DeKALB – Paul Kakoliris had a look of determination on his face as he quickly recoiled to deliver his second hopping high-five for the camera.
“One more time,” said the photographer, his mother Debbie. “I almost got it.”
A flash illuminated the room at the precise moment young Paul’s hand struck the palm of the day’s featured attraction – the Easter Bunny.
The encore of the exchange was a heart-warming hug, followed by a stampede of exuberant children, waiting their turn to greet the hare host Saturday at the second annual “Breakfast with the Bunny” in DeKalb’s Egyptian Theater.
The event, organized by Re:New DeKalb, featured a breakfast buffet, where children and their parents dined on bacon, eggs and French toast provided by The Lincoln Inn.
“We’re very pleased with the turnout,” said Lindsey Engelsman, Renew DeKalb marketing and special events coordinator. “We exceeded last year’s attendance, and we hope it continues to grow next year.”
The morning activities included games such as the Easter egg toss and the rubber ducky memory match. Prizes were awarded to eager participants. There also were plenty of photo opportunities to pose with the Easter Bunny, who made his way throughout the theater to greet guests. The morning festivities were capped off with a showing of the Easter-themed live-action/animated comedy film, “Hop.”
“This is just a great opportunity to support our community,” said Shawn Blobaum of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, sponsors of the event. “We’re very proud to be involved.”
The event marks Re:New DeKalb’s ongoing effort to revitalize the city’s downtown development and sense of community.
“Our kids had a wonderful time,” said Tom Marten of DeKalb. “It’s great that our town has events like this for everyone to enjoy.”