At the end of this month Roosevelt Park Zoo will resume hosting its annual Easter egg hunt. On Saturday, March 30, the hunt will begin at 1 p.m., in a series of age-designated waves lasting until 3 p.m.
Except for last year in light of damage from the 2011 flood, the zoo grounds have been the site of paschal merriment for more than 15 years. Last year's hunt had to be held at Maysa Arena.
The event is being coordinated by Staci Skeldum, the new Greater Minot Zoological Society event coordinator. A Minot native and advertizing/marketing graduate from Dakota College at Bottineau, Skeldum has held the position for little more than a month. With repairs nearing completion and the zoo picking up where it left off, she is excited to start off the new season with this community favorite.
Roosevelt Park Zoo’s new visitor center, located on the west end of the zoo grounds next to the North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial. The zoo will resume hosting its traditional Easter egg hunt on March 30.
"We are all very excited to have this event back on zoo grounds. Our zoo belongs to the community and it is so great to be able to have people back at the zoo," said Skeldum. "I hope everyone is looking forward to the Easter egg hunt this year."
A committee of zoological society volunteers will help coordinate and plan the event, but will recruit additional help as needed. Marketplace Foods has sponsored the hunt since 2009. "We have a wonderful relationship with them and this event," Skeldum said, explaining that in addition to providing volunteers, Marketplace Foods donates giveaway baskets as well.
The Easter egg hunt is planned with children up to the age of 12 in mind, and the zoo will be split up into age-specific areas with several start times for each group. Kids up to age 2 will begin at 1:00, 1:40, and 2:20 p.m.; ages 3-5 at 1:10, 1:50, and 2:30; ages 6-8 at 1:20, 2:00, and 2:40; and ages 9-12 at 1:30, 2:10. and 2:50. Admission will be $1 per person for zoo members, and $2 for non-members. Participating children are advised to bring along their own baskets.
With the current pace of renovation and repairs as the zoo prepares to reopen in May, the egg hunt is in no danger of delay. "This event is a definite go, rain or shine!" Skeldum promised. "This is one of our most well attended events, no matter what the weather brings there are always people lined up at the doors for this event."
For additional information about the egg hunt or how to become a volunteer, contact Staci Skeldum's zoo office at 857-4166.