Fort Benning’s spring celebration — the annual Spring Eggstravaganza — is set for April 16.
The lawn at Riverside will be strewn with 10,000 eggs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with separate egg hunt times for each age level.
The special event is geared toward children 18 months to 10 years old, said Dorrie Wagner, director of Youth, Sports & Fitness for Child, Youth & School Services.
Most eggs will contain candy, but a few of them will have an extra surprise inside. Each family also gets a ticket to redeem for a door prize. Items range from stuffed animals and toys to bikes and electronic learning games, Wagner said.
Besides the hunt, there will be face painting, a stilt walker and inflatables. The SKIESUnlimited dance team will perform at various times throughout the day, and a vendor will be on-site selling coffee and doughnuts.
“We always have a good turnout,” said Wagner, who estimated around 2,000 to 2,500 people attended last year’s event. “It’s a great activity for everybody to get out there and enjoy the day.”
And it's all free.
The hunt time for kids 3 and younger starts at 10 a.m. Four- and 5-year-olds are slated for 10:45, 6- to 8-year-olds go at 11:30 a.m., and 9- to 11-year-olds start at 12:15 p.m.
“It gets harder and harder as the age group goes up so it’s more fun,” said Stacy Harding, assistant director for Youth, Sports & Fitness.
For the youngest age group, at least one parent can assist the child during the hunt.
One final tip for a successful hunt — “be on time,” Harding said. It’s important to be ready at your age group’s start time, so everyone has an opportunity to hunt.
For more information, call 706-545-1853.