Plastic-Free Eggstravaganza Comes to Downtown Chapel Hill
On Sunday, April 14 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Chapel Hill kids and families are invited to 140 West Plaza to be a part of the first ever Downtown Plastic-free Eggstravaganza. This new event takes all of the fun of an annual egg hunt, adds STEAM activities, subtracts the plastic, and moves the whole thing downtown.
The Eggstravaganza will transform an urban space into a Spring garden and will feature egg hunts every 15-20 minutes. The egg hunts will employ reusable wooden eggs, painted by UNC arts students. Kids between the ages of 2 and 8 will take turns hunting for the eggs in the plaza. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets. At the end of each hunt, egg hunters can swap their eggs for sweet treats and then enjoy a variety of egg-themed STEAM activities, games, arts, and crafts. Community partners for those activities include The Scrap Exchange. Southern States is providing a variety of plants, flowers, and greenery to transform the space. Chapel Hill Public Library’s Circulator will provide egg-themed stories and more.
The Eggstravaganza was born out of several community interests, including creating family-friendly events downtown, activating 140 West Plaza, and environmental sustainability. Susan Brown, Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture, notes “We are trying out some new ideas, new locations, and new partners for community celebrations. We are also working to align our events with community values and a plastic-free egg hunt is an example of that work.” This plastic free event follows on the heels of the Town’s “Skip the Straw” month in March.
Bringing the event to 140 West serves as a way to bring a variety of community members to downtown, including families and kids. Matt Gladdek, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, says that the organization is pleased to be a part of this event, “Anytime we can show off our downtown places and spaces to our community, we take that opportunity.” Gladdek is working with downtown merchants and restaurants to offer special deals for Eggstravaganza participants.
Parking is free on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill. For more information and a map of all downtown parking visit www.parkonthehill.com
The Plastic-free Eggstravaganza isn't the only game in Town. Our partners at Parks and Recreation are hosting Egg Splash, an egg hunt at the Aquatics Center, and an Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt for with kids with different abilities/special needs/disabilities and their siblings & friends.