather or poor field conditions, candy will be passed out in a drive-through in the Thompson Park parking lot.