Peter Rabbit Day @ Douglas Park

Photos by Maria Martin

It isn’t Easter in Santa Monica until Peter Rabbit pays a visit to Douglas Park.

Hundreds of local kids had a hoppin’ good time on Saturday at the Santa Monica Jaycees’ 25th annual Peter Rabbit Day, one of the more festive expressions of the junior chamber’s community service and civic engagement mission.

The free afternoon of family fun included egg decorating, old-fashioned egg-on-spoon races, face-painting, “bunny hop” sack races and three very animated egg hunts.

Local police and firefighters let kids check out their patrol cars and fire engines, and Santa Monica Community Garden volunteers helped tiny green-thumbs plant seeds in miniature compostable pots to take home. Mirror Media Group’s Max Montemer made the rounds as Peter Rabbit, passing out plenty of sweet treats.

Santa Monica Jaycees President Magdalena Davis thanked volunteers, community partners and sponsors (including Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica and Mayflower Vacations) for making the event not only possible but as big a celebration as ever. Organizers estimate that turnout exceeded 500.

“It’s a long-held tradition that the Jaycees and our partners provide free, safe and fun community events for children each year,” said Davis, who owns and operates the event planning and production company Elegant Events L.A.

— Joe Piasecki


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