El Monte Celebrates Easter with the Second Annual Healthy Easter Family Fun Day
by Chelsea Dickerson
April 23, 2014 • 429 views
The El Monte community kicked off the spring season at the City’s Second Annual Healthy Easter Family Fun Day at Mt. View Park hosted by the City of El Monte’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department on Saturday, April 12. The event is a result in the City’s efforts to provide a healthy alternative to the traditional “candy filled” egg hunts.
“This was a wonderful day for the children and families of El Monte who participated,” said Councilwoman Victoria Martinez. “The day was filled with fun and healthy activities like the annual egg hunt and a carrot eating contest. We appreciate the hard work of our Parks and Recreation Department for continuing this family tradition and incorporating healthy living ideas into this event.”
This entertaining event began with a special breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 to 11 a.m. Children then participated in a special Easter Egg Hunt according to their age division. Each age division had four chances to find a Golden Egg that could be redeemed for an Easter Basket.
Other exciting, family-friendly activities included arts and crafts stations, food vendors, information booths, a free bouncer, game booths, face painting, bunny ear crafts, carrot-eating contest, gunny sack races, egg spoon relays, tiny tot chalk area, jelly bean guessing jar and Zumba. Children could also meet and take photos with the Easter Bunny.
Last year’s Healthy Easter Family Fun Day was recognized by the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) District 13 on March 26, 2014. The event was awarded in the CPRS Health, Wellness, and Community Life category for programs that promote participation in recreation experiences, strengthen community image and sense of place, strengthen safety and security, increase cultural unity, protect environmental resources, and facilitate community problem solving.