Kids and families celebrate Easter a day early in Golden Gate Park

Children in pastel-colored clothes scampered through the green grass of Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow Saturday, celebrating Easter a day early thanks to the city’s Recreation and Park Department. The youngest visitors had a chance to search for treat-filled eggs hidden behind thin trees, lush bushes and thick roots. Families decorated bunny bags at arts-and-crafts tents, while kids let out screams on the fun slide across the field, beneath the haze of smoke from freshly charred barbecue ribs. The festival featured two stages with live entertainment, carnival games, age-based Easter egg hunts, rides, face painting and the annual barbecue cook-off between the city’s police, fire and recreation and park departments. Two, the Summer Play Day and the annual Holiday Tree Lighting, are free, while fees from this and another eventhelp cover the costs of other recreational programming for San Francisco families throughout the year. Anastacia took her place among a group of about 15 kids who were released into a fenced-off area of the lawn to collect Easter eggs in baskets for one of the egg hunts. Across the lawn, Renee Straw of San Francisco worked at the arts and crafts tent, showing children and parents how to glue bunny ears and noses onto a bag they could use to carry eggs and other treats. At the food vendors, police Officer Therese Deignan of Taravel Station served the department’s secret recipe ribs. […] that worry seemed to slip away when she looked over to her daughters, who smiled and cracked open their prized eggs.

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