Children clutched Easter baskets with white-knuckled grips Friday as they leaned impatiently against Kahle Community Center playground bars. About 1,000 carefully-placed plastic eggs lay just beyond reach.
Just after 11 a.m., preschool teacher Kay Summers led the countdown, opened the floodgate and released the stampede.
In less than 15 minutes, the swarm of toddlers picked the area clean.
Event Coordinator Shelly Martinez said Douglas County Parks and Recreation’s annual Easter egg hunt has been a South Shore tradition for more than 20 years. It typically draws hundreds of young children and their families, she said, and this year was no exception.
“Attendance was great. There are so many people who help put this together. It’s one of those events that’s a win-win and it seems like the kids are really happy. The goal is no tears,” Martinez said.
Event organizers cordoned off a couple outdoor Kahle playgrounds Friday for two age-specific egg hunts. Children younger than 3 years old scavenged one area while participants between 3 and 6 years old hunted through the other park.
Gigi Rodriguez, 3, collected 35 eggs Friday and met the Easter bunny — a character she described as “warm” and who’d already visited her house the day before.
“The bunny yesterday he hided some eggs in my place while I was taking a nap,” Gigi said after the event.
South Lake Tahoe resident Lauren Cinadr brought her two children, ages 1 and 4, to the toddler egg hunt for the first time this year.
“We loved it. The kids loved it. We’ve had a great time,” she said.
The Douglas County Parks and Recreation egg hunt also included free refreshments, a bounce house and face painting.
Other South Shore Easter egg hunts:
Lake Tahoe Community College
The South Lake Optimist Club is hosting an egg hunt for children aged 1 to 11 years old today at the Lake Tahoe Community College parking lot.
The event starts at 10:30 a.m. with an Easter costume parade. An Easter bonnet contest is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and will be followed at 11 a.m. by the egg hunt.
Parents are not allowed to enter the hunt areas with their child and should bring a basket or sack to hold the eggs, according to an event flyer.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Children are invited to Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s Village Plaza Sunday for an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. hosted by the Kirkwood Community Association.
For more information, call Shayma Hill at 209-258-7260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort
Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort will host an Easter Eggstravaganza Sunday at Blizzard Mountain, the resort’s tubing, sledding and snow play area.
The egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. followed at noon by a Bunny Hop contest and a Chubby Bunny contest at 12:45 p.m.