Finlay Park hosts easter egg hunt to get kids moving - DatelineCarolina

Finlay Park hosts easter egg hunt to get kids moving

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says he's excited to see the city of Columbia taking the "Let's Move!" initiative. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says he's excited to see the city of Columbia taking the "Let's Move!" initiative.
Children from across the midlands came out to Finlay Park on Friday, April 3rd to search high and low to gather the most Easter eggs. Children from across the midlands came out to Finlay Park on Friday, April 3rd to search high and low to gather the most Easter eggs.

By: Dawn Logg

The Easter Bunny came a little early this year and Finlay Park was the first stop on his trail. The City of Columbia gave children of the area a chance to hunt for eggs on April 3rd. Families across the midlands were invited to the event free of charge, and many parents were thankful for the opportunity for their children to have fun.

"As hard as things are these days it's hard for children to actually have a good time and it's free, so that's a good thing," Charless, a Columbia mother said.

They searched high and low, hoping to find every last egg, but that's not all. This years event celebrated the fifth anniversary of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative.

"This event is so important simply because it's getting the kids out, they're getting exposed to exercise, eating right, and familiarizing themselves with how important it is to stay healthy," lead trainer with "Let's Move!" Bertram Bailey said.

Events include "Egg"ercises, face painting, exhibitors and refreshments.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and his wife De-Andrea took part in the challenge as well. The Mayor said he was thankful for the wonderful weather to make for a great day to move.

"Making this a "Let's Move!" city, and not only just a "Let's Move!" city, but the number one "Let's Move!" city in the country, just get everyone here together," the Mayor said.

Families were also challenged to take part in #GimmeFive, sharing five ways they can live healthier every day.

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