Human Interest

It’s being touted as more than just an Easter egg hunt.

Sedona Parks and Recreation’s Celebration of Spring has become one of the largest events of the year, drawing more than 1,500 children and their parents.

This year’s event is set for Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Posse Grounds Park.

Upon arrival, attendees are asked to go to the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field for entrance onto the multi-use field for games and vendors. There is a $5 admission fee for children 12 and younger. The day includes inflatable toys for kids, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides, a petting zoo and more. Some vendors may charge for their goods.

“I think what makes our event so popular is the carnival aspect that we’ve added to it,” said Ali Baxter, of the Parks and Recreation Department. “It keeps growing every year with different types of rides. Plus, we have several family-friendly vendors on site.”

The official egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. for children 8 years of age and younger. Children will be divided into age groups — up to age 2, ages 3 to 5 and ages 6 to 8. The hunt for the eggs goes fast, so Baxter recommends that children be ready at 10 a.m. Parents are asked to refrain from assisting their children during the egg hunt unless children are 2 years of age or younger.

“The Easter egg hunt is absolutely insane,” Baxter said. “This year we’ll have 16,000 eggs divided among the three age groups. So that’s about 5,300 each and within two to three minutes they are completely gone. It’s absolute chaos. But once the hunts are over we can all take a deep breath and enjoy the rest of the event.”

Local businesses will have booths set up for viewing and participation as well as various instructors on hand with interactive displays for children. The Easter bunny will be there for picture taking while new this year will be Godfrey the Magician performing for the crowd.

While the younger kids will once again be enjoying egg hunts and pony rides, Parks and Recreation has created something for the older kids as well. Students in fifth through eighth grades are invited to Celebration of Tween on Friday, March 25, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the multi-use field at Posse Grounds Park.

For a $5 entry fee, kids can enjoy a school fun zone complete with carnival rides, music, Wipeout Big Baller, an outdoor movie and food for sale. Baxter said parents are welcome to stay, but they ask that the event be limited to this age group of children.

“We’ve done something for the high schoolers and we’ve done things for the younger kids but we’d never done anything for the middle school-aged kids,” she said. “We’d like to see 100 to 150 kids turn out. Anything over that will be a bonus.”

Cash-only ticket sales are available at the gate. However, to avoid lines, Baxter suggested purchasing tickets in advance at the Parks and Recreation office, 525 Posse Ground Road, near the tennis courts. Ticket sales began Monday, March 14. Contact Parks and Recreation for more information at 282-7098 or visit


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