Egg hunt highlights Bunny Bash at IMAS

Children collected Easter eggs during the Bunny Bash at IMAS on Saturday, April 20, 2019, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

McALLEN — The courtyard of the International Museum of Art and Science was sprinkled with over 2,000 colorful eggs Saturday morning, and 4-year-old Killian Flanagan said that his secret to collecting as many as he could was to run fast.

Holding a white basket with yellow basket-grass inside at the 2nd annual Bunny Bash here, Flanagan said that he would run like his favorite DC Comics superhero, The Flash, once doors opened.

Just six weeks ago though, Flanagan broke his leg while playing in a moon jump and was limping, but he said it would not be a setback to his goal of filling his basket. When asked how many eggs that would take, he guessed five.

His older sister, Debora Flanagan, 7, said that she was going to run fast also, but her strategy was to concentrate on one area of the yard and collect the eggs that were there.

“I will run a lot too, and whenever I pick up an egg I’ll scavenge for the egg next to me.”

Debora has been to the IMAS many times before, but this is her first year participating in the Bunny Bash egg hunt.

The hunt lasted for just a couple of minutes. Children of all ages were intermittently dashing around the area with their eyes focused on the ground, occasionally diving down to pick up an egg they spotted. Besides laughter, the voices of parents guiding younger children through the field filled the air, some protecting an egg or two to save for their child to pick up.

Once the grass was no longer speckled with colors, and the courtyard switched from hunting grounds back to the garden area of the museum, parents took vantage of the art-pieces outside for pictures. Some children donned festive bunny-ear headbands and pastel-colored outfits, and though they were panting from running just moments ago, they smiled for photos.

On the steps of the building, 2-year-old Lucas Garza was sitting besides his parents with a pile of plastic eggshells besides him. He took his time opening the eggs he picked up, exclaiming the color of the egg before revealing what was inside.

His mother, Patricia Garza said that Lucas recently started learning his colors.

Whether it was a candy or small toy, Lucas, who was sporting yellow (his favorite color) Converse sneakers expressed amazement, exclaiming “Wow” with every egg.

In observance of the Christian Church holiday honoring the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the event was hosted the day after Good Friday — a day commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. Every year, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon proceeding the Spring vernal equinox.

As a part of the McAllen museum’s cultural series, the event also invited guests to learn about spring with flower dissections and anatomy lessons.

Aaliyah Attebery, a sophomore at San Benito High School, was intrigued by the flower dissections. With a scalpel, she observed a yellow carnation’s pistil and stamen.

Earlier that morning, she helped her 8-year-old sister, Mikeyla Attebery collect eggs during the egg hunt. In line with her affinity for nature, especially for birds and reptiles, Attebery said that dissecting the flower was interesting.

“I had a general idea from science class, but never really got to see it,” said Attebery.

Wearing colorful glitter on her cheeks, similar to the confetti found in cascarones, and a sunflower headband, Claudia Martinez is the IMAS director for education, and said that teaching about the start of spring was an major part of the event.

“I think it is important for us to be involved with the community, and this is such a huge Catholic community,” said Martinez, who has held this position for over a year. “… Here we teach it as a celebration of spring, someone told me it could also be call the ‘ecological awakening.’ So, we took the non-religious aspects of Easter and showcased that today.”