Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday

Area children as old as 12-years-old are invited to take part Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in an Easter egg hunt in Roosevelt Park Zoo.

This is the second time since the Souris River flood that the hunt is taking place on zoo grounds. Due to a turnout of more than 2,000 people last year the park has decided to extend the event from two hours to three hours this year and there will be an additional hunt for each of the four age groups, according to Staci Kenney, executive director of the Greater Minot Zoological Society.

The ages are split between 0 through 2, 3 through 5, 6 through 8 and 9 through 12 years old. Each group will hunt for eggs in different areas with diffferent degrees of difficulty.

“Even though the weather’s kind of cold and snowy, there’s less snow on the ground than last year so it should be even better,” Kenney said.

Due to the extended hours and hunts the zoo has decided to change their enter and exit plan to better handle the expected turn out. Visitors should enter at the double gates on East Burdick Expressway and exit through the Visitor Center, which will only be for exiting this year.

Members of the zoo will pay $2 per child and non-members will pay $3 per child.

The eggs will direct them to claim their various prizes, furnished by Marketplace Foods. The best prize of all, a basket of some sort, will go to the child who finds the golden egg.

“I’m not sure what’s in the basket,” Kenney said. “It’s different every year and depends on what Marketplace puts in it.”