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Easter bunny appears at Children's MuseumTell North Platte what you think
Photo by Beverly Merrick
Drayden Leon offers his jacket...
Photo by Beverly Merrick
...and gets a hug in return.
Photo by Beverly Merrick
Kinley Condon gets a bunny hug.
Photo by Beverly Merrick
Lainey Lindau of McCook enjoys Easter Bunny Day.
Photo by Beverly Merrick
Emma Jensen rides Sandy the Pony at the museum.

The Nebraska Easter Bunny, who hopped into the North Platte Area Children’s Museum on a chilly and windy day, follows an egg-acting schedule, according to his closest helper in town, Mrs. Bob (Clydene) Britton.

The bunny was so good at his work with the railroad in Cheyenne decades ago, that he was known as “Rabbit,” Clydene said. In fact, as a railroad bunny, he became so good as a conductor and sometime brakeman that he kept his bunny paws active, helping engineers all across the countryside.

Rabbit decided to make the egg-acting hop-a-long work his primary job, instead of retiring to greet engineers and other conductors in the Kingdom of Locomotives.

At the museum on Wednesday morning, the Easter Bunny flopped his ears in a “Big Yes” as his helper read a book to the 40-plus toddlers and their parents about “Little Bunny Foo Foo” being good to his neighbors, the field mice of the kingdom.

It was an interactive gathering, with children yelling out loud, repeating his yeses about the necessity of being kind to others to grow up a peaceful, grassy field.

Drayden Leon, 4, had shown the Easter Bunny that he was kind. Drayden offered his black toddler’s jacket to the giant six-foot bunny.

Alas, it did not fit.

However, the Easter Bunny was so appreciative that he gave Leon a giant hug.

Other toddlers lined up for hugs, one of them preschooler Kinley Condon, 5, the daughter of Sheree Rodriguez and Marcus Condon.

Another was Kahlyus Lagoa, 14 months, son of Laura Amesbury and Michael Lagoa, who by his toddler T-shirt is also called “Daddy’s Little Sidekick.”

Emma Jensen, age 23, could not be persuaded to jump off her mechanical pony named Sandy. Parents Todd and Heather Jensen of North Platte stood nearby.

Four-month-old Lainey Lindau laughed from her stroller, listening to all the happy sounds. The McCook family of Marissa and Brett Lindau had strolled into town to visit the museum.

Casey McMann, who directed the Easter-week gathering, said, “We appreciate the Easter Bunny donating his time. You do not find many others donating their time for children. And, he genuinely enjoys it. The children love seeing him.”

The bunny’s assistant, Clydene, recommended “Little Bunny Foo Foo” -- a book toddlers like. It is a Golden Book, written by Robin Frederick and illustrated by Mary Grace Eubank.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/18/2014
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