Butler County communities give Easter egg hunts a safety twist under coronavirus

On Friday, March 26, 2021, Play Kettering hosted its annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt, a ticketed event held at the Kettering Recreation Complex. Attendees hunted for plastic eggs behind the complex in the dark with flashlights. The eggs included candy, numbers to redeem for prizes and raffle tickets to enter to win themed gift baskets. Did we spot you there? TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
On Friday, March 26, 2021, Play Kettering hosted its annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt, a ticketed event held at the Kettering Recreation Complex. Attendees hunted for plastic eggs behind the complex in the dark with flashlights. The eggs included candy, numbers to redeem for prizes and raffle tickets to enter to win themed gift baskets. Did we spot you there? TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

A second Easter holiday under the threat of coronavirus has changed from last year’s cancelations to some creative accommodations to the pandemic.

Liberty Twp. officials, foe example, gave the traditional Easter egg hunt a pro-local business tweak with a game for families to find “eggs’ at area shops.

“We knew our traditional egg hunt that we hold at Liberty Park annually would need to look different this year due to the pandemic,” said township spokeswoman Caroline McKinney.

“We wanted to give the community a socially-distanced, safe, activity that families could do together – and we decided to add some local small businesses to the mix. We put a call out to Liberty Twp. businesses to see who wanted to collaborate and we got a great response,” said McKinney, who said a marketing team from the Liberty Center assisted with the campaign.

Participants can go to the township website and print out a sheet listing 25 businesses and their Easter eggs. Then if they visit 15 of the 25 and fill in their sheet their families are eligible to win prize packages from local shops, gyms, spas and restaurants.

Liberty Twp. Marketing & Events Manager Christy Gloyd said setting up the novel holiday approach has “been so fun to interact with the businesses and see them think outside of the box and really making their egg hunt stop their own.”

“For example, Skyline Chili at 5488 Liberty Square Drive is handing out coupons for a free kids-way (meal) when families mention participating in the egg hunt. And there are more special goodies along the way at other participating businesses,” said Gloyd.

“The egg hunt is providing a fun, socially-distanced activity for families this spring, we also decided to make it a month long – March 22 through April 22 – so families could also take their time and really explore the community while participating in the hunt.”

Other Butler County communities are taking advantage of the natural airy ventilation of outdoor venues and social distancing to provide coronavirus-safe Easter egg hunts.

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First Baptist Church of Hamilton will be hosting a free Easter Trunk Hop for kids age newborn through the 6th grade from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at 1501 Pyramid Hill Blvd.

Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome to come to the church’s outdoor event with their own Easter basket or bag and walk vehicle to vehicle collecting treats. There will also be hotdogs, popcorn and drinks available, said church officials.

And in West Chester Township, officials there are offering families and their children a new location.

The township’s “Spring Egg Hunt” moves to the West Chester Market – at The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive - this year. Children should bring your own basket or bag April 3, and collect candy-filled eggs from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Stop at every vendor booth to find eggs, while supplies last,” said officials.

And in Fairfield the traditional “Hoppin’ at Harbin Park” Easter Egg hunt has been replaced with a social media-focused hunt for six large, wooden Easter eggs hidden in six of the city’s 29 parks.

Fairfield officials said “it’s up to residents to find all six eggs. Take a photo by each and email all six photos to the Community Event Coordinator at btheilman@fairfieldoh.gov.

“An ‘egg-cellent’ prize will be awarded to those who locate all of the eggs (while supplies last). Hunt begins March 29 and ends April 4. All photos are due to btheilman@fairfieldoh.gov by April 5. Don’t forget to tag @City of Fairfield,Ohio - Parks in Facebook photos.”