When I was a kid, I remember enjoying donuts after Sunday mass with our family. And every Easter we would head over to the church and participate in the festivities. It’s one of my favorite memories as a kid because they were moments we shared together as a family.
Naturally, I want to create those memories for my own kids.
The last couple of years, we’ve held our Easter egg hunt in the backyard. It was a safe space with plenty of room for the kids to run around. We still did that this year but I wanted to participate in a community event and create my childhood memories with my own kids.
This year we attended the Easter Egg Hunt at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fairfield, California. Overall, it was a very positive, enjoyable experience. There were 2 age groups – 0 to 5 years old and 5-12 years old. The little ones had a smaller grassy area to hunt for their eggs; while the older kids had their section in the larger, grassy area.
There were prized Golden Eggs in each section for the kids to find and a fair amount of eggs to grab. My kids are 4 and 3. My daughter, the oldest has a better understanding of the easter egg hunt so she tried her hardest to get as many eggs as she could. My son is still learning and absorbing the whole process and was distracted and moved a little slower than the other kids. He still managed to nab 4 eggs; while my daughter sadly displayed her 3 eggs. Poor thing – she tried so hard but everyone moved so quickly around her.
Since it was our first time to a community event like this, I was glad that the parents were very respectful and mindful of the children – eagerly helping their kids out without putting another kid in harms way. We’ve all read the horror stories that come from large Easter egg hunts, usually brought on by the parents more so than the kids.
Tips for Hunting at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
- Arrive early. The event started promptly at 2:00 and was over by 2:06. No joke. Kids moved fast and the eggs were swiped up very quickly. This being our first year, I’m not sure if this was a large crowd or not. Some kids walked away with 30 eggs, while mine came away with less than 5 for each of them.
- Grab your raffle ticket. Make sure you grab your free raffle ticket for each child. Thankfully they did have prizes after the 6 minute hunt, and a good number of them. Both of our tickets won Easter egg baskets so both kids were very happy when they got home. On a side note: I wish there were prizes for the kids with the least # of eggs. The little ones have a more difficult time maneuvering through the throng of people.
- Spread out. I always laugh a little at how people will congregate in one area when there’s so much room.
- Bring water. It was a warm spring day for us and afterwards the kids needed a refresh.
- Hello neighbor. Say hi to your neighbor and introduce yourself!
I was pleased with how the event was run and with the size of the event. It wasn’t too crowded and there was plenty of space.
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