The City of Clifton Welcomes Spring with Annual Bunny Bash


Jennifer Algieri welcomes Mr Bunny to Clifton's Bunny Bash!

The Clifton Times attended the Clifton Bunny Bash, which is traditionally held at Nash Park, at the Christopher Columbus Middle School  (CCMS) today.  It was a bright and lively event, with families from all over Clifton bringing their children to hunt for eggs, play games, get dressed up, and compete in the annual Easter Bonnet parade and contest.  The event was put on by the Clifton Recreation Department, along with a host of lovely volunteers from the community and the schools.  

Abraham Almanzar and Liana enjoy Mrs. Bunny’s Game Stations
Getting ready to capture Bunnies!
Launching Bunnies into baskets! No bunny was hurt in the launching!

Volunteer Candice Errico said that the volunteers spent a busy Friday evening and Saturday morning relocating all the games and decorations from Nash Park, once they got word of the expected rain. She said that everyone wanted to make sure that the event was as wonderful at CCMS as it is in Nash Park, so as not to disappoint the children.  She told us that the Bunny Bash has been an annual event in Clifton for over 30 years.

Debbie Oliver, the Recreation Supervisor, told The Clifton Times that the Bunny Bash is a longstanding Clifton tradition and that it used to be called the Easter Egg Run. The name was changed to the Bunny Bash so that it was focused on welcoming spring with all of Clifton's families. 

Recreation Supervisor Debbie Oliver welcomes all the families to the Bunny Bash

Entering the cafeteria, families got a goody bag from Mrs. Bunny to take home gifts.  There was a Bunny Boutique where volunteers were ready to turn all the little children into bunnies with the help of a little face paint.  A long craft table featured a selection of crafts for families to do to celebrate spring together, and there were representatives from Clifton School District handing out tokens and rewards to all the children who attended.  

Families then went into the gymnasium, which was decorated in spring glory. Mr. Bunny was in attendance and families were able to get photos with him while his lovely assistants, the Recreation Department staff, handed out treats to the children as they left. Mrs. Bunny's game station was manned by volunteers, handing out candy and helping organize games like the Bunny Launch, the Carrot Toss, the Egg Hunt, and Bunny Capture as families were enjoying playing together. Former Mayor Anzaldi was in attendance, talking to families and making everyone feel welcome.

Cecilia Stier tosses carrots!
Hunting for Eggs! 3-5 year olds finding their treats!
Alexander Valdivieso shows off his egg haul at the Egg Hunt!

One of the highlights of the event was the Easter Bonnet contest and parade, where Cliftonites showed their talents with fabric, paint, and hot glue.   The Mejia family showed us their fancy purple, blue, and yellow bonnets, made with fabric from Five Star Fabric House on Main Avenue.  Dana Brown showed us her winning hat featuring glittery lollipops and Loreal Castro posed with her bunny trophy and Mrs. Bunny.  

Mrs Bunny congratulates Loreal Castro on her Bunny Bonnet!
The Mejia family in their gorgeous Easter Bonnets! They bought the materials at Five Star Fabric House on Main Avenue and then did their hot glue magic!
Rae Quelix enters her purple bonnet!

The Clifton Recreation Department and all the lovely volunteers did such a wonderful job on this annual event and brought so much joy to Clifton's children on a rainy Saturday. Nothing stands in the way of a good time when you're in Clifton.   

Please check the Clifton Recreation website and The Clifton Times for more fun events for families! 

Mother and Daughter Volunteers! July Mantilla and her 8th grader Valeria manned the Easter Bonnet contest and parade!
Thomas Mullin assists Mr. Bunny in handing out treats!

Alexander Valdivieso shows off his haul at the Egg Hunt!
Getting ready to Capture Bunnies!
Abraham Almanzar and Liana enjoy Mrs Bunny's Game Stations!
Recreation Supervisor Debbie Oliver welcomes all the families to the Bunny Bash!
Bunny Launch!
Thomas Mullin assists Mr Bunny in handing out treats!
Cecilia Stier tosses carrots!
Collecting eggs! The egg hunts were done in shifts first with 3-5 year olds and then 6-12 year olds coming in to collect their prizes.
The Mejia family, in their glorious Easter Bonnets! They bought the materials at Five Star Fabric House on Main Avenue and then did their magic!.
Rae Quelix entering with her purple bonnet!
Mother and daughter volunteers! July and Valeria Mantilla manned the Easter Bonnet Contest and Parade tables
Mrs Bunny congratulates Loreal Castro for her Bunny Bonnet!
Dana Brown showing her beautiful winning bonnet festooned with lollipops!
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