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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

After not holding an Easter event last year, residents flocked to the Stanley Golf Course March 12 to get their chance to visit the Easter Bunny and take part in a number of activities. The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department’s, “Every Kid Counts” and “Exercise the Right Choice” After School Programs hosted the

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event that included a breakfast, inflatable amusements, walk-around entertainment and a free bucket of golf balls to hit at Stanley Golf Course’s state-of-the-art driving range, all for a $5 fee. “It’s an amazing event,” said Bill DeMaio, parks and recreation director. “I’m so excited to see the community come out and take part.” Prior to the opening at 9 a.m. lines formed in anticipation. Many headed to where the Easter Bunny was located to get a free picture with the furry figure.
“We love it,” said Gina Frazao, who went with her daughter. “I didn’t expect it to be this entertaining. The kids are having a blast.”
Besides the bunny, various mascots and inflatables, there were arts and crafts, spin art, a magic show and animals. “My favorite was the jump house,” said Yamilette Lagares as she participated in arts and crafts. “I had a good time riding the ponies,”added Koriane Santiago. “It was a big hit two years ago,” said Maggie Winiarski, program coordinator of the parks and recreation department. “We brought it back by popular demand.” Amazing Andy walked around doing magic tricks and breakfast ended promptly at 11:30 a.m. for a magic show. Breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausage was given inside the Whinstone Tavern. “I am so thankful for the new management of the Whinstone Tavern,” said DeMaio. “They will add a lot to the golf course.”

The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department also wants to give special thanks to the “Every Kid Counts” and the “Exercise the Right Choice” After School Programs who serve over 1,600 third through eighth grade students in New Britain. The after school programs are made possible by grants from the State Department of Education, American Savings Foundation and Community Development Block Grants. The after school programs are open October 2010 through May 2011, from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday-Friday and Saturdays in the winter.
About 1,500 were in attendance last Saturday.
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