Hop over for Easter fun at Saturday's Eggstravaganza
For the fourteenth consecutive year, the Eggstravaganza will be held at Mansfield Park on Saturday, with egg hunts, the Easter Bunny and other spring holiday happenings.
The activities are free and “all about having family fun,” said Tucson Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Sierra Davenport, who expects to see more than 1,000 people at the egg-centric event.
For over a decade, Eggstravaganza has offered activities for all ages, and this year is no exception. Families who hop over to the park will find music, food, carnival games, jumping castles, prizes, egg hunts and the Easter Bunny.
People can also stop by the booths set up around the park to learn about the different services and programs offered by Parks and Recreation.
Kids and their parents should bring empty baskets for the egg hunts, too, which are scheduled for different times throughout the day:
- Ages 4 and under: 10:30-11 a.m.
- Ages 5-6: 11-11:30 a.m.
- Ages 7-8: 11:30 a.m. – noon
- Ages 9-12: Noon-12:30 p.m.
Parking will be available at the Donna Liggins Center, Mansfield Park Pool, Tucson Symphony, the Sixth Avenue Dog Park and surface streets around the park.
While Parks and Rec had planned to hold the annual egg hunt at Reid Park this year, that decision was reversed after community pressure.
Although the city department has hosted Eggstravaganza for the past few years, it was started and sustained by institutions and leaders in the community surrounding Mansfield Park, said Councilwoman Karin Uhlich.
“The Parks Department was planning to move the event to Reid Park without talking to the folks around Mansfield,” said Uhlich. “Our role here was to show the department how discouraging it would be for the members of that community to have their event moved to another area.”
Uhlich gave much of the credit to Parks and Recreation Director Fred Gray. “He worked hard with members of the community and played a big part in keeping Eggstravaganza at Mansfield,” she said.
The event is sponsored by Wendy’s and Bear Essential News for Kids.