As the sun set over the horizon in Bluffs Park, young residents of Malibu lined up just outside the Pony baseball field in hopes of finding glowing eggs filled with prizes.
After the last glimmer of light flickered away into the night, the gates opened and dozens of children scrambled to gather as many eggs as they could.
Jackie Valencia brought her 11-year-old son Nicolas to the glow-in-the-dark event, as well as her two younger children. She said her favorite event was the egg hunt.
“We do come here every year since [Nicolas] was a baby, actually,” Valencia said. “So it’s kind of an annual Easter tradition for us now.”
The egg hunt was part of a glow-in-the-dark themed event on Friday, April 18. Other activities included a laser tag course and a photo booth lit by black light in which children and parents could take pictures with an actor dressed as the Easter Bunny.
Children also jumped in inflated bounce houses and battled in a tug-of-war-type game in which two players had to put a ball in their respective baskets while being tied to each other.
The event, which is in its second year, was specifically for teens ages 11-17 in order to include the teen age group in community events, said Adrianna Fiori, recreation assistant for the City of Malibu.
“We try to service our community here in Malibu, and part of that is the teen community,” Fiori said. “We decided to do the teen egg hunt to include the teens in the event as well.”
Fiori believes having the event tailored to teens gives them an opportunity to enjoy themselves independently.
“Most of our events are family events, and sometimes the teenagers don’t want to come along with their parents,” Fiori said. “So this is an event where they can come and be in a safe environment and be kind of on their own and have fun, as well as get to participate in the holiday.”
Valencia and her children also participated in the event before the teen egg hunt, Easter Hoppening, which is geared toward younger children. Valencia said her and her family were at the park since 3 p.m.
“We enjoyed the park as well,” Valencia said. “Between the two events, we just were hanging out, playing frisbee and watching the sun. It was a really fun day.”
Inside the glow-in-the-dark eggs, participants in the hunt found various types of candy. Also in the eggs were gift certificates or promotions donated by some of the event’s sponsors.
David Reeder, a Malibu resident who brought his daughter and two of her friends to the event, said he enjoyed the local feel of the night.
“Any time you get an event like this where it gathers families and people that are definitively local, it feels nice,” Reeder said.
Fiori said she enjoys watching the children out and about in the community.
“It’s just fun to see the kids, especially the teens, have an outlet to come and have fun, be with their friends and just do something fun,” Fiori said.