Two years ago, my husband and I decided to celebrate Easter a little differently. We filled a couple hundred eggs with candy and drove our family to a local playground after Church. We thought it would be fun for our kids to have an Easter Egg Hunt somewhere other than our front yard. When we arrived, we asked the other families if they were alright with us hiding the eggs around the playground for all the kids to find. Not only did they enthusiastically agree, some of the children even gave us eggs from their previous egg hunts to hide as well.
The kids waited patiently for us to hide the eggs. After we passed out grocery bags to those without baskets, the hunt began!
We were pleasantly surprised by how kind and well behaved all the kids were. With ages ranging from babies to preteens, there were roughly two dozen kids, but they all participated nicely. The older children even helped the little ones fill their bags. Everyone ended up gathering roughly an equal amount of eggs.
The families insisted that it was one of the most enjoyable Easter Egg Hunts they had attended. It was definitely one to remember!
A neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt is a simple yet fun way to meet new community members. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair, and, if you keep participation to your microhood, it’s not costly either.
Although our spontaneous hunt was a hit, I recommend planning in advance. Here are some ideas for a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt:
Choose a safe location
Whether you host the egg hunt in your yard or at a park, make sure the environment is family-friendly and safe for young children. Secure any permit or reservation necessary for pubic locations.
We all know that “many hands make light work”. Ask neighbors to help donate candy, fill eggs, or hide the eggs. The more the merrier!
Pass out invites
Create invites or pamphlets to give to your neighbors a few weeks before the event. You can also post on social media including Facebook neighborhood groups or NextDoor. Just beware that their definition of neighborhood is broader than ours, so consider that when posting.
Consider food allergies
An estimated 1 in 13 children has food allergies in the US with the most common including milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, and tree nuts. When buying candy, consider individually wrapped pieces. One blogger also suggests marking eggs that contain allergens. “We have a hard rule that if it contains known allergens for your group, the egg should be marked with a clear identifier for the parents. For instance, an X drawn with sharpie, or a sticker. You can let your older kid know to look out for the ones with the markings if they have particular allergies.”
After the Easter Egg Hunt, make sure to check for any missed eggs or trash. Have fun, but be considerate of the neighborhood and environment too.
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