By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
Whaley United Methodist Church will host its second annual “Bunnypalooza” from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.
The community-wide event will be at the church facility at 701 Rosedale Avenue in Gainesville.
Festivities will include an aerial Easter egg drop, two egg hunts—one for toddlers up to school age and one for kindergarten to fifth grade, bounce houses, arts, crafts, games, a coloring contest and more.
“Bunnypalooza will be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event,” said Karen Giles, chairman of the children’s council for Whaley Methodist. “We had no idea how many children to expect last year, and while we were very pleased to have such a good turnout, this year we are really expanding everything we offer including having over 8,000 eggs in the Easter egg hunt!”
Giles also stated that DMAX theater of Gainesville has donated 50 movie passes that will be given inside some of the eggs.
Other donors include Wal-Mart and aerial egg drop provider George Bryant State Farm Insurance.
The event will be held in an indoor facility so the festivities will go forward rain or shine in the event of bad weather.
Youth Director of Whaley Methodist, Susan Beall, reported that the event is a community outreach program which is part of the church’s overall efforts.
Beall said, “We are a 125 year old church which has long created a tradition of serving the community. We want everyone in town to come by and enjoy the festivities. Last year the kids had a great time and I feel certain it will be even more fun this year.”
An estimated 500 children attended last year’s event and the church is hopeful that 750 will attend this year.
The event is open to the community and reservations are not required.