Last Saturday, the Canyon Lake Family Matters Club held its 2nd annual Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival at Holiday Harbor, attracting what was estimated to be about 1,000 Canyon Lakers and their guests. At last year’s event at the home of Sosy Robinson, there were approximately 50 people in attendance.
Spokesperson Jenny Teperson, club VP, says, “Over the past year, our (Family Matters Club) events have continued to grow, and this just may have been out largest!”
There were many activities for families, with carnival games, face-painting, crafts and vendor booths. Regardless of winning or losing, the kids were given coins and “jewels” to trade for prizes at the redemption booth. Adorable bunnies were hopping (get it? hoping/hopping) for the children to pet them, and food and drinks were available for purchase at the snack bar.
A special fundraising booth was set up for a young Canyon Laker named Corbin who has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk. The Family Matters Club accepted donations for Corbin to enable him to get a special bicycle. They also provided foam eggs for attendees to color and write a note for Corbin.
These eggs and the monetary donations from the community and club were to be presented to Corbin this week.
Once the sun had set, the glowing really began! The children were divided into three age groups to search for glowing eggs scattered throughout three sections at the beach. Jenny says, “Once they announcer yelled ‘Go,’ the kids went wild searching for eggs to fill their baskets.” After the hunt was complete, the kids were able to turn in their eggs for prizes.
It was then time for everyone to sit back and relax while they watched the movie, “Hop,” on the big screen. The snack bar was open throughout the evening and during the movie.
The Family Matters Club wishes to extend its sincerest thanks and appreciation to the many volunteers who made this event successful. According to Jenny, the high schoolers helped make the booths extra fun for everyone with their energy and playful spirit. Canyon Lake’s own “Super Zinggs” not only had a booth but also sponsored the movie. Rabbit Rescue, Inc. provided the bunny rabbits for the children to pet.
The club also thanks the volunteers and club members who helped stuff the glow eggs and stepped in to do whatever was necessary to make this event a glowing success.
The Family Matters Club is open to all residents, young and old, kids or no kids. Monthly meetings are held the first day of the month, unless otherwise noted, and revolve around a fun theme with speakers, games, prize drawings, crafts, snack and social time. Locations vary.
The club puts on several events throughout the year to benefit the community and to raise funds for future events and provide philanthropic donations. For more information, visit the Family Matters Facebook page or call 714-394-4885.