Kids go loco for Easter

Annual easter egg hunt and fun day at LocoLanding raises around $7,000 for OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre.

Two-year-old Sydney Maier gets reacts to the surpise bubble coming from this small piece of plastic at one of the stations during the LocoLanding Easter Egg Hunt April 6. About 1

Two-year-old Sydney Maier gets reacts to the surpise bubble coming from this small piece of plastic at one of the stations during the LocoLanding Easter Egg Hunt April 6. About 1



Scrambling for eggs.

About 1,500 people, some wearing rabbit ears and carrying brightly-coloured baskets, took part in the fifth annual LocoLanding Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Day.

According to organizer and adventure park owner Diana Stirling, net results are expected to boil down to around $7,000.

As in the two previous years the money raised will go to the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre.

“It was fantastic, it really turned out great and we just want to thank everybody who came out and supported us,” said Stirling, who at one point had to go out and get more chocolate. “We all need to have more fun and any time there’s an opportunity to do that with our families… I love it.”

Among those on the hunt for the 10,000-plus chocolate-stuffed colourful plastic eggs were Anne Ellis and four-year-old daughter Amy.

“I feel like a kid again,” said mom as she scoured the park grounds for the largest cache of goodies with her daughter in tow. “It really is a family event.”

According to Stirling, the participation this year of Penticton Fire Rescue added another dimension of enjoyment and community feel.

“The fire truck was a huge highlight for kids it was so neat,” she said.  “It was new this year and I just thought it was so great to have that community involvement, they (firefighters) were so amazing and let the kids climb around it and that’s a huge highlight.

“This is a true Penticton community event for sure.”

Executive director Manisha Willms of the Child and Youth Development Centre, who was at the park with some of her staff was also thrilled with the results.

“It’s a fantastic community service and as well it will provide this really very accessible, cost effective way for families to spend a wonderful time together,” said Willms. “It’s wonderful to have a corporate partner like LocoLanding.”