Easter celebration moved inside due to rain, snow

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Weather was top of mind for parents who had Easter plans with their kids. One of Kansas City’s biggest Easter events came up with a quick backup plan once the rain and snow started falling.

Hyde Park was supposed to have pony rides, a petting zoo, and an egg hunt Sunday, but sad skies moved the celebration indoors, at the Pilgrim Chapel just across the street.

The hundreds of kids who showed up with bright, happy faces could care less whether Easter was inside or out. Pilgrim Center organizers knew bad weather might affect the Spring Frolic and Egg Hunt normal held outdoors at Hyde Park.

Pilgrim Center Executive Director Andrew Johnson said, “We’ve been watching the weather for the last few days and it kept looking like the weather was going to break and the sun would come out around noon. We all woke up this morning and that just hasn’t been the case.”

It’s not the group’s first run in with undesirable weather. The non-profit hosts the Pilgrim Run each year, to fund the annual Easter event. The most recent run saw rainy skies. Johnson said, “The weather broke just in time for us to get the run in there. We still had folks come out because folks know that it’s still a good time.”

Lakeya Darden brought her children out, despite the rain. She said, “I thought we weren’t going to be able to make it out today. I was like, ‘Oh no, I really wanted to take them out!’ Luckily we made the phone call to be able to come out and enjoy ourselves.”

Johnson said with a laugh, “We typically have about 700 at this event so hopefully we’ll see that many people slowly come through today.”