Mansion hosts Easter egg hunt

Kids swarm the open field full of easter eggs moments after Governor Jay Nixon announced the start of the Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Mansion.

Kids swarm the open field full of easter eggs moments after Governor Jay Nixon announced the start of the Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Mansion. Photo by Kile Brewer.

Whether it was to hunt for eggs or visit the Easter bunny, families gathered at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday for the annual Easter celebration on the grounds.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon hosted children from the Special Learning Center, Kirchner School, Southwest Early Childhood Intervention and Vogelweid Learning Center for the annual celebration.

The morning started with the Nixons counting down the start of the egg hunt, which kicked off the festivities on the grounds. Families were able to have their photos taken with the Nixons and the Easter bunny, as well as pet small lambs brought by the Lincoln University Agriculture Club.

The event also featured music and entertainment from The Magic House from the St. Louis Children’s Museum.

Molly Eiken and her daughter, Madeline, 4, come to the celebration at the mansion every year. As Madeline waved to the Easter bunnies, Molly Eiken said the kids always love to come join the festivities.

“It’s awesome,” Eiken said.

Allison Evans said her family attended after being invited through the Special Learning Center. Evans, who attended with her children, Luke, 3, and Sadie, 11, said it was a beautiful day to go out and spend time as a family.

Sally Bernskoetter said she was enjoying the day with her son and two grandchildren, ages 6 and 2.

“She’s been looking forward to this all week,” Bernskoetter said, pointing to her granddaughter. “They got a lot of Easter eggs.”

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