Palm Sunday was a bit chilly, but that did not deter 21 families from participating in a novel Easter egg hunt in Johnson County’s Antioch Park.
Seven-year-old Aubrey Massoth of Prairie Village used a GPS device to hunt, along with her 4-year-old sister, Kate, for caches of Easter eggs that had been hidden around the park.
“It should be around here somewhere,” said Aubrey after going in a circle around a small pond.
Eventually they came upon a box of eggs under a bush.
“I spotted that one right away!” Kate called to her mother, Kristin Massoth.
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District programmed the GPS devices, which were lent to participants in this year’s Easter egg hunt.
“Last year it was like ‘Amazing Race’ and the hunters had clues,” said event co-organizer Lisa Scharnak. “That was at Shawnee Mission Park. So this year, we moved it here and they’re finding eggs using these GPS devices.”
“We kind of change it up every year,” said co-organizer Nicole DeHaven. “We’re probably going to stick with this for a while.”
In fact, so many people registered for the event that a second round of searching was added after the first group had spent about an hour gathering eggs. Each child received two eggs, filled with candy or toys, at each of eight caches.
There also was a hot dog lunch and a visit from the Easter Bunny, which delighted 16-month-old Fheyan Jiskra of Overland Park, who was held by her 14-year-old brother, Logan Jiskra.
The GPS devices directed the hunters to within about 20 feet of a cache, then they had to search for it.
“It’s hard, ’cause when you’re like 30 feet sometimes it’ll stop, and then it will say you’re like 95,” said 10-year-old Luke Fitzpatrick of Gardner, who joined the hunt along with his 7-year-old brother, Jack, and their parents, Lee and Stacy Fitzpatrick.
“It’s hard for me because it’s going this way and this way and this way,” said Jack, laughing and pointing in all directions.