Pine cones and leaves were the targets of dozens for children who participated in the (Not So) Frosty Scavenger Hunt on Feb. 19 at Homestead Park in Hilliard.

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks changed the program's name on the fly from Frosty Scavenger Hunt after temperatures climbed to an unseasonably warm 70 degrees on Presidents Day, when Hilliard and other school districts were closed.

"We strive to offer activities on holidays and provide kids and families something to do," said Sarah Hunter, a Metro Parks naturalist.

Children were given a list of 16 items to locate in Homestead Park, including a pine cone, a worm, a leaf and, for more challenging sightings, a squirrel's nest and a bucket on a tree for collecting maple syrup.

Children completing the scavenger hunt picked from a selection of prizes.

The event drew families who regularly visited Homestead Park and those who had never before visited the Metro Park on the west side of Cosgray Road between Scioto Darby and Hayden Run roads.

Jack Huston of Hilliard brought his daughters, Violet, 5, and Fiona, 2. It was their first visit.

"I looked up kids' activities and found this. It's a great park," Huston said.

The event also brought Elizabeth Carmen and Audrina Zweering, a pair of 7-year-old girls who have been best friends since they were 10-months old in day care, said Audrina's mother, Anita, who lives in Hilliard and visits frequently.

Brooke Erickson of Marysville brought her sons, Ian, 4, and Joseph, 2.

"We plan ahead for events so this had been on our calendar for awhile," Erickson said.

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