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Annual Bunny Trail brings focus back to the kids
Bunny Trail scaling back to focus on kids this year. (Supplied)

The Bunny Trail is hopping back the kids – this year’s Easter event is scaling back to bring the focus back to its roots. The Niagara Nursery School and Child Care Centre along with the Kinsmen will host the annual Bunny Trail on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Kinsmen Easter egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp.

The morning event will take place at the community centre on Anderson Lane in NOTL.

In previous years, the event was larger, including a BBQ, silent auction and market. This year, Candice Penny, executive director of the nursery school, said the event is to be scaled back a bit to bring the focus back to the kids.

“We are refocusing back to the roots of the bunny trail and making it all about the children, and a fun community family event,” Penny said.

With a new board this year, the decision was made to kick the BBQ and the market portions of the event. The touch-a-truck, egg hunt, face painting portions of the afternoon will remain.

“We wanted to refocus, we have a new board that just came into place. We wanted to put our efforts into some fun, child-oriented activities.”

Penny said the plan is what worked best for the families this year. After it’s over she said they’ll look at how the event went and revisit if they need to.

“It was getting to a point where a lot of our families, it was a big ask for a lot of our families, and we’re just trying to be (understanding) of their feedback. Being that it’s Easter weekend, just wanting to take it back to its roots of a fun, family event. This is what we are going with this year because we feel it will work best for our families.”

Crystal Bunny will also be in attendance again this year.

Penny said the touch-a-truck is something the kids look forward to.

It’s something we had last year, and the kids loved. We’ll have a harvester, a firetruck and couple of other vehicles for the kids to check out. We’re working with local businesses to provide these vehicles as well.”

Penny said there isn’t an official count from previous years, but that there were “probably a couple thousand.”