Easter eggs fall from the sky in Tinley Park
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org April 12, 2014 7:08PM
The race for the eggs is on at Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park, April 12, 2014.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 14, 2014 6:56AM
Area dentists soon may be sending Clint Paraday notes of thanks.
After this weekend, there may be a lot of cavities in the teeth of thousands of local youths thanks to the generosity of Paraday, general manager of the Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park.
Four times Saturday, a helicopter dropped thousands of empty plastic Easter eggs in a popular event held on a field across the street from Odyssey Fun World, 19111 S. Oak Park Ave.
Each egg later was traded for a piece of candy. And with Paraday ordering 15,000 eggs, that’s a lot of candy.
Did you miss it? Don’t worry. They’ll do it again at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Last year, the event attracted 4,000 people, so Paraday decided to make it a two-day event this year.
He added inflatable amusement rides as part of the $5 per person admission fee. You can pay extra for a pony ride or for a quick ride on a zip line. The zip line costs $9, or about a buck a second, but no one complained.
Eggs are dropped empty. But the children who ran to gather them soon filled baskets, buckets, plastic bags or even their empty pockets with the eggs that they then traded in for their candy.
For the 1 p.m. drop, parents were busy snapping photos as their little ones scrambled past one another for the plastic prizes. Kids squealed with glee as they got the green light after eggs were dropped into roped-off fields divided by age group.
Tinley Park resident Les Lesciotto was driving past Odyssey Fun World with his granddaughters Savannah, 5, and Gianna, 3. When the girls saw a helicopter, well, what’s a grandfather to do?
“We earlier stopped by PAWS, which had the Easter Bunny, and then we saw this. The kids said, ‘Let’s go.’ We’ve been here a couple hours, and the kids just love it. They only got 19 eggs between them, but they’re having fun,” Lesciotto said.
Egg hunters came from far and wide.
Carmen Arellano and her husband, Phipps, drove down Harlem Avenue from Summit with their kids Skylar, 4, and Ali, 3. Each filled their basket to overflowing.
“Did you like the eggs? Did you like the helicopter?” Carmen Arellano said as a shy Ali covered her face. “It’s not a bad deal, $5 each.”
Amanda McGoldrick, of Merrillville, drove 45 minutes with her sons Joel, 4, Kaeden, 4, and Carter 1. They were there last year and became excited, she said, when she showed them photos to remind them.
“It’s fun for them,” she said.
Nicole Livingston, of Tinley Park, said her children, Francesca, 5, and Kaiden, 3, collected 127 pieces of candy. Kaiden carried the sugary haul in a clear plastic bag that soon broke, forcing Nicole to move the sweets into her purse.
Livingston said the event “could have been more organized.” The dash for eggs, for example, was a bit confusing for younger children, she said.
“During the first drop, we had everybody out there (gathering eggs), and the younger children were still waiting to go out,” she said. “But I like it. I think it’s worth the $5.”