A quick glance at the Local Fun Mom's Blogs and it's clear that Easter Egg Hunt Season is upon us! This is a great opportunity for some free family fun and can be a wonderful family tradition.
Over the past few years our family has attended numerous egg hunts ranging from those hosted by the township, to neighborhood ones, or privately sponsored ones. We've learned a few things along the way and hope that these '5 Tips for Easter Egg Hunt Fun' might be useful to you and your family!
Tip 1 - Plan ahead - Your preparation begins before you even go! Find out which hunts in your area have sections divided by age. These are generally better planned and if your little one is small, you won’t have to worry about them being ran down…or leaving empty-handed. This happened to us one year and I was in tears as I ran around the field desperate to find even just one egg for my crying 3 year old son.
Tip 2 - Arrive early! - Not on time, not a few minutes ahead of time,...early! As in 10-15 minutes early. Find out the rules regarding the ages and what section is appropriate for your family. These "hunts" tend to move fast and are often over as quickly as they begin. Arriving "on time" has meant missing the entire thing more than once for our family. You can imagine how well that went over with the kiddos...
Tip 3 - Stack the deck - Arrive with a few of your own eggs hidden in your bag or pockets and be prepared to sneak them into your child’s basket should their yield be a little ‘light.’ This is particularly important when you have more than one young child and their respective baskets might be more than a little uneven. Having a few extra eggs on hand to help 'even things out' can make all the difference to ensure everyone has a great time.
Tip 4 - Dress in layers - Depending on where you live, this tip can be crucial. At this time of year the weather can still be so unpredictable in many places. We had one particularly memorable hunt where the morning started out quite nice, yet by the time the hunt began, a bone-chilling wind had all of the kids freezing and unhappy.
Tip 5 - Inspect the loot - Be sure to closely supervise as your child opens each egg. We’ve come across age-inappropriate items such as gum, hard candies, hot/spicy candies, etc. on several occasions.
Hope you find these tips helpful! Happy 'Egg' Hunting!
Do you have any other helpful tips to share? Leave a comment below.