Children that are visually impaired will have a ball on Saturday. Dozens of children from across the state will be traveling to the Boys Town Campus for the annual beeping Easter egg hunt. Kristal Platt is the Vision Program Coordinator with Boys Town National Research Hospital and says the kids will follow the beeping sound to locate hidden eggs.
Platt says, “Sixteen different places where children can find an egg that is about the size of an ostrich egg that has a toggle switch on it that a volunteer turns on and it emits a beeping noise. The children locate the egg and trade the egg for a prize.”
Platt says when families take visually impaired children to regular Easter egg hunts it is often quite difficult to compete with children that can see. This event allows for a fair playing field where children and their siblings can take part.
Platte says, “Families and siblings have said this is their favorite egg hunt to come to. I just got an email from a family today that said they are grateful the siblings are involved because sometimes the siblings sit on the sidelines and watch their brothers and sisters who have a vision loss participate in activities and they can’t. The fact that this whole family can come is unique.”
Children will receive gifts that include treats, stuffed animals, Braille and large print books and coloring books. Following the hunt families will be treated to treats, have access to the Hall of History exhibits and take photos with animals including a lamb and bunny. It starts at 3 p.m. at the Hall of History on the Boys Town Campus, 14057 Flanagan Boulevard.