Salem Place Nursing Home residents were given the opportunity to participate in Easter festivities with their families during the facility's 29th annual egg hunt on Friday.
The Salem Place Nursing Home Egg Hunt allows residents the opportunity to get out and interact with younger family members during an afternoon of activities that ended in the much-anticipated egg hunt in the courtyard.
Salem Place Administrator Vickey Kirkemier said the facility first sponsored the egg hunt in 1989 and has added more activities each year as the event continues to grow.
The event brings joy to the residents, she said, noting the elderly residents are able to get outside and watch their youthful family members take part in the welcoming event.
"We love it because it's an opportunity for the employees and the residents' families to bring their children up here and for the residents to be able to be involved in watching them hunt eggs and enjoy other activities that we all love so much with Easter," Kirkemier said Friday.
The event features a bounce house, train rides, face painting, Easter-themed bowling and other games. Employees also make cotton candy and snow cones on site for residents and other attendees.
Conway resident Amber Bailey brought her 5-year-old daughter, Addiliegh, and 3-year-old-son, Ryan, to Friday's event at the nursing home.
She said her children were having a blast as the two rode off for a quick train ride before lining up to take part in the egg hunt.
Jessica Wilkerson also brought a 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son to Friday's event.
Wilkerson said the event posed as a welcoming environment in building relationships between the community and the nursing home residents.
"It's awesome they're doing this for the older people, and the atmosphere is just great," she said.
Kirkemier said she first brought her children to the event when she began working for Salem Place in 1989 — the inaugural year for the now highly-anticipated event.
Today, her children are grown but still come back to lend a helping hand. Kirkemier said the event is family friendly and includes activities that involve all ages.
"My grown children used to hunt eggs here," she said. "Now mine will help hide eggs and do things because they had so much fun when they were younger."
Residents and their families already are looking forward to next years event, Kirmemier said Friday.
"[This event] lets us all come together as one big family," she said. "We look forward to it every year and it's just grown with each year. It's unbelievable. I'm always amazed. We add something new and we have so many more people to show for it."