The historic Betty Ford Easter Egg-stravaganza is coming up this weekend. It’s Saturday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It’s for children ten and under and this egg hunt is actually held indoors so kids can absorb the history.
“So we say, Easter Egg hunt, a lot of people’s minds go to kids running to find eggs. Our event actually takes place indoors, in the exhibit space.”
And because the annual, historic Betty Ford Easter Egg=stravaganza is inside the Gerald R. Ford Museum, children get a lot more than just an egg or candy. Here’s Clare Shubert, the Director of Engagement and Programming at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.
“We actually have educational stations throughout the museum so kids get a chance to learn about President Ford and Mrs. Ford, to do a fun activity and of course collect an egg and eat some cookies too.”
This local event of course is modeled after the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Which Shubert says actually started at the Capitol and went through numerous changes over the years. She shares a bit of that history.
“So, years and years ago, kids had the day off and they’d go to the Capitol building and run around searching for eggs. Well. Not everyone liked that and Congress approved the turf protection act. This outlawed using the Capitol lawn as a playground because it was destroying the turf. So it kinda had those type of beginnings.”
The free event will be held this Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30. Shubart says they’re asking attendees to please register so they can get a good idea of how many will be in attendance. Just call, 616-254-0396.