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Egg hunt indoors, and out of this world

One-year-old Andrew Vero of Nesconset located an plastic

One-year-old Andrew Vero of Nesconset located an plastic egg beneath a chair at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium's Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt. Bad weather forced the museum to move the hunt indoors, to the planetarium theater. (April 23, 2011) Credit: Photo by T.C. McCarthy

Easter Bunny 1, Mother Nature 0.

The Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport planned to hold an Easter egg hunt on its grounds Saturday morning. When the skies opened up, the museum simply opened up the planetarium theater and let the kids have at it.

More than 30 children scoured the floor, theater seats and area around the projector for some Easter goodies, part of a full morning of fun that included breakfast, face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a planetarium show.

“It has been very successful,” Vanderbilt interim director Lance Reinheimer said of the event, which he added is about a decade old.

Proceeds from Saturday will go toward the museum’s operating budget. Reinheimer said the planetarium is preparing for a renovation project and that Suffolk County is providing $3 million to upgrade the projector and other technology in the planetarium. The museum is looking for another $225,000 in donations to upgrade the ticketing system, install new seats and renovate the lobby.

Farmingdale’s Jamie Murphy, 32, brought her 20-month-old daughter, Kayleigh, to the hunt for the second straight year.

“It’s rain,” the mom said defiantly when asked if the weather had any chance of keeping her away.

“Bunny!” Kayleigh chimed in when she spied the guest of honor.

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