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Hill Family Center Y in Westminster hosted egg hunts for all ages. The event included seasonal crafts, snacks and an opportunity for photos with the Easter bunny

After patiently waiting for her age group’s turn, seven-year-old Sophie Broyles raced onto the Hill Family Center Y’s snow-covered lawn to hunt for Easter eggs. Sophie was one of 125 kids who registered to participate in the Spring Eggstravaganza Saturday morning.

“It was a little harder to find the eggs because some were dug into the snow,” Sophie said after the hunt.

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Program director Amanda Griffith said egg hunts were divided into age groups 0 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, and 7 and up. The oldest children were allowed to hunt outside in the snow. Participants also enjoy seasonal crafts including making a mosaic egg and make-your-own bunny ears, face painting, snacks and games plus opportunities to take pictures with the Easter bunny.

“I’m looking forward to eating the candy,” said Sophie, of Westminster. “I liked making the mosaic egg and the face painting. I got my picture taken with the Easter bunny. He gave me a high five!”

Wyatt Gibble, 8, also enjoyed the outdoor hunt.

“It was fun because it was wet and messy!” said Wyatt, of Westminster.

Savannah Thompson, of Westminster, said she was glad the weather was warm enough for the hunt.

“I liked it because it was in the snow but it wasn’t cold,” the seven-year-old explained. “It was harder to find the eggs because some were deep down in the snow.”

Makayla Barnett, 7, said she found 11 eggs.

“It was hard because you had to dig,” said Makayla, of Westminster. “ I did OK. I’d do it again.”

For parents of the younger children, many were glad that the Y chose to host hunts indoors. Katie Shanks, of Silver Run, was glad her daughter Lily, 5, could do the hunt in the gym.

“With the cold weather, it’s so much better,” Shanks said.

Meghan Smallwood, of Eldersburg, watched as her 1-year-old daughter Claire picked up eggs and excitedly put them into her pail.

“This is very nicely set up,” Smallwood said. “I like that it’s divided by ages. There were enough eggs to go around. She was able to take her time and get a fair amount.”

Marie Newberry, of Manchester, brought her children Elizabeth, 2, and Josephine, 11 months.

“I like it because they don’t put candy in the eggs,” Newberry said. “My daughter has a food allergy and it’s hard to take candy from a 2-year-old.”

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Claudia Kunze, of Eldersburg, brought her son Zachary, 8, to the hunt.

“We come to the Y to swim and he participates in a lot of the activities,” Kunze said. “I knew they’d have good activities, he could bring his own basket and he could see his friends.”

Ryker Gibble, 5, said he was having fun.

“I liked making the ears and giving the Easter bunny a high five!” said Ryker, of Westminster.

Kathryn Heise, of Union Bridge, brought children Lily, 5, and Ryland, 2.

“I figured it would be less chaos because you had to register,” Heise said. “I liked that they kept the parents out and let the kids do it. I also liked that they had crafts. It was well organized.”

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