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Winter’s chill lingered amid hopping bunnies and dozens of busy youngsters listening for the treasure of beeping eggs Sunday at Emily Murphy Park.

The annual Beeping Eggs event is “cracking” barriers by providing an accessible Easter egg hunt experience for blind and visually impaired children in Edmonton.

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Abigail, 6, was a second-year veteran of the event. She quickly snagged two buckets of the beeping ovals.

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Decked out in purples and pinks, right down to her glasses, Abigail was abloom at the event amid dozens of children who, like her, had to hunt for eggs by sound instead of sight.

Her mother Jada Prodahl was grateful for the event.

“I think it’s important for her to get to know other people in the community because she’s mainstreamed at school,” Prodahl said.

Abigail has a few modifications — she enjoys playing blind hockey, and she’s the only student in her mainstreamed school to use the Brailler (Braille typewriter).

“It’s good to know other people in the community that are the same as you and that you can still do all the things like that. It’s pretty cool,” Prodahl said of Sunday’s event.

Custom made by the Edmonton Police Service bomb unit, the eggs emit sounds so blind and visually impaired children can use their sense of hearing to find them. The found “eggs” are then turned over to bunny-eared police officers in exchange for a big bag of chocolate and sensory toys.

“Lots of times her brother has to help her find all the eggs at home. And so this is nice because we can send him on his way to find his eggs. And she gets to find her special beeping eggs. I think it’s a really nice event for families to get out. And actually it’s nice because it kind of kicks off the spring,” Prodahl said.

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Beeping eggs were reportedly the brainchild of the Blind Children’s Center in Los Angeles.

Abigail was also excited about heading over to the petting zoo operated by Wanistay Ranch, where small and fuzzy rabbits of all hues complied with requests for handling as children bundled them into baskets to hold them.

Other signs of Easter merriment included the giant police mascot, Barney, and wagging EPS dogs.

Police Chief Dale McFee, showing he’s willing to embrace fun for a good cause, sported a tall pair of green bunny ears at the event.

“If this isn’t really what it’s about, I think we forgot what it’s about,” McFee said.

“Just to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and the diligence that they go after that beep and they’re actually really successful in finding them. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also a great way for us to just spend some time with our community,” he said.

The event is funded by the Edmonton Police Foundation as part of its mission to promote safety and well being by fostering connections between EPS and the community.

“It warms my heart, to see this stuff coming from the ground up. That means that we’re on the right track,” McFee said.

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