Staff Photo: John Bohn Stacey Culp, of Lawrenceville, right, assists her children Kira, 6, and Edward, 18 months, in discovering treats hidden inside plastic Easter eggs after an Easter egg hunt was held at the Mall of Georgia on Saturday. 6,000 plastic Easter eggs were collected by children a few minutes time.
BUFORD -- Hundreds of children came to the Mall of Georgia's Village Saturday morning with colorful Easter egg baskets and buckets. Some were traditional, some were themed with Spiderman and Dora the Explorer.
Ray Taylor of Buford was prepared for the Simon Kidgits Seventh Annual Easter Egg Hunt with a bright orange bucket and a plan.
"I just took some out of babies' hands," the 8-year-old said after gathering his loot. He had collected around 30 eggs filled with candy while his 10-year-old sister Jade had about 20.
This was the siblings' first time at the event -- and the Taylors walked away with a mound of candy.
"The kids belong to Kidgits with the mall," mother Joanne Taylor said. "We always do a lot of the activities through the mall, but this was the first time we did this hunt. Later on today, we're going to the one at Lake Lanier. We're hopping around Easter egg hunts."
Kidgits organized the event, which took two hours to set up two areas for the children: a pen area with eggs for kids 3 and under -- The Village was for 4 and up. The employees packed more than 6,000 eggs and scattered them on the ground for the hunters.
It took only minutes for the thousands of plastic pieces to be gathered.
"I think the record was four minutes, but this year it was over in a little less than three minutes," said Mallory Green, Guest Services Manager at the Mall of Georgia.
There were more than 20 eggs with prize vouchers inside. Attendees won tickets to see "Mary Poppins" at the Fox Theatre, tickets to "Disney on Ice," Easter baskets and ceramic pieces from Painted Penguin in the mall.
Beside the prizes, most parents brought their children out just to have a good time, including Donna Dalton of Buford. She brought her 3-year-old son Dakota "just so he could have fun."
"It went very fast and there were a lot of kids," she said. "The eggs weren't hidden very well, that's why I think it went so fast. But I think everyone had a good time."
For more information about Kidgits, visit www.simon.com/kidgits.