Plan to attend the Fourth Annual Hyde Park Egg Scramble at Shipe Park on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. This HPNA event is open to everyone in the neighborhood! Special shout out to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and all the volunteers from It’s My Park Day for keeping Shipe Park looking so beautiful and getting it ready for this event.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Grande Communications, there will be popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy, free for all attendees! There is a bouncy castle for the little ones and an obstacle course for the big ones. Neighborhood resident Jeffrey Jester, Balloon Professor, will set up next to the concessions to make amazing balloon creations for all. Sparkles Costello, provided by Trinity United Methodist Church, will also be on hand to decorate faces with paint creations such as rainbow unicorns, tigers, monkeys, and butterflies.
For those of you who are new to the neighborhood or who have not participated in the past, an egg scramble is basically a traditional Easter egg hunt – the only difference is that you provide the eggs yourself for your child’s age group. The egg hunt will start at approximately 10:45 am and be divided into three age groups: under 3 years old, 3 and 4 year olds, and 5 year olds and older. This year, there will be a maximum age limit of 8 years old for participation in the egg hunt. If your child is going to participate in the egg hunt festivities, please drop off one dozen plastic eggs filled with age-appropriate treats any time between Saturday, March 19 and Friday, March 25 in the bins marked by age group on the front porch at either 4307 Avenue F or 4402 Avenue F.
Each age group will have its own area in the park, marked with colored flagging tape. The younger age groups will be “hunting” in the large flat field area of the park. The oldest age group will be “hunting” in the grassy area with trees across the bridge. The playground, swings, and basketball court will still be open to people not attending the event.
This year, two children’s games will be added to the festivities: the Egg-and-Spoon Race and the Egg Toss. For interested children old enough to run and hold a spoon at the same time, eggs and spoons will be provided. Prizes for the winners! The Egg Scramble Bunny will arrive shortly thereafter to take pictures with families in the photo booth, provided by Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.
Special thanks to committee members Tim Luyet, Joanna Fitzgerald, Jennifer Suehs, and Sandy Kearns. Interested in volunteering? Please email Tim Luyet. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Sponsors for the event include Grande Communications; Trinity United Methodist Church; Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors; Walgreens; Bounce Around Austin; Maury Sullivan and Todd Pruner; and Jeffrey Jester, Balloon Professor.
By Michelle Rossomando