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April 13, 2014

Kids have an egg-ceptional time

VALDOSTA — The Therapeutic Division of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority held hosted the “Egg-ceptional” Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Children Saturday. While the Therapeutic Division primarily provides programs for special needs adults, this event was geared toward creating a memorable day for special needs kids and their families.

The event ran from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VLPRA’s Craig Center at 1104 West Gordon Street. Two egg hunts were held, one at 11 a.m. for children  2 to 7 years old and another at 11:20 a.m. for children 8 to 12 years old. Special accommodations were made for kids who needed them, including “Beep Eggs” for the visually impaired and tennis ball hopped baskets for wheelchair participants. 1,500 eggs were placed for each of the hunts and the 50 participants had a grand time searching.

Along with the eggs hunts, a variety of other activities were held at the center. An arts and crafts table was set up along with sensory baskets and a pool full of Easter grass. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and provided photo ops for the kids and their families. Local businesses donated gift certificates that became prizes in a cake-walk style game.

Outdoors on the large fenced-in lot, a bounce house was featured along with a hutch housing a live bunny for the kids to visit.

Jennifer Raleigh, a mother of four children, two of who have forms of autism and epilepsy, brought all of her kids out to the event. “I think this is an amazing event,” says Raleigh. Her children enjoyed the comfortable environment and had a blast interacting with kids like themselves.

This was the VLPRA’s first Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt, but with the great reception from this year’s event, it is sure to not be their last. Tammy Crosby, Therapeutic Supervisor for VLPRA, was pleased with the turn out of this family event. “We will definitely be doing is again next year,” says Crosby. “It is a great way to kick off spring.”

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