WEST ORANGE, NJ - Despite the chilly temperature, hundreds of excited children and their families turned out for the West Orange Recreation Department's annual Spring Fling, which this year featured a magician, Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, and most importantly, the arrival of the Easter Bunny on a West Orange Fire Department truck.
"Over the years we've made adjustments to the event and find this is the most successful way to do it," said Recreation Director Bill Kehoe. Following a well-received performance by Scott the Magician, the Easter Egg Hunt began. Easter tunes blared over the loudspeaker as the children lined up to collect their plastic eggs, which contained candy treats.
The park area in front of the Toby Katz Center was cordoned off into two large "pens." The 3-year-and-under children entered one area and the 8-10 year-olds the other. After those age groups collected all their eggs, the areas were reset for 4-5 and 6-7 year-olds. Kids with bunny ears and baskets descended upon the eggs as parents snapped photos.
A "golden egg" was placed in each area along with the pastel-colored plastic eggs and the child who found it won a large chocolate bunny and a $25 VISA gift card as their prize. The prizes were handed out to the lucky winners, one for each age group.
As the Easter Bunny arrived in the fire truck, children starting yelling "the bunny's here!" and dashed around excitedly. The bunny took his seat and held court for the long line of children and parents that waited to meet him and take photos.
As the sun began to set over Degnan park, West Orange families left with smiling faces and "eggsellent" memories of the annual Spring Fling.