WESTFIELD, NJ — Hundreds of Westfield kids ages 7 and under are expected to hunt for more than 1,200 plastic eggs in Mindowaskin Park on Saturday, April 4, courtesy of the Lions Club of Westfield.

The club recommends that participants and their parents arrive at the playground by 12:45 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be available from noon on for photos with the children. Bring your own camera.

The hunt — a fun, frantic scramble that usually lasts just a few minutes — will begin exactly at 1 p.m. Children should bring their own baskets. (A few will be available for purchase if you forget yours.)

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There will be three age-appropriate hunting areas set up — one for children up to age 3, one for four- and five-year-olds and one for six- and seven-year-olds.

Club secretary Doug Schembs said his favorite part of the event each year is watching the anticipation on the children's faces as they countdown to “go,” and seeing them smile as they rush by to gather the eggs.

Though the eggs are empty, immediately after the hunt Lions Club members will give out free bags of jelly beans to the children.

This is the club’s 80th Easter egg hunt in Westfield.

“I believe that it is one of those town traditions that parents look forward to every year,” said Schembs. “Many parents who bring their kids today attended the hunt when they were youngsters.”

Voluntary donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the hunt. There is no rain date.

This year's hunt is under the aegis of Lions President Kirsten Zellner. The club extended its appreciation to Town Administrator Jim Gildea and department of public works for their assistance.

The club is looking for photos taken during the early days of the Easter egg hunt, which dates back to the 1930’s. If you have some that you could share, call 908-654-3643 or send them to PO Box 572, Westfield, 07091.

Learn more about the Lions Club of Westfield at http://westfieldnj.com/lions/.