BY SUSAN TOBIAS
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Easter — with, of course, the Easter Bunny — is just a few days away, and Ayla Blaise knows what to expect.
“It means I get a present and a treat,” the 4-year-old Plattsburgh child said. “I really want candy and a chocolate Easter egg.”
She was among many other children and their parents who celebrated the coming holiday at Champlain Centre mall on Sunday during the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum’s Eggs-Ordinary Easter Party.
One after another, the children took turns at a long table of crafts to color and bookmarks to construct, guided by their parents, helpers and onlookers.
Brothers David Lavarnway, 6, and Alexander Lavarnway, 4, both of Plattsburgh, completed their colorful kite-style bookmarks and moved on to coloring Easter-themed headbands.
Asked what he was expecting for Easter, David’s eyes got wide, he smiled and said, “You mean candy? I want seven chocolate eggs, but I’ll share them with my brother.”
Alexander was bashful, but when David asked him if he wanted chocolate candy, he rubbed his eyes and nodded his head yes.
“Yes, he wants candy, too,” David said with confidence.
Lined up at the balloon-sculpting table with dozens of other kids and parents, Zhanyah Scott of Plattsburgh, who is 4, said she only wants chocolate eggs.
“I hope I get 10,” she said, holding up her fingers.
She and her sister, Zoe, 2, who was too shy to discuss her Easter wishes, both wore fuzzy bunny ears to mark the celebration.
Damari Edmond of Plattsburgh, 7, came to the mall with friends and was in line to get her face painted. She had already visited the balloon-sculpting station and proudly wore a balloon-hat original.
“I want candy of every kind,” she said, with a wide smile.
She had visited the Easter Bunny, who was set up a few feet away, but forgot what he had said to her.
“I just know I want candy,” she said with determination. “Any candy.”
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