Saturday: Easter egg hunts planned in Menlo Park, Atherton


The city of Menlo Park and the town of Atherton are preparing for Easter activities for kids and families that will take place this Saturday, April 20. Here's what's on the program:


Children will have the opportunity to hunt for 9,000 treat-filled eggs in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park during the town's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The event, which is "Alice in Wonderland"-themed, is open to children 10 and under. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

The egg hunt has a "great turnout," and drew 2,000 people last year, said Alicia Bakowski, president of Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park, which hosts the event.

This year's event will include the Easter Bunny, the Queen of Hearts, Gerald the Magician and Mayor Bill Widmer.

Organizers are including a bunny petting zoo, which was popular with children at last year's event, Bakowski said.

The event will also include face painting, balloon animals, the Atherton Motorcycle Police, Atherton Police Department Classic Cars, a Ferrari Club car tour and Menlo Park Fire Protection District staff.

The event is from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the park at 150 Watkins Ave. The hunt starts at 10:15 a.m. Parking is limited, so walking or carpooling is encouraged, Bakowski said.

Admission is $10, cash only. Bakowski said participants should bring baskets to put their Easter eggs in. Admission includes food and beverages, she said.

Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park raises funds to maintain the 22-acre park.

For more information, contact Bakowski at

– By Angela Swartz

Menlo Park

In Menlo Park, kids can expect photos with a bunny, bounce houses, crafts, a candy guess and egg hunts at two locations: Burgess Park at 701 Laurel St., and Kelly Park at 100 Terminal Ave.

Both festivities will take place between 10 a.m. and noon as part of a partnership between the city of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighters Association, and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

At both locations, the Easter Bunny is expected to arrive at 10 a.m., and the egg hunt will be done in phases by age group. At 10:20, the 2-and-under crowd will be invited to begin hunting for eggs with their parents, followed by the 3- and 4-year-olds at 10:40 a.m.

Next, the 5- and 6-year-olds go hunting at 11 a.m., and the 7- and 8-year-olds at 11:20.

At 11:40, performances are scheduled at both locations: Jeremy the Juggler is scheduled to perform at Burgess Park, and a magic show will be held at Kelly Park.

According to the Menlo Park city website, participants are expected to comply with a few rules: Kids can collect only four eggs each and should bring their own basket or bag. Also, parents can only help kids in the 4-and-under age groups.

– By Kate Bradshaw

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