Kids: Rabbits are resilient creatures, used to living in burrows and all, so despite the soggy conditions, it was no problem for the Easter Bunny to get up bright and early on Sunday and hide lots of pretty plastic Easter eggs. And it also didn’t seem that much of a problem for nearly 60 young children (mostly six and under) to pull on their rain boots and their rain jackets and hats and come out to the Bambesch playground to find them.
Photo: Steve Eastwood
A little bit of rain didn’t spoil the annual British Ladies Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, although it did make for extra work for the parents and less time playing in the gorgeous playground in the Bambesch forest.
Beaming from ear to ear was four and a half year old Konstantin Ignatenke, who was scampering about early and had collected three bags full of eggs. “It’s his first Easter egg hunt and he’s amazed,” said his mum Ann, who hails from Belarus and hasn’t been long in Luxembourg. “It’s very nice to be involved in life here, and you can come with only English in your bag to start with. There are so many foreigners here you don’t necessarily feel like one!”
The Watson family--parents Michael and Allison and their 3 and 6 year old children, Sam and Rosina--had also braved the weather, which was something they aren’t that familiar with having just recently moved here from Singapore.
Returning for the second year, now with two children able to spot coloured eggs along swing frames and nestled in clumps of grass were the Esposito family--last year Peter was just six months old, but this year he was toddling alongside his big brother Elliot. Big brother--age four and a half--was taking advantage of another treat the BLC had organised for the kids and having his face painted. He chose to look like Peter Parker’s famous alias, and a perennial favourite among four year olds, Spiderman.
Protected from some of the weather up inside in the playground fort were the BLC volunteers who had covered tables with bright yellow plastic and set up Easter art workshops, where kids could colour print-outs and Easter hats, and make bunnies out of wooden spoons, pompom balls and pipe-cleaners.
Arts & crafts
“See right there?” asked Miriam Scargall, coordinator of children’s activities for the BLC, pointing to the end of the bench by the art table. “That’s where my son John was sitting, that mud patch. He was absolutely encrusted from head to toe,” she laughed. Her other son Theodore, like most of the other kids, fortunately left only with a smile and a bag of sweets rather than his own weight in dirt.
“We do this for the benefit of our members, although if there is any profit, it goes to a children’s charity and a woman’s shelter. It’s a really popular event, and we even had 30 people on the waiting list.”
The Easter Rabbit himself didn’t have to wait--in fact he was a week early--but got in some egg-hiding practice and made sure all the local kids got in on the fun before families left on spring term holidays.