Meeting the Easter Bunny for the first time is kind of like meeting Santa. The anticipation is great, both for parent and child, and after waiting patiently for your turn the moment finally comes. From a distance this is such a cute soft looking bunny. Here, take his hand, oh look at what a cute picture this is going to make…
And then the moment comes to smile for the camera.
No, look at the camera, look at the camera, it’s okay, he’s really nice. Just look at daddy, it’s okay, it’s okay…Okay, we’ll try again next year.
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We have gone to a number of Easter Egg Hunts the last few years, visiting a different local city each of the last four years. I have to say, as far as organized holiday events go, Christmas bypasses Easter events by a million. I mean, how can you beat real camels, reindeer, sleigh rides, and full Christmas reenactments? I know this post is not about Christmas, but if these things intrigue you, check out the Chaska Hometown Holiday, my personal local favorite.
Back to Easter, though. We do have one event we will continue to visit after discovering it two years ago. The Spring Eggstravaganza Rock Hunt at the Lowry Nature Center was so much fun for our two little boys. They had several craft projects and activities set up for the kids, in addition to the main event, a rock (instead of egg) hunt. The great thing about the rock hunt was they staggered it throughout the day so there weren’t 300 kids at once trying to do the same thing. For our younger children, they simply had to find a certain number of colored rocks, hidden in bags along the sides of their walking paths. For older kids, I believe they had to find secret messages and use them to decipher a code. It sounded like a good twist to keep it interesting for older kids, but they would have to weigh in on that. There were also multiple paths to choose from based on the child’s age and abilities. At the end, they were awarded with a healthy snack that they were very excited about and I very much appreciated.
In addition to the rock hunt, the kids spent their time visiting animals, coloring wooden eggs, and making an Easter Bunny Hat. The Easter Bunny was there of course, but we were so busy we didn’t even visit him! If you aren’t near Victoria, there is a similar event in Hennepin County, an Egg Roll in Shakopee and hopefully something in a park at your city as well. Let us know if there is a fun event near you and we will add it to the site!
Now I know the traditional City Egg Hunt is still the way most people want to go.
And those have their pros as well. The boys get to see friends and be a part of a massive race for candy or eggs. These are also free in most cities and really bring the community together, if only for 10 minutes. This is my biggest regret for the city or organization that puts these on. They draw in huge crowds, but haven’t taken advantage of that by figuring out ways to keep them together longer.
We do appreciate them, though. Our favorite was Chaska when it was rainy outside and the kids got stuck indoors. The American Legion did a great job of hosting and split the kids into different rooms helping our very young child at the time get a chance to actually find and pick up a couple eggs. Outdoors at any event or even indoors in a gym this has not happened, due to there just plain being too many people.
Our second favorite was Victoria, which we attended while the kids were 2 and 4. While it got pushed indoors as well, and my kids each got a whopping – wait for it – zero eggs; the eggs were empty and the kids traded them for a bag of treats. This stopped the crying quickly since they got a bag without finding any eggs. In many cases I’ve seen the kids who are shy or wait for the actual starting announcement not get anything, so I liked that they were still awarded for good behavior and not just running the fastest.
In all cases they have split the kids up by age, but usually they are in a similar area and I don’t think I have ever seen an egg hunt last longer than a full minute. In the cases that we did have to pay $5 per child I was not happy about that. But still, when they are young, it is amazing to see their faces when they realize this cool plastic egg gets even more spectacular when you open it and mom actually lets you eat the sugary goodness inside. On that note, I’m definitely not asking for more candy, but I just wish it would last a little longer. Of course, this is not our only chance at an egg hunt each year. Next week I will share some tips about having an at-home egg hunt, which has afforded a lot of fun even for the adults in our extended family.
Of course, when you get pictures like this, it makes you want to go every year!