More than 200 children attend first Residential Life Easter egg hunt

Lydia, age 7, decorates eggs at the Phi Sigma Sigma booth. Photo by Arin Froidl

ARIN FROIDL Reporter

Lindenwood Residential Life held the first Easter egg hunt for over 200 children up to 10 years old on Saturday.

The event, which was originally meant to happen on Old Campus, was held in the Evans Commons courts because of rainy weather.

Four separate Easter egg hunts were set up for the different age groups: ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-7 and 8-10. Each hunt was set up like a maze and used cardboard boxes to make pathways and dead-ends to hide the eggs.

Collin, age 3, gets his face painted by Nina Thomas. Photo by Arin Froidl 

Besides the egg hunts, organizations like Tri Sigma and Campus Organization Against Sexual Assault had booths set up for the children to play games or make crafts.

“We wanted to serve the community,” John Vanderpool said. “Lindenwood cares about the community.”

Vanderpool, the assistant director of Residential Life, said they “wanted to do something for the little kids” since they hold Dark Carnival in the fall for older children.

“After I eat all my candy, I can get my face painted.” Claire, age 3, said. Photo by Arin Froidl

 

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Rachel Johnson, Lindenwood’s digital marketing manager, who attended the event with her 3-year-old daughter Claire. “For us, it’s really well-organized.”

Since the hunts were separated by age groups, the younger children had just as much of a chance to find eggs as the older children.

In the groups of children 5-7 and 8-10, Residential Life hid sparkly eggs and metallic eggs that could be traded in for big prizes if they were found.

Bradley, age 7, found a metallic egg and won a Minions themed prize basket. He said he will probably come back next year since he liked it.

Bradley, age 7, with his grand prize. Photo by Arin Froidl

One of the most popular booths was sponsored by the Mathematics Club. Matthew Taylor, a member of the club, dressed up as the Easter Bunny and posed for pictures with the children.

By the end of the day, children found over 1,800 eggs, and only one cardboard maze was destroyed in the process.

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