I'm sure you, like me, have good memories of Easter Egg hunts as a kid.  I remember running around like crazy, laughing with all the kids for the five minutes it took us all to find the eggs at Liberty Park. It never took much longer than that, but nobody cared.  If you were lucky, the Easter Bunny was there that year and you'd get a photo. And when you went back to school, it was always fun to talk to the other kids about what kind of eggs you found or what kind of basket you got, all that good stuff. Of course we had egg hunts at home and at my Grandparent's farm, too.

I never noticed, year after year, that my friend Heather, who was in a wheelchair, never talked with us about the hunts. I'd ask at recess, but sometimes she'd just look away or change the subject. I didn't get it as a kid.  Now, as an adult, I understand.  She couldn't take her wheelchair out on the grass, much less be able to reach down to get eggs.  It's too bad she couldn't have that kind of memory, that particular kind of fun.  She probably could do the hunt if she had help, but.. it's not the same.  When you're a kid you just want to get out there and DO IT, not wait for someone to help you.

Seeing that need, the Discover Church decided to do something about it.  And that thing is the special egg hunt. It's a way for kids of all abilities and ages to get together and have fun outdoors without anybody having to miss out. It's back! It's been gone for a couple years because of, you know, the pandemic.  Discover Church, 23000 Highway B (AKA behind Smith Cotton High) is having a free Easter Egg hunt for those kids and their families.

They'll have a Quiet Egg Hunt for kids on the Autism Spectrum or with processing issues that need things to be quiet. They'll also have a Beeping Egg Hunt for kids who are blind or have an impairment.  A Magnetic Egg Hunt is for kids in wheelchairs or kids who have trouble with mobility (they even get their own little poles so they can get the eggs themselves!).  And they also have a General Egg Hunt for kids with other kinds of issues, or friends and siblings of of kids who are going on the other egg hunts. That way nobody has to stand and watch, or sit at the sidelines and watch - they can all have fun together! 

It's so nice to think that they'll all get a shot, they'll all get to have some fun, and they'll be able to do it together, which is great, to me.  Kids need to have fun, to be silly, to be with their friends and family and just have a good time.

They're asking that you pre-register, so that they have a chance to be prepared for all the kids.  Again, it's all free, they basically just need a head count to be sure they have enough eggs, food, and prizes, you dig it.  You know, so they don't have a ton of extra food they don't need but enough for everybody that shows.

You can email discoverchurchsed@gmail.com  or call 660-826-8712 to get your family registered. Just let them how how old your kid is and which hunt they'd like to be in, your name and contact information, you know, the basics.

It's going to be on Saturday April 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They'll have a free lunch, games, activities, and of course, the hunts.  I hope it goes wonderfully and that all the kids get to have fun together!

Huntingly yours,


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