By Devin Fisher, Fort Carson MountaineerMarch 25, 2010
FORT CARSON, Colo.---The Special Events Center was transformed into an Eggsperience Wonderland March 20, complete with an Alice in Wonderland puppet show, a Mad Hatter Circus, Magic in Wonderland, pictures with the Easter bunny, and, of course, an egg hunt.
More than 3,000 people were greeted at the annual Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored event to kick off spring by Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and giant bunnies. DFMWR holds the annual event with the goal of providing safe activities for children and an opportunity for Families to participate in fun together, said Ann Edinger, chief, DFMWR Events and Entertainment.
She said the event went well despite having to move the egg hunt inside due to the March 19 snowfall.
"This required some last-minute changing of activities and locations, but it all worked out," she said. Edinger said the egg hunt, available to all ages throughout the event, provided each youngster the opportunity to complete an activity, hunt for their own personal egg and receive a bag of candy.
"Based on the smiles on the children\'s faces as they played in bubbles, watched the Mad Hatter, had their faces painted and made crafts, the event was a major success," she said.
The free event also featured shrink juice and grow cookies, miniature golf, arts and crafts and information booths. Pictures with the Easter bunny and food were available for a nominal fee.
"We love it," said Spc. Bill Marshall, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, who attended with event with his wife, Kari, and their son, Aidan.
His wife agreed. "It's a great chance to have something to do with the Family ... a safe, fun, Family event," Kari said.
Family member Michelle Nowak said Eggsperience provided an opportunity to celebrate her four-and-a-half-month old son Lucas' first Easter season.
"It's really nice and exciting," Nowak said. "(My mother and I) thought we'd come here to celebrate (the season) and send pictures (of the three of us with the Easter bunny) to daddy," who is currently deployed to Afghanistan.
Nowak said this was the first DFMWR event she had attended, and, now that she has a baby, she plans on attending many more in the future.