Easter Eggstravaganza hops to Ramstein Saturday

by Christine June
USAG Kaiserslautern

Spring is here, and U.S. Army Garrison-Kaiserslautern’s Eggstravaganza is on its way.

KMC children can hunt for eggs that the Easter bunny has cleverly hidden beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pulaski Park on Pulaski Barracks.
The event is free and open for all Department of Defense ID cardholders and their families.

“Hosting the Eggstravaganza is one small way for the garrison to bring a slice of the states to our children overseas,” said Steve Selvey, the garrison Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation manager, who is in charge of this year’s event.

Eggstravaganza has been hosted by the garrison for several years as an event for the Month of the Military Child, which is in April, and this is the second year that it is tied into the Army Family Covenant – a commitment by Army leadership to improve the quality of life for families.

Madison Sizemore, 4, has gone to the Eggstravaganza for the past two years.

“We are ready this year,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tanya Sizemore, U.S. Army Health Clinic-Kaiserslautern detachment NCO in charge and Madison’s mother. “When we drove by Pulaski Park last week, she reminded us on how we need to be on time so she can get all the candy and see the Easter bunny again this year.”

The Easter bunny will be at the event and is available to pose for pictures with families, Mr. Selvey said. The Easter bunny will also have a basket full of decorated eggs for late arrivals and children who missed the hunt.

Decorated eggs of various sizes and filled with candies will be hidden in four areas, blocked off into four age groups.

The park’s playground will be divided into two areas: one for children younger than 2 years old and the other for children 2 to 5 years old. The flat grassy upper area next to the woods is for children 5 to 8 years old, and the wooded area above the playground is for children older than 8 to 12 years old.

Parents don’t need to buy a bag for their children to collect the eggs because bags will be given to them before the hunt begins. There will even be a table set aside so children can decorate their bags, Mr. Selvey said.

“We really enjoy getting out and doing all the family events that the community has to offer, and the Eggstavaganza is always a great time, whether it’s raining or
shining,” Sergeant 1st Class Sizemore said.