The South Shore Children’s Museum is hosting an Easter Bunny Hunt in Hanson

HANSON – The Easter Bunny sat inside the cabin at the top of the wooded trail as children traded colored eggs for bags of candy and explored Camp Kiwanee during the Easter Bunny Hunt, hosted by Sunday the South Shore Children’s Museum.

Instead of the usual Easter Bunny breakfast, the South Shore Children’s Museum adapted to the pandemic with a two-day outdoor Easter egg hunt, which included photos with the bunny of Easter, a craft and a DJ who leads the kids in games such as Freeze Dance and Hot Potato and giveaways.

Juvy Hartweg, volunteer and former director of the South Shore Children’s Museum, said they were forced to close their facility due to the pandemic, but found a way to hold the outdoor event at Camp Kiwanee. .

“We just couldn’t sustain it for over a year of being closed and we still have these fundraisers and these opportunities to engage with our families,” Hartweg said, “So partnering with Camp Kiwanee felt natural. for us because it is a beautiful outdoor space and lends itself to activity for families with young children.

Joyce Cameron and her daughter Grace Cameron, 2, of Hanson, search for eggs and the Easter Bunny at the South Shore Children's Museum Easter Egg Hunt and Story Walk at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson on Sunday, March 28 2021.

Hartweg said they had to split the event into two days to accommodate the crowds, as more than 300 people signed up for a timeslot for the two-day event.

Elizabeth Earl, from Easton, made her way through the Easter Egg Hike on Sunday with her daughter, Vanessa, 5, who collected eggs to place in her festive basket.

Kensington Mack, 7, of Middleboro, poses for a photo with the Easter Bunny at the South Shore Children's Museum Easter Egg Hunt and Story Walk at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

“We felt like it was perfect (because) our city didn’t offer that,” Earl said, “so it’s great that she can see the Easter Bunny even with the COVID restrictions.”

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National Honor Society students from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School also volunteered in the event throughout the weekend, leading families on the Easter egg hike, handing out bags of candy, helping with the crafting bunny ears and disinfecting colored Easter eggs.

Corinne Carberry, 2, of Abington, smiles after finding eggs during the South Shore Children's Museum Easter Egg Hunt at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

“It’s really our extra hands,” Hartweg said, “and we’re so grateful the kids have stepped up. We have. …25 high school kids helping every day. So we’re right next to us. We’re so happy to have so many volunteers.

Jessica Aull, from Scituate, helped her children, Charlie, 10, and Zayden, 5, with the DIY bunny ears indoors on Sunday, and said she came to the event with her niece and his nephew, together with his friends and their children, of Hanover and Pembroke. Aull said she has attended events hosted by the South Shore Children’s Museum in the past.

“It’s awesome,” Aull said. “It’s really nice, especially with corona and everything, the kids don’t do much. So it’s good to have that.”

Families also had the chance to take a guided nature walk after the egg hunt, do crafts, dance and play games with the DJ.

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Alicia R. Rucker