This past Saturday John and I took Allison to our church for their first Easter egg hunt. We had been a little nervous about how many kids might be there, because our church had done something similar back in October and it was crazy. They attempted a trunk or treat, and because it was raining they moved everything inside and totally underestimated how many people would be there. I think they estimated 1,500 and got 3,000 people, and they had to shut down early because they ran out of candy! To make things easier this time around, they had two times available for everyone to come to space things out and it seemed to run much smoother. We went to the earlier time and it was perfect!
I tried to get her to hold up her Minnie Mouse bucket and smile, and I took like 3 or 4 failed picture attempts before she gave me this look. Seriously, mom?
The first thing Allison did was a small craft. She used a special pencil on a black Easter egg and it wrote with rainbow colors, which looked really awesome. We then tied a string through it and attached it to her bucket.
Next up was story time, and I absolutely love this photo. The kids got to gather around and sit on a piece of carpet and listen to an Easter story.
The hunts were divided by age groups, so ages 0-2 were in our smaller auditorium. We all gathered in a circle around the eggs, and after the countdown there was a slow crawl toward the eggs.
Allison just kind of… plopped down and started scooping up all the eggs around her, haha. There was no “hunting” involved, but she managed to fill her basket. I estimate the entire hunt lasted about 5 minutes.
She ate way too much candy. I realized later, after we got in the car, that I had given her all the chocolate and it made me incredibly sad. I decided to keep the rest of the candy for myself.
Since the line for the bouncy house had disappeared, we decided to let Allie give it a go. She pulled herself in, and it was right about here that she realized the big kids bounced really hard and she started to freak out and climbed right back out again. Oh well.
After coming home, the real fun began: Easter egg hunts at home! Last year, we kept those eggs for like 6 months because she kept pulling them out and wanting me to hide them for her. I don’t even understand, but at least it keeps her busy!
Did any of you take your little ones on egg hunts this past weekend? I’d love to see pictures!