Children line up with their parents to get photos with the Easter Bunny on April 2 at The Outlets at Wind Creek. This event will take place every weekend until Easter. (Nora Thomson/ B&W Staff)

Families eggs-tatic over return of Kids Quest Easter celebrations


Kids Quest at Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino held their annual Hoppin’ Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 2, for the first time since March 2020.

The egg hunt is a public event designed for children ages 2 through 12. 

Families arrived early for the event with a long line of children and parents forming by the time the 2 through 4 age group was set to begin the hunt. The older age groups also had long lines of anticipation. 

“We weren’t sure of the expected attendance, with still being a little bit in the pandemic, but it’s a good turnout,” said Linda Glennan, a Kids Quest employee since 2018. 

Children line up with their parents to get photos with the Easter Bunny at The Outlets at Wind Creek on April 2. This event will take place every weekend until Easter. (Nora Thomson/ B&W Staff)

Before the children were permitted to enter the egg hunt, they were grouped together and began a 10-second countdown. 

A large golden egg was announced as the main prize and whoever found the coveted egg would receive a Kids Quest award from the prize booth.

Families line up for the egg hunt at Kids Quest in the Wind Creek Casino. Children are required to bring their own basket. (Nora Thomson/ B&W Staff)

Kids Quest employees worked together with Wind Creek staff to set up the floor, Glennan said. Both Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, Wind Creek’s family arcade, were open for the egg hunts, but certain parts had to be adjusted for children’s safety. 

An employee wearing an Easter Bunny costume high-fived and greeted children and their parents waiting in line. The Easter Bunny then settled at a picture kiosk for the rest of the egg hunt. In a similar fashion to a department store Santa Claus, parents could take pictures of their children with the Easter Bunny after completing the egg hunt. 

Parents such as Jon Garcia and his wife were eager to introduce their children to the Easter Bunny. 

A sign for the egg hunt located in Kids Quest at the Wind Creek Casino. The event took place Sat. April 2 and will happen every weekend until Easter. (Nora Thomson/ B&W Staff)

“We saw an ad for this event and it would be our daughter’s first time seeing an Easter Bunny, so we figured it’d be a good time,” Garcia said. 

Garcia looked forward to his daughter socializing with other children for the first time during an Easter event since they spent the holiday alone as a family last year. He believes events like these bring the Bethlehem community closer.

Babies and infants born during the pandemic, were unable to interact with other young children during their early months and years due to COVID-19 precautions and virtual schooling.  With restrictions and mandates being lifted or relaxed, events such as the annual Hoppin’ Egg Hunt permit these normalcies again. 

“It is very important for (my great grandson) to be with other children to learn to behave outside and learn social skills,” said Roberta Kessler, who attended the event with her great grandchildren. 

In further celebration of Easter, The Outlets at Wind Creeks will hold Easter Bunny photo shoots until April 16.

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